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What is the proper Japanese word for the germ theory of disease?

I was looking for a Japanese word for the germ theory of disease. I found an article in the Japanese Wikipedia that uses the word 細菌説{さいきんせつ} for what essentially is the germ theory. Is it the correct ...
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How would I say “It's nice, right?” In Japanese?

I posted about loving airports and when someone agreed with me I wanted to respond with "いいでしょ?" but I'm not sure it's the right response.
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What would be a correct term to describe a “cheesy” line?

I'm looking for either an adjective or a noun, that describes lines like 僕は死ぬまであなたのことを忘れない! 僕は永遠に君のことを愛してる! 僕はずっとここで待ってる! Yeah, you know, these over-melodramatic lines in dramas with sad violin ...
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What is the word for “to furrow” in terms of eyebrows?

Trying to say "her eyebrows furrowed" but cannot find the right expression. I recall there being a similar expression (which warranted a different English translation), but can't remember what it was.....
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What is the equivalent of 'miffed'?

In the sense of 'mildly offended/annoyed'. Is there a single word expressing this, or would it just be 少し + adjective? Example sentence: I'm miffed that he suddenly hung up yesterday.
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why ひどい神もいたもんだ means “that's a mean god”?

the english version of the material Im reading says "that's a mean god", and a friend told me that means "there is a bad god ,isn't it?" , but I don't understand why. I know ひどい神 (bad,cruel, God) I ...
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How to say “Tough guy”

I'm looking for slang that means something like "tough guy" in a complimentary way. If someone did something awesome like fight off a robber or save someone, to the point where women envy him and men ...
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How would I say 'near' as in, “Does anyone live near (city name)?”

Hi everyone this is my first post so I'm sorry if I wrote the post incorrectly but my question is this. How would I say near in this sentence: "Does anyone live near (city name)?" Would it be 近く?
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What is the sound of a rocket going off in Japanese?

when a rocket is launched during a take-off... what sound does it make and how is it written in Japanese?
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How to express “patronizing” in Japanese?

Not in the sense of giving money as a patron to an artist or something like that, but the sort of attitude one gives when they superior to someone else. All the examples I can find are super ...
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What does this artist's name mean? 光収容の倉庫

I've tried breaking it down as much as I can, and combining it in different ways but I can't seem to find a decent English translation for this guy. 光収容の倉庫 hikari shuuyou no souko I italicize the ...
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How would you call someone “little bro” in japanese?

Im writing this story and one of the characters calls his younger friend "little bro". (ex: You ok, little bro?) I've never heard of a term like that in Japanese so it might just be an english only ...
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How can I say “I insist on paying” (for a free item) to a shopkeeper?

This is related to a question on the Interpersonal Skills site about refusing free goods from shopkeepers, etc., and paying for them instead. (Note: I'm not the OP of that question, I'm not blind or ...
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Is 内向きの really the best word to describe “introvert?”

Hello, Ever since I came across this word 内向きの for "Introvert" online, I have been questioning whether its the proper japanese for it? I'm planning to use the word for a profile, and wanted to make ...
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Does 同級生 mean “classmate” instead of “batchmate” despite the meanings of the individual kanji?

I was looking for the word "batchmate" (entered the same year as you/in the same school grade, i.e. in between 先輩 and 後輩), and found some answers (1,2) on this site that gives 同級生 as a ...
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What would the Japanese equivalent of “Order!” be when gaveling?

What's the Japanese equivalent of the "Order!" shouted when a judge or speaker of the house gavels their assemblies?
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Japanese word for “savage” (modern usage)

I am trying to translate some dialogue in which one person calls another "savage", in the modern sense of 'brutally direct and merciless in criticism, humor, or behavior.' My question is: is there a ...
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What is the Japanese equivalent of “at the back of one's mind”?

In the context of one being aware of something deep down but choosing to ignore it or lie about it to themselves. Example sentence: At the back of his mind he knew that his words would never reach ...
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How to say “artistic composition”?

The word composition has several meanings in English, and from looking at dictionary entries, it seems it also can be translated several different ways in Japanese. When referring specifically to ...
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What are paper humans called?

In anime paper humans are shown frequently. When there is bad weather, people (in anime) do some angels (I think) from paper and post it on the window. What is it called?
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What is this specific way of announcing court orders called?

What is the Japanese word for the action of announcing court orders to the public, by running to the journalists and expanding a piece of rolled paper with the verdict written on it (like here)? In a ...
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数え方(ドラマのエピソードの場合) [duplicate]

英語の場合はepisode 1, episode 2...という数え方がありますが、日本語の場合はどういった数え方で数えるでしょうか?
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Expressing the irony of the situation

I was writing in my Japanese study journal, and I realized that I don't really know a good phrase for "...ironically, ..." Like so: Work as of late hasn't been busy. Ironically, even though I ...
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What's the Japanese equivalent of having a “F**k Buddy”?

Does Japanese have a word for someone who's your "fuck buddy"? You know, someone decently attractive with whom you have all the sex of a relationship without all the romance and rituals. Does ...
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Words request: “Top” and “bottom” (of a page)

I am localising my app to Japanese. In the app, there is an option to set the position of the image (イメージの位置) on a page that is going to be printed. It can be either on the top of the page, or at the ...
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Doubled and tripled kanji

I like looking for kanji with a high 画数, and I have found that they largely coincide with kanji that consist of 2 or 3 copies of another kanji (often Examples: 龍 -> 龖(x2), 龘(x3) 馬 -> 驫(x3) 車 -> 轟(...
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Positive and negative Loneliness

In his book A Philosophy of Loneliness author Lars Svendsen describes two different types of "being alone". Loneliness is used to name the feeling that you are alone, and you feel desperate about ...
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How to say “to know how to do something”

Is there a generic formula to express "to know how to do something"? I know how to ask a question in the second person "How do you do something?", e.g. How do you write "Yasuda" in kanji? 「やすだ」...
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What is the suitable japanese word for “forefathers” or “ancestors” that can be used in an essay? [closed]

What is the suitable Japanese word for "ancestors" or "forefathers". I have tried many dictionaries but there are many words Japanese words for these two words. I've heard that there are some words in ...
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Is there a term for Japanese characters as a whole?

There are kanji, katakana and hiragana, but is there a native word or phrase for the union of these sets?
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What is the Japanese word for video views on the Internet?

For videos on the Internet like YouTube, which have a specific number of the times they've been viewed by people. What are those views called in Japanese?
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What are the medical masks Japanese people wear called?

What are the medical masks Japanese people wear called? The ones you see people just casually wearing; what are they?
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How to say “I am confused”?

I have found the following examples in http://tatoeba.org/jpn/ 頭{あたま}が混乱{こんらん}している。I'm confused. 本当{ほんとう}に参{まい}りましたね。I'm really confused. Are these examples a natural way to deliver the idea of ...
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“Recap”-equivalent Japanese word

Can somebody please tell me an equivalent word to say "recap" in Japanese ? I want to express the following in Japanese: Let me recap the results we discussed in the last presentation If necessary,...
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Is there a native Japanese word for upgrading a document to a new format?

I have a document in an old version of a template, and I'm moving the contents into a newer version of the template. I typically describe this process as "upgrading" the document. Jisho suggests ...
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Is there a term for two words that mean the same thing, but a preference for one?

I came across the terms いい and よい and wanted to determine if there is a word used to describe two words that have the same meaning, but a preference for one. Thank you.
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What are the large free standing imitation circular “flower” arrangements in front of pachinko parlors called?

I see large brightly colored circular imitation flower arrangements that are placed at the entrances of pachinko parlors and want to know what they are called. Thank you.
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Many people squat/sit with their buttocks almost to the ground, whats it called?

I notice Japanese people squatting in this position for long periods of time without using a chair/stool. Thank you.
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What is the prefecture, city and town emblem called? [closed]

Prefectures, cities and towns have a seal/emblem associated with them. I have found the terms on JA Wikipedia to describe the flags, but not the term to describe the emblems. Thank you.
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Is the term moai used in Japanese?

It is a group of people who get together monthly, to contribute and receive emotional assistance, advice, and financial support on a rotating basis. The term is called moai in Okinawa, but it may be a ...
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What is the term for “grounded” in the sense of a punishment?

Children are often punished by their parents by not allowing them to go out. In English, we call this action grounding and the child is grounded. Is this a similar punishment in Japan? And what is ...
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What is the term for a wishy washy person?

I used jisho.org and could not find the term. A person unable to make a decision. Thank you.
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What are the sandals worn with a kimono called? [closed]

What is the term for sandals that are only worn with a kimono on special occasions?
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What are the envelopes used for giving money on special occasions called?

On special occasions such as weddings and on New Year's Day, envelopes that have prewritten Kanji on them and other decorative items are used for giving money. Is there a generic term for these ...
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What is the term for road rage? [closed]

I tried to explain this term to a friend with no luck. Thank you.
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What is the name of the green cross safety flag used at construction sites?

I have seen the flag flying at administrative buildings used at construction sites. Thank you.
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What is this kind of book layout called?

That may be off topic, but what is this two-row book layout called in Japanese? And to what extent is this format common?
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What is the term for the large ball shaped lights that are used to illuminate roads during construction?

I see the large lights used for illumination at night, but they are shaped kind of like a round ball and powered with generators. Thank you.
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How to say “serve” in “The server serves the request”?

In the computers field, a server serves a request (ex: web server). How to express that in Japanese? English example documentation for a method that serves a request: /** * Serve the request. */ ...
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What is term for the most general form of writing or text

Typing The article/text/writing was innovative in any translation software gives numerous results. After looking up the words article, text, and writing in the dictionary, I found too many options and ...