Questions tagged [words]

言葉. Any question that does not deal specifically with grammar or pronunciation. Includes questions about prefixes, suffixes, compound words, loanwords, dialectal differences, pragmatic usage, etc. In other words, phenomena that occurs at the level of the word.

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Is 忍者/忍び also used for women?

I was discussing with a friend, who asked me if 忍者 is also used for women, or if くノ一 is used/preferred. I know 者 means "person", so it seems to be neutral; and Weblio defines the word using 者, which ...
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What is the difference between 初めは and 初めに?

What is the difference between 初めは and 初めに? I see that both mean "at first," but it seems like the phrases are not interchangeable. Thank you for your explanation!
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Opposite of 座ります [closed]

Is there an "opposite" of 座ります?
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How was the Pacific Ocean named in Japan before Magellan?

The word 太平洋{たいへいよう} can be translated literally as "peaceful ocean" as somebody noticed in the question Oceans ー Thick or Big?. But, as far as I know, the name was invented by Ferdinand Magellan: ...
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Last Minute + Studying/Questions etc

In English "last minute" is a pretty common phrase, but I am having a hard time finding a parallel in Japanese. I want to say things like Any last minute questions? I am doing some last minute ...
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Does 日本茶 ''mean'' green tea?

I was having a discussion with a Japanese friend and she said that the word 日本茶 ''means'' green tea. I have put the word ''means'' in brackets for emphasis. I replied that surely 日本茶 means Japanese ...
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The French language, furansugo vs futsugo

I've always used ''furansugo'' to express the French language. But I've noticed another word, namely ''futsugo'' which also means French. My guess is that ''furansugo'' is used in normal speech ...
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Special meaning of 洋彫り vs (入れ墨 and タトゥー)?

洋彫り、 入れ墨、 タトゥー are 3 different ways to say "tattoo" with different nuance. I understand the specialness of 入れ墨 to Japanese history and culture. Because of the katakana, of course "タトゥー" means the ...
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Meaning of “Quantity下一桁2”

What does 下一桁2 mean? In context, it is referring to some quantity and seems to mean under half, but not too low. In this usage, why is ichi in kanji while 2 is a numeral? Can I replace the numbers ...
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Native Japanese vocabulary, pure Wago/Yamato Kotoba

Can you still speak Japanese while avoiding to use most Chinese loan words? The native portion of the Japanese language is called Yamato Kotoba or Wago, but how fluent could you still be without the ...
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湿度 as “humidity” in general

I'm using materials I found on the Internet to learn grammar points. This source includes examples, which is really nice, but I reckon there are many mistakes - mostly typos, but sometimes worse. What ...
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Can “genki desu ka” also mean “Am I well?”

I learnt that how are you is “genki” or “o genki des ka”, but there is no anata, so how do you know that that’s not “Am I well?”. In other words how do you distinguish 1., 2., and 3. person when no ...
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Is the ''yoi'' meaning ''ready'' when doing karate the same as the ''yoi'' which means nice/good?

When doing karate years ago the sensei would use the word ''yoi'' to instruct the students to take a ready/prepared stance. I didn't speak any Japanese then but I remember the word. Now I'm learning ...
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Understanding censorship in the game “Vivid Army”

Recently I played a game which is call Vivid Army and there's a little conversation between me and this guy but I found that there's some word is censored. 7873 is me. As you can see I have written "...
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Can a conbini be referred to as a benriya when translating the term literally?

Can both terms be used to indicate a convenience store? I was having a discussion about convenience stores, and a chat friend sent 便利屋. I answered as convenience store. My answer was correct. The ...
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Why does 「お帰りなさい」 mean “welcome home”?

As far as I know 「なさい」 is the imperative form of 「なさる」. So why does 「お帰りなさい」 mean "welcome home"? Wouldn't it mean something like "please return"? If it was just 「お帰り」, I could understand it as a mean ...
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'Who got it right?' '3 people got it right'

みなさん、こんばんは! I was just wondering how you would say the phrase or phrases: "Who got it right?" or "who is correct/right" "'Tom got it right" or "3 people got it right" To give some extra context, ...
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What is the difference between the terms 課長 and 小頭?

I saw the term 小頭 and translated it from an online chat. Are the terms used differently? Both terms relate to a boss, an organizational leader of some sort. I am more familiar with the usage of 課長. ...
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Why is こんばんみ used as a response to こんばんは?

When I chat the term こんばんみ is occasionally used as a response to こんばんは. Is there any particular reason why this word is chosen?
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What terms are used for a non-native speaker of Japanese?

What terms are used for a non-native speaker of a language? I found ネイティブスピーカー and 母語話者 but I want to know the Japanese words for a non-native speaker. Thanks.
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Meaning of という手も

In an anime a character says this: この際だからちゃんと話すという手も which is translated as "Well, in this case, telling her might be a good idea"; I tried looking on Jisho, Weblio and Weblio Thesaurus trying to ...
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How to say animal feed in Japanese? Is there a particular verb for eating when the subject is an animal?

Is the verb 食【た】べる used for animals that are eating? Is animal food called 食事【しょくじ】? I was having a conversation about a cat. I wanted to know what the cat was eating and the conversation came off ...
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How do I count pieces of Halloween candy of different shapes?

I know that a bag of candy is counted as fukuro. Are the pieces counted differently based on the shape, long, thick, square, round, triangular, or is everything ko?
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What does 仕入れて来る mean here?

Person A: そのちょっと変な写真だったって、えっと心霊写真みたいな Person B: どこで仕入れて来たんだそんなような話 What does 仕入れて来た mean here? I know the dictionary definition of 仕入れる which is to stock up but I don't know its meaning here and ...
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Does the kanji term Mitsukoshi 三越 have a meaning when the 2 terms are combined?

三越 is the name of a department store. Three is the meaning of the first character and I get the meanings of surpass, cross over, move to, exceed, and Vietnam when I research the term. Is there a ...
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Are Japanese counters the same when viewing items online?

As an example, I read three books online, would the counter 冊 still be used? I know that counters are based on size and shape of physical items, do the same rules apply when reading a book online?
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Can I use both 気温 and 温度 when asking for the weather temperature?

Can I use 気温 and 温度 when asking for the weather temperature? Both terms indicate temperature. Which one is more commonly used?
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What is the right translation and saying for ”Paper World”

I would like to know the right translation and saying "紙界"(Paper World) in Japanese. Should it be "pepa kai", "kami kai" or something else? Google translate "紙" as "Kami", and "Kami" as "神" when ...
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What term would be used for words that are borrowed from Japanese and used in other languages?

Many Japanese words are used in other languages, sushi, anime, karaoke, tsunami.... Is there a term to identify these words? I am familiar with terms such as 外来語 to indicate loanwords borrowed from ...
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事に感ず and Shigin vocabulary

I recently heard of the poem named Koto ni Kanzu, and I came across this page that provides the poem's text, along with a pretty convincing interpretation. The poems reads as follows (I only added the ...
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what does 線 mean here?

The context here is that an elevator fell and someone died in the fall ワイヤを止めてる金具が外れて落下という線には間違いないんだけどね I understand the sentence but i can't wrap my head around 線's meaning here
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What does “Denzen/Zenzen haitenai dame” mean on a telephone message recording?

I hear this message after dialing a phone number. I know that I cannot enter for some reason, but I don't know what the reason is. Is the message box full? Is the number not being used or misdialed? ...
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Is 何それ a rude phrase?

I searched the term on the site, and I noticed that while it could mean "what's that", it also had some negative meanings. What would be a better way to ask "What's that?"
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What does 測る mean here?

前に「知るタイミング」みたいなこと言ってましたよね、それってどうやって測ればいいんですか。 I can't understand what 測る means here. I know its dictionary definition is to measure or to weigh, but it seems to have another meaning in this sentence.
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How do you say “oneirism” in Japanese?

I would like to know how to say the terms "oneirism"* and "oneiric film" in Japanese. I've been searching for these terms in several dictionaries ENG-JAP, but the only result I get is "not matches ...
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What is the word for “man cave”?

In English, the term is used for a special room where a man sets things up for his own personal use and enjoyment, his private space for entertainment and hobbies. The room is decorated and used by ...
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麦酒 (ばくしゅ) for “beer”

The word ビール (beer) is commonly used. According to the dictionary, there is the Japanese word 麦酒 (ばくしゅ), which means the same. But I have never heard it. Is it used these days or not anymore?
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What is the difference between 動画 and 映画?

My research indicates that both terms refer to movies, 動画 and 映画. Is there a difference in usage? Does 映画 refer to film/videotape based movies and 動画 refer to everything else?
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Does 病 refer to a short or long term illness?

Does 病 refer to a short or long term illness? I was in a chat and the word was used in response to someone chatting about a head cold. I asked the person if they were hospitalized, and they were not. ...
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Help with 人物{じんぶつ}像{ぞう}の特定{とくてい}. What does it mean?

I have problems understanding this sentence: ここでは一メートル以内にいようと人物像の特定、声の確認はあやふやになる。なにしろ童話の中の出来事だ Particularly: 人物像の特定 My guess is that it is one specific point of a person. Would it be in ...
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Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り?

Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り? I researched the terms on Jisho. Does it have to do with the duration or type of the activities? Thank you.
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What do ギリギリすぎる and 設定 mean in this sentence?

Person A: くしゃみをしたら元の根暗に戻った Person B: ギリギリすぎる設定ですな Person C: あんただってギリギリじゃない The context here is that someone has a split personality and when she sneezes her character changes, the first line is ...
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How to differentiate between 異常 and 異状 in speech?

I believe I roughly understand the difference in meaning between the two. However, as far as I can tell, they have the same pitch accent - 大辞林 lists them both as being [0], ie 平板. Would context always ...
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JLPT N1 practice question: Usage of この辺で

Taken from https://japanesetest4you.com/japanese-language-proficiency-test-jlpt-n1-listening-exercise-6/, question 4. Select the most appropriate response: では、そろそろ新年会もこの辺でお開きにしましょうか。 ああ、この場所がいいですね。 ...
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What does どうしてこのサイトに来てるのかな?

My question is why is かな being used in this sentence? The person is asking me why I come/came to he site? or wondering why I came to the site? Would かな be added after the の? I am used to seeing かな ...
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Would the same counter be used to order a slice of pizza and a whole one?

When I order a pizza, would I use ichimai 一枚 to order a slice or the whole thing? Thank you.
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What is the difference between 箸【はし】 and 割【わ】り箸【ばし】?

What is the difference between 箸【はし】 and 割【わ】り箸【ばし】? Do both terms refer to chopsticks?
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諦観{ていかん}が迷{まよ}いを殺{そ}いでくれてたんだ meaning

I am not sure what this means...That line is said by the speaker to the listener. 「諦観{ていかん}」 = resignation 「削{そ}ぐ」 = to discourage; to weaken; to reduce (here I found that this verb can be written ...
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What Japanese term would be used to describe the image that Japanese see when they look at the moon? [closed]

What do Japanese see when they look at the moon? In America, we see the face of a man. Is it the same in Japan? A fellow Japanese learner asked me this question online.
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Do the terms 紅葉{こうよう} and 紅葉{もみじ} mean the same thing?

What is the difference between 紅葉{こうよう} and 紅葉{もみじ}? I want to chat about the autumn colors of leaves and I found these terms in Jisho. The definition reads only こうよう or only もみじ which is confusing ...