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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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How to tell the function of と at a glance?

国{くに}が今年{ことし}の3[月]{がつ}に調{しら}べると、「[特定]{とくてい}[技能]{ぎのう}」で[働]{はたら}いている人{ひと}は3987[人]{にん}で、考{かんが}えていたよりずっと少{すく}ないことがわかりました。 I’m having difficulty figuring out how と is used here. From past experience it ...
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How do you read and translate “十二鬼月” in Japanese and English?

According to the Demon Slayer wiki, this is how you write "Twelve Demon Moons" in Japanese but I'm not sure if this is correct. Also according to the wiki, it's read as "Jūnikizuki". I'm confused why ...
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Are the directions NE, NW, SE and SW ever read the Chinese way? [duplicate]

In Chinese the order is reversed such that: NE 东北 NW 西北 SE 东南 SW 西南 My textbook says the Japanese order is the same as English which surprised me. Was it or is it ever said using the Chinese ...
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のんびり vs ゆっくり vs くつろぐ

どのように使って どう違いますか? I do not know how difference this meanings and how can i use in what situations ?
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Can 気 be used for advice?

I’m reading an article about the corona virus. They’re giving instructions to follow in order to prevent reappearance of the virus. 緊急事態宣言が終わっても、新しいコロナウイルスはなくなっていないので、気をつけなければなりません。 毎日の生活では、...
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in this sentence what function does と take

here is the sentence i know と can have multiple functions ごめんね 私さごめんね 人に合わせないと不安っていうか
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what does つった mean?

while i was doing anki i found つった and i dont fully know what this means, is it つって but past tense? here is the full sentence 俺もよくついてる 知ってるものを 知らないっつったって
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僕は死んだら vs 僕は死んでも

I was watching an anime and after B sold all his books and gave the money to A so that he could pay rent, A said: 僕は死んだらあなたを守りますよ。 which was translated as "Even if I die, I'll protect you". But I ...
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What does 言いあったり mean and how is it conjugated?

I recently found 言いあったり in one of my sentences, and I can't seem to find what it means. お前らが誰かとあれこれ言いあったり
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what does なりたかった mean and what are the words that makes it? [closed]

i found this word and i can't seem to find what it means なりたかっhere is the full sentence なりたかったんだろあんなふうに誰かに認められて
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About the word 狂 which I sometimes see different pronunciation of [closed]

I searched for the word 狂 in the dictionary and saw that the pronunciation was きょう. However, when I saw the the word 狂う, the pronunciation of 狂 changed into くる. What is the reason of this and how will ...
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Is there a relationship between 呟く and 粒?

Is there a relationship between the verb 呟く (つぶやく, "murmur", also used to mean "to tweet" on Twitter) and 粒 (つぶ, used in 粒あん, chunky red bean paste), or is the sound a coincidence? (I heard "...
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Difference between 料金に付く and 料金に入る

この料金には何が付いていますか I would translate this as “What's included in this fee?”. Given this, could I use 入る instead of 付く in the sentence? What difference would using 入る or 付く make in this context ? ...
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what does かれてた mean in 連れてかれてた [duplicate]

i was wondering what does かれた mean in 連れてかれてた. i don't really know how かれてた was conjugated and the overall meaning here is the full sentence. いつか 悩んで 奉仕部 連れてかれてた
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Is ゼミ a synonym for a university class?

I know that ゼミ is short for ゼミナール (seminar), but the word seems to be used differently than how it's used in English. My guess from the times I've seen it used is that it's a catch-all term for ...
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When is “顔” かお or がお? [duplicate]

I've recently read about the slang that came from Kansai-ben, "どや顔" (doyagao) and realized that 顔 was spelt as "がお" instead of "かお". This is my first time seeing this so I was wondering what caused ...
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what does すんなっつう mean?

hi i was looking for the meaning of the word/words and i'm not sure i got the right meaning the sentence containing the word is あんなのと一緒にすんなっつうの
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How to break down the nuances of each Japanese word translating to “somehow” or “anyhow”?

There seems to be an endless supply of Japanese words and phrases that translate to "somehow" or "anyhow" in English. It's difficult, at least with J-E dictionaries, to understand the nuances of each ...
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Diffrence between 合唱, 唱和 and 斉唱

I know all of 合唱, 唱和 and 斉唱 mean chorus/choir but are there any differences between them?
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what does いて mean in ここにいても [duplicate]

hi im doing subs2srs decks and im going through the cards looking at grammer and i found this card that says ここにいてもでくることはなさそうだな and i dont understand how いて works.
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Why is there a san in 照れ屋さん?

照れ屋さん means "a shy person", but I don't understand why there's a さん. When I googled it I saw the usage of さん was nearly universal, but Google didn't say why.
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Does ''desu'' and ''desu ka'' go with ''kara''?

From what time ? Should I say ''Nanji kara ?'' or ''Nanji kara desu ka ?'' From August. Should I say ''Hachi gatsu kara desu.'' or ''Hatchi gatsu kara.'' My book gives it without the ''desu'' but ...
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repeating words such as 俺は

In animes only, I have heard repeating words like 俺は. For example: 「俺は、俺は」. Question is, what does this try to achieve? If memory serve me right, I recall it only being used by someone in a very bad ...
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Confirmation on ''a quarter past/to'' regarding time

Let's use 3:15 and 2:45 for our examples. In English you can say a quarter past/to three. In Chinese you can use 一刻, 3点(差)一刻 In both English and Chinese you can use the ''quarter'' version as well ...
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How is 仕掛け used in this sentence?

I don't understand how 仕掛け is used in on the second panel: 仕掛けはもう竿に付いてるから 針にエサつけて放りこみゃいい My attempt at understanding this: Because 仕掛け is already attached to the rod, (you just need to) ...
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Is the word ムキムキ a deliberate visual pun?

I recently learned the word ムキムキ and what instantly struck me was how it appears to be some kind of a visual pun. ム representing a flexed arm 💪 キ representing a classic barbell Together they ...
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What does the word 「おめっち」mean in this sentence?

It is said by one of supporter in a boxing match between Numata and Aoyama. The supporter said it after Numata had been down. しっかりしろい! おめっちからかわれているんだぜ青山によ I searched and found that おめっち means ...
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Is using ありません common when apologizing?

申し訳ございません Oftentimes, I hear people say this when they apologize. Recently, I’ve learned that you can also say 申し訳有りません But I’ve never heard anyone actually say it in this form. Is this form ...
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What is the difference between 次の週 and 来週?

I came across the following sentence: その次の週は空いてますか。 Why would they say 次の週 instead of 来週? Why would they say その before 次の週? Would この also work?
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Difference between 呟く and 囁く

I understand that both 呟く and 囁く mean "whisper", but are there any subtle differences?
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Difference between 怒鳴る and 怒鳴りつける

Jisho says 怒鳴る is an intransitive verb and that 怒鳴りつける is transitive. But I have come across the following phrases: 止めようとしても母親は自分を怒鳴りつけるだけでした。 彼女は私を怒鳴った。 If Jisho is really right, why "私を怒鳴った” and ...
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why 小林 read as こばやし not as こはやし? [duplicate]

why 小林 read as こばやし not as こはやし?
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The meaning of 「どこでも傘下」

The sentence goes as follows: 「ドコデモ傘下なので受けるのは当然携帯電話絡みの問い合わせだ。」 The sentence is uttered after the reader is told about a woman who works in a call center. She is checking the daily "briefing-mails" ...
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Can 所{ところ} in 「日{に}本{ほん}の良{い}い所{ところ}」 have two possible meanings: places or points?

Context: 記者{きしゃ}: こんにちは。えっと、今日{きょう}はですね、日本{にほん}について、日本{にほん}の良{い}い所{ところ}について、(はい)、お聞{き}きしてるんですけど。 翻訳{ほんやく}: Hi there, today I'm asking people what's great about Japan. The English official ...
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庭 & Ambiguity of Yard or Garden?

I've been communicating back and forth with my host family in Japan. We recently talked about a picture that I sent involving my backyard and my host mom used the kanji 庭(にわ) which means garden or ...
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Meaning of 落着き先?

I'm a newish Japanese learner. I've been reading and translating short Japanese comics and videos to help familiarize myself with new kanji and word-play and whatnot. However, I've been stuck for a ...
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what is the difference between 肝臓 and 肝 • 胆?

I saw that both can mean liver. Is there a specific context for each of these words? Some situation where it would be more correct to use one and not the other. And i read that 肝 is also used as a ...
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How do I write “Discord” (the app) in katakana? [closed]

Quick question: How do I write "Discord" (the app) in katakana?
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What kind of speech is sentence final 〜なも associated with?

In the game どうぶつの森, the character たぬきち ends most of his sentences with 〜なも, for instance: Is this a characteristic of any real dialect or demographic, or just a 口癖 specific to the game?
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Should I call the basic calculator app on iPhone 電卓app or 計算機app?

I just fired-up the basic calculator app on an iPhone. Is that called 電卓app or 計算機app? Were I to get a more sophisticated app that calculated stuff like logarithms, would the name change?
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Doubt about the meaning/usage of「分」

I am reading よつばと. In chapter 1, Yotsuba's father is carrying some boxes when he meets the neighbor Fuuka. She sees the cardboards (ダンボール) in his hands, and says: そのダンボール ゴミに出す分ですか。 And he ...
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刻 means “time”?

I searched what this kanji means in jisho.org in this part of the song: 近づいて 全部月のせいに 刻は今 ここに満ちたり Source: Lyrics So, My first result is 時 in this result show me another form for this kanji ...
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Difference between “sha” and “in” (i.e. 研究員 vs 研究者) [duplicate]

I'm on first year of Japanese study. I've found on my notes the word "kenkyuusha" (研究者) which means researcher, but while reviewing for vocabulary on the internet I found "kenkyuuin" (研究員) instead. I ...
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Question about phrase in よつばと!

The context: Yotsuba goes to the front door to welcome her friend, and says 「どうぞおあがり。おまかいですが。」and her friend visibly confused responds with 「何だそれ?」I didn't manage to find this おまかい expression on the ...
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how to say “follow up appointment” in Japanese

I have been trying to find the correct way to say 'follow up appointment' in Japanese. I have to go to the dermatologist for a follow up appointment and I am unsure what to say to the receptionist. I ...
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Polar connotations in the same word: 断り and 惜しい

Recently I bumped into two words「断り」and「惜しい」. Accordingly to Jisho:「断り」can mean permission; consent​ but it also can mean rejection; refusal; nonacceptance; declination; declining​... As for「惜しい」 ...
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Why should one use the dictionary form instead of the potential form in this case?

The question: 映画が好きなので、時間とお金が _ 限り見に行っている。 Both "許す" and "許せる" are offered as choices, and the answer is "許す". Is it because "時間とお金" are impersonal, so the potential form "許せる" would not be ...
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Is there a Kanji for the Japanese word イクラ as in salmon roe?

I can't find anything in the dictionary. My book gives the word in hiragana but the dictionary also shows katakana. A quick google revealed that it is a loanword from Russian so katakana seems more ...
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What is the difference in usage between 港 and 港湾?

According to my dictionary, 港湾{こうわん} and 港{みなと} both means harbour. What is the difference between the usage of these two words ?
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Insight into 林檎 and 苹果

Insight into 林檎 and 苹果 Are both forms used by Japanese people? If so, which form is more common? Is there some nuanced difference between them? I know 苹果 more closely reflects the Chinese 苹果. ...

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