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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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How to say “photobomb” in Japanese

Is there a word for "photobomb" in Japanese? In English, to photobomb someone is to spoil a photograph (of a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera's field of view as the picture ...
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Are there any words which use 'カ', the on-yomi of 何?

I started finally learning kanji's readings not only meanings and words. And in two sources I use I see that 何's kun'yomi is なん、なに and on' is カ. I've seen 何 in many words as なん: 何度、何と、何で なに: 何人、何か ...
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Are です and あります/います ever interchangeable?

I feel like  (私は)彼の前です。 means the same thing as  (私は)彼の前にいます。 (I am in front of him.) Also  本はどこですか。 and 本はどこにありますか。 (Where is the book?) Correct me if I'm wrong, but is there a rule for determining ...
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っていうことになったんですけど - meaning?

I had just received a somewhat rushed 'transliteration' of a 1 minute video. To me, Shigeru Miyamoto speaks in a way which is extremely difficult to understand. I am adding the full transcript just ...
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「呆れる」とはどういう意味ですか?

呆れるとはどういう意味か今一つわからないのです。goo辞書で調べると、「あまりに意外なことに驚く」というのが出てきますが、今まで見てきた例を考え合わせてみると、やはり納得がいかないところが残っています。特に、「呆れる」には必ず「驚き」の要素が入っていますか?「ショック」「衝撃」と同じくらい、爆発的な印象がありますか? そして、三つの例について聞かせてください。 ①「...
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Is there a way to say the two best?

Is there a way to say the two best? Like "the two best seasons are..." or something similar. I'm trying to say The two best times to visit Nara are October/November (fall) and March/April/May (...
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Meaning of 人同士 in these sentences

I often hear "ひとどうし" in casual conversation, and I am never sure of its exact meaning. I am not talking about 恋人同士, 大人同士, 日本人同士, 他人同士, etc. Surprisingly, 人同士 is not in my dictionary nor ALC, almost ...
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Confirming someones plans?

In Pimsler 2 they use the and expression something like えくん to confirm someones actions. Can someone help me find this word in a dictionary, or tell me what form it comes from. 飛行機{ひこうき}で えくん ですね。 ...
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『坊っちゃん』の「親譲り」と「損」の理解のし方

親譲りの無鉄砲で小供の時から損ばかりしている。 -夏目漱石『坊っちゃん』より この句において、 親譲りの意味はこれによると英語での inherit と理解できるはずです。が、 その辞書の解釈には 親から性格・財産などを受け継ぐこと。また、そのもの。 「そのもの」を英語での itself などの意味だと理解しても大丈夫ですか。大丈夫であるなら、その(親譲り)例はありますか。 ...
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Non-romantic way to say you “like” someone?

When talking about someone else, does 好き always mean that you have feelings for them? Or do people use it in a "you're cool dude, I like you" sense too? If 好き is always romantic when talking about ...
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Can「他【ほか】に」and「それに」be used interchangeably when conveying “in addition”?

I am looking for any difference in terms of nuance, usage or frequent collocations so I can tell in what situation I should use one instead of the other. On the other hand, if the case is that the ...
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What does “回る” mean in this sentence?

公明党が容認に回ることで、両議会での議決が可能となることから、4年前に続いて、2度目の住民投票が行われる見通しとなりました。 Quoted from an NHK news article, which might not be accessible weeks after being published. Or to put my question in another way, how ...
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Peeing and pooping

What is (or are) the most common and natural way of saying "to pee" and "to poop". And a follow up question might be if there are any connotations in realtionship to keigo.
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What does the word 「こい」mean?

I'm not sure if it is an adjective meaning strong, a noun meaning intention or neither. Here is the sentence I came across. 僕なんとしても選手になりたかったので申しこむと沼田さんが腕ずくでこいというから... Additional context: The ...
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How to describe switching individual 漢字? [duplicate]

Apologies if this question title is vague but, is there a word in Japanese that describes a new word which is formed by switching the 漢字 around? e.g 例文 -> 文例 運命 -> 命運 合併 -> 併合 How do ...
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Why would parents ever want to name their daughters with the following names?

During my studying via Kanji Study app I came across the kanji for the word, pardon my French, vagina. Of course, I was curious whether the names with the kanji existed. "Nah," I thought. "There is no ...
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Can わけがわからない be used as adjective?

Excuse my seemingly dumb question. I was reading a fan comment: (please feel free to read just the first paragraph, i just put the rest for some context but it may not be necessary) 第40話では、「わけがわからない『...
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What does 迎える translate to in this context?

When 迎える is used in the sense of marking a special occasion or time, I have trouble translating it to English. I imagined that 迎える always means to "welcome" "receive" "greet". But it can also take ...
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What does this sound effect mean?

Also can't find out the symbol...
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Can't find out what symbol this is

Any help? I've tried finding out what this is but I've hit a wall. :/
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What is the difference between 考え、アイデア、発想 and 着想

These are all translated as "idea" in English. But I don't understand which context I should use each one in. If I had to guess: 考え means an imagining of a solution or an understanding of something,...
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What are some Japanese euphemisms for death and dying? [closed]

Could you list some euphemisms on death and dying used by Japanese people in everyday speech? I'm writing a paper on Japanese language euphemisms and would like to know more about expressions used by ...
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What implication does 臨まれた mean in this context?

同日午後に「退位礼正殿の儀」の実施を告げる「退位礼当日賢所大前の儀」に臨まれた。 Source: https://www.sankei.com/life/news/190430/lif1904300016-n1.html I understand this as, on the same day, there's going to be an announcement of ...
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What does 「再々起」mean?

6月には日本でのデビュー30周年を記念したコンサートを開き「再々起」を目指す Source: https://www.sankei.com/premium/news/190429/prm1904290009-n1.html (last line of first paragraph) I think it means most frequently sung songs but I am ...
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What is the difference between 「結局【けっきょく】」and 「とうとう」?

According to the dictionary I use to study, both are adverbs and their definitions are so similar that I can't tell the difference: 結局【けっきょく】: after all; in the end; ultimately; eventually ...
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How do you say, “Do you need an interpreter?” in Japanese? [closed]

How do you say, "Do you need an interpreter?" in Japanese? I put it in google translate and it came up as 通訳が必要ですか. Is this correct? I don't trust google translate lol..
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What does むわりと mean?

I was reading something and saw the following: 小さな和室で、古い造りなので風呂とトイレは別になっている。換気があまりよくないので、白羽さんの入った後の風呂場のドアから、湿気と湯気がむわりと部屋にたちこめていた。 I can't find むわり or むわりと in any dictionaries. I'm guessing むわりと ...
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What does こした mean?

In the sentence: まあいいや、(列車は)空いているにこした事はないし What does こした mean? Is this 越す or 鼓する or something other? And does まあいいや mean "well" or "whatever"?
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What ならねー means? [duplicate]

I am playing a game. I sit in an empty train and character says: ホント、よく廃線にならねーよな I don't know what naranēyona should mean. I am just speculating, that it might mean "Really, It can be abandoned ...
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How to break 信じようとしていただけかも知れない into separate parts?

I tried, but I came up with either: 信じる(~よう(vol.)) + とする(~ていた(prog. past)) + だけ + かもしれない。 信じよう + として + いただける(stem) + かもしれない。 I highly doubt that second one is true, because かもしれない "takes" dictionary ...
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What is the difference between 閉​め​る (shimeru) and くれ​る (kureru)?

What is the difference between 閉める (shimeru) and くれる (kureru)? Both mean close, but when would you use one over the other. Please explain making reference to these examples: Example 1: (私が)寒いので、...
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Three ways of saying 'mother': 母, お母さん, 母親

お[母]{かあ}さん is used to address one's mother and [母]{はは} to talk about her (related: Titles for family). Since [母]{はは} already means 'my mother', is 私の母 redundant? And when/how/why is [母親]{ははおや} used?
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What is the difference between Nippon and Nihon? [duplicate]

I don't know much about the Japanese language, but I do know there two different words for to say Japan in Japanese. Nippon and Nihon, I noticed because the are is chemical company called Nippo ...
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Having Trouble Identifying This Character (or Characters?) [closed]

I've been staring at this part of a section I'm trying to read, and it's the latter part that has me thoroughly stumped: While I can suss out the first two characters (pretty sure it's "倒壊"), I can't ...
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また usage in a dictionary

When I look up the Japanese definition (at dictionary.goo.ne.jp) of the word 好き嫌い, this is the definition that gets shown: 好きなことと、嫌いなこと。また、えりごのみ。 I can't figure out if 好きなことと、嫌いなこと。is a separate ...
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How do I translate this one?

I am currently working on a certain game's translation. The dialogue goes like this: Sōsuke: それじゃあ、お互いに愛称で呼び合ってみようよ Riho: 愛称、素晴らしいですね。では、どのような呼び方をいたしましょう Sōsuke: えっと、俺のことはダーリンって呼んでみて ...
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Why is graduating from graduate school 修了 instead of 卒業?

I noticed that on Japanese 履歴書s, graduating from graduate school is marked with 修了 instead of 卒業 like for undergraduate and primary/secondary education. I'm curious as to the reason this difference ...
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Meaning of 「微細にわたる説明」

I'm looking at the definition of 微細 in different dictionaries. One dictionary gives the example 微細にわたる説明. Does this mean "an explanation that barely gets across," or does it mean something more like ...
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In a sentence, do you use 'waga' or 'onoga' for possession?

Words in their kana: 我が Or do I use 己が Which is more natural?
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What's the difference between 派遣 and 出向?

Both seem to mean borrowing an employee from another company but not exactly the same for both cases.
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What does ひと匙 mean in this manga and has it been used colloquially?

I’m reading this manga and I came across this scene that the character is describing the new member of the school team that 音駒【ねこま】にあとひと匙【さじ】 欲しかった決定力になり得る存在 *Note: 音駒 is the highschool name. For ...
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Meaning of 法律の定めるところにより処罰する

This is an example sentence from 大辞林's definition of 定める. 法律の―・めるところにより処罰する I think this means something like "punish according to the law". But couldn't you just say 法律により処罰する? What does 定めるところ ...
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In Japanese, what’s the difference between “Tonari ni” (となりに) and “Tsugi” (つぎ)? When would you use one over the other?

In Japanese, what’s the difference between “Tonari ni” (となりに) and “Tsugi” (つぎ)? Both mean “next”, but when would you use one over the other? Please explain by referring to the following examples: ...
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So I understand 人外 is an anagram of 外人, but does 外人人外 mean evil foreigner?

Title says all. This is purely 100% out of curiosity and by no means meant to offend anyone. Problem is, I very rarely see 人外 used anywhere.
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What is the difference between 仮定 and 想定?

I see a lot of different explanations online but I'm not sure if I understand the nuances correctly From what I can gather: 仮定 is used when a situation is unclear and an assumption is made based on ...
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Confusing translation? 「不慣れな思いをするのは私一人で十分ですよ」

Taken from the linked short passage about living away from one's family for work. I copied the trouble sentence below with the sentences immediately before and after. https://www.mlcjapanese.co.jp/...
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How to identify myself as someone's son/daughter?

I'm trying to make contact with one of my mother's old friends from some time ago, and I don't think she really knows or remembers me -- thus, I'd like to be able to identify myself as, say, Jane Doe'...
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What is the difference between 扱う、捌く、 解決する and 処理する

These words have similar meanings along the lines of: "deal with" "take care of" "settle" "manage" "handle" "process" some issue or something For example what are the nuances of these sentences? ...
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About using おかげさまで as a standalone

I've been doing some research on おかげさまで and, not content with just memorising sayings, am wondering why おかげさまで is used as a standalone/response. Does it mean 'thanks to you', 'thanks to God and ...
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Sentence starting with て?

I was listening to this podcast on Himalaya (Link given below) and I came across this sentence which starts with て, I'm not sure why it starts with て, can anyone please explain this? Also I'm not sure ...