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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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Which is the difference between 詳しい and 細かい?

I would like to know which is the difference between 詳しい and 細かい? When do I use each one? Thank you so much in advance!
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SRS Is it better to translate from English to Japanese or Japanese to English [migrated]

Ok, so when making my anki decks I've been making them from English with Japanese on the other side with my thinking being that I have to recall the way of saying that thing in Japanese, but when I ...
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Meaning of 盗み飲み

きっと、盗み飲みしたお父さんの大人のジュースのせいだ。 So, I can guess from the words 盗む "steal" and 飲む "drink" that she drank secretly without anyone knowing, however I can't find this word in a dictionnary. Why is that ?
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Epizeuxis (畳語法) in Modern Japanese language

When I was reading English, I found this exotic word: epizeuxis. Instantly I racked my brains to find the equivalent counterpart in Japanese. Here are the results: Epizeuxis : 畳語法 (じょうごほう)、 ...
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説得にかかる vs other ~にかかる expressions

母さんはそれから粘り強く俺の説得にかかったが、最後に折れたのは母さんのほうだった Mom tried tenaciously to convince me(stop my foolishness), but in the end she was the one who gave up. Reading this at first, i would have read it ...
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Different usage of 普通に?

So, I was watching this show called Terrace House, and the following exchange between two participants caught my attention. 翔平:「 テラスハウスに入って、一番の…ここに来ての…財産じゃないけど、聖南と出会えたことだな。」 聖南:「いや、何か…...
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The meaning of 一本 in these lyrics

I am trying to translate a song and it's pretty difficult one and I'm unsure just what kind of meaning these lyrics have: この手を伝う 一本の孤独は 人の色が 褪せたままで My problem is with 一本 because I have always ...
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Meaning of タダで in タダでヤれる

speaker desperate for some action あんないい女とタダでヤれるせっかくのチャンス、放っておく手はねぇだろ to finally have a chance of being being able to do it with such a fine girl, I'm not the sort that ignores that How is タダで ...
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What's the difference between 母方 and 母系? The same question goes to 父方 and 父系

I saw these words a while ago but just now I decided to ask it here because I didn't find the answer anywhere. As the title says, I don't really know if there is a difference between 母方【ははかた】 X 母系【...
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Is there a name for the ending year of an era?

[元]{がん}[年]{ねん} is a term for the first year of an era, i. e. 平成元年=1989 starting with 8 January. But what is the term of the ending one, i. e. 2019 for Heisei?
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Meaning of 過ぎ in 20日過ぎに海行くんだ

20日過ぎに海行くんだ I'm pretty sure this means going to the sea in 20 days but 過ぎる signifies elapsed time, so could it possibly be going to the beach for 20 days ?
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Why is a blackboard called 黒板, but a whiteboard is not called 白板?

I'm curious as to why Japanese uses a 外来語 for whiteboard ホワイトボード, but a native word for blackboard, 黒板. Is there a historical reason this emerged? If you called a whiteboard a 白板{はくばん}, would people ...
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Why is ヘッド an embarrassing title?

In the video game Mega Man X7, if you fight the boss Ride Boarski/Hellride Inobusky as X, before the fight you get this dialogue: X「 おまえが“ヘッド”か?」 イノブスキー「ヘ、ヘッド~!?て、てめぇ~!!そんなハズカシイ名前で呼びやがって、“総長”...
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use of だとつい…で…… in these sentence

students visits her teacher, to deliver some food. She has known him since she was little speaker response carelessly attaching ~ちゃん to her name student「先生、また『ちゃん』って言ってます」 先生「え? あ、あぁ すまんね。...
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What does the 'ga' at the front of 'ga hanasemasu' do?

I have just learnt that 'hanasemasu' means 'to speak' and that 'ga hanasemasu' means roughly the same. On Google Translate, 'hanasemasu' comes up as 'able to speak' and 'ga hanasemasu' comes up as 'I ...
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Meaning of もひとり at the start of a sentence

Two kids enter a classroom and see a stranger sat at the desk of one of them. The one whose desk it is starts crying: そしてその机といったらまったくこの泣いた子の自分の机だったのです。もひとりの子ももう半分泣きかけていましたが、... For that desk was ...
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Would you say 日系アメリカ人の歴史のポータル or 日系アメリカ人の歴史ポータル?

Which is correct? My gut tells me it's the second one, but I've asked and someone told me the first is probably the one to use. Reasons being ポータル is not a common katakana word.
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What are the characteristics of the suffix ~びる?

The word 大人びた is in common use in Japanese, but I noticed that I couldn't think of another use of ~びる apart from that. EDICT lists only 大人びた and 鄙びた. Kotobank lists 田舎びた and 古びる, although according ...
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Aozora versus Aoi sora

Can we use 青空 and 青い空 interchangeably? Is there any difference between the two? Which is the most natural? Thank you!
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What is the meaning of the phrase “下町職人魂”

I'm aware that 下町 means downtown, and 職人魂 means craftsmanship, but what does it mean when the two are brought together?
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「しり目に」の意味は何ですか。

下の文章で「しり目に」の意味は何ですか。 例)「たなびく白い雲をしり目に、大きなかたまりがぐんぐんと空におしのぼっている。」 よろしくお願いします。
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What verb conveys the concept of 'visited'?

I am trying to say the following: "We also drove around California and visited San Diego, Joshua Tree Park and several beaches." I think it should be: Kariforunia o doraibu shite sandiego nimo ...
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The meaning of んや

Here are two examples that I have encountered ん+や  ずっと変{へん}な夢{ゆめ}を見{み}とったような気{き}がするんやけど・・・ another example: なんか、体調{たいちょう}悪{わる}いんやない? I am still trying to have a better sense of the letters ...
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「持参の上」の「上」の意味は何ですか。 [duplicate]

下の文章で「上」の意味は何ですか。 例)「このはがき持参の上、おいでください。」 よろしくお願いします。
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What's the difference between 貰えます (moraemasu) and いただけます (itadakemasu)? Which sounds more natural when talking about bags?

Example 1 "袋を貰えますか? fukuro wo moraemasu ka?" 2 "袋をいただけますか? fukuro o itadakemasu ka?" Both mean "Can I have a bag?". However, what is the difference between itadakemasu and moraemasu? ...
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Is the use of 真面目な a modern way to refer to sentimental relationships as “serious” or has it always been standard?

If someone can think of a better title, please edit or suggest a better one. Recently, I have started noticing some Japanese people using the adjective 真面目な paired to words such as 出会い, 関係, etc, when ...
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What is 「切れ」 in 切れかけの蛍光灯?

What is 「切れ」 as in 「切れかけの蛍光灯。」?
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What is the difference between 特別 and 特殊?

特別 and 特殊 I think they both mean "special". But are they used in different contexts?
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切れかけの蛍光灯とは何ですか?とくに切れかけ? [duplicate]

切れかけの蛍光灯。 What does the above mean? What is 切れかけ?
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Cardinal and intermediate directions

The four cardinal directions are the directions north, east, south, and west. The intermediate directions are northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest. In English it would be incorrect to say ...
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What is the nuance of か and ね together, e.g. ありませんかね?

A friend approached me asking what some text meant in this game he was playing which said: スリーサイズを当てるって課題、ありませんかね☆ I feel like I understand the gist of what this means but I've been unable to ...
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Differences between 妊娠 and 受胎

Can you tell me what are the differences between: 1) 即時 and 即刻?  妊娠 and 受胎?
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What is the difference between 清潔 and 清浄

According to one Japanese guy I know: 洗浄とは、きれいにすること。 清潔とは、きれいであること。 He also says that the correct adjective in the sentence below is 清潔 and 清浄 is incorrect. 山中では空気はとても 清浄だ / 清潔だ。 However, ...
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Question about 単独

Does word 単独 has some figurative meaning close to something like "not ready"? I'm asking because it used in this sentence だがそれは、俺が“単独”だった場合だ。 But protagonist definitely isn't "solo", since he has ...
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Why does ―・appear on Japanese dictionary? [duplicate]

For example this definition of 臨む: 風景・場所などを目の前にする。向かい対する。面する。「海に―・んだ部屋」 Why does ―・appear instead of the word itself? What's the reason behind it, how do I call it and why that only exist in a ...
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What does オシャレ mean?

やっぱオシャレな雰囲気になるお声だなぁ〜 It seems the definition of おしゃれ is something like "stylish", but it doesn't seem right in this case. What does that mean?
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Possible misspeling of 音葉? [closed]

I encountered follwoing sentence という音葉は胸にしまっておく。 And I think that 葉 is probably just misspelling, i.e. は entered twice instead of once. But I'm not sure. Can someone help?
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Meaning of 世界観に入り込む in the following sentence

The following sentence is taken from the afterword of the final volume of a manga: そんな風に名残惜しさを感じたり、世界観に入り込んで描くことができたのも、たくさんの人に読んでいただけて、キャラクターや作品が好きだと言ってもらえてものすごい励みになったことが一因だと思います。 I understand the ...
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Two words from Shinya Shokudou

I have two questions about the TV series Shinya Shokudo. The show focuses on a midnight diner, its chef, known as "The Master", and his involvement with his customers. When the master is taking an ...
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What is the meaning of どうの?

Context: a former swordsman takes his daughter to attend kendo lessons. She doesn't seem happy, so he reminds her that she decided herself to go, at which che replies: んだよ!...
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The difference between へとへと and くたくた

I am studying Japanese オノマトペ and I came across two that are very similar. The definitions I found online, and the examples sentences in the book don't align, so I am confused about the 使い方。 On this ...
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How “So what?” is said in this video? [closed]

Now I feel like being totally deaf since I can't figure out how Byakuya said "So what?" in Japanese. It's being said at 0:25. Youtube subtitles claim that his line is "そういう" but to my ear it sounds ...
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What is the difference between 美人 and 佳人?

Both words mean "beautiful woman", but I guess the reason two words exist is because of some nuance. Am I right ?
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What's the difference between 海洋 and 大洋?

According to my dictionary they both mean "ocean", but I guess there is a reason for both words to exist. Am I right ?
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Meaning of 利く and examples

I would like to know what's the meaning of 利く with this kanji 利. Could you also give me some examples, please? I've searched in kotobank for a difference between 効く (to have effect) and 利く, but I ...
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Difference between 貝 and 貝殻

I would like to know if there's any difference between 貝 and 貝殻, and if these words are interchangeable.
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Is it possible to “be confident in” without using 信 and implying having “faith”?

In academic fields, particularly in science, practitioners are often careful to to say they have confidence in something rather than saying they believe in it. Example: "I am confident the theory of ...
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Small Words on the side of Big Words. Is it a manga thing or a japanese thing?

I'm interested on learning Japanese and I was curious on how this works. I picked a japanese manga for curiosity and saw this on a balloom speech. Why there is small words on the side of the big ones?...
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Does だけ necessarily carry a negative connotation?

I was praised by my tutor for the progress I'd made myself thus far, but somehow the message just seemed to carry a strange negative connotation to me. Here's the part where I found a tad off: ...
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Referring to Korean people as an ethnic group and not as political entities?

While rereading a question and answer I posted here I started thinking about how one would refer to Koreans as an ethnic whole rather than as the currently separate political countries they are. I ...