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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What term is used to mean the game of American football?

I see terms for soccer and football and they seem closely related. What is the term used to clearly indicate American football? National/American Football League football. Thank you for your time in ...
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How does ジャンケンポン become the meaning for the rock paper and scissors game? [duplicate]

It's the term used for the rock, paper and scissors game. I have also heard the term kai bai bo/bou used. Which term is correct? Kai bai bo/bou sounds Chinese. How does jyankenpon and kai bai bo/bou ...
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What is the difference between さしあげる and あげる?

I realize that both words mean to give. What is the difference between さしあげる and あげる? The word was used in a chat with an elderly person.
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Difference between 絶滅, 消滅 and 滅ぶ

My vocabulary textbook lists the three following words: 滅び行く種族 Endangered species 種族の絶滅 The extinction of species 消滅した種族 Extinguished species (Hope the English ...
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Which character in a multiple kanji compound determines an on or kun reading?

Individual kanji have on and kun readings. Which character in a multiple kanji word determines if the word has an on or kun reading? 月曜日is a better example, on on kun. Would Nichiyoubi be considered ...
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What is the difference between 傲慢, 横柄, 威張る?

All these words can be translated in English as "arrogant", but I would like more explanation as to which context each would be used in. For example, I can't tell the difference between these ...
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What's the meaning of か and も in this sentence?

This is a sentence I'm struggling to fully understand: 高校生にもなった少女たちに揃い制服を着せ、ボタンをきちんととめているか、指定通りのネクタイを締めているか、いちいち干渉し、その上でさらに靴からマフラーからヘアアクセサリーにいたるまで、細かく取決めや 禁止事項を設けることへの、疑問がないと言えば嘘になる I think it's ...
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Is は a particle in こんにちは and こんばんは? [duplicate]

Is は a particle in こんにちは and こんばんは?
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Good sources to learn new words? [on hold]

One thing I'm hoping to become able to do is to understand Japanese animation, but the one thing I lack right now is vocabulary: I know some thousands words, but in each and every show (or books) I ...
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What is the proper way to address the Emperor in person?

Is there a proper way to address the Emperor of Japan when meeting in person? Is he addressed as 天皇 or 天皇陛下?
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Is a 模合 considered to be a type of クラブ ?

I posted a question a while back concerning the term moai and I am trying to explain it others. Would it be considered a type of club?
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Can I use the title san if I refer to myself as an ojisan?

I know that the title san cannot be used when referring to myself. It seems appropriate to use if it is with a title of some sort. I just wanted to clarify. Thank You!
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Why are romaji based acronyms used for terms pronounced in Japanese?

I understand the following terms, as romaji is used for terms that have a direct meaning in English, such as DIY, SS, NTT, JR, and LDK to name a few. Why is romaji used for terms such as KK (Kabushiki ...
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Could you please help me understand this sentence from NHK News?

タピオカは暑いところでできる芋から作った食べ物で、最近若い人。。。 I can't understand the part underlined quite well. Does it mean that Tapioca is made from 芋 that is grown in hot places, or does it mean that Tapioca is made in hot ...
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What is Japanese Language Stack Exchange called in Japanese?

What is Japanese Language Stack Exchange called in Japanese? I came up with 日本語のスタック交換.
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Whats the difference between yama and san in the title of a mountain?

Whats the difference between yama and san in the title of a mountain? 富山 and 富士山 Toyama and Fujisan for example? Is one simply a mountain and the other a volcano?
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Should I use 正解 or 当たり to mean correct in a testing situation?

I want to use the term(s) when indicating a correct answer to a TEST question. I am thinking that one term may be preferred in TESTING situations, over the other.
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What is a proper response to こちらこそ?

When chatting, after こちらこそ is used, I will say はい or どうも. Is this appropriate or should I say nothing and just start chatting?
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What is the difference between お風呂 and 銭湯?

I saw that the term お風呂 can refer to both and 銭湯 is apparently used for a public one. I see the term bath listed in Jisho. Would I take an お風呂 at a 銭湯?
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What is the word(s) for fast food?

What is the word for fast food? Food prepared quickly. I saw the term ファストフード used, but wondered if there is a kanji term to reflect the definition. I used the katakana term in a chat and it was not ...
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What is the difference in usage between 闘う and 戦う?

I would like to know the difference in usage between these two godan and intransitive verbs : 闘う{たたかう} 戦う{たたかう} When is one chosen over the other? Is 戦う more related to the war and 闘う to the ...
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What is the correct term for “contractor” in Japanese?

The company A (client company) needs to add more people than they have to their workforce in order to get a project done, so they make an agreement with a company B (consultancy, temporary employment ...
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The difference between 今日 and 今日ですね [duplicate]

こんにちは。えっと、今日ですね、日本についてお聞きしてるんですけど。 今日ですね always sounds a bit funny to me because I keep thinking about it as "it's today, isn't it?" (and then the answer could be "well, yes, it's not yesterday or ...
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What is the kanji term for a leaf blower? [closed]

What is the Japanese word for a leaf blower? I am searching for a kanji term.
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Is there a word to refer to those pairs (or sets) of words that are made up of the same kanji but in the opposite order? [duplicate]

I find such thing very interesting as it is a phenomena that simply does not exist for languages that do not use kanji or similar writing systems. Is there a way to call such pairs of words? For ...
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What is the correct reading of 黙然?

黙然 has two different readings which are もくねん and もくぜん. I am fairly confident in saying that もくぜん is the more common of the two and that もくねん is some sort of outdated reading. Is this interpretation ...
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Is there a difference between 辞典 and 辞書 ?

Is there a difference between 辞典 and 辞書? I know that both terms refer to a dictionary. I am thinking that a 辞典 has pictures and possibly more volumes (encyclopedia) and a 辞書 does not.
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助けてくれて有難う meaning and usage

I want to thank the people who are helping me on this website. Would 助けてくれて有難う be the appropriate thing to say to everyone?
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At what age is a person considered to be シルバー?

I read this term in an online article and it was referring to people. I assume it means elderly people. Is there an age that one must be to use this term?
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What does ほおほお mean?

I mentioned to a Japanese chat friend that I liked music after he asked me what I liked. He then typed ほおほお. Does it mean something similar to I see?
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Why is a fountain pen called 万年筆?

I am curious about the etymological history of 万年筆{まんねんひつ}, whose actual meaning is a fountain pen in Japanese. If we separate the kanjis we have : 万{マン}: ten thousand 年{ネン}: years 筆{ヒツ}:...
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What term would be used for commemorative coins and notes collectively?

Would commemorative coins and notes collectively be known as メモリアル?to indicate a type of memorial? The special money printed and coined in honor of special occasions such as the Olympics and other ...
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What is the difference between「家族【かぞく】」and「家庭【かてい】」?

Aside from "home" or "household", I understand that 家庭 can mean "family" as well. In such case, is there any difference in terms of usage or nuance between 家庭 and 家族? when is it more suitable to use ...
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About the differences between 貯金 and 節約

As the title says, I would like to know differences between 貯金{ちょきん} and 節約{せつやく}. Both mean "saving money" and have the irregular する verb ending: 貯金する{ちょきんする} : To save money 節約する{せつやくする} : ...
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How to use ふと correctly?

I am struggling in understanding how to use ふと ふと: suddenly, unexpectedly, unintentionally Based on the brief explanation on this post, ふと is used to express something unimportant that you don't ...
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Why are greetings commonly written in hiragana when kanji is available? [duplicate]

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening are seldom written with kanji is there a reason for this? Are the kanji readings considered outdated?
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Asking if you are there いますか or いるの?

I want to ask if someone is there. Can both terms be used to ask if a person is there/are you there? いますか or いるの?
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I need help on the meaning and translation of 絶賛不登校 [duplicate]

I came across this word in a manga that I'm translating. I understand that it has something to do with not attending school, but I can't for the life of me figure out what "絶賛" means when placed in ...
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What is the meaning of キルフェボン? [closed]

キルフェボン好きの人 雑談好きならココにおいで キルフェボン I dont understand the meaning of this word. The context is the heading of the chatroom. Thank you.
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What does サーブ mean?

Can't understand the term サーブ。I was thinking it may mean sub or substitute. Thanks as always! I was chatting with 茶屋。Could the term mean serve? Serving in the Olympics as an athlete? Or in reference ...
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What is a female worker who receives a salary called?

I have seen the term サラリーマン for men. What is a female who works for a salary, regardless of occupation, called? Is サラリーウーマン appropriate?
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What is the difference between 「警察」and 「警官」?

I understand that 警察 is a broader term to refer to the police in general, but it can be used to refer to a police officer. In such case, is it equivalent to 警官 or there is still a difference between ...
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日本人のかたですか vs 日本のかたですか

I originally received a post from an online chat which stated 「日本人のかたですか?」 I assumed this post was correct and questioned the meaning of the word かた in this instance. Would 「日本人のかたですか?」 be considered ...
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Are there different ways to say nice to meet you in Japanese?

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu is a commonly used phrase when meeting someone for the first time. Is there a more suitable phrase that would more accurately convey nice to meet you? Could I say oaide kite ...
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The kanji for suika and kabocha

I was able to translate as west melon and south melon. The melon part makes sense, but why were directions used? I saw the sui (water) kanji for watermelon, but it is no longer used.
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Please help me translate this sentence [明よせっないスキャットが] [closed]

I am reading a manga and I can't understand the sentence [明よせっないスキャットが]. So basically, here's the deal. Some people talking about the music. And one girl said: それに2曲目の金延幸子! よく知ってたわね~ 金延幸子! ...
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What is the difference between 型 and 形?

What is the difference between 型 and 形? I was taught that 型 means something like "form" and 形 means shape/form、and I wonder, are they interchangeable? Does 型 only come after a word or phrase?
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Does the size of a 町 determine if it is pronounced machi or chou?

北谷町 and 下町 The first one is pronounced Chatanchou and the second is Shitamachi. The second term is within an area of the the first one. Is a machi smaller than a chou? In the past was the term ノ・の ...
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Do Kanji characters ever have different pronunciations in Kansaiben?

Do Kanji characters ever have different pronunciations when Kansaiben is used?
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Can a supermarket be considered a yaoya if it sells vegetables in addition to other things?

Can a supermarket be considered a yaoya if it sells vegetables in addition to other things?