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's this word I always hear in anime? “Oh no!” or “not good!”

Sometimes when a character ends up in a bad situation they'll say a word or phrase that sounds like "matsui!" or "natsui!" It's usually translated as "not good!" or "oh no!" I'm curious as to what the ...
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Does the word for squid (ika) come from another language?

My book lists a number of kinds of fishes and sea creatures. The names are given in hiragana for all except that for squid for which it is given in katakana. イカ Does the word ika come from another ...
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Explanation of でもあります? [duplicate]

I saw this in my Genki I book and I don’t quite understand how to use でもあります. Also, how would I say this informally? パットはアメリカ人でもある?
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Are there any consistent rules as to how to distinguish words in Japanese?

I got involved with tokenization (mecab, kuromoji) and got confused as to what a "word" is in the Japanese language. Scenario 1: "たべません" analyzed by a tokenizer, outputs the following tokens: たべ ...
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〜か知らない or 〜か不安だ

I came across the following sentence in an exercise: インターネットで注文したセーターは、実際に着てみるまでサイズが_____が、ちょうどよかった。 Although only B and D make sense to me, here are the four propositions: A. 合わなかった B. ...
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Translation help for a short sentence

まじでおまえに愛される気しかねぇんだけど(男です) This is a sentence I saw below a YouTube Japanese music video. As I understand it, it says "To be honest, I only want to be loved by you (But I'm a boy)" But that sounds ...
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Meaning of 日の跡のささくれ

I am checking the lyrics for a track of music in which the words 日の跡のささくれ are repeated in two different lines, I know the meaning of words, but the meaning of the sentence is still vague for me. ...
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What does the word 「やめにしい」 mean?

Here is the dialogue containing the word. A: かってな推測はやめろう おれは青山なんざ... B: 自分をごまかすのはいいかげんでやめにしいな なんでもっときびしく現実をみつめようとはせんのや
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What is the etymology of あした?

I speak Chinese as well as Japanese. In Chinese, the etymology for 明天 and 明日 are the same in written Chinese and spoken Chinese. This got me curious about the etymology in Japanese. In written ...
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Which name does the -san go behind surname or given name?

when addressing a Japanese man in business, Which name does the -san go behind his surname or his given name?
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What is the difference between 「集【あつ】める」and 「揃【そろ】える」? [duplicate]

I've looked up both words and they appear to means "to collect". Even if they are synonyms, what is the nuance of each one or how do they differ? Thank you!
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申し込みます vs 応募します (to apply)

Good day folks, Basically been studying for 3 months already here in Tokyo. Using minna no nihongo book in our school. I am just wondering because I stumbled upon もうしこみます which means "to apply". ...
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Is there any difference between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」?

Like mentioned in the title, I would like to know if there are any subtle differences between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」. As an example, are all these sentences grammatically correct? Is there any change in ...
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原作を消化していくつもりだ meaning

In the second episode's preview of the Saiki Kusuo anime, Saiki recapped the premise(that he has superpowers) and said the following: 次々と原作を消化していくつもりだ According to the dictionary, 消化 has the ...
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The meaning of 一時期繁く

I've been reading a book and met a phrase I don't understand. I have translated it like that: 一時期繁く通った程度のことらしいが、そこに居を定める人間に出会ってみると、懐かしくなったものとみえる。 It seems to a degree of being there for one hour ...
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what does ゴゴゴ.. means?

This one often used with emojis/sticker while chatting online. Till now, I haven't seen it's use in spoken language. It seems to be slang. Is there any indirect meaning other than English equivalent?
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Difference between 付き合いが悪い and ノリが悪い

In a manga, a girl is reproaching her friend for not being very sociable since she became friend with a guy from the school cinema club: あんた あの映研のメガネとつるむようになってからつきあい悪いしノリも悪い I read on Kenkyusha ...
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Which reading/meaning of 入り込む is more common?

The word 入り込む has two possible readings いり込む and はいり込む. What exactly is the more common reading and the difference of the two? Based on my research online, it seems that はいり込む is more frequently used ...
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Meaning of ウケる or possibly 受ける in this situation [duplicate]

To learn Japanese I'm watching J-drama. My question is going to concern one of the dialogues. In Good Morning Call a boyfriend and girlfriend give their friend a pair of boxershorts as a ...
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What does 「1歳遅らせる」 mean?

Context: 5月の素案で示した「70代での発症を10年間で1歳遅らせる」という初めての数値目標は参考値に格下げし、患者の精神的負担にならないよう配慮した。 Source: https://www.sankei.com/life/news/190618/lif1906180018-n1.html I understand the sentence in bold as, ...
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How to determine 大都市 vs 都市

As I understand 都市 [toshi] means [city]. And therefore it could be any city, which is not town. In Russia town means over 12K population. 100-250K pouplation = big town. 250-500K pupulation = small ...
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Has anyone come across the word 畸端?

I've started reading my first Japanese book and the word 畸端検査官 keeps popping up. I know 検査官 means inspector, but I can't find a reference anywhere to 畸端. Can anyone help?
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Japanese word meaning “sister” if the position in the family is unknown [duplicate]

I am translating the sentence from English into Japanese: On Christmas I get toys from my sister. I have no idea if the sister is older or younger than the speaker. So, if I don't want to be ...
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How do I say what something is made out of?

The exact thing I want to know how to say is 'The wristwatch is made out of gold' and 'The wristwatch is gold and black in colour'. Would saying this be the same as talking about a house being made of ...
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what is the Japanese word for “Walk-in Appointment”?

For example: "My doctor's bookings were full today, so I had to go early to try and catch a walk-in appointment."
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古代のロマン ultimate dream

Hi everyone on this community forum! In the video game Ehrgeiz, there is a sentence which is spoken is Japanese, then subtitled, which was localized well, but I'd like to know what the sentence is ...
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Should I use 円 or 輪 here?

I am trying to paraphrase Plato's description of Atlantis. He says that there is a centre island surrounded by two rings of land and two of water. He later says that the outer ring of land has an ...
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How do Japanese speakers say “no commentary” in Youtube video titles?

Most Youtube videos showing videogames have people talking over the gameplay. To show potential viewers that their videos aren't like that and were made with only the actual sounds from the game, ...
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Help identifying a Kanji character from image

I've been struggling to identify this Kanji for 30 minutes now. Tried looking up radicals, stroke order, etc. but can't figure it out. More context:
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The use of かります in a sentence

This is the sentence I'm having troubles with: シェリーちゃんが助かりますよーに! I know that シェリーちゃん is Sherry-chan and, 助 is help/rescue/assist. The only part I want to know about is the かりますよーに。I have been ...
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Meaning of 水洗式 other than flush toilet

In an article about penetrant testing (浸透探傷検査) I found the following sentence: 浸透液は水洗式でハケ塗りとし,極力溶接部以外に浸透液が付着しないようにすること. In this kind of test, a penetrant liquid is used on a surface (in this case ...
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Meaning of 全数 when talking about frequency

In an article about quality control, I found the following expression: 検査頻度: 全数 I read in the dictionary that 全数 means "total, complete". Since we are talking about frequency, I thought it could ...
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What is the correct reading of 心底?

The word 心底 has 2 readings which are しんそこ and しんてい. Both seem to be interchangeable with one another. Searching online has this page popping up. https://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/...
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What are the illustrations used in Japanese TV called?

What are the illustrations they use to show information in Japanese TV called? I don't know if I'm describing them well, so I've included a picture.
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What does the word 「ごねだした」 mean?

I'm not sure if it is a nuance of the word 「ごねる」 which means to make difficulties or to grumble. Here is the sentence containing the word. なんせ... 青山が五人の選手の中に入れてくれってごねだしたのは知ってるんだ
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Just come across the words 習々年 and 習年 - but what do they mean? [closed]

I've just read these in a book but I'm not quite sure what these words mean - there's not much at all on the Internet about them either. I think 習々年 might mean "over the years" as 習々 seems to mean "...
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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 ...