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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 can I say ' I'M LOSING IT ' like smth is really funny [on hold]

the expressions in english along the lines of ' I'M CRYING JANSJA' or '' OMG I'M LOSING IT'' is there an equivalent in japanese?
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Possible misspeling of 音葉? [on hold]

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 ...
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Understanding the meaning of 事情がわって

First, I would like to yet thank all the community for your great exchange work ! I wish I can participate one day when I get a better understanding of japanese language. I am learning japanese as an ...
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How many ways to say father are there in japanese?

So far I knew 父, お父さん and パパ mean father in japanese. But then I saw other compounds which apparently mean father like 父上, 乃父 (I dont know how these are pronounced by the way). Are there many other ...
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How to interpret “一日の楽しみ”

こいつにとって水泳は本当に一日の楽しみなんだと思う。 The person in question here swims literally everyday. "I think she really enjoys swimming (everyday? all the time?)" It's hard to fit these use cases here.
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Meanings of 可愛くない

The main meaning of 可愛くない is of course "not cute", but I think I've heard/seen the word in other contexts, too. Is it possible for 可愛くない to be a kind of insult, like "loser" maybe? Especially when it'...
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In 上旬・中旬・下旬, why is 上 the start and 下 the end of the month?

I understand that 上旬 means the first 10 days of the month, and that 下旬 means the last (approximately) 10 days of the month. However, I would like to understand the underlying logic for the choice of 上 ...
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気をっけて - Why the small っ? [closed]

I'm currently viewing a bunch of tweets about Typhoon Jebi in Kansai, and I'm seeing a lot of people writing 気を[っ]{L}けて specifically with a small っ. Is this just some type of stylization? If so, ...
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What does 弟は友だちの大きいくるまで学校に行きます properly translate to?

I was asked to translate the following sentence: 弟は友だちの大きいくるまで学校に行きます。 I first split it up (in my head) so it looks easier to read, whilst recognising the particles. 弟は 友だちの 大きい くるまで ...
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Can't understand what this passage is trying to say

I'm trying to understand the meaning of a beginning passage in a fashion magazine on a page about make-up. ”トレンドくすみカラーでこびないワタシ” くすんだピンクやラベンダー、ダスティーなピンクなど今まで手を出しにくかったちょっとくすんだ”オトナ色”で、...
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Difference between 嵌まる and 填まる

This verb is also written in katakana despite the presence of kanjis. What is the difference between them ? In which context 嵌まる suits more than 填まる, what is the nuance ?
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What is the difference [一瞬]{いっ・しゅん}, [一刻]{いっ・こく}, and [(一)刹那]{(いっ・)せつ・な}

They all mean something like an instant or a moment. When are they (and when are they not) interchangeable? Is any more (in)formal/literary than the others? Do they represent the same amount of time? ...
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What is the word or set-phrases of “grinding/grindy gameplay” as opposed to “power-leveling” in formal/informal Japanese

Background: Japanese online games are known for its grinding process while people often find a way to "power-level" in a certain way so that they can bypass the 'grindy process'. I have difficulties ...
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Can i use 戻りました or 帰って来ました after being offline for a long period to say i'm back online?

What do i say when i want to say i'm back online after being offline during a long period of time? Can i use 戻りました and/or 帰って来ました?
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What does 運を消費していく mean?

i'm asking myself what 運を消費していく means? Context: My penpal won concert tickets and i congragulated him with おめでとうございます! and he responded with ありがとうございます!!運を消費していく. Unfortunately i had not the time to ...
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Meaning of 幼くして and 醒めている

しかし、幼くして彼女はどこか醒めているところがあり、真里亞が上機嫌に魔法のことを語るのを聞きながら、そんなものが本当にあるわけがないとも思っていた。 Why is it 幼くして, not 幼い彼女は・・・ ? What about 醒める here ?
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Is there any slang for 絞首刑?

In English it is quite common to use the expression "to get the chair" to refer to the death penalty. For example: He committed such a terrible crime, I hope he gets the chair. * The word 絞首刑, "...
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Help with meaning of 新規掲載絵皆無貧困絵描

An artist I follow on twitter posted an image and above it they wrote 新規掲載絵皆無貧困絵描. (Here is the link to the original tweet: https://twitter.com/sai_no/status/1033339861351256065 tho it doesn't really ...
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Why are the South China Sea and East China Sea still referred to as “南シナ海 ” and “東シナ海” when “シナ” is considered derogatory when referring to China?

If China is usually referred to as [中国]{ちゅうごく}, then why do the names for the seas still use the old Japanese name? Is there a reason?
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Adding 駄 on the beginning of the word

I've met a word 駄女 だおんな though not sure if wrote it well in kanji. Can I use this 駄 with other words? For example, like 駄先輩 or 駄宏 (with the name of a man)? Are there words that suit this scheme most ...
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the meaning and use of the word 殺素 today

I'm trying to understand some paper about Udagawa Youan and chemistry in Japan and I have a big problem with 殺素. It's means all chemistry elements which can kill or mayby only radioactive? Or mayby it'...
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How would I know whether a word existed and was commonly used N years ago?

Suppose I'm writing a novel that takes place N years ago, say N = 80. Given the dramatic increase of loanwords in the past century, especially from English, what would be the best way (if there is any)...
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Implications/usage of “訳あり”

I am reading a work of fiction by a Japanese novelist and I found an interesting phrase that I'm unfamiliar with, "訳あり" In the story B launches a surprise raid on A's property. They talk a little bit ...
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Is there a term for “the one that got away”?

I'm thinking of something like 失恋対象 or 失恋相手, except 1) I just made those up off the top of my head, and 2) on the off-chance they're real words, they don't really capture the essence of "the one that ...
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What I said the nuance of the phrase きっと青春が聞こえる?

In one of my favorite μ's songs, the title is きっと青春が聞こえる. My problem is with the 青春. I think the title means something like "I can surely hear the youth" but that sounds kind of strange. Is there ...
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Can I say 日本語程度 as an alternative for 日本語実力?

Or perhaps even 日本語実力程度? Although that seems overkill and double emphasising.
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How would one translate or understand the word 死鬼 in English?

I'm reading a fictional book which deals with Japanese mythical/fantasy themes. One chapter describes dead people being resurrected through a complex operation in which their bodies were reworked and ...
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What is the difference between プログラム and 日程 in the context of a スポーツ大会?

I was doing some JLPT N2 practice and got this question wrong: スポーツ大会のプログラムはさておき、( )。 a 日程を決めよう b 準備はすべて整った c わたしも参加したい When I saw option "a", I immediately thought that it was ...
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Question about 男女比 order [duplicate]

How is 男女比 used in this example? Just like anything else in japanese context matters and in this case the male/famale ratio is 6 male and 4 female, because the text is talking about females are coming ...
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Difference between 仮、一時的、臨時 when expressing “temporary”

All of these words express "temporary" but I can't understand the difference and in which contexts each are used. For example: 仮の包帯 A temporary bandage 一時的な住宅 A temporary residence 臨時列車 ...
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Japanese concept of space [closed]

It seems the early Sino-Japanese notion of time was essentially one of an empty interval between discrete events, the Japanese term jikan being either created or repurposed in the 19th century to ...
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Can anyone help identify this character 僮?

I found this character on a website and the only associated meaning was "child, servant." Can anyone elaborate on when it may be used and why?
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都内 is reserved for the capital Tokyo, what term is used to mean a foreign capital city? [duplicate]

I have seen the term used in reference to Tokyo. What would the term be for a foreign capital?
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見事な活躍 ~ use of 活躍

While studying for the JLPT, I ran into the phrase "見事な活躍をする". I have always assumed that 活躍 means to use effectively or to one's advantage as in 日本語を仕事に活躍したい But when I looked up 活躍 in a ...
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When a kanji term is listed as outdated, is it for specific words or all of the words that use it?

I read jisho a lot and I run into words with outdated kanji. Does this mean that the kanji term is outdated for a particular word or all words that use it?
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Why is a baby called 赤ちゃん?

Why is a baby called 赤ちゃん? The term means red. Is the term "red" specific? Can the term refer to baby animals as well?
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Is there a difference between 数学 and 数理?

I noticed that both terms referred to mathematics. Is one term used more frequently than the other?