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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~のね used by male speakers

I'd heard that the 「(名詞)ね」form was sometimes used by male speakers before, and I've been reminded by something in Dragon Quest IX. There is a character late in the game known as 大賢者, and while they're ...
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Writing a birthday letter to a friend

Okay here is my dilemma, I am going to a write to a Japanese friend a birthday letter but I don't know how should I construct it; I've tried to search around the net and I found both formal and ...
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What's a good way to say "liminal"?

I speak a fair amount of Japanese (from America, live in Kobe, Japan), but am having a hard time finding a good way to say liminal. The best I can think of is things like gap or transition 間 【あいだ】
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Question about the part "のどは針のように細く" of this phrase

I found this in 大辞林 for ガキ: I know that the appropriate definition is probably: 俗に,子供の意。 In slang, has the meaning of kid But I always love to read the definitions with the (仏) in them: 〔仏〕(ア)...
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Difference between ストーリー and 物語

In media studies academic papers I see sometimes the term ストーリー is used and other times 物語 is used. I feel there might be a nuanced difference between the two. Could someone explain scenarios when ...
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できる after したがい meaning, and also what does "が," mean?

I read the definition of a word I'm pretty sure means crusty scab [瘡蓋]{かさぶた}: できもの・傷口が,治るにしたがいできる皮膜。 I believe this means "a film-membrane that can (?) follow up to fix a wound". I'm not ...
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「いくらか」と「若干」の使い分けを教えていただけないでしょうか。

「いくらか」と「若干」の違いは何ですか。ただ「いくらか」は話し言葉で「若干」は書き言葉ですか。正しいですか。もし、正しかったら、他の違いがありますか。
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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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Introducing people

How would you say 'he is...' 'she is...' about other people, in regards to naming them? And how would you say:'they are'(meaning people). E.g: 'They are my friends.', 'They are my teachers.', 'They ...
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What is the Fast Way on remembering the Japanese adj/verb pronouciations and its related meanings? [closed]

By far, I found the most difficult and important parts of learning Japanese words is to memorize its pronounciations. eg. あつい . It means Hot, an adjective. But how can I relate the two - pronouciation ...
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やつらも生き物だ、死して横たわる権利はあろう

The main character in this game enters a pact with a dragon which allows them to communicate with each other and the MC to take control of the dragon. The MC is depicted as bloodthirsty simply out for ...
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Exact definition of 針千本 in the 指切り idiom

I'm trying to learn more about idioms and expressions, and I came across this (which is apparently said when making a [pinky] promise): 指切拳万{ゆびきりげんまん}、嘘ついたら針千本{はりせんぼん}呑ます Casting the first part ...
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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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Why is the same english meaning of ため tied to different japanese meanings in different dictionaries?

On http://jisho.org/word/%E7%82%BA consequence; result; effect has an example sentence それは、おまえの声をよく聞くためだよ。(It is in order to hear your voice well.) On http://tangorin.com/general/%E3%81%9F%E3%82%...
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Meaning and transitivity of ゴミ袋を手に立ち上がる

While doing some translating, I stumbled upon this usage of 立ち上がる。 わたしがゴミ袋を手に立ち上がると、イツカ君とお姉ちゃんは二人一緒にわたしの所へやって来ました。 It doesn't match up with the definitions I'm familiar with, nor any of the other ...
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結構{けっこう}と決行{けっこう}と欠航{けっこう}

I'm sure the YouTuber Dogen's name would not be strange to a lot of people here on this site, and I'm sure a lot of you have seen his this video where he makes fun of words that sounds similar. ...
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The difference between どうやって and どうやったら

What is the difference between どうやって and どうやったら?
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How to "feel bad" for someone in Japanese

I suppose that the English phrase is very general but in Japanese how do you express that you feel bad for others? (something similar to pity but not particularly looking down on the person)
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Questions about の→ん contraction, でござる→でございます shift

【原文】Original version 各これらの語の特徴はいつからなの?何時代ですの? 第一、「のです」と「なのです」を書いて「んです」と「なんです」を書かなかったことはいつからなの? 第に、「でござる」を書いて「でございます」を書かなかったこともいつからなの? 私の日本語がよくないですと、すみません! Edited version I have two questions ...
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Question about meaning of words 立場上 and 身分上

I read the definition of 義務 because I found the word 義務教育: 人が人として,あるいは立場上,身分上当然しなければならないこと I understand the definition as "Thing that a person has to do" but I can't find the meanings of ...
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(Sumo cloze passage) What in tarnation was I supposed to put in this blank?

I was given the following cloze passage with 9 questions. Blanks 3, 6, 7 and 8 have [requirements in brackets] that must be followed when answering. I have filled in my own answers in bold. While all ...
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The word いや - gender?

I've been told that いや (in its use similar to いいえ) is a mainly masculine word, but I've heard many female speakers use it, both as a filler and a content word expressing disagreement. Is it that young ...
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Does 連続性 have a different meaning than just "continuity"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD_Z6QHD1Dg I've noticed that usually words have other meanings than just the standard definitions that dictionaries give. I bet 連続性 probably means something different ...
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Understanding 今回は惜しいのでセーフということにしておきます

寿季「初めて出会った時のこと、覚えてます?」 エレナ「ええ。覚えているわ」 エレナ「寿季が私にぶつかって、読んでいた本を落としてしまったのよね」 寿季「いや、ぶつかったのは別の生徒で、俺は通りがかっただけです」 エレナ「……間違いは誰にでもあるわ」 寿季「今回は惜しいのでセーフということにしておきます」 I would translate the bold part sentence ...
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Help with a few sentences using 許す

Although I was helped by someone, some particular lines left me and a friend confused and we haven't reached a conclusion. The verb 許す has been used a lot, mostly in the negative 許せない because the plot ...
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How to express the idea " a place where ..."

I asked this question a few hours ago but I think i phrase it incorrectly. The idea is like saying "a place where blah blah description of the place" example: Imagine you are in a place ...
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How to express the idea of being somewhere [duplicate]

So I've been searching the internet and I can't find my answers because all it says is the N5 imasu/arimasu I don't think it's right. So the context is like "imagine, you are in a place where ...
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How to say 'possessed' as in haunted by a ghost

Could I say these sentences this way? Hanako was possessed by a ghost. 花子さんは幽霊に憑依されました。 A ghost possessed Hanako 幽霊は花子さんを憑依しました。
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What's the difference between 大臣 and 閣僚?

I understand 大臣 means "minister" and 閣僚 means "cabinet minister", but I am curious what's the difference between these two terms ?
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The meaning of the word 切り整える

I can't find anything about 切り整える. I found it in this definition for 髪型: 結ったり,切り整えたりして仕上げた髪の恰好。髪のかたち。ヘア-スタイル。 I know that 整える means "to put something in order", but what does it mean with ...
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what is the difference between ○○ですね?、○○ですね、○○です、 [closed]

what is the difference between eg; すてきですね? すてきですね すてきです
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Using double quotation

So, in a NHK news article I encountered the following sentence: 菅総理大臣は緊急宣言の下で異例の開催となると指摘しこれまでの緊急宣言となれば無観客も辞さないと申し上げてきたと述べた上で With this 申し上げてきた is the prime minster talking about himself and his ...
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Can someone explain the real meaning of とろんと溶け?

I don't know what does とろんと mean here ,and i can only understand 溶け means "something is melting" Please someone explain to me ,thank you o/
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体格 vs スタイル When to use which

Not sure on the difference between these two words. Is there any real difference in how they are used?
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List of Two-Mora Ichidan Verbs

I've been looking for an exhaustive list of them, but I can't seem to find one in English. So far I've got these: いる/居る 得る 出る 似る 煮る 寝る 着る 干る 鋳る 射る 癒る 経る/歴る みる's variants, 見る/観る/視る/診る/看る Are there ...
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When to use に vs から with もらう (and other similar verbs)?

I've been trying to learn all the rules involving particles and もらう in detail for a long time. Until the other day, I thought に and から were completely interchangeable for もらう, as in the following ...
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What is the difference between 受け継ぐ、引き継ぐ,and 継承する?

I know these words roughly translate to "to inherit", "to take over", "to succeed", etc, but what is the difference between these words? These words were used in Attack ...
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What do you call a ブザービーター in baseball?

Is it possible to have something similar to a buzzer beater in baseball? What is it called in Japanese? If not, how would you refer to a game-winning action in a sport?
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What does 愛想薄い mean?

I came across this in a doujinshi I was reading; the context was two people were discussing another character and basically it lead to a question asking if one of them was fine with 愛想薄い, in terms of ...
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What does クる mean in this sentence?

あんた最近避けてるでしょ。何考えてるか知らないけどあんたに変に距離を取られると結構クるのよ、くだらない理由でやってるのなら止めなさいよ I'm guessing it has a negative meaning, but I look up "kuru" on denshi jisho dictionary and nothing that makes sense in ...
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What's the difference between 家 and 宅?

I saw these two kanjis while writing down some words, and they appeared to have the same meaning. Normally I heard うち as home but they (いえ and たく) got translated as home-house as well so I'm wondering ...
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Why is「こい」used at the end of this sentence?

In Dragon Ball volume 9, one character plans to kill another, and they say 天国か地獄、好きなほうにいってこい Which I take to mean something like "Heaven or hell, go to whichever you like" I think いってこい ...
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How do I read this kanji from an old book?

It is from a book titled ガンビアの春, or Spring in Gambier, that I am translating for my senior capstone project. I can read 活, but I couldn't tell you what the second character is. This author tends to ...
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Is there any meaning/usage difference between 罠を掛ける and 罠を仕掛ける?

From my understanding, both of them mean "to set a trap" (in order to catch something). I encountered 罠を仕掛ける in the story カチカチ山:  おじいさんはタヌキのいたずらにがまん出来なくなり、畑にワナをしかけてタヌキを捕まえました。 However, ...
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Why are もらう、習う、教わる、借りる and 聞くthe only transitive verbs that behave like they are in passive conjugation? Is there a name for this category of verb?

もらう、習う、教わる、借りる and 聞く (in its "to hear from" meaning) and their honorifics I'm pretty sure are the only verbs where に and から are somewhat interchangeable in their active form, in that に ...
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Example sentences with 枚数

I'm trying to learn how to use the word 枚数. However, I'm having some trouble to find example sentences that teach me how to use it, since in most websites I know such as Jisho, Tangorin and so on, ...
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How many Kanji characters are there?

I have been searching around, but all the sources give completely different answers ranging from 2,000 to 50,000. So my question is how many Kanji characters that have ever existed since the dawn of ...
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What does the word 「なんざ」 mean?

What does the word 「なんざ」 mean? ふざけんじゃねえよ パンチに理{り}屈{くつ}なんざ無{む}用{よう}だい!
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良さそう usage in this context:【誰かが手伝ってくれたら、せめて「ありがとう」ぐらいは言ったって良さそうなものだったのに。】

誰かが手伝ってくれたら、せめて「ありがとう」ぐらいは言ったって良さそうなものだったのに。 You might at least have said, "Thank you", when someone helped you. Source: https://jisho.org/sentences/51866b92d5dda7e98100cf56 In this ...
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Is 閣閣 a real word?

As the title says, is 閣閣 a real word? I've searched through weblio古語辞典 and BCCWJ and I've gotten no results that are not 内閣閣僚. Out of pure curiosity, I just want to find a real example of this word ...

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