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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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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When a kanji term is listed as outdated, is it for specific words or all of the words that use it?

I read jisho a lot and I run into words with outdated kanji. Does this mean that the kanji term is outdated for a particular word or all words that use it?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?
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Is かっこいい used to describe men and women?

Can かっこいい be used to describe men and women? I have usually seen the term used to reference men.
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Honorific suffix 御 as in 甥御 and 姪御?

Just learned that the honorific equivalents of nephew and niece in Japanese are: 甥御 and 姪御, which raise the question: How come 御 functions as a suffix instead of a prefix which is the case we usually ...
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What is the meaning of “人の身である” and “人あらざる”?

私たちの悲願、奇跡に至ろうとする切望はどこからきたものなのか。私たちは何の為に、人の身であるままに、人あらざる地点に到達しようとしていたのか。 I'm having some problems with understanding not just the meaning of "人の身である" but the meaning of "人あらざる" too in the context ...
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a sentence that ends with “de”

sorry if my English is bad but neither English nor Japanese is my language. i'm new to Japanese too. I have a question that i hope you will answer it. "赤ちゃんだんごはいつも幸せの中で" This is from a song named "...
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What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean?

What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean? 日本で台風と言うと 9月とか10月なんですよ 7月に上陸とか聞いたことありません We were chatting about typhoons. Does it mean "What? We still have September and October, you know"? In particular, I ...
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Are typhoons more commonly referred to by number or name?

Do Japanese ever assign a name to a typhoon, or are they always numbered? In most countries the name is more commonly used.
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Why did the 黄色い線 become the 黄色いブロック?

Until a few months ago, I am absolutely sure in every single train station I had ever been the announcement was something along the lines of "黄色い線の内側でお待ちください". Then, out of the blue, one day the word ...
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What is the difference between 織機(しょっき) and 機 (はた)?

Does 織機 mean the device, while 機 means the concept? Or maybe one of them is more formal than the other?
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What are the pizza delivery guys called?

I was thinking of the word ピザ配達者, or ピザ人、but it doesn't read right.
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Is there a difference between 事務室 and 事務所?

I want to say that I work in an office. I researched both terms. Shitsu is a room, but I assumed that sho is used more for location. Which term is more appropriate to use?
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What is the name for a blackboard eraser? [closed]

I found the term 消しゴム but the definition refers to a pencil eraser. Is there a name for a blackboard eraser? Thank you. https://jisho.org/word/%E6%B6%88%E3%81%97%E3%82%B4%E3%83%A0
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What is the reading of the town 北谷?

What is the reading of the town 北谷? ちゃたん or ほくたに? It is a town in Okinawa. Most Japanese read it as Hokutani or Kitatani. Okinawans say Chatan. Is it a dialect? Could all terms be correct?
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Do any Japanese words start with n besides ンジャメナ?

Do any Japanese words start with n besides ンジャメナ or words related to it? N'Djamena is the capital of Chad.
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What are the plastic meals featured in restaurants called?

I can point at the food that I would like to order, because there is a plastic representation of it. Is it called purasuchikku shokuji?
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I do not understand why と is incorrect when trying to say “both” [duplicate]

Before I begin, this post is unrelated, despite the similar title. Here was the question: My father and mother both are English teachers. 父と母は英語の先生です。 父も母も英語の先生です。 父も母も英語先生です。 ...
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とか vs たりする what's the difference?

What's the difference between とか and たりする when listing verbs?
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What is the difference between 勝利 and 勝ち?

Both mean "victory" so I would like to know when is it more convenient to use 勝ち, and when shoud I use 勝利 ? Is one of them more polite ?
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Is the phrase ねぇ、ちょっと寄ってかない? written incorrectly?

ねぇ、ちょっと寄ってかない? I came across this banner in a chat room. Would か need to be added if its a question? I understand the phrase.
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The food I ate didn't “agree with me”.

Is there a term that I can use to say that the food was not agreeable when I ate it. It didn't make me feel good.
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What are the durable shopping bags called?

When people shop they bring their own bags/totes and reuse them. They are durable and come in many different varieties.
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What is the term used for a baby's age at birth?

Is a babies age determined by date of conception or date of birth? What is the term used for determining the age? A Japanese friend told me that a pregnancy is 10 months. I have always used tanjoubi ...
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Can a newcomer to an area or a new employee be referred to as a gaijin?

Can a newcomer to an area or a new employee be referred to as a gaijin? They are an outsider initially, when they arrive to a new area or job.
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What does 「ニゴでした」mean?

I was reading an article at Tomojuku. Link At the very end of the article, it says, ではでは ニゴでした。 What does ニゴでした mean ? I searched online but I couldn't find anything about this.
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What is the difference between ばんごはん and よるごはん?

I looked at two different sentences: 六時半に母とばんごはんをつくりました。(At 6:30, I made dinner with my mother.) よるごはんのあと家族とえいがをみました。(After dinner, I watched a movie with my family.) In both sentences, ...
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Is there a term used for the closing music heard at malls and schools at the end of the day?

I sometimes hear melodies at malls and near schools prior to closing. Is there a term used for closing music? I researched 閉鎖音楽. Can other terms be used?
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What is the name of the writing that appears on screen when watching television?

When watching the news and other shows on television, I often see various written content displayed on the screen for brief periods of time, usually on the bottom, but sometimes on the right. I just ...
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Metaphorical meaning of 骨

Context: in the last round of a match, a boxer realizes his opponent is just repeating the same combination over and over. I think 骨 in the following sentence has a metaphorical meaning, but I don't ...
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To hope something would or would not happen

I hope you did not experience anything as sad today. 今日そんな悲しさをなければと希望してます。 今日そんな悲しいことがなければといいな。 今日そんな悲しさをなかったらといいな。 今日そんな悲しいことがなかったと希望してます。 Are any of these close to what I am trying to say? To ...
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Is 動物語 a valid term for the sounds that animals make?

Animals make sounds and communicate. Is there a proper name collectively for these sounds?
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Is there a contradiction in these sentences?

Context: after being defensive for the whole match, a boxer finally decides to fight with all his power out of respect for his opponent. These are his thoughts: 選手生命を捧げているキミにとってボクシングの存在 ...
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Does 東京 have a nickname?

New York is called the Big Apple, Seattle is the Emerald City. Does 東京 have a nickname?
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英語を喋りますか? Can you chat online using the English language? [closed]

Is 英語を喋りますか the proper way to ask someone if they can chat online using English?
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Why the word 宣材 is not in the dictionary?

I had a (little) hard time finding the word 宣材{せんざい}. It was neither in the Midori dictionary nor Chrome's rikaikun extension. I had to google it. I found an explanation here on kotobank but not ...
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use of しゃれ vs 冗談

I'm studding for the JLPT and found a phrase よくしゃれを言う人。After I looked up the definition of しゃれ I assumed the phrase meant "jokester". But what is the difference between しゃれ and 冗談? I kind of got the ...
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What times are considered to be 夜中?

I know that yonaka is considered to be during the middle of the night. Are specific time periods involved?
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How is the 〒 symbol pronounced?

I know the symbol is placed in front of the postal code. How is it pronounced?
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What does うい mean?

Is the term a form of chat slang meaning yes?
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Is there a response to kochirakoso?

I respond to kochirakoso with doumo. Is this appropriate or necessary? What is the correct response? A dialogue starts with ohayou x 2 yoroshiku onegaishimasu x 2.
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Do other numbered terms for spices besides hitoaji (一味) and shichimi (七味) exist?

I came across some words for spices, hitoaji and shichimi. It occurred to me that I have never seen the terms for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 spices and so on. Do these terms exist?
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Are the days of the week named after the planets?

I was studying planet names and noticed some similarities. Are the days of the week named after the planets?
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Does 絵本 refer only to children's books?

I am reading a book with pictures and I am referring to it as an 絵本. Is the term used for all types of picture books or is it limited to children's books? I am reading an autobiography with pictures.
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Are Japanese people 内国人?

Foreigners are 外国人。Can a Japanese person, living in Japan, be referred to as a 内国人?
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Is there a difference between マジ and 本当? [duplicate]

Is there a difference betweenマジand 本当? I know that both terms mean really.
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What does 苦学 and 何浪 mean in this sentence?

In this sentence: 苦学し、何浪もして東大に合格, I can't find the meaning? WhenI search up 浪 via Japanese dictionary, it says 'waves' and 苦学 is 'paying one's own school expenses by working​'.
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What were the recent heavy rains in Kyushu called?

What were the recent heavy rains in Japan called? Where the terms tsuyu or ooame used to describe the rain?
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「おはつよろ」のいみはなんですか?

「おはつよろ」のいみはなんですか? I was interacting on a chat and after providing greetings, I used hajimemashite and yoroshiku onegaishimasu and I received ohatsuyoro as a response. I was unable to find the word(s) ...