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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Is there any difference between 速さand 速度?

From what I understood, both 速さ{はやさ} and 速度{そくど} means "speed". Some say that they are synonyms (just like speed and velocity in English), but I guess there is a nuance between them, isn't it ? 速さ{...
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What are the origins of the words ぐう、ちょき、ぱあ in the context of じゃんけん?

Self explanatory. I've read that they stand for rock, paper and scissors, but I can't find any ultimate origin of why these terms are what they are. Thanks!
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彼は瞳をキラキラさせながら言った。

I think that it is "He said with shining eyes", but what a word "させ"? Why "させ+ながら"? Why not "しながら"?
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Do 最愛の人 and ダーリン mean the same thing?

I looked up for the word "darling" and got two different answers and I just want to know if they both mean the same thing.
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Difference between 禁 and 禁止 (and 禁じる/禁止する)

Both nouns mean 'ban, prohibition​' and both verbs 'forbid'. I expect that in set combinations, such as 禁煙 for 'no smoking', there is only one correct possibility. But, otherwise, what's the ...
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What's the difference between 運用 and 操作?

As i am learning Japanese,there are many words which have same meaning but still different usage,links to understand these differences would be appreciated.thanks!
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What's the word regularly used to describe “working from home”?

I've seen a few words in a cursory search: [在宅勤務]{ざいたくきんむ} テレワーク [在宅]{ざいたく}ワーク but I'm interested in the situation where your usual place of work requires commuting, but you are temporarily working ...
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What's the exact meaning of とする in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand the construction もうろうとしてる in this line from Mob Psycho 100 Episode 12: もうろうとしてるようだけど。 It's translated as "he looks like he's about to pass out"。 I found a usage of ...
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How to say “Hybrid” in Japanese. Or is there a word for it? [closed]

Is there a word for "hybrid" in Japanese? Hybrid as in for animals or any and all Japanese words for cross species animals or two animals joined together. Preferable if all words for such is given ...
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Which is the best way to say sorry in Japanese? [duplicate]

I am new to this language but still I can understand some words of this language. In Japanese I think there are two ways to say sorry to someone. One is Gomen'nasai (ごめんなさい) and the other one is ...
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単語 ヤバイ origin and comparaision

is there any other same words? i mean the origin of this word.
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How should I read 身体? [duplicate]

I learned from manga to read 身体 as からだ. But I just learned it can also be read as しんたい. How should I read it, is one of the readings more common? Are there context clues?
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What does 黒瞳 means?

I've came across this kanji when reading this fantasy light novel, 黒【こく】瞳【どう】 (the furigana was also in the book), but I can't seem to find the meaning. I've searched for it in both english and ...
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How to interpret 同情 in the following sentence

Context: in the manga リクドウ, the boxer that will win the Level A Tournament will get the chance to challenge the Japanese champion. Some journalists are interviewing the champion about this and one ...
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What does he say to his teacher?

I watched the animated version of Erased on Netflix and now there is a live action version. I noticed in both a phrase being used but I can’t work out what it is. https://www.netflix.com/title/...
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What's the function of に here?

So I have these two line in the book i'm reading, and i'm having a problem understanding the second one: (And for the context, the main character is endlessly walking though a dark and silent ruin, ...
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Meaning of 有難 with missing ending

Context: the manager of a boxing gym is arguing with a strong but problematic boy (問題児, he is arrogant and often violently beats other trainees) named Kamishiro and his trainer-sister that train in ...
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Is there any clear distinction in Japanese for the words 拉致 and 誘拐?

I'm writing an essay about the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens. In English literature I found that the concepts "abduction" and "kidnapping" are used interchangeably. I'm not familiar ...
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どうして「〜たいくらいだ」には「くらい」が出るのですか

最近「むしろあなたに英語を教えてもらいたいくらいだ」という文を見かけたのですけど、英訳の「I'd rather you teach me English」を言ってみたとしたら、私なら「くらいだ」なしで、「むしろあなたに英語を教えてもらいたい」とかになるでしょうから、「くらいだ」の働きや必要性に悩んでいるのです。この「くらい」は、最低限を表すものと同じなのですか。何か軽蔑を表しているわけですか。 ...
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How can I express “a particular/a certain” thing?

I am studying vocabulary and I came across the word 然る, either read as さる or しかる (usually written in Kana) and means "A Particular/A Certain" noun. However, there was only one example sentence on ...
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A Quiz Question [duplicate]

Some days ago I asked a quiz question and the comments I received indicated that the question was unclear. I now have some clarification from the quiz-setter, which I hope will help. The question was ...
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How to understand ひと断ちにする

私がこの男をたしなめ大差でひと断ちにしてみせます Originally I understood this phrase as "I will rebuke this man, cut him in two with a great difference (in score)" but have not been able to sufficiently break down my ...
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What is the difference between 試合 and 競技?

They both mean 'game' or 'contest'. Are they interchangeable or is there a difference?
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What is the difference between 神社, お寺 and お宮?

All of them mean "shrine" or "temple", but what is the difference between all of them ?
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What is the difference between 文句 and 苦情? [duplicate]

They both mean 'complaint', but there is a slight difference between them, right? If someone could explain the difference and provide some example sentences it would be great.
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What is the difference between “みだらな格好” and “あられもない格好?”

I'm trying to figure out the difference in nuance between みだらな格好 and あられもない格好. My dictionary tells me "みだらな" means "lewd"/"obscene"/"indecent", and あられもない means "unladylike", "immodest", these ...
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akachan vs akanbō - Can someone tell me the difference? [duplicate]

赤ちゃん vs あかんぼう The dictionaries I look at show them to both have the same meaning. Can someone tell me what's the difference? Thanks
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無念 - kanjis say “no wish”, but meaning is “regret”? Why?

無 generally roughly means "none" 念 generally roughly means "wish" So I personally would have expected "無念" to mean "no wish", "no regret", "no worries", etc. However, counter-intuitively, "無念" means "...
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What is the difference between 隠す and 覆う?

It would be really nice if someone could explain the difference between these two words that both mean ´to hide´. Some example sentences that illustrate the difference would really help. :)
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What does the word 「しのう」 mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

It is said by an old man who looks like wanting to teach boxing to a young man. 青山くんよ ふたりきりの人目につかんところにいこう 折り入ってひみつに伝授したいこともあるしのう I'm not sure if it is related to the word 死ぬ in volitional form ...
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What does this sentence mean?

5千円からお預かりいたします。3千円のおつりでございます。 I don't understand the use of 預かる here. Jisho says it means "to look after" "to keep in custody" so I can understand a sentence like これを預かっていただけませんか and ...
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Why is “移民” labelled as a sensitive word in the dictionary? (in relation with or without the history behind the word)

I stumbled again on a word that is labeled as sensitive. This time it's 移民 which means: Noun, Suru verb, No-adjective emigration; immigration [sensitive] (only the suru verb is labeled ...
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Trying to understand this tweet

Not sure why, but although I'm not bad at understanding japanese, sometimes there are messages like this I cannot understand at all. Could someone help me understand how the overall grammar works here ...
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What does the word 「~さ…ねえっ」 mean? [duplicate]

It comes from a conversation a boy talked to a girl about an old man who ignored a story which the girl tried to tell him. Girl: ジョーが約束どおり片手ほりで金あみのところまでたがやしたってちゃんと報告したんよっ それなのにあたいの頭さえ見ようとしないんだ ...
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Which is the difference between 詳しい and 細かい?

I would like to know which is the difference between 詳しい and 細かい? When do I use each one? Thank you so much in advance!
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Meaning of 盗み飲み

きっと、盗み飲みしたお父さんの大人のジュースのせいだ。 So, I can guess from the words 盗む "steal" and 飲む "drink" that she drank secretly without anyone knowing, however I can't find this word in a dictionnary. Why is that ?
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Epizeuxis (畳語法) in Modern Japanese language

When I was reading English, I found this exotic word: epizeuxis. Instantly I racked my brains to find the equivalent counterpart in Japanese. Here are the results: Epizeuxis : 畳語法 (じょうごほう)、 ...
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説得にかかる vs other ~にかかる expressions

母さんはそれから粘り強く俺の説得にかかったが、最後に折れたのは母さんのほうだった Mom tried tenaciously to convince me(stop my foolishness), but in the end she was the one who gave up. Reading this at first, i would have read it ...
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Different usage of 普通に?

So, I was watching this show called Terrace House, and the following exchange between two participants caught my attention. 翔平:「 テラスハウスに入って、一番の…ここに来ての…財産じゃないけど、聖南と出会えたことだな。」 聖南:「いや、何か…...
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The meaning of 一本 in these lyrics

I am trying to translate a song and it's pretty difficult one and I'm unsure just what kind of meaning these lyrics have: この手を伝う 一本の孤独は 人の色が 褪せたままで My problem is with 一本 because I have always ...
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Meaning of タダで in タダでヤれる

speaker desperate for some action あんないい女とタダでヤれるせっかくのチャンス、放っておく手はねぇだろ to finally have a chance of being being able to do it with such a fine girl, I'm not the sort that ignores that How is タダで ...
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What's the difference between 母方 and 母系? The same question goes to 父方 and 父系

I saw these words a while ago but just now I decided to ask it here because I didn't find the answer anywhere. As the title says, I don't really know if there is a difference between 母方【ははかた】 X 母系【...
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Is there a name for the ending year of an era?

[元]{がん}[年]{ねん} is a term for the first year of an era, i. e. 平成元年=1989 starting with 8 January. But what is the term of the ending one, i. e. 2019 for Heisei?
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Meaning of 過ぎ in 20日過ぎに海行くんだ

20日過ぎに海行くんだ I'm pretty sure this means going to the sea in 20 days but 過ぎる signifies elapsed time, so could it possibly be going to the beach for 20 days ?
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Why is a blackboard called 黒板, but a whiteboard is not called 白板?

I'm curious as to why Japanese uses a 外来語 for whiteboard ホワイトボード, but a native word for blackboard, 黒板. Is there a historical reason this emerged? If you called a whiteboard a 白板{はくばん}, would people ...
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Why is ヘッド an embarrassing title?

In the video game Mega Man X7, if you fight the boss Ride Boarski/Hellride Inobusky as X, before the fight you get this dialogue: X「 おまえが“ヘッド”か?」 イノブスキー「ヘ、ヘッド~!?て、てめぇ~!!そんなハズカシイ名前で呼びやがって、“総長”...
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use of だとつい…で…… in these sentence

students visits her teacher, to deliver some food. She has known him since she was little speaker response carelessly attaching ~ちゃん to her name student「先生、また『ちゃん』って言ってます」 先生「え? あ、あぁ すまんね。...
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What does the 'ga' at the front of 'ga hanasemasu' do?

I have just learnt that 'hanasemasu' means 'to speak' and that 'ga hanasemasu' means roughly the same. On Google Translate, 'hanasemasu' comes up as 'able to speak' and 'ga hanasemasu' comes up as 'I ...
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Meaning of もひとり at the start of a sentence

Two kids enter a classroom and see a stranger sat at the desk of one of them. The one whose desk it is starts crying: そしてその机といったらまったくこの泣いた子の自分の机だったのです。もひとりの子ももう半分泣きかけていましたが、... For that desk was ...
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Would you say 日系アメリカ人の歴史のポータル or 日系アメリカ人の歴史ポータル?

Which is correct? My gut tells me it's the second one, but I've asked and someone told me the first is probably the one to use. Reasons being ポータル is not a common katakana word.