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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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Does 罪 in 罪を受ける literally mean "crimes"?

Even in English, I can almost imagine someone saying I have received my crimes. to be a short-hand way of saying What goes around comes around, and I have received the consequences for my criminal ...
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Words for closing

In English, we use the word "close" liberally and loosely. But Japanese requires more specificity. Besides the difference between 閉じる and 閉める that confuses native English speakers, there are ...
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添{そ}い遂{と}げる (soitogeru) = "to be with" or "to remain married to for life"?

Relative spoilers for Mushoku Tensei S2E11 (Jobless Reincarnation). A childhood friend girl meets with MC-kun years later, but doesn't reveal who she is. MC-kun falls for the girl, but is hesitant (...
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Can't understand そんな労カかけないでもらいたいなっていうね

In this video clip (https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxY2iqi7hqFjIGJ0iJnKH18P5fzS8ugw0z?si=HQvGDGUYUckQ_EDi), I cannot break down (what words are composing the sentence) what the man says. そんなあんまなんかこう、...
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Can someone explain the difference between じゃあ and さあ? When you would use one or the other? What are the nuances? [closed]

I'm still a little confused on the nuances between the two words and wanted to know if someone could give a good example for what each word means.
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How can I express the idea of "lurking" in a server?

When you join, e.g., a Discord server, but end up not actively participating in the discussions taking place and instead just reading them, you are said to be a "lurker", or to be "...
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涙活 = "monetizing the tears"?

In Kanojo Okarishimasu (aka Rent-a-Girlfriend) S3E03, a hyperactive zoomer girl (who's also a youtuber) named Yaemori hears MC's situation, and starts crying. Afterwords, she says "泣いた記念に写真撮るっス&...
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方 as a noun with a relative clause. What does it mean? [duplicate]

Today I encountered this sentence: その都市の治安はいい[方]{ほう}です。 The general meaning is simple: "The city is safe". However, what does [方]{ほう} mean in this sentence? Is there an implicit comparison?...
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Meaning and pronunciation of 通目

Recently I've been reading 永田カビ's 一人交換日記, and have come upon the word 通目 there, used in every "chapter" heading. Judging from context, I think this word would mean something like "entry&...
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What does 決め決め mean?

個人的にこういうカチッ!っと決め決めの男性がタイプです It's a woman commenting a picture of a young man. I think 決め決めの means something like "determined", "resolved". It doesn't seem to be a real word ...
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Understanding あるところ when used in a past-tense sentence [duplicate]

In 昔あるところにおじいさんとおばあさんが住んでいました Why isn't ある in the past tense (since we're talking a place that existed in the past)? Would the sentence still be grammatical if it was?
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Is Saturday considered a weekday or weekend, or something else?

I'm confused about this sign. It states working hours. The first part is easy: weekdays is 9:30 to 20:00. The second part is strange. Instead of saying 週末・祭日 (weekends and holidays), it says "...
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Usage/connotation of "いろ" meaning someone's "girl/lover"

In Rurouni Kenshin, a woman is running away from Kanryuu's men. A guy asks her "are you Kanryuu's girl?" (anta wa Kanryuu no iro ka?) Anyways, my question is the usage of "iro" to ...
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Can someone tell me the difference between 別々に and 別々 and 別 and 別に and 別々の

I am asking for the difference between 別々に and 別々 and 別 and 別に and 別々の. They are all very similiar having something to do with separate/ly. Thanks.
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When to use which: 割 vs 分 as 10%

I was wondering how to know if I have to use 割 or 分 when I want to say 10%. In this post: (When is 分 read ぶ instead of ぶん) The guy who answered said that 分 can be used either: when talking about ...
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Holiday vocabulary

There are a number of words for holiday, vacation, etc. I'd like to clarify their various uses: 祭日 National holiday. There is also 祝日 but I'm under the impression for, say, America's July 4, ...
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Can't understand 'その辺うまくこう利用できるような

In this video clip: https://youtube.com/clip/Ugkxvmz1x_zYQepLxH7I0uV_CPevy6VgL6ya , the man says: その辺うまくこう利用できるような I guess こう利用できるような means 'like this, to make it usable'. But what is その辺? Is it '...
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Different words for "idiom"

When looking on dictionaries E-J for the word "idiom" in Japanese, the following results appear: 熟語、慣用句、成句、故事成語、ことわざ and 言い習わし. While I think ことわざ is more like a "proverb", what ...
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how to understand "もう何も考られずグーって感じですか"

This is from 'Easy Japanese 3' in youtube : https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxQ93BT5GcE9RAKrXDdjdD96-cXgF4h76r もう何も考えられずグーって感じですか I can't break down near ずグーって. ず means not (attached to kangaerare)? What ...
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How to express this kind of "no"?

I believe in English you can say "no" when something unfortunate is about to happen or has already started — suppose somebody has just bumped into a table with an antique vase and now you ...
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How would you say "young love" in Japanese? Would it be "若い愛" or "青春愛"?

I know that the first is using young as an adjective for the word love while the second is referring to love between young people but I wanted to know which one is correct. Like if an older person saw ...
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Which one is correct between 侘び寂び and 侘寂

I know that generally you use the hiragana "わびさび", and in the entry for "侘寂" in the chinese wikipedia "侘び寂び" is listed as the original japanese, but I still have my ...
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maru = "for real" (or something of the sort)?

In Trails into Reverie, Nadia is an insanely cute girl who talks in a super slangy (gyaru-ish?) fashion. She's obviously in love with her big-brother figure Swin (whom she calls "su-chan"). ...
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What is being said here that means "it's frowned upon if you're a smoker [in the US]"

In Shinya Shokudou, S3EP08, a Japanese lady who currently works in New York (but is back home in Japan for a bit) asks the owner of a Shokudou for a cigarette as he's smoking. The owner says "...
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塩気/塩っ気 (shiokke) = sass?

In Shinya Shokudou (Midnight Diner) S3EP06, and old mom meets with this old guy, and they're talking at a diner in front of the old mom's daughter (who's casual friends with the old guy). The old mom'...
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Any reason "Naniwa musume" is used to refer to a girl in modern times (as opposed to "Oosaka musme")?

Naniwa is an antiquated name for what is now referred to as the Oosaka region (It was called Naniwa around the 1500s last, if I'm not mistaken). That being said, In Shinya Shokudo S3E04 (released in ...
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Can you suggest a name for an energy in a magic system that incorporates the kanji 真霊? [closed]

I have decided to choose a more flashy and direct title for my new work. Specifically, I am creating a magic system and I have chosen the name "Rei" (霊) for it, but I don't want to offend ...
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kamakaketa = having someone spill the beans?

In Episode 10 of "Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia", MC and love interest's older sister are talking. Older sister (as bait) says she heard love interest had confessed to MC, and MC responds all ...
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How do I pronounce this 「暖」 that lacks 送り仮名?

I am learning Japanese, and one of the ways I'm doing so is playing games. I am playing "Stranger of Sword City," and I saw this exact expression, in the game: 何か[暖]{L}を取るものを探して彷徨ったあなたは、...
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Understanding a meaning of 処遇

I found the word in an anime quite some time ago, and I wanted to finally confirm if I understood its meaning. From the 新明解, the definition is: 人をある立場から評価して、しかるべき地位を与えること。 The context in which I ...
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Usage of 脇付 depending on the sender and the addressee

According to these websites https://bizushiki.com/wakiduke https://origamijapan.net/origami/2018/06/05/wakizuke/ 脇付 follow this classification when thinking on the sender and the addressee of a letter....
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What is the meaning of なのか in this sentences? Is it a grammar pattern?

私が家でよく作るのは、生姜焼きや唐揚げ、鍋料理などです。どれも、とても簡単ですよ!どんな料理なのかを、少し説明しますね。
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あっちゃいけない - Grammatical origin

あっちゃいけない I can find multiple example sentences for this but no explanation : そのための売買市場がなぜあっちゃいけないんだろうね? 私だけが特別であっちゃいけないんです そしてその権力者に仕える指導者たちもまた権力を振りかざすのがたまらなく好きだ43いいか、おまえたちは、そうであっちゃいけない! The meaning ...
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Why can 尸魂界 be read as ソウル・ソサエティ "Soul Society"? Are there other words that can have a different loan word reading?

I am watching the anime "Bleach" with Japanese audio, and I hear them talk about something in the story called the Soul Society. When I look at the transcript, I see, that 尸魂界 is used. ...
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What is the meaning of 当たる here exactly?

In the vn rewrite, the protag こたろう is trying to salvage the relationship of two heroines ルチア and ちはや, together with 2 other heroines, 静流 and 小鳥. The protag thinks the following: 今回の作戦を立案したのは俺だ。とにかく、...
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I want to learn a lot about Japanese names for my stories [closed]

The title is pretty catchy on its own, but I'm already familiar with creating good Japanese names. I know about kanji and their meanings, but I'm at a loss. doubts about a few things. first of them: ...
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Meaning of word けの字

In the second episode of Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon, one of the characters has two daughters: one natural that can see supernatural things, and a stepdaughter (which she bullies) that can't; about ...
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How is 役に立った ( helpful ) formed?

My guess is that the phrase is derived from the composition of the following: 役 (yaku) : service, use に:particle for destination 立った:perfective of 立つ (tatsu) So it's extended meaning like "...
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おじさま/おじさん = father of s.o. else? [duplicate]

i have a quick question - as far as I know, 叔父さん and 伯父さん both mean uncle - one younger, one older sibling - but sometimes I come across sentences where first it's written in romaji and it seems to be ...
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How to say "have a child" in Japanese?

How to say "have a child" (= to be or become a parent) in Japanese? For instance in a sentence such as "We are planning to have child/baby". Can we say "子供をする" or "...
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What does ても mean here?

女性は「火葬できる日を聞くと、いちばん早くても亡くなってから11日あとでした。 From this NHK easy article What is the meaning of ても here? Is it like "Even the earliest (date).."
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In a sexual context, what does 出せる imply?

I got one question - in a text, both characters are talking about the first sexual experience of character one. He tells his friend how it was, and then the friend asks some questions. It goes: ...
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Utsukushii (美しい) deeper meaning different than just "beautiful"?

The impetus for my question is Vinland Saga, S2E23. Somewhat avoiding spoilers, T has belonged to vicious savage vikings all his life. But T, after years of murder, uniquely begins to pursue and ...
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Question about the expression 日和: Can it be used with any activity or just with certain set expressions?

So I was watching a podcast for japanese learners and they gave 行楽日和、お散歩日和、お洗濯日和..as examples. So now I am asking myself, can I attach 日和 only to certain things or to anything that fits the context? ...
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How to address someone like the owner of a guesthouse

So I am currently in Japan for vacation and also some short work visit and had the chance to use Japanese a little. I learnt things mostly from reading, so I struggled to formulate things verbally in ...
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"ツール" meaning "nerd"/"obscure"? What is being said here?

In a recent video by The Anime Man (Joey), he talks with a host (ROLAND), and they get to talking about anime, and how it's less stigmatized and more mainstream now. Then Joey brings up the point that ...
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Connotation of "abazure" (shameless woman)?

Kimetsu no Yaiba is an anime set during the Taishou era (early 1900s). During Katanakaji no Sato-hen (ep10), a man says to an overly-friendly-looking woman "だまれ、あばずれが", which is localized as ...
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Does the 好き in 誰かが好き always have a romantic meaning?

Would for example a sentence like ルームメートが好きだけど、彼はいつも観た後にテレビをつけっぱなしだね。work to say "I like my roommate (like in a non romantic way, as a friend, buddy, etc..) but he always leaves the TV on after ...
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Usage of the word 技 (わざ) as well as similar words meaning "Technique"

I tend to hear this word a lot in anime, especially ones like Naruto. But there's little information on how it is used in conversation. According to Jisho, it means technique, art, skill and move with ...
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How to say "find again" in Japanese?

In French, there is a verb "retrouver" (literally "re-find", or "find again") which means "find something that you lost and were searching for" (there the ...
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