Take the 2-minute tour ×
Japanese Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Japanese language. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What's a nice way to express any of the following -

  • "Let's keep our fingers crossed"

  • "I'll keep my fingers crossed!"

  • (We / I) (are / am) keeping (our / my ) fingers crossed"

share|improve this question
    
You probably better if you are looking for the figurative or literal meaning of it since the figurative meaning does not exist here. –  oldergod Sep 9 '13 at 7:41
1  
Not sure why you got downvoted, but I'd agree with oldergod, you might tend to say something like うまくいきますように!to show that you hope it goes well. –  Ncat Sep 9 '13 at 9:13
    
@b-wilson Possibly because "This question does not show any research effort" (part of the text shown when you move your mouse cursor over the down arrow). Maybe this could be a starting point: eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=fingers+crossed –  snailboat Sep 9 '13 at 9:39
    
-1 Because there's no explanation of what the idiom means in English, some people might not know what the idiom means. –  Ataraxia Sep 10 '13 at 16:26
    
@Ataraxia: This is a Japanese/English site for not an English as a foreign language site. Stack exchange also has an EFL-type site where anybody not knowing the idiom can ask. (Actually if such readers can use this site then they are also probably quite able to google the expression.) –  Tim Sep 12 '13 at 12:47

3 Answers 3

up vote 5 down vote accepted

Of course not all cultures cross fingers when wishing for something. As far as I know crossed fingers don't signify anything in Japan.

The phrase "fingers crossed" would probably expressed using うまくいく "to go well", e.g.

うまくいきますように
うまくいくといい(ね)

where the former is more formal and the second more conversational.

share|improve this answer
1  
is correct - it has no meaning in Japan. It comes, by way of explanation, from making "the sign of the cross" - a Christian sign (yes, there are Christians in Japan, but no so many as to influence the culture) –  jmadsen Sep 9 '13 at 11:09
1  
@jmadsen Another theory is that it comes from pre-Christian superstition, but I don't think anyone knows for sure. –  snailboat Sep 9 '13 at 20:58

As the other comments say, there is not really a literal translation but you can get a some mileage using the verb "to pray", 祈る。 The exact form will vary depending on context but following would work:

Let's hope so. |そう祈ろう。

Let's keep our fingers crossed. |みんなで幸運を祈りましょう。

My apple dictionary gives the following, which may help composing a longer sentence:

keep [have] one's fingers crossed|

(人さし指の上に中指を交差させて)願いがかなうことを祈る;

(…になるよう)願う, 祈る⦅that節⦆.

share|improve this answer

Not so strong in Japanese yet, but wouldn't simple 頑張って (がんばって) do, in this case?

share|improve this answer
    
"fingers crossed" suggests hoping for a streak of good luck. 頑張って is usually said to someone else as way of encouragement to do his/her best, which doesn't have anything to do with luck. But I agree that in a free translation "fingers crossed!" could be translated as "頑張ってね". –  Earthliŋ Mar 7 at 14:47

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.