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こん。ちょっと質問があります。
★ Hello. I've got a quick question.

この曲、「僕に彼女ができたんだ」と呼んでいますが、タイトルの意味が分からない。
★ Even though the song is called 「僕に彼女ができたんだ」, I don't know what the title means.

暇があったら、手伝ってください。日本語と英語、どっちでもいい。
★ If you've got some time help me out. Japanese, English - whatever is cool.

よろしく!
★ Thanks!

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本当に「こん」を挨拶にできるの? O_o –  rintaun Nov 26 '13 at 10:50
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@rintaun 「こん」はネット用語(チャット用語)なので、実生活で「こん」という挨拶はしません。 –  Choko Nov 26 '13 at 12:58
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More importantly, Japanese speakers would never say ありがとう the way you did at the end of your question. ありがとう is said ONLY after the service has been rendered. –  非回答者 Nov 27 '13 at 3:29
    
えぇ。知らなかった、それ。サンキュー! –  X5748 Nov 27 '13 at 10:13
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This できる means "to come into existence".

「僕に彼女ができたんだ」 therefore means "I've got a girlfriend now." since it would not be natural to say in English the literal translation version "A girlfriend has come into existence for me."

More examples:

「今日新しい友だちができた。」

「もうすぐここにラーメン屋ができるらしい。」= "I hear there will be a ramen shop here soon."

「OMG, こどもができちゃった!」= "I/She got pregnant!" I am sure some of you have heard the word できちゃった婚 or できちゃった結婚 (shotgun marriage). It comes from this できる.

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I always thought the literal translation was "I made a girlfriend". Is that wrong? –  Darius Jahandarie Nov 26 '13 at 23:17
    
That would be 作った. If it were literally "I made a girlfriend" "I" would be the subject –  ssb Nov 26 '13 at 23:42
    
@ssb Sorry, I didn't mean literal in the syntactic sense, just as far as the meaning of this できる. –  Darius Jahandarie Nov 27 '13 at 1:12
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