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What does 花つ月 mean?

緋【あか】色【いろ】の花【はな】つ月【づき】 I'm trying to figure out the meaning for this part of kanji in a title for a series. The red flower month? The red flower moon? The month of blossoming red flowers? I'm ...
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How do は and もの work in this sentence?

Consider the following bolded sentence from Fate/stay night (previous and next 2 sentences provided for some context). 古来より、魂というものは扱いが難しい。 在るとされ、魔術において必要な要素と言われているが、魂《それ》を確立させた魔術師は一人しかいない程だ。 ...
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read an old Japanese stamp - signature [on hold]

I have an old Japanese sculpture, I am trying to read the signature, it is about 100 years old. I read something about eastern capital? Any help would be appreciated. thanks
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Meaning behind adding 'め' after someone's name?

I've come across this once or twice where people will say someone's name and then add 'め' in an irritable/victorious tone [e.g: ヒカルめ, マコトめ, etc.], but I've yet to find a textbook example explaining ...
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What is オレたちゃ a contraction of?

I came across this line of dialgue, and I'm wondering what the lengthened version would be. For context, the series is in the middle of a tournamet (there are teams, but players compete individually), ...
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Noun + さえ + Verb (infinitive)

Struggling to grasp this sentence: 残像{ざんぞう}さえ霞む{かすむ}高速{こうそく}の打突{だとつ}。 Rapid strikes that [verb clause starts] ... Applying structures from here and here hasn't made sense to me so far. Thinking ...
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How to interpret this comma?

ですから、一回限りの人生、かけがえのない自己を大切にしようではありませんか。 So, shall we value this irreplaceable self in this life that we have but once? (example sentence from A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar) ...
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Help with translation

I was reading a book and understood everything except this: 寮に入るようになったら… この道を歩いて通うようになるのか… まあそれは合格が決まってからの話なんだけど They're waiting for the results of their entrance exam and is walking outside ...
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Which particle to use to say, “for (occasion)”?

I want to translate: "I gave my little sister a doll for her birthday". I do not want to use 私 but imply that I did it, so the right particles are crucial. I've come this far, but I'm not sure ...
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How do とは and に/された work in 「N700系とはどこが違う?N700Aに搭載された性能」

I saw this on the cover of a book about trains that was at least similar to a magazine: N700系とはどこが違う? N700Aに搭載された性能 This is a little confusing: とは is used to define things. It is often ...
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Could you help me translate this sentence into english?

あなたのもの I'm trying to translate the phrase "I'm yours" in a loving way. Or just "yours" as in I belong to you and vice versa. I know a bit of Japanese but I'm a bit confused here. I know "anata no" is ...
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Is マスカット an accurate translation for “green grape”, and what foreign word is it derived from?

I'm new to Japanese so I'm working my way through Human Japanese, when I was adding the vocabulary to Quizlet I realized I didn't know how to type マスカット because I'm not used to seeing ツ used like ...
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Old japanese translation [on hold]

I would like to know what this says, it is Japanese, about 100 years old. It should be a signature on a sculpture. Here are 2 photos of the same signature.
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How are items enumerated in Japanese restaurant menus?

I've been asked to render a restaurant menu in Japanese, even though I'm not very good with the language (don’t ask). The original menu has ingredient lists for each entry, usually like this: ...
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Why is 渡部 累 transliterated/translated to “Lui Watanabe” with an “L”?

Why is 渡部 累 transliterated/translated (I'm not entirely sure which it is) into English as "Lui Watanabe" rather than "Rui Watanabe"? The only cases I've seen of transliterations or translations ...
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Can I use ほど in a comparative context, similarly to how I'd use the English word 'like?' (And if not…what can I use?)

Background: A few months back, I started making the transition from studying sentence constructions to studying grammar. While I try to avoid generating 'Japanese translations of my English ideas,' I ...
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Meaning of 「兵法」

I have a question about the meaning of 兵法 in the following passage. If I'm understanding correctly in the first sentence it means 「剣術・柔術などの武術」. But what about the last one? Does 双厳 says something like ...
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Does 'かわいそ' in this context mean 'is pitiful' or 'I feel pity for'?

This ties in to the dialogue in a previous question I'd asked, although the subject is different, so I thought it best to separate it into another question. For context, the series is in the middle ...
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What does it mean to describe a joke as “ジェネギャ”?

ジェネギャなジョーク Need help with translating to English the above phrase. I know it is some kind of joke and Google Translate is not helping much. Thanks in advance.
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What does MC mean in Japanese?

Saw this on twitter: MC挟んでいいなら♪( ´▽`)RT @miri_sid: @mao_sid マオくんは全曲連続で歌えますか?(^-^) Can't find the Japanese definition of MC anywhere. What does that say?
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Can someone transliterate this artist's name? [closed]

This is a placard next to a work of art from a museum in Japan. I'm curious as to what it says—particularly, what the artist's name is.
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What does “ 万寿一 ” and “ つうさん ” mean?

In a telephone register, 万寿一 was behind a surname. What does 万寿一 mean when written behind a surname? And second, I came across this sentence. つうさんのこと未だ引きずって、マイナス思考が激しいね。 What does つうさん mean? Is ...
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Help with 第一夜 by 夏目漱石: 「大きな潤のある眼で、長い睫に包まれた中は、ただ一面に真黒であった」

I bought the book "Breaking into Japanese Literature - Seven Modern Classics in Parallel text" and burned some billions of neurons to (try to) understand just the first page (lol). Well, I am having ...
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What's the meaning of 「確認というか念を押しとくが」?

確認というか念を押しとくが I don't really get the meaning of this sentence. Does it mean to remind, to confirm something, or to make sure of something? The whole sentence is: そう言えば 確認というか念を押しとくが ...
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help with this sentence from Pokemon (みちに だんさが あるだろ!)

みちに だんさが あるだろ! I am a pretty early beginner in japanese, and after mastering hiragana, katakana, and some conversational basics, I have jumped into trying to slowly play through an imported pokemon ...
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What's the meaning of 届けて

Can I ask a favour? I am trying to catch on the meaning of the song 涙をとどけて. I have caught everything except for the following 4 lines, which remain vague for me. 涙をとどけて 本当のこと 想いをとどけて 言えないこと ...
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起きたことを … proper english rendering?

Reading an article from the Asahi Shimbun using Rikaikun, I'm trying to formulate a good translation for the first sentence: ある所で起きたことを、地名とともに象徴的に表す言葉がある。 → {Upon Waking?}, along with the place ...
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Are there rules over using 公認/alternative words to translate the names of professional qualifications using “Certified” in English?

Foreign professional qualifications that are well known have accepted translations. For example: US Certified Public Accountant, CPA, is 米国公認会計士、which is close to the Japanese equivalent. Chartered ...
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How to translate this sentence about ebooks and reading habits?

I came across this long sentence that I am not sure of what it means: 電子書籍を読むようになってから、かえってリアル本屋に足を向けて本を眺める習慣ができました。まあレアケースなのかもしれませんが。 With the help of safarikai, contextually I (very roughly) ...
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Understanding the phrase 「最も多くの乗客が乗っていた」 from a news article

Reading an article on NHK, it starts with this sentence about the missing Algerian plane. The French foreign minister says that it probably crashed in northern Mali: ...
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Is this question grammatically correct in japanese?

the sentence is : パオロさんに それ 父に 書いてあげる 手紙、出してあげると 伝えてください how could it be written othewrwise? I would mean "tell to paul to send to me the letter I wrote for his father".
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How to translate ギアを収納

Could you tell me how to translate ギアを収納? The whole sentence is 成田空港から離陸した直後のです。ギアを収納中みたいです。 I cannot think of a translation in English.
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The meaning of “ありちゅーかありじゃないですか”?

I'm going through some comments on an old blog and came across this dictation of an interview that's gotten me a bit befuddled. The seiyuu's asking the writer about what will happen to the seiyuu's ...
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頑張った…being interpreted as cheering for?

As far as I know, 頑張った would be translated as someone having worked hard or tried their best etc. depending on context, however I've noticed a disrepency between my translation and another person's ...
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Meaning of ゴリゴリの荒いもの

Not very clear sense of phrase ゴリゴリの荒いもの in the sentence さてFEDの元となったライカはいかにもドイツ人が作ったきっちりかっちりしたメカで、外見は同じでも細部の仕上げはFEDの方がもったりしていたり使い心地もずっとゴリ‌​ゴリの荒いものだったりする。 which I could translate as "much more ...
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How to translate “もしかしてそのスーシおニュー?”?

I'm attempting to translate something but this sentence is confusing me. It's the "お" and "スーシ" that I don't understand. I hope this isn't too dumb of a question..
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Is my translation correct?

I'm working on a translation. Is my translation correct? それこそ ハイエロファントグリーンを使えば苦痛を感じる間もあたえず一瞬のうちに。 My translation: If I used Hierophant Green, pain would not last more than a moment. The context ...
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Konya kimi wa boku no mono

I got this from one Japanese drama (if I heard right) 'konya kimi wa boku no mono' . Does this mean: 'tonight you are mine' ?
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“to talk with friends” structure

I tried to make "to talk with friends" based on 彼と話がしたい, so my try is this: 友達と話がする, but not only I'm not sure about this, but I also have some questions regarding its structure. 1.-Why that と? I ...
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Meaning of 「なぜでもだ」

I've been watching 7th episode of Aldnoah Zero S2, and stumbled across a part I couldn't completely understand - なぜでもだ. If I'm understanding correctly スレイン is saying something like "Don't give me your ...
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Is google translate an accurate device to translate english to japanese? (and vice-versa) [migrated]

Is google translate an accurate device to translate english to japanese (and vice versa)? Or does it alters the meaning with a high rate? Here are a few examples of english to japanese(note that i ...
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What would be the correct translation of “Something in Japanese”

Background So before I start off I thought I'd give a little background as to why I want to know this. So my mother is knitting me a sweater and asked what kind of things should be on there. I ...
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What is (たた)なわり?

A friend and I are slowly translating a Japanese novel (夢魔 by 森村誠一)together for practice/fun, and we've found something weird (to us) in this sentence: 「丘陵状の山が波のようにたたなわり、山腹に民家が点在している。」 We couldn't ...
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Help with nuances of a list please? X や Y も…“X and Y, as well” or “X as well as Y”?

I'm just double-checking the nuances of a translation. The speaker is listing several people here: オレやひろしも藤岡さん【ふじおかさん】やお前【おまえ】の両親【りょうしん】だって黙まってねえ Contextually, the speaker, listener and Hiroshi ...
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What is the difference between それでいい and それがいい here?

As I understand it, それでいい means 'it is fine like this' and それがいい means 'this is fine', but what is the protagonist trying to convey here by first using それでいい and then correcting himself to それがいい? ...
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Can this incredibly complex sentence be simplified?

In 吉本隆明という共同幻想, which is a hilarious book that everyone should read, Kure Tomofusa critiques Yoshimoto Takaaki's byzantine writing style. One particularly confounding example is given as follows: ...
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Use of わけ in this conversation

This is an example conversation in one of my textbooks. I don't really understand the third sentence and how to make sense of it in English. My understanding is that わけ is used to provide a reason or ...
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Could you help me translate this sentence?

I've been reading this article which I can understand fine in general, but it's the last couple of sentences in which the translator gives his own opinion I'm at a loss. The article is about how Lego ...
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三回ぐらい噛んで飲み込めるぐらいでいいのでは

Can you tell me what ぐらいでいいのでは means? Also, I don't understand why potential form of the verb is used in this sentence Can you help me to translate this sentence?
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未来につなぐ: Precise meaning? Fuzzy marketing buzzword?

未来につなぐ Does this phrase have a precise meaning, a meaning that can be translated into precise English? Or is this simply a positive-sounding but vague trendy marketing phrase? I see for example the ...