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Takasugi Shinsaku's quote

I ran across this quote from the famous samurai Takasugi Shinsaku: "動けば雷電の如く、発すれば風雨の如し". My (really) clumsy translation would be something like "If thunder and lightning were to waver, water and wind ...
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やましたせんせいはこどもでしたか

hm.. does this mean "did he have children?" or "was he a child?" both seem irrelevant to the context of the book I'm learning from :/
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Role of の in this sentence

 「カッコイイのやってみたいと思ってます」 What's meaning of の here? How I understand: (I think) I wanna try to do something cool? (I'm not sure about カッコイイの) Thanks for your answer
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Japanese for shirtfronting

How is the English verb shirtfront, which has a sporting meaning of deliberately colliding into an opponent's chest, knocking them into the ground, and a vague political meaning of confronting another ...
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What does ても mean in this sentence?

I am having trouble translating this sentence because of ても. そんなにゲームばかりして、目が悪くなっても知らないわよ。 Does it mean: If you only play the game so much, your eyes will get bad even if you don't know. I ...
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Can't understand this idiom, is this slang?

"デカくてトロくて." This is from a manga I'm reading, and here is the whole sentence "デカくてトロくて使いやすいジャンプ台だった." For context purposes, this is a soccer manga and refers to a part where a forward was sure to be ...
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げっそり自由 meaning?

I have this sentence in one of my N1 practice books, but I am not really sure how to translate this one: 不況のせいでリストラされたので、しばらくげっそり自由を楽しむことにした。 げっそり translate to 'being disheartened' - how to ...
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What does the ”なの” in this sentence mean?

ここは、おすしがぜんぶ百円なの? I've read somewhat a lot on "na no" and just came to the conclusion that is something used to end a sentence similar to desu, but used mainly with females. So I was just ...
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What is the actual title of this painting, possibly titled “Hokusai Devil” or perhaps 鬼舐頭(きしとう) [closed]

My coworkers and I have been arguing over where I found this image, currently my desktop background. Tineye shows it existing in only 6 places on the internet, including some sort of swag website ...
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Meaning in a technical standard

Trying to understand a technical standard that I have to use but my skills are apparently too weak as I cannot grasp the meaning: 固有の特徴は,機能面の特徴又は品質面の特徴として分類することができる。 In the classification of ...
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what is the transcription of the following audios?

I need the japanese transcription of the following audios... audio 1 and audio 2. These audios are part of the anime Holy Knight (OVA). Context: a vampire girl is captured by the opposing side. I ...
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What is the meaning of 商{あきな}いせず?

What is the meaning of 商{あきな}いせず? It is common to use the stem verb plus せず instead of the negative form of the verb plus ず? 持ち込んだ荷物を商{あきな}いせず
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What do you call young animals in Japanese?

In English we have a lot of very specific words for many animals. Male foxes are known as reynards or tods, female foxes are known as vixens, and baby foxes are known as kits. It's not an isolated ...
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Why is the same english meaning of ため tied to different japanese meanings in different dictionaries?

On http://jisho.org/word/%E7%82%BA consequence; result; effect has an example sentence それは、おまえの声をよく聞くためだよ。(It is in order to hear your voice well.) On ...
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Verb combination (なりたくって and き消す etc.)

I have started to learn japanese recently and tried to translate some lyrics. But I pumped quickly on words I was unable to translate even with jisho.org and romaji version of the songtexts. ...
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How to say “I hope I can” in this situation?

I would like to say "I'm not very good, but I hope I can help you." My first thought would be to translate this as 「下手なんですが、手伝えるといいんですが。」 because in my Japanese class, we were taught that "hoping for ...
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Difference between 募集 vs 採用

What is the difference between 募集{ぼしゅう} vs 採用{さいよう}?
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「三昧だと」と「帰宅しようとしていた」 meaning?

I can read this sentence for the most part but i can't seem to quite translate it properly or into something that flows naturally. he's talking from a view of recalling a set of memories. ...
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The 「って」 + 「いい」 in this sentence what does it mean?

This is piece of dialogue from a book, and i don't quite get what the 「って」 is doing, if it's a quote, i don't get why they would need to phrase it as a quote. I'm guessing the 「いい」 is the word for ...
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The 「と」 conditional to be used as “when”?

i'm not entirely sure but remember that conditionals could be used to also mean "when" when in is that the case here? ゲームを愛する引き篭もり少年・佐藤(さとう)和真(かずま)の人生は、あっけなく幕を閉じた・・・・・・はずだったが、目を覚ますと目の前に女神と名乗る美少女が。 ...
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Can you translate this for me? [closed]

Can you tell me what is this means? It's on my T-Shirt. https://gyazo.com/3736d4a55d523b427086f5c531271556
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まだ with verb ending ~ません and ~ていません

In response to the question 「もう昼ご飯を食べましたか。」how do the following replies differ in meaning? いいえ、まだ食べていません。 いいえ、まだ食べません。 I tried to understand the differences through this website where it's ...
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そうです expressions

I've been learning Japanese for a few years now but I still haven't fully grasped the ways そうです is used in conversation. What I'm concerned with are the following expressions: そうです/そうなんです ...
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Last sentence of company president's speech: translate or not to translate

For example, Japanese correspondence has several set phrases and sentences, which are important, but at the same time they are usually omitted when translated into other languages. Here I have the ...
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What is “かたいことばかりは言えないがだ”?

This is from the long-running anime Sazae-san. Let me set up the situation. A young couple is at a public telephone. The woman is calling her parents, telling them that she's at her female friend's ...
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Is there some set sentence for 「XXXX年度海外予算会議社長講評」?

I wonder, if there is some set sentence for the heading 「XXXX年度{ねんど}海外{かいがい}予算{よさん}会議{かいぎ}社長{しゃちょう}講評{こうひょう}」? I have tried to translate it on my own, but I had difficulties with posing the word ...
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What's the real translation of 俺物語? [duplicate]

I was wondering if the anime series 'ore monogatari' actually translates to 'my love story' or just 'my story' and why it's translated to 'my' since it doesn't have the particle 'no' in it, 'ore no ...
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How to use the verb こもる

感謝の気持ちは品物の量じゃない。 気持ちなんだから、気持ちがこもっていればいい。 A feeling of gratitude isn't about the amount of stuff. Because it's a feeling it should be filled with feeling. Obviously my translation of the second ...
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Translation of 「項目」in the company president's speech

What could be the appropriate translaton of the word 「項目」in the next sentence? 私{わたし}から皆様{みなさま}に再度{さいど}お願い{おねがい}したいことは、次{つぎ}8つの項目{こうもく}についてです。 ① <...> ② <...> … ⑧ <...> I ...
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What's mean? Please help me understand it. はっand ちぇふっ

Good afternoon! Help me with translation. What do mean this words (sounds) 「ああ、ロシアか・・・はっ」 What's mean はっ? And the next: 「ズドラーストヴイ・・・ちぇふっ」 What's mean ちぇふっ? Thank a lot for answer!
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Dictionary form (解ける) as potential form (解けられる)?

Suppose I wanted to say to someone, "Can you solve this question?" According to my Memrise app and some Google results, this is the model sentence: (1) この問題が解けますか。 Since potential ("can") is ...
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How to say “clean up” (for example a house or a room) in Japanese?

I'm trying to compose the sentence, which starts: パーティーが終{お}わる時{とき}に~.. I want to say "After party is over, it is hard to clean up the house." Can you help me?
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How do you say “a light read”?

What is a good way to say that a book is a light read? By that I mean writing that is basically created for entertainment, doesn't contain much drama and isn't particularly thought-provoking. ...
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Capitalized letters in juridical documents - into Japanese

When translating some juridical text, I meet words, that are written in capitalized letters, or at least only first letter is capitalized. Should I transmit it somehow into Japanese, when translating? ...
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Saying someone “looked cool”?

I want to tell someone that they "looked cool" today. Normally I would write: "今日OOさんはかっこよかった!" But I don't want to mean just that they are cool more specifically I mean their outfit and styling. ...
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What is the meaning of ド in this sentence? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of ド in this sentence? 抜け駆けかド畜生 Contex: some guys take the lead and the character don't realize it. It used the same way as this ド and modifies 畜生?
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Translating sentences containing し

Here are two sentences containing the し particle: このアパートは綺麗だし、安い。 This apartment is clean and what's more it's inexpensive. 今日はお客さんも来るし、夕食も作らなくてはいけないし、エアロビクスにいけません。 I've got visitors ...
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Help with grammar number

I have trouble translating the next: よしおさんの車は赤と白です。 What is the correct translation to the sentence? Yoshio-san's car is red and white Yoshio-san's cars are (one) red and (the other) white
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How to say a.k.a. in Japanese? [closed]

How do you say a.k.a. or "also known as" in Japanese?
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で and counters in NHK article

I have two questions concerning the first clause in the following sentence: NHKが熊本市などにある73の避難所で聞くと、多くの避難所で食べ物が足りないと言っていました。 When the NHK asked at 73 of the shelters in Kumamoto-shi, they (the ...
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Do I need to add “da” before “to iimashita”?

Not sure how to say "my mum said it was fun." Is this correct: watashi no okaasan wa, sore ga tanoshi to iimashita Or do I need to add "da"? As this is for speaking.
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Meaning of …ていいから and other puzzles

Uncle is blocking the doorway and waving his hand. He says: 「わしゃ松阪牛のステーキなんて、とてもとても、おかあさん、気ィ使わなくていいから、そんな、わしのために買い物に行かなくていいから、松阪牛なんていいから、ステーキなんていいから。」 I'm really struggling to understand this ...
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none of us is as smart as all of us

This proverb is attributed to an unknown Japanese author (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/none_of_us_are_as_smart_as_all_of/160488.html). However I could not find any mention of its actual origin. ...
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what is this kanji? why is it used?

Please look at the 2nd kanji in the 熟語 that starts with 陰: That 熟語 means "grimly" and looks like a 形容動詞. Example usage: 「もう一度、JLPT不合格です」家庭教師は陰_にいった。 Using New Nelson I looked under 陰 and did ...
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How do I say organize in Japanese as in organize an event?

I am aware of the word for organizing a cabinet, organizing a room, but what is the word when one wants to say that a person organized an event, as in a person arranging an event or a gathering?
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Need help with translation/grammar 「なんの」

I try to read a Japanese book, but I have some troubles with the following phrases which is part of a break up conversation: ...
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Expressing difference between “fluent” and “native speaker” in Japanese

I want to explain the difference between the English linguistic terms "fluent" and "native speaker". I could do this in English, but I'd also like to know if it's possible to do so in Japanese. To be ...
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The meaning of そう

I know when placed after a verb it means "seems like" or "looks like", but what I want to know is what the そう in そう です か means. I know そう です か means "Is that so?" but I've seen そう used with ...
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What does あこ mean?

English translations for the name あこ (Ako) seem tough to find, and are unsourced, so I don't know what to believe. Some say cute, others child, even wife!
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What purpose does はめ serve in this sentence?

ふたりではめあいしておかしいですね笑。 I know that ふたりで means Two of us. あいして means love. おかしい means amusing, funny or comical. But I'm not sure what purpose 'はめ' serves in the sentence and as such I can't really ...