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Who's Who (Giving/Recieving Structures)

I have the following translation for class. 旅館には、外国人がたくさんいて、 アメリカから来たテッドさんという人が、 息子に英語の話し方を教えてくれたので、 そのおれいに、車で、神社に連れて行ってあげることにしました。 I am having trouble figuring out who goes along with what parts ...
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“With” Usage of と and で

I have seen と used in the following manner. 公園に田中さんと行きました - I went to the park with Tanaka-san And I have seen で used as follows. 公園に二人で行きました - I went to the part with 1 other person (2 people ...
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Doubling “Moving” Verbs (行く and 来る)

I sometimes see moving or directional verbs doubled up, with the first verb in て form. I think my professor mentioned that this just sometimes happens but means the same as if you didn't have the ...
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のs Everywhere…Why?

I have to translate the following for my intro Japanese class. 私は、去年、名古屋市内の静かな所にある庭つきの三階建ての窓の大きい住みやすい家を買いました。 I think it means the following. Last year, I bought a yard/garden including, 3 story, ...
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help with translation: a misterious space in the middle of sentence

怒りで単純になったお前の攻撃を 私が避けられないとでも? I really didn't understand this sentence. Why is there that space between "を"and "私"? I'm not sure, but the whole thing is like: "Because your anger, it was simple ...
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Help for translation: Object or agent? “お前に” or “お前を And person for ”思ってる"

お前に私が殺せると思ってるのか? I'm not sure about this phrase. Is correct "お前に" or it's better "お前を". Is object or agent? And which person is correct for 思ってる? "お前" or "私" It's a line from a comic I'm trying to ...
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Can you help me to translate this speech? 自分を理解してくれる者がいるというのは 心地よいものだよ

I'm trying to translate this text from a comic. I understood words, but the whole speech is difficult. 自分を理解してくれる者がいるというのは 心地よいものだよ。。。 一人というのは寂しかっただろう? 私もかつては自分を理解する者がいない 孤独に苛まれたよ。 I translated ...
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The meaning of “ぶん” in “見ているぶんには…”

The line I first saw it in is: 大げさなジェスチャーは小さいころからのクセだ。見てるぶんには面白いので俺はあえて注意しない。 A few other examples I've found: "遠目で見ている分にはいいけれど" "見てるぶんには可愛いけど…こびとづかんになりたくはない。" "Paris Photo ...
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Sentence Translation with Strange Combinations

I have to translate the following for my intro Japanese class. 父は、少し、働きすぎなので、庭の花や木に水でもやって、リラックスした方がいいとおもいます。 I understand parts of the sentence, but not the sentence as a whole. I think ...
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Is “part-time work” an accurate translation of バイト?

The most common translation I see of バイト I see is "part-time work". However, the contexts I see it used in seem to refer to casual work, as opposed to people having a permanent job, merely with ...
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“Apple tax” in Japanese

Wiktionary more or less defines "Apple tax" as The price premium paid by consumers of Apple consumer products over comparable devices from competitors. Is there an equivalent term in Japanese ...
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Should I use 通訳 or 翻訳?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but 通訳 is used for translating conversations(interpreting) whereas 翻訳 is used more for translating documents, right? I have a document that I had a Japanese friend translate ...
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complex sentence ending in a noun breakdown

どうせ知識だけ頭に詰め込んでる兵器 A couple things confuse me: How can we end a sentence in a noun? Whats the 「込んでる」? I thought something deru, but it doesn't use 出る.
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How do you say “like when you” or “the way you ”in Japanese?

SO basically, how do you say something like "talk to the boss the way you talk to your father!" You know with a threatening tone. Thanks in advance
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Meaning of the phrase 「体幹の見切りと筋肉の凝固弛緩その隙間」

I've been reading 魔法使いの夜 and stuck with this sentence -「体幹の見切りと筋肉の凝固弛緩その隙間。」. I completely cannot grasp the meaning from it, so I'll try to break it into parts and translate them. 「体幹の見切り」 - the ...
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What does 勉強にレジャーに忙しい毎日 mean?

I was doing some reading practice in a Japanese intro book of mine and I can't translate the second part of this sentence- ...
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“火の玉” - “falling star”?

I was sure about translating "火の玉" as "fireball", but Google Translate suggests another meaning - "falling star". Can it really be translated like that? If it's true, then in which contexts? Thanks. ...
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What's the meaning and the reading of 通行人?

I have the following translation I need to do for my introductory Japanese class. 最近、交通事故が多いので、左に曲がる時は、自転車や、通行人に気をつけなければなりませんよ。 So far I have the following. Recently there have been a lot of ...
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一番下のむす子 Translation

I have the following sentance that I have to translate for my homework. 今、ちょうど一番下のむす子が、昼寝をしているところです。 I am having trouble with the 一番下のむす子 part. I think might mean "youngest son" (number 1 low's ...
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「~てこうぜ」は何という意味ですか?

In Zukkoke Otokomichi, they translate things like 中ってこうぜ as "Let's ~" Why does こうぜ mean let's? Is it just slang, or does it come from 行こう, just dropping the 行?
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How does ダンスとかあったら全然だったと思う work/mean?

A:藤原さんは、もちろん歌だよね? B:うん。わたしにはそれしかないから……ダンスとかあったら全然だったと思う I don't get what the part ダンスとかあったら全然だったと思う is saying. 全然 is an adverb but there's no verb after it but 思う, but that's separated by a ...
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Trying to translate a 許せるはずもなく

I'm trying to translate a phrase、許せるはずもなく. Generally, I think the meaning should be along the lines of "We were not forgiven," but with the grammatical structure of verb + hazu + naku, would it be ...
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How do the two が in もう止まらない あなたがあなたのことが恋しい work?

The following lyrics are from a song called "YOU": "もう止まらない あなたがあなたのことが恋しい" Mou tomaranai  anata ga anata no koto ga koishii I know that "mou tomaranai" = "no longer stops" and "anata no koto ...
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What does this character (禅) mean? [closed]

I would very much appreciate if someone could tell me what this means!
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Can someone help me determine what this SFX/onomatopoeia is?

Here's an image of it: It looks kind of like ダダ (da da) to me, but then I'm not sure what to make of the last mark. Can someone offer their insight, please? Thanks!
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What does 忘れたい人 mean?

Google Translate translates 忘れたい女 as "Woman you want to forget" But it translates 忘れたい人 as "People who want to forget" Is that a correct translation? if so, why is that? Should it be "People ...
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“I would stop missing you the moment we meet again”

I am trying to translate the sentence in the title. Clearly, 君に会うと、会いたくなくなる。 seems to be wrong. Wouldn't this mean "When I see you, I would never want to see you again" or something like that? ...
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Trouble parsing sentence with 合わず

I am a beginner Japanese student. I was reading this short text and have problem with this particular sentence (end of second paragraph). 盲導犬を飼いはじめて最初は、二人の息が合わず街に出かけても失敗ばかりでした。 Let's try to go ...
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童貞が許されるのは小学生までだよね - translation of まで

I'm interested in an exact translation of the particle まで used in this Internet meme: In case you can't read the image, here's a transcription: 「えーマジ 童貞!?」 「キモーイ」 「童貞が許されるのは小学生までだよねー」 ...
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What is the literal meaning of 'マスコミにバラして'?

The sentence is, 'マスコミにバラしてもいいんですよ?' What does this mean, literally? Also, is this figure of speech frequently used? If it is, could you please give me some instances when it is used in daily life? ...
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need help understanding a coin

I read Chinese decently, so my friend asked me if I knew what their coin was for. From Chinese, I could read the kanji 金品 (Gold Commodity) and 交换 (Exchange), but not the Japanese. Can someone help me ...
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What does this sentence mean? These katakana are confusing me

The full sentence is: 気にしないでコレ全然アレじゃねぇから 間違ってもチクんじゃねーぞ And I'm having trouble deciphering those katakana, コレ and アレ are probably a way to emphasize これ and あれ, but what about チク? Is it replacing a ...
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How to say Populations and Civilizations when talking about history?

Dealing with historical matters for a certain urban area, one would like to say the following: In this city we had many populations here: Normans, Greeks and French... So what is the right term ...
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Problems parsing this sentence (ような before comma)

I was reading the examples from the book 日本語文型辞典 and I came across this example sentence which I have absolutely no idea of how to parse it: その子は、人と目が合うたびにやさしく笑いかけるような、そんな、人を疑うということを知らないような子だったと言う。 ...
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What does り have to do with this?

So I asked some Japanese guy if he really meant something (about speaking in certain language) with 本当ですか and I got this as an answer: 実はしゃべれるわけじゃなかったりする I understand what わけではない means, but ...
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Expressions of gratitude

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCORe7qs0Sk at 3:13 the man on the left saying something to show gratitude. it's not arigatou gozaimasu or domo arigatou, or something like that. it's sounds like ...
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Is Japanese one of the Buddhist canonical languages?

The languages of oriental Buddhist traditions, be it Theravada or Mahayana, do not always provide complete and entire canonical texts. Up to now, I am aware of Pali, Chinese and Tibetan versions of ...
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I am wondering if someone can shed light on this tweet from Japan?

A friend of mine recently translated a Japanese article from Japan's October issue of An An magazine and sent her a tweet in English telling her that it was completed. The author replied with the ...
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How is 空気を読む translated into English?

I've often seen 'read the air' (literal translation) or 'read between the lines' but is there a better rendition of this concept in English? Or does it just not exist?
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Premature optimization is the root of all evil [closed]

"Premature optimization is the root of all evil" I would like to translate this quote into Japanese for a personal project. For further understanding of the meaning, Donald Knuth wrote this phrase in ...
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What does 工夫(する) mean?

I am aware of the generic English translation: In this case, "device" or "to devise" in English, but this does not really help me out. In what context would you use this word? 例文 would really be ...
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How is '打って' being used in this context?

こん、皆さん。ちょっと質問があります。 この歌:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEwycsmfACg 最初の歌詞はこれです: 「またビートを打ってリリック書く だってそうじゃなきゃ俺が俺じゃない」 でも意味が分かんない。^^; 英語で説明していい。 "(I'm) writing lyrics for another beat ... ... If I'm ...
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What is the most accurate (literal) translation of でしょう?

I understand the concept of でしょう. All my books say that it is like saying "probably". I have also been told that it is more accurately a means of adding doubt to a statement to seem less assuming and ...
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What does おせわになってます mean?

あなたにいつもおせわになってますからね. What does the above sentence mean? I'm confused about the おせわになってます part.
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What is 「何しに」 in 「YOUは何しに日本へ?」

Title basically says most of it. To add more context to that 「YOUは何しに日本へ?」 is a name of a japanese TV show, found it on YouTube. They meet random foreigners at the airport and ask them this question. ...
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Meaning of 伝わる and AよりもB, 温かい, and て-form+から+でも

I need help understanding some Japanese sentences. All the sentences are connected except the last one. 今も手紙はたまに書きますよ。 mailよりも気持ちが伝わるんです。 I know that the first sentence means "people also ...
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Meaning of 話になんない

I have a quote from this anime, FLCL: 「とにかくさ、バット振んなきゃ話になんないよ」. In the official translation it's translated as "nothing can happen until you swing the bat". Now my japanese is pretty rusty, as I ...
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Is there a Japanese phrase equivalent to the English phrase: “Guilty Pleasure”?

I am at a loss of words to describing to my host family why I sometimes listen to "bad" or embarrassing music. Is there a japanese phrase that can help me tell them it's a "guilty pleasure" of mine?
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How do you say thank you for or sorry for?

the "for" should be followed by an arbitrarily long and complicated sentence like: Thank you for waiting for me after the football match! or Sorry for spilling my drink on the carpet that ...
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I don't understand this phrase もっとだ

I am watching a certain show at the moment where someone is talking about wanting to kill evil creatures. Please don't judge this question as childish just because the extract is from an anime. He ...