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What does こと mean between two nouns?

What is the function of the first こと in the following sentence? 「労働のビッグバン」こと非正規雇用の規制緩和が次々に行われたのは90年代、バブルが崩壊して以降のことである。 Logically it seems it has a function similar to と. If that is indeed what it ...
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Meaning and translation of 働かせっぱなし

Help me please with translation 働かせっぱなし in the following sentence それって、朝からずっと働かせっぱなしの人間に対して、掛ける言葉じゃ、ないと思うんだけど The main problem is that I cannot understand how to correctly translate 働かせっぱなしの人間,...
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Can I refer to the March 11 earthquake without mentioning the word earthquake?

Is it possible to refer to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and nuclear incident in everyday conversation, preferably without using the words earthquake or tsunami or nuclear incident? For ...
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What does 懐{なつ}い mean in this context?

Saw this on twitter: A: 懐い B: そういえば私がマオさんの唄初めて聞いたのwinter fallでした。サンタさんでしたね(笑)あの日の衝撃は未だに忘れられないなー「歌うますぎ!この人誰!?」ってみんな言ってましたよ。懐かしい。
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How to translate a sentence that has no particles

I'm reading a manga and a man (Shusuke) and woman (Nozomi) are having a conversation. It starts out with them talking about congratulating a mutual friend (Sawada) on getting a job when Shusuke says: ...
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japanese long sentences

他方、成績評価の甘い授業が高く評価されたり、人気取りに走る教師が出たりし、成績の安売りや大学教師のレベルダウンという弊害をもたらす恐れがある、などの反省意見もある. i really dont understand this sentence meaning, anyone knows? on the other hand, by focusing on evaluating lessons ...
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How to say “leave a gap”?

As in instructions for making something. Like "leave a gap on the left side" or "leave gaps on both sides" 「左側に間をする」 「両側に間をする」 I'm guessing this is like "do a space" which makes no sense
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Saying something was happening when something happened

I want to know what is the form for "when" in a phrase like "I was reading a book, when someone knocked on my door." I'm aware of the usage of "toki" in phrases like "When I was a teacher..." and "...
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Meaning of ボロカスにされる

I'm reading a manga and came across the following lines (in it A is talking to someone else about a third party C): A: バカめが! A: Cにボロカスにされるがいいわ!! Most dictionaries I've looked at put ボロカス as ...
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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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What does ダークホース mean here?

I am vainly trying to understand the paragraph below but I am running into some difficulties. In particular, I have a lot of difficulties to figure out exactly what is meant by ダークホース here (there is a ...
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Origin of Natsume Soseki's Translation of “I love you”

Recently, while playing through Persona 4, I've learned that apparently Natsume Soseki translated the English phrase of "I love you" into 月が綺麗ですね。 and I, wondering if there was a source for this,...
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The correct way of using toki

My instructor told us that toki is used for placing an action that has happened at a certain time. For example: さびしい時、友達に電話します。 But then how come this sentence is wrong? I'm sure that I used the ...
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Multiple verbs without implying that they all happen, “or”

I would like to translate the following sentence. I am in particular having trouble with the portion in bold. You should eat or drink something sweet before exercising. How does one list ...
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Trouble with translation 「アジア人歌手では過去最大級となる。」

Reading a newspaper article I came across a sentence which gives me multiple troubles... 昨春に始まったツアーは日米や東南アジアなど13カ国・地域で140万人を集める見通し。アジア人歌手では過去最大級となる。 Regarding では, would it be correct to treat it ...
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Does 仕事があれば bear a notion of “if you pay me”?

I sometimes hear a phrase 仕事があれば used in situations where a freelancer or an artist says something that in English would be "if you pay me I will do it" (まぁ、仕事があれば〜), "if you pay me I will go" (仕事があれば、...
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ぐわん: Is this a word? Drunken speech in manga

I'm reading a manga and am completely stuck on what is being said in the following line of text: まわる = まる = circle ぐわんぐわん = ぐん?  ほわほわする = ほほする = cheeks I've attached the page with the text ...
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How would you say “I like sth/sb because of [that reason]” in Japanese?

For example how would you say I like John, because I think he is charming and attentive. Is there any other way to say "because" besides of kara (& node)? kara makes the sentence sound like "...
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Need help with translating 今更聞くのもアレなんだけど

I'm playing through the Toradora VN and I'm at a point where Ryuji comes home and spends a bit of time talking with his mom. However, his memory has not recovered and he is unsure what kind of ...
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Outlining methods in Japanese

In English, when building a shelf, for example, the instruction booklet will go along the lines of "Step 1. ~~~~. Step 2. ~~~~ etc." In Japanese, I know that you can explain methods by going まずは、それで ...
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How to translate 以前の問題

How would you translate "以前の問題" in the next sentence: 作文が上手かどうかは、日本語能力以前の問題である。 Thank you! )
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meaning of “たけしみたく、「5月病」にかかっている”?

does "たけしみたく、「5月病」にかかっている。" mean: "Just as Takeshi appears to, I have 'May Sickness.'" ? In this context, does _"たけしみたく、..." mean: Takeshi may, or may not, have "May Sickness". Since I'm not ...
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Meaning of 日本に来られたらより理解できる

I wrote: 14、15歳だった時、僕は飛ぶことができる車を作ってみたくなったので、いろいろな自動車メーカーに興味を持った。フォルクスワーゲンとかHONDAとかビュイックとかBMWとか。「どこのメーカーのために飛べる車を作ればいいかな」と思って、僕の父に「好きな自動車メーカーは?」と聞いた。父の答えは「もちろん、TOYOTA。このメーカーの車はとても頑丈で長持ちするからね」。それで、...
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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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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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Do you find this use of 信じてもらえなくなる to be odd?

On the following reddit thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/LearnJapanese/comments/21l6aa/meaning_of_自分も信じてもらえなくなるってことだ/ the following sentence was posted, with a number of people trying to interpret it:...
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How do you say 'to die from…' in Japanese?

For instance, I'm trying to say 'I would die from boredom' and the best I can come up with is 死ぬのから退屈だ However, I strongly suspect this isn't correct. It would also be useful to have the phrase "I ...
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買えっつてだろうが meaning

This is the full sentence いつもいつも計算して買えっつてだろうが。 It's very colloquial but I can't understand this part 買えっつてだろうが。 Why is written like this 買えっつて ? Thank you!
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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 そこによるところは大きい mean?

could anyone help me with a sentence? It was from an article in the Asahi about the leadership change in North Korea. The full sentence is 拉致被害者の早い救出も、そこによるところは大きい。I understand the first part of the ...
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A good and polite way to ask “How long have you been playing drums?”

How to correctly ask "how long have you been playing drums?" in a forum? I tried to come up with my own question but I don't know if it is grammatically correct and/or polite. Here is what I came up ...
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How is という used in 「男の子の顔は父親より母親ににるという話を聞いた」?

I came across this Japanese sentence: 男の子の顔は父親より母親ににるという話を聞いた。 But am not really sure about its meaning in English. My translation will be "The man heard that his face resembles his mother more ...
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The meaning of words from an image パシヤ (or パシャ) and しみる

What do パシヤ(or パシャ) and しみる mean?
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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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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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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 ...
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Is it correct - クッキング・テール?

I am starting a cooking blog which is named Cooking Tale. I wanted a person to translate the name and he said クッキング・テール is ok. But when I search for this name in dictionaries, it says "tail" not "tale"...
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What does Mr. Driller say when he picks up an oxygen tank?

I think many people remember the Japanese game series, Mr. Driller. There was an arcade machine and several console games, and they were pretty popular. The idea was to drill through coloured blocks, ...
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Found the expression 目が命 in a paperback I'm reading

... and I don't know what it means. Searching for the term, I've found things like 「戦士は目が命」, which seems to be related to the game Dragon Quest, and 【Firefly Shop】人形は目が命!, on an Amazon product, that ...
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What is 「ケステンGチンキ」 a reference to?

This word/set of words/whatever it is popped up in something I am reading, and I cannot find any clue as to what it is referencing. The book is a taiko performer's biography, and this is the very last ...
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Help understanding 腸捻転エビ固めモミ手返し

The following sentence is baffling me: 頭が腸捻転エビ固めモミ手返しを喰ったようで「明日にでも実家に帰らせて頂きマス」とか「私の前世は『枯野の宿』だった」とか口走りかねない。 I think I understand the ending (but please let me know if anything is mistranslated): ...
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understanding the meaning of わけはない

From the Progressive Japanese-English dictionary: 彼を操縦するなどわけはない I can easily twist [wind] him around [((英)) round] my little finger. Can you please tell me what わけはない means in this sentence? ...
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What are the meanings of the words 「えぐりこむ」and「べし」?

Here is the sentence I have seen them from a boxing Manga. ひじを左{ひだり}わきからはなさない心{こころ}がまえで..... やや内{ない}角{かく}をねらい えぐりこむようにして...打{う}つべし! Especially 「べし」, I don't know the purpose to use it in the ...
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Translation of Anohito あのひと

hope you can help me with the following. It's a poem from a series from the 1970's in Japan. There is some debate right now a to whether あのひと(テリィ)だと says He is Anohito (Teri) - he is that person (...
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Difference between “山を登ったり、降りたり…” and “山を登って、降りて…”

What are the differences in meaning between: "山を登ったり、降りたり、よく考えた。" "山を登ってって、降りてって、よく考えた。" "山を登って、降りて、よく考えた。"
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Japanese Dog Training Commands

My fiance and I will be moving to Japan sometime next year and are trying to prepare our dog for the experience by teaching her Japanese commands so she can be easily handled by kennels/vets/groomers/...
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Translation - “form” (internet form you fill out, NOT an application)

A translation question for ya :) I'm in need of the word for "form". In this case it is a form on a webpage a user fills out to answer survey questions ("how did you think you did? did you enjoy it?")....
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How to say “email me at this mail address”?

I was wondering how I would say to someone that they can reach me at this email address or they can mail me here at this email address. I would guess it would use the potential form of send for ...
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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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Translating チャレンジ

I have always struggled with translating チャレンジ, which has nuances quite different from the English "challenge". Now I am working on a document which uses this word to a ridiculous amount, "challenging"...