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How do I translate this small passage about make-up, depression, and Alzheimer?

Can somebody help me with the translation for 実際にうつ病やアルツハイマーの治療として、女性患者に化粧やヘアチェンジを実践することもあるくらいです。お化粧はテンションをあげてくれるお薬でもあるんですね。 I came up with this Did you know (or truthfully), as a treatment ...
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Translation of 曲がりたくても

I have the following translation. 名古屋市内に入ると、 工事中で、 一方通行が多くて、 曲がりたくてもまっすぐ行かなければなりませんでした。 The following is what I have so far. When I arrived inside the City of Nagoya it was under construction and ...
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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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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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隣村まで足にのばす。Best way to interpret this sentence?

隣村まで足にのばす。 隣村:the neighboring village 足:foot/leg のばす:aside from growing a beard... stretch, extend... The best I could think is that it's like a literary way of saying you're heading out (extending ...
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How should I intepret より in this sentence

きのうは きょうより ひとが すくないです。 Is it saying: X number of people yesterday < Y number of people today? or X number of people yesterday > Y number of people today? I'm getting the ...
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Translation for 食べ物を腐らせずに保存する

Saw this in my textbook. The translation is "to preserve food from decay". I get it, but I am not clear about the ず after 腐らせる. Where is it coming from?
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Defining a particular 系

http://mainichi.jp/life/kimochi/archive/news/2012/20120205ddn013070029000c.html The article above, about how a girl wants to be loved, is entitled 愛され系  I am wondering which definition of 系 ...
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How does this で work?

日本女性で電車の中で化粧をする人を見ると恥ずかしいくて嫌な気持ちになる。 In my understanding, the で following 日本女性 could correspond here to the english "of," or "speaking of." Thus one interpretation of this sentence (though in ...
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What is 漕ぎに来てくれるフラグ in English?

これは漕ぎに来てくれるフラグ? I read that on twitter. This is the tweet, if it helps to make sense of it. 自信…なくないです( ´ ▽ ` )ノ笑RT @yamadamic: あらマオにゃん!これは漕ぎに来てくれるフラグ?(笑) RT @mao_sid: 出勤時に聴いてましたよ(^∇^)RT ...
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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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I was told to do X if Y

I have no idea how to translate this sentence pattern into Japanese. If I try with basic grammar, it sounds very wrong and overly complex. What is the most natural way of expressing this? If there is ...
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Don't understand meaning and translation of these sentences

I’m having major trouble understanding and translating these example sentences. 試験や勉強で忙しくなると、どうして勉強しているのか忘れがちになる。でも勉強は自分のためにしているということを忘れないでほしい。 My translation: When you become busy with exams and ...
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Adjective conjugation of 小さい and 少ない in these sentences

I’ve come across some adjective conjugation that I don’t fully understand in two separate but related example sentences, and so my translations are definitely wonky. ...
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Translation to Japanese: “The test will determine which university I will go to.” [closed]

How do you say "The test will determine which university I will go to." in Japanese? I only can figure out the first part of it, which is 「あのテストは…」 Can anyone here help me complete it?
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How should I refer to food whose name mentions its main ingredients?

In Spanish we have lots of dishes whose names refer to the main ingredients it has. For example "arroz con pollo" (rice and chicken), "arroz con leche" (rice and milk), or "pollo con papas" (chicken ...
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Regarding the meaning of ~曲げて捉えて

I was translating some stuff and ran into this line: 私の言葉を曲げて捉えていると思ってな. Now, as the title said, my main issue here is the "曲げて捉えて" bit; would it be correct for me to read it as something like ...
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Transliterating the last name Cobaxin [closed]

I want to know the trick to transliterating names in to Japanese. I previously asked this question and it was suggested to look up famous names. That worked until I came up on one of my friend's ...
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How to say “person who is consistent” (in romaji) ? Is it a Japanese principle?

I have seen a documentary about a mangaka who would draw her own manga from start to finish and the documentary described that she was applying a Japanese principle of doing things alone, at your own ...
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Use of Causative-Passive Form and ために in this example

I’m struggling to translate and understand this example dialogue from my textbook. 学生:先生、どうして私たちはこんなにたくさん漢字を勉強させられるんですか。 先生:だれも勉強させていませんよ。だれのために勉強しているんですか。 学生: 自分です。 My attempt at translation: ...
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受ける Usage (Translation)

I have the following to translate for class. 漢字クイズは 習った漢字を全部暗記しなくてもいいですが 例文を読んだ後で 受ければ いい点が取れるようです。 So far I have the following. As for the kanji quiz it is okay if you don't memorize all of the ...
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Meaning of “[気張]{きば}らずゆっくりやっていこうね”

気張らずゆっくりやっていこうね 'ゆっくりやっていこう’ means "I'll keep on going slowly", right? But what is 気張らず?
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Is 「<number>回後」 equivalent to 「第<number>回」?

For example, I'm trying to make sense of the following phrase: 二回後システム When literally translated to English, becomes: Twice After System I have also encountered a similar phrase: ...
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What is the も in 今年も used for ? What does 雨が少なく mean here, and why isn't it followed by a て?

I have the following translation for class. 今年も、 トゥーソンは、 雨が少なく、 水が不足して、 困るかもしれません。 So far, I have the following. This year also Tucson rain is little water has become ...
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やつしてみたかった expression meaning

キスってやつしてみたかったな I've never read this expression before. I just know that やつす means to be absorbed, to lose yourself to, so I was gessing that maybe in this case it could mean: "I wanted to lose ...
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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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How to translate “objective” as in name of section in a resume

Usually resumes contain the "Objective" paragraph which provides the summary of things a person thinks he does best and what he wants to do. Will simply using 目的{もくてき} work or there is a more specific ...
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Use of はじめて and どれだっけ?

I don't really know where to ask for help, usually I got the meaning of a sentence on my own but, well this sentence is giving me a hard time, it seems easy but I can't figure out what's the use of ...
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What does “一味一禪” mean?

I have found a small Shodo fragment stating "一味一禪" - which is not the classical "Zen and Tea are of one taste" (禅茶一味). What is this supposed to mean? Is it correct Japanese (I suppose it is, coming ...
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help checking a sentence

[...]その天の命により、陛下がこのたび皇帝として即位し、天下を平和にし、文明を一層促進するための治世を開かれました。 My rough interpretation: "by virtue of the Mandate of Heaven, Your Majesty now sits on the throne as an emperor, keeps all the world in ...
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Meaning and translation お納めになられる

Tell me please, what is the meaning of お納めになられる in the following sentence. Is it just passive ? Thanks for help!
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~なければならない and ~によって auxiliary meanings

I am having trouble with the bold part of this sentence from wikipedia: バブル経済(バブルけいざい、economic ...
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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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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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Need some clarification on two translations

I'd like to confirm if I'm reading the two following lines correctly - for context, this is a conversation between a soldier and an outlaw who used to be friends and now find themselves at odds. ...
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How would you say “this song is played” and “in some places/cities” in natural Japanese? [closed]

I'm having trouble saying the following thing in Japanese: "This song is played when the traffic light turns green in some places in Japan." Specifically, I don't what would be 'the most ...
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Does my translation of “I want to bring your art to life.” make sense? [closed]

私はあなたの版下作品に命を吹き込みたい. is supposed to mean I want to bring your art to life. I'm just wondering if I'm in the ballpark or not.
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Usage of て Form Plus も (Translation)

I have the following sentence to translate. だれが来てもいいですが 少なくても 一人は 必ず 来させて下さい So far I have the following. Anyone can come but even if there is few/little 1 person definitely please let me ...
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An appropriate word for “psyllium seed husk powder” that doesn't describe it as a laxative? (Plantago psyllium L)

I'm thinking about translating a recipe in Japanese and I'm kind of astonished that there isn't a wikipedia page for psyllium seed husk powder, but there's a brief one for psyllium. I'm not sure if ...
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「行きと違い」 phrase meaning

I completely cannot grasp the meaning of 行きと違い here: 夕食を終えた私は、なれない道に右往左往しながら寄宿舎へと向かっていた。行きと違い、友の案内がないだけで道を迷いそうになる。 "After I finished the dinner, I wandered an unfamiliar road to the dormitory. ...
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さらっと滑り meaning and use in this sentence

無理難題さらっと滑り込ませるのやめてくだい. I can't understand the meaning of this sentence, someone is asking the permission to stop doing something because it's impossible to (?) Could you please explain me? Thank ...
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“I have problems with someone” translation

How to translate this: "I have problems with someone." for example if am in basketball team and am talking with someone so i tell him : I have problems with my basketball team
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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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Translation of 終わらせる

I'm having trouble with the translation of 終わらせている in the following sentence, and as far as I understand it likely translates here as "die". But I never found this meaning for 終わる in vocabulary, and ...
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(sentence) Usage of 圏外

人気アイドルにあやかって昨年上位を占めた「たくや」君はベストテン圏外。 I am confused by the usage of 圏外 in this sentence. My translation would be: I was named after a popular idol, Takuya, who was at the top of popularity rankings, ...
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Computing: How to say “optional parameters”

In programming, a function can have optional parameters, for instance getTemperature() could have an optional parameter "Unit" to say I want the temperature in Kelvin for instance. By default, when ...
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What is particle と means here

I'm a bit of confused with と in the following sentence, what does it mean here and how can we translate the whole sentence? その名に恥じず放置すればするだけ存分と進行してくれればそれは非常に楽だけど。 Thank you very much for help!
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meaning of から in following sentence

Tell me please, what is から means in the following sentence? 本当のところを言うと、この時間に悠馬さんがここを通るからと、夏目さんに教えてもらったので、待っていたんです。 Thank you very much for help!
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A question about the usage of ため and spacing

上下のフロアを繋ぐ階段は各層にひとつのみ、その全てが怪物のうろつく危険な迷宮区画に存在するため発見も踏破も困難だが、一度誰かが突破して上層の都市に辿り着けばそこと下層の各都市の≪転移門≫が連結されるため誰もが自由に移動できるようになる。 There were 2 things I didn't get in this sentence (or maybe a paragraph...?): ...
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How many translations of “ichigo” are there? [closed]

"Ichigo" can be the pronunciation of a person's name (as in the cartoon "Bleach"), or words meaning "strawberry", "one and five", or a part of the word "一期一会". Are there any additional meanings of ...