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How to write “Aikido Wa Ichiban Budo Desu” [closed]

"Aikido Wa Ichiban Budo Desu" is supposedly a quote from 植芝 盛平, Ueshiba Morihei (founder of Aikido). Most people translate this as "Aikido is first and foremost a true Budo". My question is: how are ...
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Translation doubts (が, き…) [closed]

I'm trying to translate some Japanese text I found to English (I'm very beginner, and self-learning). There are two columns of Japanese; on the left: 私 い 日 本 が and on the right: 大 子 き で す ...
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Who is the subject of 止まらない胸の歪を消しておくれよ

As part of my studies, I started to translate lyrics of songs I enjoy. It was going well until I bumped with this phrase. 止まらない胸の歪を消しておくれよ I'm think it translates somewhat to: "Late to erase ...
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How do I say: “I thought everyone liked AKB48”

I was talking to a friend and he said he didn't like AKB48! I'm shocked, because AKB48 is so popular in Japan! How do I say: "I thought everyone liked AKB48"? Maybe something like... ...
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This translation doesn't makes sense

So I am going through song lyrics and and the new grammar and vocab that I learn from them into my studying. One song I cam across was wolf boy by morning musume (ウルフボーイ モーニング娘) The first line of ...
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Kisshu fushin actual meaning

Okay,first off:I am not really someone who studies japanese or is a native speaker but I am doing karate1 for some years and I hear some words or phrases here and there.There is one common saying from ...
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Correct particle usage: を or は?

I want to say, "Are you sure you want to remove Alex?" Do I use を or は? アレックスを削除してもよろしいですか。
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すげえまずい expression meaning

what is the meaning of the expression すげえまずい alone? I've never read it before. Thank you.
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What is this person saying?

In a visual novel a girl just said そうですねー and the guy replied 「僕はですね、伯母の紹介だったからこそ、ここでバイトしてる訳ですが。」 I feel like he's making fun of her for saying desu ne.... and that she sounds like his aunt? If ...
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Translating ならば受け止めて行くまでさ word for word

I'm going for a word-for-word translation of (miss) understood (you can hear the song here, but I'm having trouble with the verse: 今さらきれい事だなんて 聞くつもりも言うつもりもない 痛みは増える一方だろう ...
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How should we translate double negatives/negatives that are unnatural in English?

Is there a basic rule for translating negatives/double negatives that do not feel natural in English. The example I have been struggling is as follows: ...
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MySpyPhone Translation [closed]

I have an Android application called MySpyPhone. I want to translate it to a meaningful Japanese name. The application takes pictures on a user defined schedule. Any naming suggestions? Thank you ...
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How do characters talk to each other in “Like Father, Like Son” movie [closed]

(I do not speak Japanese) I'm translating subtitles (from english to spanish) for the Hirokazu Koreeda's "Like Father, Like Son" movie. The characters, the Nonomiya's and Saiki's, are two couples of ...
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How can I translate these workplace goals into Japanese? [closed]

I'm an ALT and my supervisor asked me to write my goals in Japanese this year. I'm trying to keep it simple, but I really struggle with putting English into Japanese. Here is my attempt Deepen ...
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Long phrase translation: あの子とも違う秘密を持ったみたいで後ろめたい気分だ

Context: 15-year boy speaking to himself あの子とも 違う秘密を持ったみたいで後ろめたい気分だ I brought this long phrase here because I have several points of doubt in it. First: あの子とも doesn't seem to be the same as ...
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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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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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Sentence ending with -とでも

Konna ikari ni warawa ga hirumu to demo? In this sentence does that mean, Sould I scared/afraid of this (little) anger? (a humiliation/mocking intent is directed in this sentence) or, Do I need to ...
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“Sore ni taru” and “rasen ga gotoku” [closed]

What does "Sore ni taru 'kekka' nano desu" mean? It takes place here in Fairy Tail manga => http://online.mangaraw.net/Weekly-Shonen-Magazine-Vol-04-05-231-7911.html And also, "samazamana omoi to ...
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What is the meaning of ように here?

Can someone tell me what ように means in this phrase? あの人にそんな秘密があるようには全く見えないがな。
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What do these two phrases mean?

I need some help with translating this: 君の後ろ姿さえ 明日への希望に思えた日を 幻にしないように 瞼へと刻んだサヨナラ These two phrases are from certain Japanese song and I can't understand them. The parts I have difficulty with are: ...
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Confused about some sentences in a blog entry

I tried to read a blog entry but some sentences are confusing me. 握手会でもファンの方が当たったよ!って嬉しそうに言ってくれた I know all the words and the grammar involved but 当たったよ!is confusing me. The verb meaning I've ...
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what does とつて in the context of エサとつてくる mean? [closed]

I want to break the sentence エサとつてくる into different parts. It is translated as "I'm going to get some food" エサ means bait or food(relating to animals). くる means come or will come. but I'm ...
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Japanese writings in Brazil [closed]

I've seen these writings in the ground of Brazil. I've already tried to translate it with my friend but there are some complex kanji that we don't know. I'm very curious to know what they say, can ...
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Meaning of 腐っていく

I have been attempting to translate a song to improve my Japanese, but I came across a phrase that has me very confused. The phrase is 「腐っていく」。 It seems to be some sort of sexual pun? Any help with ...
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Can anybody tell me what this means?

I have an ornament, the picture, and I do not know what it means. I'm not even sure if it's Japanese but any help would be gladly taken.
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何かそのちょっと expression meaning

何かそのちょっと Could you please explain me this expression?
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Is “besides, I think you already know” a correct translation of “なにせもう覚えったようなもんだから”?

なにせもう覚えったようなもんだから = "Besides, I think you already know"? Also, is 覚えった a misspelling of 覚えた?
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Meaning of いくのは

Cheers, I'm teaching myself the language for a while now and I'm picking up on basic grammar structure. Combined with a dictionary, I can occasionally even make sense of a sentence! But the full ...
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Translating contrasts with English expressions that not their naturally equivalents in Japanese

When translating how does one deal with contrasts best satisfied with English expressions that not the naturally translations from Japanese. In the following example: ...
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How can I translate Romaji text to English? [closed]

I have a block of Japanese-language text that has been transliterated to Romaji that I would like to translate to English. They are lyrics to a song. I have very little experience with the Japanese ...
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Who, or what, is Tsunku san? [closed]

Saw this on twitter. つんくさん!いただきます! http://lockerz.com/s/121213710 What does that mean?
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Explaining the phrase 書{か}き込{こ}みによると

I have translated the phrase 書き込みによると which, and if I'm right, means "According to the writing". I want to know more about the structure and grammar rules used here. I found it in this article.
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How do you say, “It makes me want to…” [on hold]

How do say,"It makes me want to..." ? For example, "Today's P.E. Class was so tiring. It makes me want to sleep."
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How to find words you cant find in a dictionary? Help with translating Dragon Ball [closed]

I have been learning japanese for 6 months now and thought that I would have a stab at buying a Japanese comic book to try and read/ translate but I'm struggling! There are many different words that ...
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Literal translation of the word シレジレ

I'm not sure how to translate the word シレジレ. Does it mean something like "perky, confident, opinionated, presumptuous"? If so, may シレジレメカコラム be translated as "All-knowing Mecha Column" or "Wise ...
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Sentence with ように

お父さんに愛されていると信じて疑わないように、周りの人も優しいのが普通だと思ってた Yeah, ように mean "as/like". So this must translating like "I thought that it's normal when people around are kind to me like believe that dad loves me." ? ...
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Explain these phrases [on hold]

I am trying to understand the words/sentences that comes in my vehicle dashboard display. i have zero knowledge about Japanese and really hope someone will help me out to understand. Please tell me ...
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Could use some assistance translating a sentence [on hold]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9s5ZyN8aJc&t=92m48s As the video begins, it sounds as if the person is saying: 実は僕の本当の内容だった (Jitsuwa boku no hontō no naiyōdatta) Is this correct? If so, could ...
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About the literal translation of a phrase [duplicate]

The phrase it's this: "士郎の理想、英雄となった姿があなたではないのですか。" I understand it literally as "The ideal of Shirou, the figure that became a hero, are you not you?" It's right?
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Verb for the object `dareka` in `探さずにはいられない 誰かを` [closed]

Here is part of the lyrics of Mai Kuraki's Time After Time: 風舞う花びらが 水面を撫でるように 大切に想うほど切なく… 人は皆 孤独と言うけれど 探さずにはいられない 誰かを 儚く壊れやすいものばかり 追い求めてしまう Time after time 君と色づく街で 出逢えたらもう約束はいらない 誰よりもずっと傷付きやすい君の ...
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Translating the statement: X is very common

I'm working with a computer translation program and the output I got was this: ぞれは一般的です。 I'm trying to determine whether this is a correct translation for 'That is common.' Alc gives ...
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What is the meaning of しちまおう?

I'm playing a video game and in this scene the character is on a hill and says: このまま昼寝しちまおうか My guess is that it's a conjugation of する but it doesn't look close to する at all. What conjugations ...
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Is my translation program right to use 「ある」 instead of「いる」 here? [duplicate]

When I ask Google to translate "a person is at location" I get 「人は場所にある」. To me the use of 「ある」 seems wrong since we are talking about a person. Is it right to use 「ある」 or should 「いる」 be used ...
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What is a ダンディー? [closed]

I've encountered this word several times already but never really knew what it meant. Then I just saw this on twitter: タモリさん、今日服装がダンディー。 What is a ダンディー? What kind of clothes does a ダンディー wear? ...
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Translation of Hosutofamiri- no Minasan (ホストファミリーのみなさん)

It's either: Host family of everyone's Host family of your's (I got this from Google Translator) This is from Mirai Book 5.
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translation of sentence with multiple って/と in it

ストレスが原因だっていわれたって聞いたけど Hi, what is the meaning of above sentence, the multiple って confuses me, I don't get the meaning of this sentence. Can some tell me a English translation for this one?
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What does this mean? (Japanese-English Translation) [closed]

三人はいつものように、炭を売ってしまった後(あと)で、町の居酒屋で一杯ひっかける楽しみのほか、何の考えもなく足を早めて道を歩いて行きました。 So it's a story about 3 lonely guys who are peasants from a small village. And on their off time they make charcoal and sell it ...
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What does this mean (second part of the sentence)? [closed]

もう片方は、ビニールのカバーがありませんが、箱は中古感が少なく、 綺麗です。 What is the second part of the sentence in bold?
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What does this character (禅) mean? [closed]

I would very much appreciate if someone could tell me what this means!