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What does MC mean in Japanese?

Saw this on twitter: MC挟んでいいなら♪( ´▽`)RT @miri_sid: @mao_sid マオくんは全曲連続で歌えますか?(^-^) Can't find the Japanese definition of MC anywhere. What does that say?
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Can someone transliterate this artist's name? [closed]

This is a placard next to a work of art from a museum in Japan. I'm curious as to what it says—particularly, what the artist's name is.
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What does “ 万寿一 ” and “ つうさん ” mean?

In a telephone register, 万寿一 was behind a surname. What does 万寿一 mean when written behind a surname? And second, I came across this sentence. つうさんのこと未だ引きずって、マイナス思考が激しいね。 What does つうさん mean? Is ...
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Help with 第一夜 by 夏目漱石: 「大きな潤のある眼で、長い睫に包まれた中は、ただ一面に真黒であった」

I bought the book "Breaking into Japanese Literature - Seven Modern Classics in Parallel text" and burned some billions of neurons to (try to) understand just the first page (lol). Well, I am having ...
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What's the meaning of 「確認というか念を押しとくが」?

確認というか念を押しとくが I don't really get the meaning of this sentence. Does it mean to remind, to confirm something, or to make sure of something? The whole sentence is: そう言えば 確認というか念を押しとくが ...
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help with this sentence from Pokemon (みちに だんさが あるだろ!)

みちに だんさが あるだろ! I am a pretty early beginner in japanese, and after mastering hiragana, katakana, and some conversational basics, I have jumped into trying to slowly play through an imported pokemon ...
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What's the meaning of 届けて

Can I ask a favour? I am trying to catch on the meaning of the song 涙をとどけて. I have caught everything except for the following 4 lines, which remain vague for me. 涙をとどけて 本当のこと 想いをとどけて 言えないこと ...
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起きたことを … proper english rendering?

Reading an article from the Asahi Shimbun using Rikaikun, I'm trying to formulate a good translation for the first sentence: ある所で起きたことを、地名とともに象徴的に表す言葉がある。 → {Upon Waking?}, along with the place ...
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Are there rules over using 公認/alternative words to translate the names of professional qualifications using “Certified” in English?

Foreign professional qualifications that are well known have accepted translations. For example: US Certified Public Accountant, CPA, is 米国公認会計士、which is close to the Japanese equivalent. Chartered ...
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How to translate this sentence about ebooks and reading habits?

I came across this long sentence that I am not sure of what it means: 電子書籍を読むようになってから、かえってリアル本屋に足を向けて本を眺める習慣ができました。まあレアケースなのかもしれませんが。 With the help of safarikai, contextually I (very roughly) ...
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Understanding the phrase 「最も多くの乗客が乗っていた」 from a news article

Reading an article on NHK, it starts with this sentence about the missing Algerian plane. The French foreign minister says that it probably crashed in northern Mali: ...
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Is this question grammatically correct in japanese?

the sentence is : パオロさんに それ 父に 書いてあげる 手紙、出してあげると 伝えてください how could it be written othewrwise? I would mean "tell to paul to send to me the letter I wrote for his father".
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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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The meaning of “ありちゅーかありじゃないですか”?

I'm going through some comments on an old blog and came across this dictation of an interview that's gotten me a bit befuddled. The seiyuu's asking the writer about what will happen to the seiyuu's ...
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頑張った…being interpreted as cheering for?

As far as I know, 頑張った would be translated as someone having worked hard or tried their best etc. depending on context, however I've noticed a disrepency between my translation and another person's ...
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Meaning of ゴリゴリの荒いもの

Not very clear sense of phrase ゴリゴリの荒いもの in the sentence さてFEDの元となったライカはいかにもドイツ人が作ったきっちりかっちりしたメカで、外見は同じでも細部の仕上げはFEDの方がもったりしていたり使い心地もずっとゴリ‌​ゴリの荒いものだったりする。 which I could translate as "much more ...
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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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Is my translation correct?

I'm working on a translation. Is my translation correct? それこそ ハイエロファントグリーンを使えば苦痛を感じる間もあたえず一瞬のうちに。 My translation: If I used Hierophant Green, pain would not last more than a moment. The context ...
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Konya kimi wa boku no mono

I got this from one Japanese drama (if I heard right) 'konya kimi wa boku no mono' . Does this mean: 'tonight you are mine' ?
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“to talk with friends” structure

I tried to make "to talk with friends" based on 彼と話がしたい, so my try is this: 友達と話がする, but not only I'm not sure about this, but I also have some questions regarding its structure. 1.-Why that と? I ...
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Meaning of 「なぜでもだ」

I've been watching 7th episode of Aldnoah Zero S2, and stumbled across a part I couldn't completely understand - なぜでもだ. If I'm understanding correctly スレイン is saying something like "Don't give me your ...
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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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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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Help with nuances of a list please? X や Y も…“X and Y, as well” or “X as well as Y”?

I'm just double-checking the nuances of a translation. The speaker is listing several people here: オレやひろしも藤岡さん【ふじおかさん】やお前【おまえ】の両親【りょうしん】だって黙まってねえ Contextually, the speaker, listener and Hiroshi ...
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What is the difference between それでいい and それがいい here?

As I understand it, それでいい means 'it is fine like this' and それがいい means 'this is fine', but what is the protagonist trying to convey here by first using それでいい and then correcting himself to それがいい? ...
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Can this incredibly complex sentence be simplified?

In 吉本隆明という共同幻想, which is a hilarious book that everyone should read, Kure Tomofusa critiques Yoshimoto Takaaki's byzantine writing style. One particularly confounding example is given as follows: ...
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Use of わけ in this conversation

This is an example conversation in one of my textbooks. I don't really understand the third sentence and how to make sense of it in English. My understanding is that わけ is used to provide a reason or ...
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Could you help me translate this sentence?

I've been reading this article which I can understand fine in general, but it's the last couple of sentences in which the translator gives his own opinion I'm at a loss. The article is about how Lego ...
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三回ぐらい噛んで飲み込めるぐらいでいいのでは

Can you tell me what ぐらいでいいのでは means? Also, I don't understand why potential form of the verb is used in this sentence Can you help me to translate this sentence?
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未来につなぐ: Precise meaning? Fuzzy marketing buzzword?

未来につなぐ Does this phrase have a precise meaning, a meaning that can be translated into precise English? Or is this simply a positive-sounding but vague trendy marketing phrase? I see for example the ...
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How would you translate ボタンを掛け違う?

I am new here and very happy that I found this webpage, where everyone can ask questions concerning Japanese. ^^ I am studying Japanese in my 2nd year now and in my free time, I love to translate song ...
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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, ...
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How can I say this in japanese? [closed]

My friend who is Japanese asked me where to meet him. I want to tell him " next to Tim Hortons like last time" Do I say "Tim hortons no chikai zenkai mitai" Thanks!
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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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How are Japanese company division, section or department names translated?

How are Japanese company division, section or department names usually translated to English e.g. 「システム開発1部ソリューション1課」? Does it translate it to System Development Department 1 Solution Section 1?
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What does 看板親父 mean?

I searched every translation site I could find, and I can't make sense of what it's supposed to mean. I know 看板親父 is some kind of chef in a restaurant, but what do you called it in English?
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How to say “go by bike”

I want to say "many Dutch (go by | take the | use the ) bike". (or car,...) I've come up with: おおぜいのオランダ人は自転車{じてんしゃ}で行{い}きます。 and おおぜいのオランダ人{じん}は自転車{じてんしゃ}を使{つか}います。 But they seem very ...
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大阪から東京までに泳ごうとしたけど、途中で道に迷います。Does this sound natural/correct?

大阪から東京までに泳ごうとしたけど、途中で道に迷います。 My translation:[(I implied) tried to swim from Osaka to Tokyo, but got lost on the way.] I haven't saw (までに) used like this before, so I'm not sure if I am using it ...
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“To the East/West/North/South are distinct [feature-rich] areas that fill the land”

Could I check my understanding of the last part of this sentence please? For those who don't play games, Hyrule is a fictional place in the Legend of Zelda videogames (this is from a guidebook I am ...
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What is the real correct translation of “彼は好きじゃない”?

I found this sentence in Tatoeba, and, based on my understanding, the translation would be "He doesn't like", however everyone translated it as "I don't like him". Why?? The は particle indicates ...
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Translation of 友達【ともだち】に 嘘【うそ】がばれてしまった

I have some trouble to translate this sentence: 友達【ともだち】に 嘘【うそ】がばれてしまった is that: "I have discovered that my friend is lying" or "My friend found out I was lying"? この文の翻訳に迷っています: 友達【ともだち】に ...
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translation of 「あえて言えば、…」

What does the phrase 「あえて言{い}えば」 mean? What are a few example sentences? Is the following usage correct: 「好きな日本料理{にほんりょうり}はあんまりないが、あえて言えば 納豆{なっとう}ですね。」 "I don't really like Japanese food, but if I ...
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Translation of particle で in 「オーストラリアは今夏でとてもあついです」

オーストラリアは 今 夏で とても あつい です。 Does this sentence mean: “Australia is currently in summer and it's very hot”. Or, “Australia is now very hot in summer”. I know that the Japanese sentence could ...
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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 write “do you live with your parents?” in hiragana?

Recently, I've been studying about family terms and how to ask where they live, how many siblings, or what do they do. There is a question in one of my worksheets that involves writing it in hiragana. ...
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How do you say, “It makes me want to…” [closed]

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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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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How to say “I don't know what you're referring to”?

Someone asked me something without including the subject. I don't know what they were referring to, so how would you go about asking for the subject of what they are talking about, or just generally ...
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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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Nuance of “クソ” within “クソコラグランプリ”

I understand all of the words other than "クソ" in the phrase "クソコラグランプリ". "コラ" means photomontage, photoshop or the like (from "collage"?). "グランプリ" transliterates as "grand prix", which roughly means ...