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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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Meaning of とっぴょうしもねぇ

Maruko stops a friend who is passing by and asks him if he ever receives year-end presents at his house. He replies: 「なんだよ急に、とっぴょうしもねぇこときく奴だなァ」 I am completely stuck on nearly all of this ...
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What does "ああ こいつ ひろわれっ子なんで かーちゃんいないんだ”

I have problem understanding the following scene from a manga (Yotsuba&! vol. 1 pg. 196): Person A: Oh yeah, what about Yotsubas mother? Person B: ああ こいつ ひろわれっ子なんで かーちゃんいないんだ (I put ...
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meaning of the verb 工夫 in this example

What is the meaning of the verb 工夫 when it is used with clothes? Example: [裏地]{うらじ}を[工夫]{くふう}してみる
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Custom ateji (?) made by authors

I don't know if it's even called ateji in this case and maybe there's another name for this stylistic device? But I wonder how to translate (to English) custom ateji made by author. For example when ...
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How do you say terms of endearment (pet names) in Japanese?

I have this list of 愛称 "My dearest Heart," "Dearest Mine," "my love," "my dear," "my darling," "my pet" that I need to quote in my academic paper (the Japanese author is listing possible pet ...
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For which verb is を marking the object [duplicate]

「にわかに目をキラキラさせ始めた友蔵を前に、さすがのおかあさんも、ズバリ、 そんな物は必要ないとは言いにくいらしく珍しく口ごもった。」 I'm struggling to parse this sentence. In particular I don't understand which verb the を in bold is marking the object of. We ...
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お土産 - May this be used for oneself?

This question is based on the comment thread I've read from ELL. Based on the clarification under Peter's answer, I was wondering if 'omiyage' can never be used for something bought for one's self? ...
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function of “できる” in this example

I have trouble understanding the function of "できる" in this example: 医療に応用できる究極の義体として作られたものだ Is it used as "can" or "made from"?
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Subject tracing

I am a translator from Japanese into Italian and I have translated a long text, it is the scrap of novel and not from the beginning, so it has been very difficult for me to understand. The following ...
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tranlation of “取り扱いを決めて物事の決まりをつけること。”

I search for the meaning of 処分 (しょぶん) in dictionary.goo.ne.jp and I come up with this 取り扱いを決めて物事の決まりをつけること。... to me, it seem like "handling things" but I can't put above sentence into plain ...
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Use of Tsukerarete in this sentece

Please can somebody tell me how tsukerarete is being used in this sentence? 最近は誰かにつけられてる様な気もしてきた
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Does 筈はなくて grammar construction have a negative connotation?

I found the construction 筈はなくて and by helping me with the context, I suppose to have properly translated but I am not sure. このバックパックは特殊な製法でできていて、見た目の大きさよりずっと多くのアイテムが収納できる魔法の袋…とまぁ、そんな都合のいいものの筈はなくて、 ...
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What does ギョグ mean?

In my dictionaries and on the Internet, the only meaning I found for ギョグ was "fishing gear", but in the context of the text I have been translating it does not make sense. The context is: two monsters ...
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Is this sentence about specific people, or a certain type of people in general?

In this sentence I have a problem of interpretation: 本来なら魔石やドロップアイテムは『サポーター』と呼ばれる非戦闘員が回収して確保してくれるんだけど、 『ヘスティア・ファミリア』の構成員は僕一人だけだから以下略 “To be precise, the non-combatant who collects me and ...
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かな ending in a sentence where the speaker is not uncertain of something

I've been going through a Japanese script of the popular anime "Fairy Tail" and trying to make sense of the translations in the English subtitles to become familiar with the language. I came across ...
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Are there really 200 000 maids in one building?

Text: 同じ頃のとある日曜日、20万の「メイド」と呼ばれる外国人家事労働者が働く香港のあるビルの一部屋では、演劇ワークショップを行うフィリピン人家事労働者たちの姿があった. My translation: Around the same time on a Sunday, 200000 'maids' - what foreign domestic house ...
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Asking someone to sing a song with me

I would like to say "Ryura! Would you like to sing 'Isshin Furan' with me and a friend?" This is what I have so far... Ryuraさん!「一心不乱」を私と一緒に歌えませんか? Please help me make it sound more fluid if ...
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Help deconstructing a paragraph

フィリピンの既婚女性の海外出稼ぎを家族崩壊と結びつけたこの映画は、「女性の海外出稼ぎの 社会的コスト」を典型的に指し示すものとして、他方では自分たちのすぐ隣で起こっている物語 として、多くのフィリピン人の共感を誘い、国内のみならずフィリピン人の海外出稼ぎ先各国で も上映された。 My translation: This film, which ties together ...
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Is 食品昏睡状態 a thing?

I have effectively zero knowledge of Japanese, but I'm trying to learn :D Out of curiosity I tried to see if something like the german "Fresskoma" (english: food coma?), i.e., the lethargic state ...
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Best translation of おトク

So this is my first time ever making a post on a forum, so sorry if I break any rules or this has been posted somewhere else, but as the title says, I'm looking for some natural ways to say おトク・お得. I ...
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So I am reading through a text and I am not sure if my translation of this sentence is correct [closed]

The sentence in question is "困らせちゃだめよ?". I know that 困らせ is simply a causative form of 困る and that ちゃ is a feminine casual ては. I translated the sentence to "So you're not troubled anymore, are you?" I ...
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Confusing sentence

笑顔で、いや、寝付けなくてという僕の袖を、彼女が引いた。 Who is smiling? Who can't sleep and what's the connection between smiling and problem with sleeping? The only clear part for me is that 'She pulled my sleeve'. Source: ...
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Help understanding this sentence

A child is pestering her father about the things in a catalogue that she wants and the father replies: 「そんなもん見るな見るなっ。 ほしくなっても空しいだけだぞ。」 Such is life, don't look, don't look. Even if I don't want ...
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I have a shirt from Japan, can someone translate what's on it? [closed]

http://imgur.com/hRfLVJr There are these two characters on the shirt, and I was unsure of their meaning
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I am really not sure of what カンナ is saying in this text

So I am planning on buying a japanese 3ds to import Fire emblem IF. I am currently going through screenshots of the game (that aren't filled with spoilers) and translating them as 'warmup' before I ...
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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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Word correction help [closed]

意図は、毎日語学の仕事していますから、たぶん全体的に語学力よくなる。 I want to say something like "my intended meaning was that since I will work with languages, it may improve my general language ability." Does this make sense? ...
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Japanese for Australian-style community colleges

In Australia, community colleges are non-profit institutions that provide courses, often in the evening or on weekends, that run at most for a couple of months. This is the one I started learning ...
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“That's my train”

How should I say "that's my train" (when waiting at a station)? My guess would be: これはしんかんせんです。 I'm pretty much a total beginner so simpler expressions are preferred!
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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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How to say “I'm happy to be here right now”

How to say "I'm happy to be here right now". This is my guess: わたしはすごくうれしい、いまここにがいるから.
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Need help with understanding a sentence [closed]

Edit: the sentence in question is part of a prose where the author talks about "いただきます". I added also the sentence before that. Edit2: Thanks to explanation by @marasai, the bold text is demystified. ...
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What does ま、いっか。めんどくさいし mean?

I have trouble with interpreting the following sentence: ま、いっか。めんどくさいし It has to do with something being troublesome.
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What does また アリでも入ったのかなぁ~ mean?

As far as I know that person is wondering (かなぁ is in the end) about something which happened again. また アリでも入ったのかなぁ~ 2nd try: Still an good lesson for an ant.
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Japanese for baby kangaroo

How would I describe a baby kangaroo in Japanese? Would I call it "ジョーイ" (katakana for "joey", which is used in English for pretty much any baby marsupial), or "子カンガルー" (literally baby-kangaroo). The ...
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Economic Sentence Translation help [closed]

首相は 「想定の利益が出ないなら当然支払いに影響する。 給付に耐える状況にない場合は、給付で調整するしかない」 と述べ、 This is more a need for translation help. I am going to share my analysis about this text. The prime minister said [If the ...
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身にまとう related question

I didn't find 身にまとう in Japanese-English dictionary, but I understood from a Japanese dictionary that it can mean "wear" or "acquire knowledge" I'm wondering if this part means what I think it means: ...
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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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I'm doing 自己PR, how can I say that I'm a person who doesn't give up?

I'm doing "自己{じこ}PR" for a school recommendation interview, how can I say that I'm a person who doesn't give up? Like, even if something's difficult, I don't give up. If possible, please make it as ...
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What does さあ (saa) mean?

I have seen this term used a lot in many different ways. 「さあ、忘れましょうその未来が」 saa, wasuremashou sono mirai ga — in this sense, I assume it means "come". But I have also seen it used as 「でもさあ」 demo saa — ...
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What does it mean to describe a joke as ジェネギャ?

ジェネギャなジョーク Need help with translating the phrase above to English. I know it is some kind of joke and Google Translate is not helping much.
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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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よりに meaning in this context

Context: The protagonist did some kind of magic the day before and now cannot move the left side of his body. 「……ふん。投影をしたと凛から聞いていたが、やはりそうか。 半身の感覚がなく、動作が中よりに七センチほどずれているのだろう?」 [I heard from ...
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“I would argue that studying abroad helps you learn about what's around you”

A friend of mine recently gave me this argument - "最近、多くの学生が自分探しの旅と称して、海外留学しているが、そういう人に限って目標が明確ではないので、何も得られず帰国する人も大勢いる。" "Recently, many students are claiming to go on a trip to find ...
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An interesting postcard

According to my information, this postcard was sent from Japan to Russia, and probably in 1945. Needs a translation badly and nobody has seemed to care since then. I suppose that the historical kana ...
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Translating 鳴神の少し響みてさし曇り… etc

This passage of the movie, Kotonoha No Niwa: 鳴る神の 少し響みてさし曇り 雨も降らぬか きみを留めむ Several sites translate as: A faint clap of thunder, clouded skies. Perhaps rain will come. If so, ...
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Translating 受け継ぐ as “released” or “inherited”?

How would you translate the following sentence? 今、千年パズルを解き闇のゲームを受け継いだ少年がいた。 I'd translate it this way: Now a boy has solved the millennium puzzle and inherited the dark games. But in the ...
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Meaning of そのままにする

I came across a sentence I don't understand. The essay it's from has a feminist theme about the roles of women in Japan. It's the second sentence below: それは尊敬すべき努力ですが、主婦はすべてそうするべきだというのには、賛成できません。 ...
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Use of こそ. What words is it replacing here?

OK , so I am a huge fan of Kill la Kill, and I looked up how to say "Fear is Freedom, Control is Release, Contradiction is Truth". The whole line in Japanese is: 「恐怖こそ自由!君臨こそ解放!矛盾こそ真理!それがこの世界の真実だ!...