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How would you say “if you don't mind my asking”?

This is something that is often said in English to politely ask a question while avoiding sounding overly intrusive. For example, What do you do for a living, if you don't mind my asking? The ...
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「〜がする」 the extended use of する (to do)

I'm going through some basic grammar and this one website teaches the "extended" use of the word する. There is a confusing example which looks like: 波の音 がする The translation is: "(I) hear the ...
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突っ込む所 - is this what it means?

Would "私を見て突っ込む所はないか" translate to something like "Would you come take a closer look at me?" I've done a lot of context searching for 突っ込む所 but I can't quite pin down a solid meaning on it.
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Is ~も really marking the word just prior to it?

I'm translating an excerpt for fun, but this section struck me as odd: ...
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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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「〜そうにない」 unfamiliar usage of そう [duplicate]

I'm playing a video game in Japanese, and one of the characters said 僕にもわかりそうにない。 I understand that (verb stem)そう means "it seems" or "it appears", but I've never seen (verb stem)そう used with ...
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The のう ending in this sentence [duplicate]

当時を知る者があれを見て、本人とは思わないだろうからのう The sentence is taken from a visual novel. I am wondering what the ending "のう" means in this context. I've tried searching it but the only thing people were asking ...
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What does ぉ character mean in のぉ?

Can somebody explain the purpose of ぉ character in the end of the following sentence? What part of speech can be assigned to ぉ ? Can the ending の be glued up with ぉ? アドビにうまいことやられたのぉ。
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Few hard to recognize handwritten characters in miniature umbrella

There are a few characters handwritten in a miniature umbrella acquired in Hakone mountain in the mid 60’s that I don't understand. Could you please help me with those characters? I’ve transliterated ...
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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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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 is 自然と being used in this sentence?

I have this Japanese sentence from a novel: それだけでも町が盛況になるのに十分な上に、スラウド川には橋がないせいで自然と人は渡し舟の多いこの町を通ることになるのだ。 Which from my trial (but I really get the feeling it is wrongly translated) I translate ...
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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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meaning of はぐった

I would really appreciate your help. I just read the sentence またひるめしをくいはぐった and I can't quite figure out what はぐった means and what the basic grammar of this conjugation is. I'm kinda lost...
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What do you call young animals in Japanese?

In English we have a lot of very specific words for many animals. Male foxes are known as reynards or tods, female foxes are known as vixens, and baby foxes are known as kits. It's not an isolated ...
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About translating ~てもらおう

I was translating some lines and I'm not quite sure the best way to go through this one, specifically the もらおう bit: 君の妄言もいい加減にしてもらおう! Now, I'm aware of the usage of ~てもらう but what would be the ...
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Is there a Japanese term to express the concept of “Comfort Zone”?

According to Wikipedia, it would be "舒适区" IN CHINESE- I would like to know if this is valid and recognizable in Japanese, too, or if there are more specific/nuanced terms to convey the same idea in ...
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What does 気が遠い mean?

Could someone help me translate this? 22歳でこんなことも思い出せない。。。あせる これから気が遠いよ I think the first sentence is something about being 22 years old and not remembering well. As for the second sentence, I ...
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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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童貞が許されるのは小学生までだよね - translation of まで

I'm interested in an exact translation of the particle まで used in this Internet meme: In case you can't read the image, here's a transcription: 「えーマジ 童貞!?」 「キモーイ」 「童貞が許されるのは小学生までだよねー」 ...
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How to say “all in all”

I have been many times blocked in a conversation because I have no way to translate "all in all" in those general contexts: All in all it takes 15 minutes to get there All in all this movie was ...
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Why is watermelon written in Hiragana, whereas melon is written in katakana?

For the two words, watermelon and melon: watermelon --> 西瓜(すいか) melon --> メロン Watermelon uses hiragana, whereas melon uses katakana. Why is this set up this way? Is there a special rule that ...
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Difference between 書かないようになった and 書かなくなった?

Example sentences: ぜんぜん長い手紙を書かないようになった。 ぜんぜん長い手紙を書かなくなった。 My Translation: I never write long letters anymore. I believe they both mean the same thing but there's obviously some difference I ...
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Is Japanese one of the Buddhist canonical languages?

The languages of oriental Buddhist traditions, be it Theravada or Mahayana, do not always provide complete and entire canonical texts. Up to now, I am aware of Pali, Chinese and Tibetan versions of ...
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Meanings and translation of 「いいように」

I have a question about the meanings and usage of いいように. I thought that it only has one meaning, which is "to act as one wills, to do something as one wills". Like in the example below. ...
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Difference between してください and なってください in this sentence

Is there a difference in translation and meaning between these two sentences or are they practically interchangeable? ギターのボリュームを小さくしてください。 ギターのボリュームを小さくなってください。 My translation: Please can ...
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Difference between そうです、 ようです and らしいです.

Here are the example sentences. デイビットは料理が上手そうです。 デイビットは料理が上手なようです。 デイビットは料理が上手らしいです。 Firstly, what does デイビット mean as based on reading alone its sounds like 'debit' to me which is a strange name ...
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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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Difference between 建てられた and 建てました?

新しい大学のビルが建てられた。 新しい大学のビルを建てました。 Both translate to: A new university building was built. Even though the translation is the same (by my understanding) something to do with the meaning has to be ...
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What is the difference between と, たら and 時【とき】?

First, I came across this sentence using と in a way I've never encountered before. ピノキオはうそを吐くと、鼻が長くなります。 My translation: When/As Pinocchio tells lies his nose becomes longer. After a little ...
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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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Saying “to miss” (“I missed you over the weekend”)

What's the best way to say "to miss" in the sense of feeling a longing for something, or that something pleasant is missing? I understand there's [懐]{なつ}かしむ, but it seems to me that, like 懐かしい, is ...
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What does “湯冷ましを兼ねて” mean?

While looking around, I found this [湯冷ましを兼ねて] expression that no dictionary has been able to translate. Examples of use would be the [再び湯冷ましを兼ねて周辺を徘徊。] line in this post or the first sentence in this ...
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Have you tried XYZ before?

I English I can ask somebody if they've experienced or sampled a food or drink, or even an activity with this verb: Here try this and tell me if you like it. I tried koregusu once but I didn't like ...
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How does 話{はなし}が噛{か}み合{あ}わない work?

I saw this phrase discussed on esaura.cc 話が噛み合わない 'There's a gap in their conversation.' 'They can't meet on common ground.' 'They have been at odds with each other.' 'They have not been ...
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ものには… in 「ものには順序というものがある」 Some hidden word or phrase?

I need some help with translating my Legend of Zelda guidebook. ダンジョンアイテムを探せ!Search for dungeon items! ダンジョンでの目的はもちろんボスを倒すことだが、ものには順序というものがある。 まずはマップとコンパスを手に入れたい。 I'm a bit stuck with ...
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How do you express “In exchange/In return”?

I am trying to figure this out, but online searches don't seem to be helping. In particular what I'm looking for is something like "In exchange for helping you, please help me" or put more simply "In ...
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Other meaning of 訪れる

Good Day! I currently need some help. I am translating some Japanese Documents to English. I came across this text: 66歳に到達した日以降に最初に訪れる3月末まで So far I have: Until the end of March...on or after the ...
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実在する “to exist” or “to be real”?

I'm trying to understand the quote "One Piece is real" and have found the following corresponding expression in Japanese: ワンピース 実在する However, this looks more like it means "One Piece does ...
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How to say pork loin in Japanese

How do you say pork loin in Japanese? Jisho.org says it should be ロース, but it seems too vague since I want to use it in a recipe. What about 豚ロース肉?
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Translation check and meaning help please

Would the following be a good translation of the text in the above two speech bubbles? "Everything in this universe is composed of atoms. Destroying something is equivalent to destroying the ...
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What's the meaning of にあたって/にあたり? How can I translate it?

What's the meaning of にあたって/にあたり? How can I translate it? For example, how can I translate it in these sentences: 留学するにあたって受けた説明は、とても役に立った。 「討論を始めるにあたり、ちょっと注意をしておきます。」
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What do ジャンルくじイラスト and デリケートなジャンル mean?

My circle (student club) at a Japanese university is preparing for the school festival. One option for participating is to draw and submit a 「ジャンルくじイラスト」. Does this translate to "genre lottery ...
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手ぇ & つないで meaning and translation help

I've been reading よつばと! and I'm on a chapter where Fuuka has a crush on a guy. She says this: 手ぇつないで歩いてたの I assume the small e is just for emphasis/extension and it doesn't seem to serve a ...
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Structure and meaning of this sentence

The sentence is from a manga in which the character, after saying this : オレの細胞がてめえみたいなみにくいバケモノに使われているなんてショックだぜ。 What a shock that my cells were used for an ugly monster like you. Says this ...
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Does my translation of “I want to bring your art to life.” make sense?

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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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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This mother doesn't know her own child?

I have the following sentence in my JLPT practise book: 当時{とうじ}母{はは}がどんな気持{きも}ちだったのか、子{こ}どもの私{わたし}には知{し}るべくもないことだった。 My faltering translation is something like, "How did my mother feel at the ...
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Is it true that the meaning of あ可よろし is unknown?

One of the cards in a Hanafuda deck looks like this: The character that looks like の is actually , a hentaigana for ka derived from the kanji 可. The card says あかよろし, not あのよろし. According to ...
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The usage of でも

I am getting a bit confused with the multiple uses of でも. Permission, even if, without doing, etc. I have the following 2 sentences to translate. Note - these sentences might not be valid Sentence ...