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About the surname Yos(h)ida

I have recently bumped into the Japanese mathematician 吉田{よしだ}耕筰{こうさく}. I was wondering two things about his surname: Why is it so often spelt Yosida instead of Yoshida? And taking lead from it, ...
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Complex subjects like “The [noun] that I can't [verb] is [verb]”

I am learning Japanese and I was wondering how to say something like this: The [noun] that I can't [verb] is [verb]. For example, The cat that I can't understand is talking.
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Expressing “the nth person to 〜”

I would like to express the following in Japanese: You are the third person to ask me that. You were the first person to greet me yesterday. If I attempt to translate, I end up with: ...
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には with plain form of verb

I'm trying to figure out what this sentence below means, but I'm having trouble with the には after the dictionary form of いる. もう1匹居るには居るんじゃが…。 I've read Dictionary form of verb followed by に, ...
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Meaning and validity of 雪ってる

I was talking to one of my friends, and at one point they said ドイツ雪ってるはず Am I right in thinking that 雪ってる means snowing? I'm aware this is clearly not formal Japanese at the very least, but ...
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Help understanding how these clauses fit together

The taiko memoir saga continues. Today's challenge: それを癒せるのも、自分自身や、その一人一人を包む鼓童の奏でる音からでしかないのだが・・・ Here's the context leading up to (and including) this sentence, which is the last one on the ...
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What does 「学生さんなんですか」 mean? [duplicate]

学生さんなんですか? Is she asking the name of the school I go to or what year I'm in? She was talking about how busy she's been at work and I told her I was busy with my studies as well and she replied ...
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How to say “I don't know you well”

I'm trying to tell someone the reason I don't want to do something is because i barely know them. I'm not even sure if the verb I'm suppose to be using is 知る。I feel that might be really rude to say to ...
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よかろう - What does it mean? Where does it come from?

This is another question that's come from a 昔話。 We have the following section: 大きい箱と小さい箱がありますが、どちらがいいですか。 どちらも結構じゃが、どうしてもと言うのなら、小さいほうでよかろう。 I'm having trouble with the second sentence. My ...
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How to convey the best possible word in japanese for 'I want to clobber him'?

I'm having difficulty choosing word for 'to clobber' in Japanese. What I mean for this 'Clobber' is to beat thoroughly and conclusively in a fight competition. I wonder if I can use these words: ...
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Help understanding these uses of 「取っぱらい」

Yet another sentence in a taiko performer's memoirs that I can't quite grasp... 総ての枠を全部取っぱらって、というのはやっぱり難しいけれど、投銭興行でやったのも一つの取っぱらいだった。 I know 「取っぱらう」means "to throw away" or "set aside", etc. The ...
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Need help with 際

In one of my Anki decks I found the following sentence: A氏は日本を訪問するに際し、喜びを語った。 The sentence was translated as: Mr. A spoke of his joy of visiting Japan. I assume that the translation is ...
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Basic conversation question

Good morning. I was wondering if I can get some help with translating a sentence from Japanese to English, and also if I can receive some feedback about the way that I try to speak Japanese. Me: ...
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Does 韓国車 refer to the Korean Automotive Industry or to Korean cars in general?

I came across this sentence, だが、韓国車には決定的な弱点がある。 and was wondering if 韓国車 referred to Korean cars, or the automotive industry in Korea. Jisho says that it refers to the Automotive industry, wondering ...
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what is the actual word looking similar to 戸感

I've seen the word 戸感 (or something similar) in a few visual novels, and i was able to find it also in some lyrics when i searched for it on google, but i couldn't find it neither on jdic, goo nor ...
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Understanding 「海外ではプロゲーマも人気職業の一つなの。」 [closed]

I've been trying to translate some manga, and have encountered a sentences that gave me trouble. Note that since punctuation marks aren't used much in manga, I might've put them in the wrong place, ...
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Meaning of phrase 「どちらがどうとかいう」

I'm struggling to understand the meaning of the phrase 「どちらがどうとかいう」 in the following passage. 彼女のことが好き、という昔の気持ちは、多分、ちゃんと残っている。一緒にいる仲間という気持ちは、強く残っている。 でも一瞬だけ。 「・・・・・・」 ...
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お隣さんになって早々, 申し訳ないですうぅ~ means?

I can read all of them but I'm not really sure what it means and what my friend is sorry for? Is she saying she's sorry to be my neighbour...? p.s we're playing a multiplayer game when she said this ...
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Help understanding 腸捻転エビ固めモミ手返し

The following sentence is baffling me: 頭が腸捻転エビ固めモミ手返しを喰ったようで「明日にでも実家に帰らせて頂きマス」とか「私の前世は『枯野の宿』だった」とか口走りかねない。 I think I understand the ending (but please let me know if anything is mistranslated): ...
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What is 「ケステンGチンキ」 a reference to?

This word/set of words/whatever it is popped up in something I am reading, and I cannot find any clue as to what it is referencing. The book is a taiko performer's biography, and this is the very last ...
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Translation difficulties

世界はまるで箱庭だ それも幸福な結晶だけで形成された人工楽園。 おそらくは朝になればこんな感傷も忘れて、またいつも通りの目覚めをする。 なら眠らなければいいのだろうけど、こう思っている時点ですでに眠っているのだから仕方がない。 こうして眠った時だけが、世界の形に迫れる真世界。 The world is just like a miniature garden. ...
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Difference between 友達出来た vs 友達を作った

I was watching a movie where a guy was texting his friend. One of the text messages he sent was 「友達出来た?」 The subtitles translated it to be "Made any new friends?" From the context of the movie the ...
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Describing pain, a very painful situation

I have the following sentence to translate for class. 頭と歯と指と耳と足が痛くて、 苦しくて、 気持ちが悪かったので、 九時半すぎに 薬局に行かせた。 So far I have the following. My head and teeth and fingers ...
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What is the right translation for grade in the context of a course

I want to know how to translate the word grade in sentences like what is the passing grade for this course? or Where are the final grades posted? I found some options in the dictionary ...
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Grammatical purpose of changing 〜る to 〜な, and expressing “even”

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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Meaning of 共催収入

I have looked in a good many sources for this expression, and I am at a loss. It is in the context of an Income and Expenditure Statement (収支報告書) I am translating, and is found adjacent to 寄付金 and ...
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一番下のむす子 Translation

I have the following sentence that I have to translate for my homework. 今、ちょうど一番下のむす子が、昼寝をしているところです。 I am having trouble with the 一番下のむす子 part. I think might mean "youngest son" (number 1 low's ...
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How are こと and こんな being used in this sentence?

I have to translate the following. メモには、「毎日、家のことをしてくれて、ありがとう。」と書いてありました。 こんなやさしい、ロマンチックな日本人の男の人がいると思いますか。 For the first sentence, I am not sure what the note says. In the note, "Every day, you ...
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Translation of それを持って来させる

I have the following translation for class. 勉強しなかった悪い学生に、 家で漢字を三百回書かせて、 それを持って来させて、 それから、教室の前に一時間立たせた。 So far I have the following. Bad students who didn't study I made them write kanji 300 times ...
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Using 前 and 後 with Time versus Duration

I have the following 2 sentences to translate for class. Sentence 1: 頭痛がするので、 四時前に 帰らせていただけますか。 Sentence 2: 四日後のしけんは、 むずかしいかわからないので、 自信が持てなくて、 心配だ。 I think these mean the ...
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How would I explain to a Japanese that I like to hear their rolling “R”?

Ok I've been listening to this girl broadcasting her webcam and sometimes she will start talking in a sort of a "rolling R" dialect, or like a "yakuza" type of speaking with rolling R's. Is there is ...
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understanding the meaning of わけはない

From the Progressive Japanese-English dictionary: 彼を操縦するなどわけはない I can easily twist [wind] him around [((英)) round] my little finger. Can you please tell me what わけはない means in this sentence? ...
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Structure and meaning of もう少しなんとかならんかったもんかね

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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What does this ad say? (Connotations of ガキ大将)

This is a frequent problem that I think many Japanese learners experience. You look at some Japanese sentences, and you understand the words, and most, if not all, the grammar, and yet still, it just ...
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Use of んじゃない after verbs

EDIT: It seems I have a misunderstanding about んじゃない. I thought it was meant to add "isn't it" to the end of a question. e.g. 田中さんはケーキを食べるんじゃない "田中 eats cake doesn't he?. According to Tsuyoshi Ito's ...
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What does なんです mean in this sentence?

あの、考古学者なんですが、インディ・ジョーンズみたいな帽子を被ってなくてすいません。 Although I am an archeologist...? (Although I assure you that I am an archeologist...) Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xs-XWk_oQA 0:23
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Grammar of 彼の日本語のレベルは私と同じくらいだ

I'm Jeroen, from the Netherlands and I'm currently learning Japanese. I'm using Anki, and it's a great tool, and I came across this sentence in the Japanese Core 2000 #1 set: ...
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Does くだく mean “destroy”? What does いい mean at the beginning of a line?

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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Does ゆく mean 征く in this line?

I found this line in the lyrics of a certain song, and I'm not quite clear on the meaning of the first ゆく. 道無き未知をゆく 環状線を走ってく I originally assumed it to be 行く, but that makes the sentence strange ...
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Meaning of 気持ちの持ち方まで問題にしている

I'm having trouble determining the meaning and nuance of this sentence. Can you help me out? [技術]{ぎじゅつ}といっても、上手か下手かだけではなく、その技術を使う人の気持ちの持ち方まで[問題]{もんだい}にしているのです。 I think the closest I've been able ...
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Understanding 外国でも使える電話を借りて来た

I'm having difficulty translating this particular sentence into English, and even thus understanding it fully. 私は成田空港で外国でも使えるけいたい電話を借りて来たから、問題がないよ。 My best attempt at a translation: I had a ...
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Am I understanding ご覧になって頂く/送らせて頂く correctly?

Just for a little bit of context: There's a flyer about a Japanese church's beach retreat that's been sent around, and I'm trying to translate it for practice. That being said, the flyer has been ...
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Clarification on 軍の命令で善悪の区別もつかなくなる

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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Understanding それを美しいと感じると考え

I've found this sentence in one of my history books and I can't really make heads or tails of it....what does it mean at all? 利休は、茶道の精神は、簡素な中に深く豊かなものをみつけ、それをもっとも美しいと感じると考え、その精神を和敬静寂という葉で表した ...
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Natural way to understand 景気の善し悪しが影響するという

So I was working through my textbook and I come across an example sentence, which goes: 流行する色はその時の景気の善し悪しが影響するという。 I went through the dictionary to look up the words I didn't know, but I just ...
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Questions about 〜にあたって, 驚かされた, and 関係者何人か

当時の関係者何人かにあたって記憶を確かめてみたが、人の記憶の欠落部分というのは、捏造で補われる仕組みになっているらしく、共通の体験が、しばしば、お互いに矛盾する記憶になっていることに驚かされた。 What does “にあたって” mean there? “驚かされた” is referring to what/whom exactly? Does “関係者何人か” mean ...
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Listing modifiers with 〜であり

Taken from an educational book with parallel English literal translation. The original work is Mishima's "Patriotism". 麗子は良人の親友であり、たびたびこの家へも遊びに来た元気な青年将校の顔を思い浮べた。 Reiko recalled the faces of ...
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Help with さすが大学に行っただけのことはある [duplicate]

It's an example sentence from tangorin.com, I wanted to know some sentence examples for さすが. One sentence I found is completely confusing for me, I can't logically translate the sentence to the ...