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Nuances with placement of time words

I have two sentences: このホールで時々コンサートがある (Kono hooru de tokidoki konsaato ga aru) このホールでコンサートが時々ある (Kono hooru de konsaato ga tokidoki aru) The former (provided by textbook) should mean ...
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Help with “My little sister can't run this fast” in the style of ~こんなに~わけがない

Newcomer in the Japanese stackexchange. :) My knowledge in the language is fairly limited and I need your help. I'd like to know how is "My little sister can't run this fast" in Japanese? Different ...
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How to say “Serving for # people”?

I have a class project and I have to write a recipe. On it I'm trying to write something along the lines of "Serving for x people". What would be a good way to say that phrase?
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「〜ている」Sentence Translation

When you have a phrase like, 起きたばかりでまだなにも食べていない。 does it feel more like "I just woke up, so I haven't eaten anything yet" ? or "I just woke up, so I'm not eating anything yet".
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What is the kanji for 'intense game'? [closed]

I believe the romaji is 'hageshi gemu' and I had checked the kanji on Google Translate but it's not 100% trustworthy.
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機会点-Opportunities

Could I translate "Opportunities for Customers" as "お客様との機会点" I've seen it used in similar ways to the opposite, which is 問題点 ("problems") I was wondering if this is a correct use in the context.
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How would you say “for all I know” in Japanese?

The best I can think of is 僕が知る限り + fact + とは限らない. Does this work, are there better alternatives?
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What's the difference between 一番星 and 最初の星?

What's the difference between [一番星]{いちばんぼし} and [最初]{さいしょ}の[星]{ほし} ? Do they both mean the first star in the same context?
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Can I say “プロような英書き方”?

I want to express "*professional English writing style". The writing styles I mean are the ones used in white papers, The Economist, etc. Can I say: プロような英書きかた{えがきかた}。 Using the precedent of ...
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How does “koe” mean “went over”?

山 を こえ、 たに を こえ、 うみ に でる と、 おに の ふね が ありました It translates as They went over the mountains, and over the valleys And came out to the sea, and there was a devil boat Why is it "koe" means ...
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社会主義体制下のソ連時代。Clarification on this sentence

社会主義体制下のソ連時代。 This sentence is structured in a way that is very confusing to me. The best way I can translate this is 'The Soviet era under the Socialist System' Any better ways to translate this.
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Is there a Japanese phrase equivalent to “Chopstick gene”?

Is there a Japanese phrase equivalent to "Chopstick gene" (or "Chopsticks gene")? Here's a link to a description in the scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry, and here's one to everything2.com, but ...
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What are all the possible meanings of 筆記{ひっき}の心{こころ}?

It kinda popped into my head one day and I want to know the correct meaning and translation into English. Translating it through Google Translate gets you 'Heart of the writing'. I know the meanings ...
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What is the meaning of 飲んどけ? [duplicate]

I came across this Japanese tv commercial. Video and transcript are given below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOuwA6rtKsM http://www.suntory.co.jp/news/article/12494.html My question is: what's ...
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Japanese joke explanation, brushing teeth in a narrow home

So I found a joke that goes like this: 私の家はそりゃもう狭かったのよ。どれくらい狭かったかって? 横に歯磨きができないのよ。 Now, if translated correctly, it should be saying: My house is like already very narrow. How narrow? From ...
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“絶対について来ないでね。” as “Absolutely don't come/follow”

Overheard the phrase which sounded like "絶対について来ないでね。". I believe it means 'absolutely don't come/follow'. The speaker was actually hinting to follow her. I'm just curious if my translation makes ...
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What's the Japanese for 'er…' - a pause or uncertainty in a sentence?

I was in Tokyo earlier this year and one thing I noticed people saying a lot was something that sounded like anno. It sounded to me like an uncertain pause in a sentence, like: I'd like, er... ...
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Does 仕事があれば bear a notion of “if you pay me”?

I sometimes hear a phrase 仕事があれば used in situations where a freelancer or an artist says something that in English would be "if you pay me I will do it" (まぁ、仕事があれば〜), "if you pay me I will go" ...
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Need help translating a sentence [closed]

The context is a coach's comment after losing a soccer game. (Full article here - http://www.giravanz.jp/game/report/2015/match39.html) ...
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Is this a valid sentence? [closed]

Here's the sentence: Hmmm, all I could get was "Susana"? But I don't really understand why quoting "ス" makes sense. Is this a valid sentence?
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つけておいてください translation

An example is the following: 電気がついています。けしましょうか。 いいえ、つけておいてください。 The question is, can I translate the last part as "Please, leave them turned on", so that the whole translation is: ...
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Isn't there something wrong in this sentence? Does 対抗できずに create semantic conflict?

I´m reading this article and the sentence below looks weird to me. I copied it as it is in this article: 拒否しようと決心した気持ちに対抗できずに、言われるままに行動してしまう主人公の姿は、現代人の中にも根強く生きていると感じる。 There are some parts which ...
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Help me understand this sentence about film

I have a problem understanding this sentence. ヒットした映画の続編・続々編が制作されるのも、単に興業収益があがるというだけではなく、2時間程度の映画ではあがるきれないものが多すぎて、その部分を埋めてほしいという観客の要望も背景の一つになっています。 From my understanding the first part: ...
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ぐわん: Is this a word? Drunken speech in manga

I'm reading a manga and am completely stuck on what is being said in the following line of text: まわる = まる = circle ぐわんぐわん = ぐん?  ほわほわする = ほほする = cheeks I've attached the page with the text ...
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How to parse 親も辞書を買ってやったかいがあるってもんだ

親も辞書を買ってやったかいがあるってもんだよ The context is that speaker (a child) is trying to find the meaning of a word and asks her friend if she can borrow a dictionary. The friend ridicules her. She brushes ...
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How to understand this sentence about film reviews in Japanese newspapers?

I'm a little bit lost here. The following sentence is about a film critic (Tsuchiya Yoshio) and the Yomiuri Shimbun. But I'm not sure about the meaning.. ...
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Is “背中に嫌な汗を掻いた” an idiomatic phrase?

Okay I read a light novel and found a phrase that seems nonsensical to me. The sentence is: "私を見ながら背中に嫌な汗を掻いた。" The context is that a character in the story just realize something about the Main ...
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Mystery about にく (肉) in kanji (漢字)

I have a question which is regarding to the word 肉 in Japanese Language. Below are my opinions and questions about it. First, pork in Japan is 豚肉 (google-translated from pork), which should be ...
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Reading and meaning of 上御道田

I am looking for the reading/meaning of the kanji shown in the attached image. It should spell 上御道田, if I am not mistaken. The image is an excerpt of an old map of Achimura, Nagano-ken. I tried ...
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“Engineered” is a difficult word to translate

How would you translate "Engineered" into Japanese by the following examples? Engineered chemistry ; engineered arts Clinical transplantation of a tissue-engineered airway Engineered for freedom ...
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Tokyo Ghoul “Unravel” Translation

The quote 変わってしまった 変えられなかった The translation says "I've changed, I can no longer change back" But where does that "change back" come from? The verb is just "to change yourself". Also, what verbal form ...
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What is the definition of “嫁”?

Many native English speakers cannot state an exact definition of "bride" with regard to when one starts, and stops, being a "bride". Is "嫁" also vague? How bad of a translation of "bride" is ...
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Were Japanese names ever anglicised?

Nowadays, Japanese people usually keep their names as is, except using the Latin alphabet, and having their given name before their surname, when they're in English-speaking countries. By contrast, ...
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Connotations behind 可愛げのない態度?

I thought 可愛げのない態度 came to the simple translation of 'charmless attitude', but on a whim I searched up the phrase, and in daily life context it seems more like 'having a cold attitude' than acting in ...
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How translators translate polite Japanese conversation?

I am asking about translation of written conversations between two or more persons in Japanese language, that we can find in books, novels, manga, etc. As we know, in Japanese language there are ...
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「電気の町」秋葉原は、最近「オタクの町」だとも言われている。

I'm having some difficulty with this sentence from the Tobira textbook: 「電気の町」秋葉原は、最近「オタクの町」だとも言われている。 First, I'm not sure what the first set of parentheses do to the sentence. Is that part ...
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Meaning of 女絡み?

I've seen the tag floating around several times but looking 絡み up in the dictionary hasn't really helped. From what I understand, 女絡み would literally mean 'a matter relating to/intertwined with ...
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Why is 電話(でんわ)in hiragana?

from what i can tell, it shares the same meaning in chinese. shouldnt a phone be written in katakana?
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先生がおっしゃるように、言葉は毎日勉強しなければ上手にならないと思います。

Is my interpretation of this sentence from the Tobira textbook accurate? 先生がおっしゃるように、言葉は毎日勉強しなければ上手にならないと思います。 I'm guessing that it means that I think that I won't improve unless I study every day ...
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What does おらん mean?

Here's the sentence: お前の右に出るものは一人としておらん。
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はずもない、はずはない、はずがない. Difference and meaning

Today listening a song I've heard something I can't understood だけどなれるはずもなくて So i started to gather information about this, but it gets me more confused and furthermore found out two more ...
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Meaning of phrase 「古く懐かしい歌のように、傍にいてほしい」

I'm a bit confused about the bolded part in the following passage(partly monologue). Is のように shows that 「傍にいてほしい{スタンド・バイ・ミー}」 is the part from the song? Like in the old, nostalgic song, 'Stand by ...
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Japanese for “Hoyaku matsuri”

What is the Japanese for "Hoyaku matsuri", a festival in Kunisaki, Oita prefecture for Taishakuten? (According to the NHK documentary "Seasoning the Seasons", episode "The Kunisaki Peninsula: Mystical ...
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How to say “started to do something”?

I am writing a homework assignment and I am trying to write "I had to start bringing my umbrella". I know that to say "I started eating" it would be 食べはじめる,or to say "I started drinking" it would be ...
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おこの沙汰だ - how should we translate it?

How should be translated the phrase "おこの[沙汰]{さた}だ" in the next sentence? : [太陽光発電]{たいようこうはつでん}に[馬鹿高]{ばかだか}い[補助金]{ほじょきん}を[出]{だ}すのはおこの[沙汰]{さた}だというのが[正直]{しょうじき}なところだ。
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上の+number - how should we translate it?

How should be translated the phrase "上の二" in the next sentence? : 日本の[食堂]{しょくどう}に行くと、同じ料理が[並]{なみ}と上の二[種類]{しゅるい}あることがある。
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Which is more natural? ボディー vs ボディ

Which sentence is more natural? Sentence 1: また、突出部164は、シャフト130と平行にボディ162から延長形成されることができる。 Sentence 2: また、突出部164はシャフト130と平行にボディー162から延長形成されることができる。 Is ボディー a better translation for ...
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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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To marry OR Marriage? Japanese と in context

The phrase runs thus: お[姫様]{ひめ・さま}と[結婚]{けっ・こん}して。 Is it literally "married the princess" or does the と affect the subject in any way?
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ありっちゃあり meaning?

I've seen several sources explain the colloquialism in different ways. One says the っちゃ is a slang way of saying よりの, as in ありよりのあり. Another says it's a slang way of saying と言えば as in ありと言えばあり (which ...