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小鳥のキス is this an expression or does it mean something else?

ただ小鳥のキスように. This is the whole sentence. What is a 小鳥のキス? Is it a kind of kiss? Or is it referreing to a kind of birds? Thank you.
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Help with translation, please! [closed]

I have two small japanese paintings with words on them. Can anyone help me with translation? Thank you so much.
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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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心身を病んでいるが兵団から立ち退くことができないのだ

I have some doubts about the meaning of this sentence and in particular about the verb 立ち退く and the expression 心身を病んでいる. This is the complete sentence. 心身を病んでいるが兵団から立ち退くことができないのだ. 心身を病んでいる ...
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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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Asking “What is the size of the file?”

I am discussing via email about a file, and I want to ask "What is the size of the file?" Here is my try: サイズは何ですか? I realize it sounds weird though, and サイズはどのぐらいですか? might sound better but I am ...
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その巨人の腹をかっさいた manga sentence

The complete sentence is this: ハンジは仲間を喰った その巨人の腹をかっさいた I can't really understand the meaning, why is it ハンジは istead of ハンジの? Then we have 腹をかっさいた. 腹 means stomach while かっさい means to cheer, to ...
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What is the も in 今年も used for ? What does 雨が少なく mean here, and why isn't it followed by a て?

I have the following translation for class. 今年も、 トゥーソンは、 雨が少なく、 水が不足して、 困るかもしれません。 So far, I have the following. This year also Tucson rain is little water has become ...
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What does あと mean in つーか怖いしあとレア?

つーか怖いしあとレア I don't understand how あと is used in this sentence. What does it mean? レア should mean rare, right? Thank you for your help.
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What does 兜 mean in 黄緑彩兜唐草?

The text I'm asking about comes from a brochure selling pens with bodies of traditional decorated Imari porcelain. Here's the pen design, with its name: 黄緑彩兜唐草 From another brochure, I gather that ...
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Sentence structure of (verb + to + infinitive) in japanese

Assume I want to say something like : I called you to go out. How a sentence with the same structure would be translated? Is there like a certain pattern or rule to it?
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“It is okay to have fun however think about others” translation

I want to say : It is okay to have fun at new year's eve ,however think about others. The only part that I was able to translate is : おしょうがつにたのしみますだいじょうぶでも..... and I can't complete. The ...
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How do I say: I am on parental leave

Something like? 今育児休業(いくじきゅうぎょう)です。
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Usage of と at the end of a sentence

I'm having trouble translating this sentence from a manga. A guy who's already dead is talking to another. He says: 私を殺したあの時と And then the next page, it's only this speech bubble: 何一つ I would have ...
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聞いてもねえ事をペラペラと喋る。。。

I can't understand the meaning of this sentence very well: 聞いてもねえ事をペラペラと喋る。。。 I know that 事をペラペラと喋る means to talk glibly about something, 聞いて comes from 聞く to listen, but I don't get the general ...
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What is the difference between ことにする and ことにした?

みんなの日本語 中級I - Lesson 3 says that V (dictionary form) ことにする is used to express the decision to do something. If I say 私は日本へ行くことにしました。 this can be translated as “I decided to go to Japan”. This is ...
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How accurately can 使い be translated as “angel”?

On jisho.org, 使い is translated with words such as "errand", and the same holds true on translate.google.com. Neither site is offering "angel" as a suggestion. Yet in Matthew 1:20, the phrase:     ...
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あれで for surprise - confusing example sentence

My book explains that あれで can be used to indicate mild surprise, and gives some example sentences. They all make sense to me except this one: ...
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“You and I both know full well” = 「二人ともよく知っている」?

I'm writing a section of a relay manga for Hokkaido University's Manga Research Society. How you do you express "You and I both know full well..." and "our actual skills" in formal お嬢様っぽい Japanese? ...
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How to say “Should we [do something]?”

I recently started talking with a Japanese "pen friend" on Skype, and I'd like to ask her "Should we speak in Japanese or English?" If I said: わたしたちは 日本語を はなしますか。 英語を はなしますか。 does that convey ...
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What does the expression くそかわ mean?

I read many times the expression くそかわ referred to babies, what does it exactly mean in english? I know that くそ means "damn" while かわ comes from かわいい, right? So damn cute? Thank you!
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Meaning of あります in the following sentences

I don't quite get how あります is used in the following sentences from the Genki textbook: あなたの学校に何がありますか。 デパートに何がありますか。 動物園に何がいますか。 あなたの国に何がありますか。 あなたの家に何がありますか。 Is あります used as in "where," "what," ...
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Does this sentence using も twice say that the speaker doesn't have 女子力?

I am participating in a relay manga through a university student group in Japan, and the previous member's contributed pages to the manga about a 女子力バトル introduced a sole male character who seems to ...
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Translating “僕は神様”

I initially thought that 僕は神様 meant "I am God", but when putting it through Google Translate, I've instead received "My God" as the English translation. Is the latter equally or more likely to be the ...
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What could リル mean in this situation?

I'm reading a children's story called きつつき商売. Here's an excerpt: 『音屋』 それだけでは、なんだか分かりにくいので、きつつきは、そのあとにこう、書きました。 「できたての音、すてきないい音、おきかせします。四分音符一こにつき、どれでも100リル」 I'm assuming リル is some sort ...
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Is the word マガ a shortened form for マガジン ?

Is the word マガ a shortened form for マガジン ?
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Are both of these sentences grammatically correct? (stem+に+行く vs て+行く)

These are the sentences: ユニオンへサンドイッチを買いに行きました。 ユニオンへサンドイッチを買って行った。 Are they both grammatically correct? Also do they both mean the same thing, which by my translation is "I went to the ...
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Sentence with いいわけない

いいかと聞かれたら、いいわけないと答えるな The second part of the sentence is bother me. If いいわけない must mean "no excuse", then the rough translation will be: "When you asking "It's ok?" don't answer "no excuse". So, ...
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The meaning of 蹴り脚 and translation of the sentence

I cannot completely grasp the meaning of 蹴り脚 in the following sentence. I would translate it as "the hitting leg" or rather "the leg which is doing an act of hitting"(not the best way to express it ...
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Sentence with ように

お父さんに愛されていると信じて疑わないように、周りの人も優しいのが普通だと思ってた Yeah, ように mean "as/like". So this must translating like "I thought that it's normal when people around are kind to me like believe that dad loves me." ? ...
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Can you use 持つ to mean 'to wait'?

パーティーに何か持って行きましょうか。 My translation – “Do you want to hold/wait on going to the party?” Is this translation correct basically? I wasn’t sure if ‘to hold’ could be used in the same sense as ‘to wait’ ...
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Checking the translation of あそぶ in this sentence

The sentence in question: 私は日本からあそびに来た友達にロンドンをあんないしてあげた。 My translation - I guided my friend who is coming from Japan around London. I know that あそぶ can be used to mean 'hang out with', and that’s ...
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ふざけずに! what is the meaning of this exclamation?

What is the meaning of this exclamation alone? ふざけずに! I know that ふざける means to kid - to play and that ずに means without, so it could be "without kidding" but it doesn't sound right to me.
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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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Translation of マネージャー

じゃあ, 一緒にこれ飲もうよ。さっきマネージャーに差し入れでもらってさ。 Well, マネージャー is manager. If here was "dispenser" instead "manager" it would be understandable. So what "manager" doing here?
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すげえまずい expression meaning

what is the meaning of the expression すげえまずい alone? I've never read it before. Thank you.
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Don't undestand this particular use of ない form

This is the example sentence from one of my textbooks. 時間があるから、昼ごはんを食べて行かない? Textbooks translation - "We have some time so how about we grab a bite to eat and then go?" I don't understand why the ...
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買えっつてだろうが meaning

This is the full sentence いつもいつも計算して買えっつてだろうが。 It's very colloquial but I can't understand this part 買えっつてだろうが。 Why is written like this 買えっつて ? Thank you!
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Have a trouble with まで

私がびくびく怯えて過ごしてるせいで、彼まで過敏になってる気がする This まで confusing me. In this case it's translating like "even", right?
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もらっちゃっていい? what is the meaning of this expression?

The complete sentence is this なにあれ私好みなんだけど、もらっちゃっていい? Is it a way to ask permission? Thank you.
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How do I address my juniors in college or school?

If "senpai" means someone's senior, then if I am the senior what do I call my freshman i.e. the one who is younger than me in the same school or something. How do I address them?
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Twenty-two points of attack

How do I say "Twenty-two points of attack" in Japanese? Rather new at Japanese so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! ~ Mark ...and since it was put on hold, I will edit in my ...
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やつしてみたかった expression meaning

キスってやつしてみたかったな I've never read this expression before. I just know that やつす means to be absorbed, to lose yourself to, so I was gessing that maybe in this case it could mean: "I wanted to lose ...
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- に詰まる meaning and use

in the sentence お前は思考に詰まるとすぐこれだ. I know that 言葉に詰まる means to be at loss of words Does 思考に詰まる mean to stop thinking? thank you!
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「行きと違い」 phrase meaning

I completely cannot grasp the meaning of 行きと違い here: 夕食を終えた私は、なれない道に右往左往しながら寄宿舎へと向かっていた。行きと違い、友の案内がないだけで道を迷いそうになる。 "After I finished the dinner, I wandered an unfamiliar road to the dormitory. ...
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This PSA was written in the past tense. When is it correct to do this?

While riding a train, I read a public service announcement that said: たばこを持つ手は、子供の顔の高さだった。 Underneath, the English translation said: A lit cigarette is carried at the height of a child's ...
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Is there a Japanese phrase that gets translated into English as “Steel and rice” coalition?

In a course I attended about Japan, there was the mention of a "Steel and rice" coalition. I don't understand the concept, so I can't define it. When searching for the phrase, one match was for the ...
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What is the meaning of しちまおう?

I'm playing a video game and in this scene the character is on a hill and says: このまま昼寝しちまおうか My guess is that it's a conjugation of する but it doesn't look close to する at all. What conjugations ...
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さらっと滑り meaning and use in this sentence

無理難題さらっと滑り込ませるのやめてくだい. I can't understand the meaning of this sentence, someone is asking the permission to stop doing something because it's impossible to (?) Could you please explain me? Thank ...
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Is “着物” the most suitable Japanese translation for the English word “kimono”?

Is "着物" the most commonly used, easily understood, and unambiguous Japanese translation for the English word "kimono"? If not, what alternatives would be more suitable? One reason I'm unsure is that ...