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Recognizing Japanese handwriting and translating

I have found an old Japanese note that I would very much like to translate. Background info: I found it in an old gaming console where you're supposed to scan barcodes (barcode is at the back of the ...
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how to say “fact” in Japanese

How would you translate "10 facts about Japan"? I looked it up but there seem to be many translations for fact, and I'm not sure if I should use ないじつ, じこう or something else. Thanks.
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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 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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Meaning of the phrase 「体幹の見切りと筋肉の凝固弛緩その隙間」

I've been reading 魔法使いの夜 and stuck with this sentence -「体幹の見切りと筋肉の凝固弛緩その隙間。」. I completely cannot grasp the meaning from it, so I'll try to break it into parts and translate them. 「体幹の見切り」 - the ...
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What does “だがたまには下も見るもんだぜ” mean?

There is a suggestively conversation between two men who are fighting each other. A is claimed to be strongest wizard and B is nearly strong as A. Here is the conversation, A:世の中上には上がおる B: ...
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Translation of Name and “saying” sentance

I have the following sentence I need to translate for my intro Japanese class. 私の友達の名前は、安田味子さんといいます。 There are 2 parts I am having trouble with. First, the name translation. I think it should be ...
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Japanese word for Operation, in the sense of a project or task - slang

What would be the Japanese equivalent of the word operation, in the sense of a project or task? Some examples would be: Operation Infiltrate-the-Castle Operation Human Shield (from South Park) ...
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What does 本調子 mean in a musical context?

When looking at musical instruments online ([篠笛]{しのぶえ} and 竹笛{たけぶえ} in particular, but I guess this goes for more instruments), their 本調子 is always listed. Some flutes are 6本調子, some 7本調子 and some ...
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How to say “items remaining from last meeting”?

I am setting up a meeting agenda and of the items is "covering the items left over from last meeting". I though something like "前回のミーティングの残件” Would have worked but it turns out that 残件 isn't a word ...
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Can't quite understand this sentence

この間、時間を見つけては、過去の歴史をひもといてみたのだが、再認識させられたのは、人間というのは、どれほど多くの涙とともに飲み下した教訓であっても、喉元を過ぎたとたんに忘れてしまう生き物であるということだった. Especially what "忘れてしまう生き物" is supposed to mean in "喉元を過ぎたとたんに忘れてしまう生き物であるということだった".
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What is a シドギャ? ギャ doesn't mean girl, does it?

At first I thought ギャ meant girl, but after doing some googling, that doesn't appear to be what it is. What is シドギャ? シドギャ is related to the band シド, the most popular Visual Kei rock band in Japan for ...
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Can someone transliterate this artist's name? [closed]

This is a placard next to a work of art from a museum in Japan. I'm curious as to what it says—particularly, what the artist's name is.
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Need help translating a sentence involving 要して

I'm helping someone translate some supplemental material for an old video game, and I'm a bit unsure how to translate this sentence. For context, it's about an ancient biological superweapon ("Deus") ...
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real meaning of 子供に話を聞かせてあげました

I've just found sentence: 子供に話を聞かせてあげました。and its translation: I read children the story. Does this sentence seem natural to a native Japanese speaker? To me it sounds like it has more weight to it ...
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Translation help with this sentence? 何人も触れること能わぬ- everyone or no one?

何【なん】人【びと】も触れる【ふれる】こと能わぬ【あたわぬ】才媛【さいえん】 I'm having trouble with this sentence. I'm just confused as to whether '能わぬ' counts as a negative verb that affects 何人も or not. Since I know 何人も means ...
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How do you say “My skills in programming languages are Javascript, Zend framework, Yii framework, etc”?

How do you say: My skills in programming languages are Javascript, Zend framework, Yii framework, etc I have tried this: 私のスキルはプログラミング言語で。 And I don't know how to list the items ...
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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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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 would I say “Courageous warriors called Samurai?”

How would I go about saying "Courageous warriors called Samurai? Would さむらいと言うゆうきなせんし make sense?
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How to understand “きざみ角煮{かくに}”

In today's endeavour to augment my ability to read onigiri labels I came across this in Naha, Okinawa: きざみ角煮 Google Translate does a terrible job: Boiled angle increments WWWJDIC has an ...
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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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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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- 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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Doubling “Moving” Verbs (行く and 来る)

I sometimes see moving or directional verbs doubled up, with the first verb in て form. I think my professor mentioned that this just sometimes happens but means the same as if you didn't have the ...
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「~てこうぜ」は何という意味ですか?

In Zukkoke Otokomichi, they translate things like 中ってこうぜ as "Let's ~" Why does こうぜ mean let's? Is it just slang, or does it come from 行こう, just dropping the 行?
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How is “しかい” used in this sentence?

I'm a bit confused about how "しかい" is used in this sentence I came across while studying: そこには私一人しかいなかった。 "I was the only one there." My guess is that it is an ending to "一人", but I couldn't find ...
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Translation of 人となり

I cannot understand the meaning of 「人となり」 in the following sentence. Some sort of translation: If Mibu-san would be partner of that ghost than things that happened before seems strange.(Sorry for bad ...
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What does こと mean between two nouns?

What is the function of the first こと in the following sentence? 「労働のビッグバン」こと非正規雇用の規制緩和が次々に行われたのは90年代、バブルが崩壊して以降のことである。 Logically it seems it has a function similar to と. If that is indeed what it ...
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Meaning and translation of 働かせっぱなし

Help me please with translation 働かせっぱなし in the following sentence それって、朝からずっと働かせっぱなしの人間に対して、掛ける言葉じゃ、ないと思うんだけど The main problem is that I cannot understand how to correctly translate ...
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Can I refer to the March 11 earthquake without mentioning the word earthquake?

Is it possible to refer to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and nuclear incident in everyday conversation, preferably without using the words earthquake or tsunami or nuclear incident? For ...
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人生に生き甲斐を求めてギターを習い始めた。 Can 求める mean give?

人生に生き甲斐を求めてギターを習い始めた。 I started learning guitar to give myself something to do with my life. Is this translation a little too loose? Can 求める mean give? Or would another way of translating this ...
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How are items enumerated in Japanese restaurant menus?

I've been asked to render a restaurant menu in Japanese, even though I'm not very good with the language (don’t ask). The original menu has ingredient lists for each entry, usually like this: ...
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What is (たた)なわり?

A friend and I are slowly translating a Japanese novel (夢魔 by 森村誠一)together for practice/fun, and we've found something weird (to us) in this sentence: 「丘陵状の山が波のようにたたなわり、山腹に民家が点在している。」 We couldn't ...
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How do you say “after all”, in the sense of reaffirming or justifying a previous statement?

For example: "You should wear a jacket. After all, it's snowing out there." "Of course I bought you a present! It's our anniversary after all." I tried an online dictionary but they gave me a lot ...
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ではないか Grammar translation

what does ではないか mean in the sentence below? And can someone please translate it? 耳に馴染みのない方も多いのではないかと思いますが、 (after that he explains the word)....
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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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隠れていなくて??! Is this correct?

I found this in a phrase: 隠れていなくて. I can translate it simply as "aren't hiding" or "were hiding"? By the way, is it correct or is better "隠れていません" By the way, the whole phrase is: ...
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What does そこによるところは大きい mean?

could anyone help me with a sentence? It was from an article in the Asahi about the leadership change in North Korea. The full sentence is 拉致被害者の早い救出も、そこによるところは大きい。I understand the first part of the ...
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How to translate “もしかしてそのスーシおニュー?”?

I'm attempting to translate something but this sentence is confusing me. It's the "お" and "スーシ" that I don't understand. I hope this isn't too dumb of a question..
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Translating チャレンジ

I have always struggled with translating チャレンジ, which has nuances quite different from the English "challenge". Now I am working on a document which uses this word to a ridiculous amount, ...
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Clarification of a sentence from a video game, 「~為」

As far as I understand, it generally says that the Area server did not respond in a certain amount of time. Can anyone give me some insight as to how accurate my understanding of this message from ...
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どうか〜〜ますように in 「どうか異世界の出来事でありますように」

I don't know what possible translations are for this sentence: どうか異世界の出来事でありますように also I'm a little confused by どうか and ~ように...
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Meaning of 楽に済ませようとする

How should I translate this phrase? 楽に済ませようとする。 My literal translation is, "Decide to cause to finish/complete having fun," but that doesn't seem to make much sense. Does 楽に済む mean to enjoy ...
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Meaning of phrase「その足を縫われたいか」

I've been reading a Visual Novel and I couldn't understand what exactly「その足を縫われたいか」means. The only translation I could guess is - "You want that(your) leg(s) to be sewed?" However I'm not really ...
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Properly translating a conditional

もしも君にめぐり逢えたら 二度と君の手を離さない I would translate this to: Even if I could meet you by chance, I would never leave your hand a second time. That is because of the following analysis: moshi, ...
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How does one give directions in Japanese (e.g. to a cab driver)?

I already know some things, like 「最初{さいしょ}の道{みち}を右{みぎ}に曲{ま}がって」 and the like. However, unless one knows the exact moment to shout 「止{と}めて!」 then one would need to know how to say things like "it's the ...
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Translation Help with Passive Sentence

I have the following sentence to translate. 日本はカリフォルニア州と同じぐらいの大きさで ほとんどのヨーロッパの国々より大きいということはあまり知られていない I am having trouble translating the second half. Japan is about the same size as the state of ...
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非ぼく, 非かえるくん - how to translate 非 in this context?

I'm reading a short story 「かえるくん、東京を救う」 by Haruki Murakami. I found a passage where 非 is attached to two nouns, I guess to give them the meaning of opposition. ...