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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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An interesting postcard

According to my information, this postcard was sent from Japan to Russia, and probably in 1945. Needs a translation badly and nobody has seemed to care since then. I suppose that the historical kana ...
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Shop or Shop Owner

If you have the name of a shop plus さん, what possibilities are there for the translation? I get the sense that it can either be a formal way to speak, or it can mean the store person. 薬屋 = pharmacy ...
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How to say “no thank you, I don't want / need it”?

Sometimes I am offered something but because I'm just a beginner I don't know what verb they used. I know the proper way to say "no" is to answer with the negative form of the verb the other person ...
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How can you express “as long as you want”?

I want to tell my friend that he can stay at my house as long as he wants. I was thinking: 泊まるのは何ヶ日でもいいです。 or 泊まりたい程泊まってもいいです。 What is the correct way?
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How do you say 'to die from…' in Japanese?

For instance, I'm trying to say 'I would die from boredom' and the best I can come up with is 死ぬのから退屈だ However, I strongly suspect this isn't correct. It would also be useful to have the phrase "I ...
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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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How is 高めの used and constructed?

example sentence: コレステロールが高めの方の食品 I'd like to know how 高めの is made (verb stem + no?) and how it should be used. I'm guessing the example sentence means "food which heightens your cholesterol". Does 方 ...
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火の車 Where did it come from

My sensei in class told us about 火の車 that means someone in a difficult financial strait . I was wondering what does it have to do with fire 火 and a car 車?
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Is this a Japanese character? [closed]

There is a character at the bottom of a porcelain jar. Someone told me that this may be from Japan. I checked Japanese porcelain marks and could not find any hints. Is there anyone can provide some ...
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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 and ears and legs/feet hurt and it ...
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Trying to translate 遊ばにゃ損なってなもんだろうがおう!

I'm reading a manga and have run into a tricky phrase, so I am asking for help and some explanations: ...遊ばにゃ損なってなもんだろうがおう! 遊ばにゃ (or にや) - can't understand what the verb form is used here... 損なって - ...
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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 following. //Sentence ...
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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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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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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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Trying to translate a 許せるはずもなく

I'm trying to translate a phrase、許せるはずもなく. Generally, I think the meaning should be along the lines of "We were not forgiven," but with the grammatical structure of verb + hazu + naku, would it be ...
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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 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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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 does “ni tsuki” mean in the title “Sono otoko, kyōbō ni tsuki”?

According to Wikipedia, the Japanese title of the film "Violent Cop", "その男、凶暴につき" ("Sono otoko, kyōbō ni tsuki"), literally means "That man, being violent". Is this correct? What other translations ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.