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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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Translating volitive expressions in ads into English

I saw this on an advertisement outside the construction site of a company that makes wooden houses: 木{き}の家{いえ}と、暮{く}らそう。 I'm trying to think of a way to translate it other than: Live with a wooden ...
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Help with 第一夜 by 夏目漱石: 「大きな潤のある眼で、長い睫に包まれた中は、ただ一面に真黒であった」

I bought the book "Breaking into Japanese Literature - Seven Modern Classics in Parallel text" and burned some billions of neurons to (try to) understand just the first page (lol). Well, I am having ...
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Meaning of 半分間違っているんじゃないかなと思う部分があるから、アメリカチック,アメリカナイズされすぎているっていうか。

This is from a textbook, the person is trying to explain how his generation is different from his father's generation. He says that all his father did was work and save money. 自分が楽しむとか、...
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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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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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”でもありやいい制度だ” Help with one line from manga translation

でもありやいい制度だ As in the title, could you help with the translation to English of this one sentence? If you want the context, here I've got an English version here too, but it doesn't make any sense(at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Blue blistering barnacles, what is Captain Haddock saying?

For those who might not be familiar with the series Tintin (soon to be in a major motion picture, by the way), there is a character named Captain Haddock who is famous for shouting out colourful ...
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Have you tried XYZ before?

I English I can ask somebody if they've experienced or sampled a food or drink, or even an activity with this verb: Here try this and tell me if you like it. I tried koregusu once but I didn't like ...
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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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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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What's that accordion style book you can get at shrines called?

When visiting shrines or temples, one can get an accordion style book and for a couple hundred yen have a shrine's seal stamped inside. What is this book called?
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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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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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Heaven in Japanese

I have found that there are a number of words in Japanese that correspond to "heaven" in English. By heaven I mean the concept of a paradisiacal afterlife. The two most frequent in my limited and ...
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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 ...
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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 Body?...
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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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Can a cathedral be referred to as a 寺?

I was listening to a song Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame in Japanese (the intro, The Bells of Notre Dame or ノートルダムの鐘), and I noticed that they referred to the cathedral as a 「てら」. I thought that was ...
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Translation question regarding 「ほどに」

I have a question regarding the translation of the following sentence. 人は誰もまた失うほどに求めるけど I know the basic functions of ほど but still can't see how this plays out.
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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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Meaning of トルネル is actually misspelling of トンネル? [closed]

I need to know what トルネル means in the following sentence from a manga I'm reading (slashes are where the line-breaks are): このトルネルから / 出る! The katakana is throwing me off. Is it one or two words? Is ...
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How to say, “I've been living in America for 9 months” (and still am)?

So I've been trying to say that a friend has lived in America for about 9 months, and is still currently living in America. Would it be: アメリカで9月間ぐらいに住んでいます。 I'm not sure if I'm using the correct ...
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Meaning of 「この調子で頑張って」

Context I wrote and submitted text in Japanese to be corrected, and received a correction from an acquaintance followed by 「この調子で頑張って」. Question I understand 調子【ちょうし】 to be something like "...
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Japanese コ上 meaning in English

I've perused many sites and have found "コ上," but if I hit translate, I get "co-on," a term I am not familiar with. Is this a Japanese term with no English equivalent? I'm attempting to read a manga ...
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The correct reading for 血啜の獣斧 and 約束されざる守護の車輪チ

What is the correct reading for these two lines: 血啜の獣斧 - Chisusu no Shishi Ono or Chisusu no Kemono Ono? 約束されざる守護の車輪チ - Yakusokusarezaru Shugo no Sharin or Yakusoku Sarezaru Shugo no Sharin? I know ...
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Constructing phrase with “During”

Grammatically speaking, is it correct if I translate During my two years stay in Japan, I have visited many places. to 日本に住んでいた二年で、色々な所へ行きました ?
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How can I translate this? すべてかけて抱きしめてみせるよ

いつでも捜しているよ どっかに君の姿を 向かいのホーム 路地裏の窓 こんなとこにいるはずもないのに 願いはもしも叶うなら 今すぐ君のもとへ できないことは もう何もない すべてかけて抱きしめてみせるよ This paragraph of "One More Time, One More Chance" by Yamazaki Masayoshi, I'm translating to:...
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How do you say “using X as a Y”?

In Issunboushi, there is a line that goes like this. "Issunboushi wa hari wo katana ni shite koshi ni sashi" I found a translation that says "He made use of a needle as a sword", but I have no idea ...
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What does「飛んじまいそうです」 mean?

Can someone elaborate the structure and the changing of the verb in the sentence? Thank you
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Can the English suffix “-zilla” be translated back into Japanese?

Can the English suffix -zilla, a backformation from "Godzilla" describing something as large and/or destructive, be translated into Japanese and easily understood, and how would it be translated? As "...
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Are Japanese translations for “Pearl Harbor” ever used metaphorically?

In English, "Pearl Harbor" is sometimes used metaphorically to indicate an unannounced attack, or an event that strongly changes the outlook of a community. Can these metaphorical meanings be used in ...
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“お調べいただいた上、” vs. “お調べいただき、…”

What is the difference in meaning between: (1) お調べいただいた上、注文通りの品をお送り下さいますよう、お願いします。 (2) お調べいただき、注文通りの品を送り下さいますよう、お願いします。 I understand #2. (2) Upon your looking into the matter, please ...
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How would you say “I like sth/sb because of [that reason]” in Japanese?

For example how would you say I like John, because I think he is charming and attentive. Is there any other way to say "because" besides of kara (& node)? kara makes the sentence sound like "...
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What does にございます mean in this line?

Here's the line: この光は、本物の太陽の光、地上より導きいれた聖なる光にございます I would translate it something like this: "This light, genuine solar light, is holy light let in from the surface". I ignored the に, so I assume ...
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Difference between また明日 and では明日?

I understand what 明日{あした} means. And I understand また明日 means "see you tomorrow". But I recently heard では明日, and I do not understand what it means/the difference between また明日. また明日 translates to "In ...
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A word for 'clothed' or 'decent'?

Is there single word in Japanese used for '(fully) clothed' or 'decent'? As in, 'OK, you can come in, I'm decent now' or 'At least one of the kids is (fully) clothed (or dressed).' Of course one can ...
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What words are used for dolphin meat?

What words are used for dolphin meat? Searching jisho.org using "dolphin" in the English field listed several different words for dolphin, but no compounds involving meat. Neither the English nor ...
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What is this descriptor of a bag?

What is this descriptor of a bag? I know the first line is "Bag.", but what's the second?
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How is 空気を読む translated into English?

I've often seen 'read the air' (literal translation) or 'read between the lines' but is there a better rendition of this concept in English? Or does it just not exist?
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Is “腹違いの兄” considered a slur?

Is "腹違いの兄" currently considered a slur? What about with past generations in Japan? In US society at least it once had negative connotation. But, now there is no negative meaning at all. What about ...
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When did you last…?

I am searching for a way to ask a question like "When did you last see her?" or "When did you last do the laundry?, or also "When did we last meet?" Basically, how do you construct a question with ...