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What is the most correct translation of “Nyoi bo” (如意棒), “compliant pole” or “mind stick”?

The nyoi bo is the power pole Goku uses to extend it at will and connects Korin Tower to Kami's Lookout.
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Released or inherited?

How would you translate the following sentence? 今、千年パズルを解き闇のゲームを受け継いだ少年がいた。 I'd translate it this way: Now a boy has solved the millennium puzzle and inherited the dark games. But in the ...
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How do I say “Is the sun out today” in Japanese?

I've been searching everywhere for trying to find out how to say this phrase but specifically stuck on the "out" part. Not sure on what the correct word choice should be used to say that but overall ...
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Breaking down a translation: 彼は大政治家になりたいという大望を忘れたことはなかった。

I've found this example sentence at the tangorin.com dictionary: 彼は大政治家になりたいという大望を忘れたことはなかった。 It is translated as "He never forgot his ambition to become a major politician." There is two ...
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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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Translation help! 置いておきます

置いて is the て-form of 置く(to place). So what does おきます stand for? Thank you very much.
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Problems with some Japanese words [closed]

A guy complimented my wig on the Internet, and then he said "またそのカツラか ぶったら、写真載せてくださいね!" I did understand that he wants me to upload more pictures of it but I can't make sense of the first sentence? ...
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What does ちがいます。 mean?

I saw this translated in the first episode of FLCL as "It's wrong.", but checking the translation, I get "Different." Could someone clear this up?
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Can someone help me determine what this SFX/onomatopoeia is?

Here's an image of it: It kind of looks like ダダ (da da) to me, but then I'm not sure what to make of the last mark. Could someone offer his insight, please?
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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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Help translating とってもまずしくて明日食べるパンもありません

The sentence is とってもまずしくて明日食べるパンもありません。 I know all of the words, but the grammar is confusing. Why is ashita taberu in the middle of the sentence?
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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.
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“火の玉” = “falling star”?

I was sure about translating "火の玉" as "fireball", but Google Translate suggests another meaning - "falling star". Can it really be translated like that? If it's true, then in what contexts?
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Meaning of また今度、使ってくれよな

I'd like to ask if I'm correct in reading the following phrase as "(Please) use it again sometime!": また今度、使ってくれよな! Thanks for the help.
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Context of “何様のつもりか”

I came across someone referring to the phrase "何様のつもりか" in the middle of an English-language discussion: if I were [person X], I would be shouting "何様のつもりか" (although I am not, and so I can't) ...
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How do you say “like when you” or “the way you” in Japanese?

So basically, how do you say something like "talk to the boss the way you talk to your father!" You know, with a threatening tone.
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Recognizing Japanese handwriting and translating [closed]

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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Asking someone to sing a song with me

I would like to say "Ryura! Would you like to sing 'Isshin Furan' with me and a friend?" This is what I have so far... Ryuraさん!「一心不乱」を私と一緒に歌えませんか? Please help me make it sound more fluid if ...
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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. Edit. ...and since it was put on hold, I will edit in my "research". The ...
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How do I convey “As you all know”?

Having been trying to write a "sakubun", I must say that I had some trouble to find a reliable translation for the phrase "as you all know" such as: As you all know, the education system in our ...
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Is the pronunciation for the following sentences incorrect?

In the following phrase I've transcribed from the audio the following sentence: dinner no sai ko no spice wa naaaan da? In the subtitles it says, What's the best spice for dinner? The ...
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How do we say: “This site is down for maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.” in Japanese? [closed]

I'd like to display a message that can notify Japanese users that a site is down for maintenance and humbly apologize for it. Note that I am not necessarily looking for a strict translation but more ...
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What is the role of the そうに?

The whole sentence is: 子どもたちは小さな雪だるまを作って、楽しそうに遊んでいました。 What is the role of そうに in this sentence?
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Need help with translation/grammar 「なんの」

I try to read a Japanese book, but I have some troubles with the following phrases which is part of a break up conversation: ...
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Tobira あいづちとフィラー article

I’m having difficulty understanding some sentences in this article from my textbook. I don't think you need to read the whole article. I tried translating the sentences I'm unsure about below. ...
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What does イケメン mean?

I am in a Japanese 101 class. We are supposed to translate the following sentence: 日本ぶんかの先生は、イケメンですが、ぜんぜんやさしくないですから、あまり好きじゃありません。 I am having trouble with that word イケメン. So far, I have: The ...
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What is the meaning of 国の母?

I'm attempting to translate parts of my 完全マスター N2 textbook just for the practice, and even though I've already gotten past this section, the meaning of [国]{くに}の[母]{はは} still eludes me. I don't like ...
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Response to “Watashi wa nomu no ga suki, *demo*…”

How would you response to the "demo"? "I like to drink, but...." I was thinking about: demo... ni? Like "But... what?
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What does ゆいって mean?

振り返ってみると、ゆいって今まで何の部活もやってこなかったもんねー。 I can't find the meaning in dictionaries..
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Help translating a phrase

I've heard this japanese sentence in a dialog: nihon no inu wa gohan o tabe masuka? I can't translate it. "Do japanese dogs eat anything?" Or "do you eat japanese dogs?"?
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What does Mr. Driller say when he picks up an oxygen tank?

I think many people remember the Japanese game series, Mr. Driller. There was an arcade machine and several console games, and they were pretty popular. The idea was to drill through coloured blocks, ...
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What does みぞれは雨のような雪です mean? [closed]

I have been translating a NHK Easy news item but I can't get over a sentence. みぞれは雨のような雪です。 I understand each word however I can't find out the sentence ultimate meaning.
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Meaning and use of どの when not in a question

Can someone please help me to understand these sentences from the Tobira textbook? 秋田市の「竿燈祭り」、仙台市の「七夕祭り」、そして青森市の「ねぶた祭り」。どの祭りもすごいスケール!毎年、日本だけじゃなくて、海外からも観光客がたくさん来るし、とても人気のある祭りだよ。 I am confused about ...
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Translation help: 私が困っているのがはつおんですね

This is a trascript from a podcast I was listening to. The woman was asked about what she thought was the hardest aspect in learning english, to which she replied 私が困っているのがはつおんですね So... why 私が ...
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English for 食生活、衣生活

I ran into the words 食生活 and 衣生活 in two different contexts in the last couple of days, and am completely stuck on how to translate them into English. The former occurred in a bullet point: ...
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Formal linguistic term for a “prepositional object”?

examples: (1) The book is on the desk. (2) I went to my favorite cafe. (3) This present is for her. the prepositional phrases / 前置詞句{ぜんちしく}: (1) ... on the desk. (2) ... to my ...
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How do I translate 「コロッと転がってたりする」 to english?

I've encountered the following sentence in a game: 時には後ろを振り返ると案外役に立つ事がコロッと転がってたりするもんだ。 First, I'd like to understand why the "to" in コロッと isn't in katakana like the rest of the word, why the ...
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Meaning of 声をそろえる

What is the meaning of 声をそろえる in this conversation: 「だからってドロボーの手伝いまですることないじゃない」 お姉ちゃんがあきれたように言うと、ヒロシも声をそろえた。 「そうだぞ。そんなバカなことしない人間に育てるために、厳しくする方がまる子のためだ。...」 Literally I think it means 'to ...
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Meaning of sentence「最近よくじわ怖スレ見てるからビビりになってる。」

I'm self studying Japanese and I read horror stories to build my reading skills. Recently I came across this sentence that I can't figure out: 最近よくじわ怖スレ見てるからビビりになってる I can't understand what do ...
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Meaning of the phrase 「想像をはるかに上回る」

I am trying to understand the phrase 「想像をはるかに上回る」. Here is the context: There is an article / post whose contents are below. 私には夢があります。ずっと前から大切に持ち続けてきた夢なのです。 several lines later…… ...
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How to say “Is it worth a visit?”

What's a natural way of saying "Is it worth a visit?" in Japanese? Something like 「訪れ価値がある?」?
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Japanese for dual flush toilet

What's the Japanese for dual flush toilet, a flush toilet that allows you to choose either a large flush (大) or small flush (小)? Google translate suggests "デュアル水洗トイレ" (katakana for "dual" plus "flush ...
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お世辞にも and quote

セイバーはどこに連れて行ってもいつもの調子だし、時には本気で怒っているのでは、と不安になるほど黙り込む事もあった。 お世辞にも楽しんでいた、と説明するのは憚られるぐらいの無反応ぶりに対して、こっちは次こそは次こそはと躍起になる。 Wherever I took Saber she looks the same as always, sometimes she goes so ...
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Translation doubt: 自分とは何でどこへ向かうべきか

This is an excerpt from a song I'm trying to translate: 自分とは何でどこへ向かうべきか 自分 - oneself, 何でどこ - why, where, 向かう - head (verb), べき - suffix meaning "should" My doubts are what とは means and ...
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Which conjugation is this 進む → 進め

I'm translating a song and came across the following sentence: 明日の岸辺へと夢の舟よ進め If it was 明日の岸辺へと夢の舟よ進む it would mean "move on the dream boat to the shores of tomorrow". What changes with this ...
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what does “toko” in “ii toko desu” mean

what does toko mean in this sentence? tokyo ni ikitai tokyo wa ii toko da yo
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Nuance of 楽しみにしとくね?

What nuance exactly does bring saying 楽しみに{たのしみに}しとく instead of the more usual 楽しみにしています ? In this context, would the use of しとく(しておく) mean "I rejoice myself in advance about it" ? Context : From a ...
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Can someone explain this sentence

つくろうとしている つくる ー To create している ー Is doing What is the うと part?
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Found the expression 目が命 in a paperback I'm reading

... and I don't know what it means. Searching for the term, I've found things like 「戦士は目が命」, which seems to be related to the game Dragon Quest, and 【Firefly Shop】人形は目が命!, on an Amazon product, that ...
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What's the meaning of すます in 耳をすませば?

What's the meaning of すます in 耳をすませば? How would you translate this?