I am unsure how to translate the following phrase:


My guess as to how this phrase translates is:

Is that the first thing people say to those who are waiting for them?

Is there a better way to translate this phrase?

  • How is your translation looking so far? ^^; – summea May 25 '13 at 1:09
  • Ehm... I'm not sure... I guess is something like "is that the first thing people say to those who are waiting for them?" – kymyit May 25 '13 at 1:12
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    So is there a certain part of that phrase that you are unsure about? – summea May 25 '13 at 1:24
  • all, I wasn't sure about my translation. – kymyit May 25 '13 at 14:24

In contrast with user1205935's answer, I got the impression that 最初の一言 refers to the first words that were said and not the first words that should be said. If I were to insert an extra clarifying part into the Japanese, it would be


and not


so I would translate liberally as

You kept me(/a person) waiting all this time, and that's the first thing out of your mouth?

  • The only thing I don't understand is, why it is "in contrast" to my answer. I understand the question in my answer to be rhetorical, about what was said, not about what should be said. In any case, you seem to have been more successful at putting that point across. – Earthliŋ May 25 '13 at 22:18

The only thing I would translate differently is the causative form 待たせる, which doesn't mean just waiting, but to keep so. waiting.

Is that the first thing to say to people after keeping them flat out waiting?

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