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Sentence Translation (Natural Sounding?)

I have recently studied the usages of ~ようとする and こと vs の. So I was trying to write some sentences that would put both structures together. Thing is, I am not certain if I managed to be succesful in ...
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What is the verb ending of われん mean?

I am reading the Fullmetal Alchemist manga and came across the following in the first volume: 祈り信じよ されば救われん The subtitles of the anime translate this to be: "Pray and you shall be saved." ...
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Audio translation help!

Hullo! I'm watching a new anime with some friends for the first time and we found some post episode web commentary online and we're trying to understand a joke but we can't quite get what it's about. ...
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第 [dai-] vs 目 [-me] in forming ordinal numbers

As I understand fo now 第 [dai-] and 目 [-me] both turn 5 to fifth. 五匹の犬 [go-hiki no inu] five dogs 五匹目の犬 [go-hiki-me no inu] the fifth dog Here everything is clear. Articles and books say you ...
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「戦って勝たなくたっていい..」 [duplicate]

In this YouTube video from an anime 暗殺教室 渚 殺気② t=44s what I hear the character is saying is the following: 戦{たたか}って勝{か}たなくたっていい、殺{ころ}せば勝{か}ちなんだ。 I don't understand where the part in bold comes ...
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Help with a lyric from Psycho Pass Ending

I was reading the lyrics from All alone with you by EGOIST, helping myself with translations to learn some japanese, but there's something that confuses me. When it says 神さま気取りの人が言うの ねえ 人は強いって ...
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Usage of -shi after a name

I have noticed this other very similar question: Naming suffix -氏 (-し) used by an otaku character in anime Now the point is: in another anime, namely O Maidens in your savage season - which is ...
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What does やれ{HL}やれ{HL} “yare yare” mean?

I would like to know what the meaning of the expression やれ{HL}やれ{HL} Yare Yare is? I hear it often said in anime. some people said "that yare yare is another japanese onomatopoeia. Kind of like pera ...
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Meaning of song title まるつけ from the anime Given

As the title suggests, I'd like to know the meaning of the ending song from the anime Given titled まるつけ. Does the first part mean round/circular or more appropriately, calm, since this more of an ...
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Please help me accurately figure out the kana or kanji for a colloquial phrase said in an anime?

(I can change the question if it's too vague. 😅) I'm trying to practice my listening comprehension by listening to anime and not fully paying attention to subtitles. For the most part I can ...
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What is the Japanese word for a 3D character artist/modeller?

If I were looking for a Japanese manga artist, I would use the Japanese characters for the word "mangaka." I need the Japanese word and characters for a word that means "3D character artist" or "3D ...
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What is the form of this verb 頼まれてた?

I'm practicing understanding japanese by japanese subs of anime. For this moment it is 10 episode of season 2 "Seitokai yakuindomo", the last scene. Here is Tsuda words: **あっ そうだ 買い物 頼まれてた んだ** ...
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鵺 Chimera Bird in Making of Cyborg and Reincarnation

This question is related to my Sci-fi Fantasy question "Japanese Wedding Chant from Ghost in the Shell". That question is concerned with Japanese folk traditions and mythology, and please feel free to ...
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How do you say “canon” as in “official for a story universe”?

There's specific words out there like 正典 meant for the Bible, but what's the common term for referring to a story. As in "the Christmas Special isn't canon for the Star Wars universe". I figure there ...
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What does なんて mean in these sentences?

Once again I have some examples from a Death Note episode [10]. The main character says: しかしおどろいたよ流河{りゅうが}。親睦{しんぼく}を深{ふか}める為{ため}に、突然{とつぜん}テニスなんて。[Note, Ryuuga is a character's name, the one he's ...
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How do I write “ワンピースは実在する” vertically?

I'm assuming there's certain punctuation involved in this sentence, but I don't really understand what changes in the process of switching from horizontal to vertical writing.
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無謀とも言えるその計画に (Reckless can be said that plan to)

I have seen the above construction only twice online, but it sounds like one of those sentences where the word order has been moved around in order to give it maybe a Shakespearean effect, or samurai ...
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Would a japanese say “このジョルノジョバーナには夢がある”?

This sentence has become famous lately as the catchphrase of Giorno Giovanna in the JoJo: Golden Wind anime series. Literally, it's translated as "in this Giorno Giovanna there is a dream", but ...
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What does “Ho Ho” mean in English?

I hear this frequently when I watch anime. Google digging suggests it means cheek 頬. But this does not make contextual sense to me for the times I've heard it used. For example, at 14:45 in episode 2 ...
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南北銀行 (North-South Bank) meaning

I was watching an anime called Ganbare Goemon and there was this sign that I found a bit strange: How exactly are you supposed to understand it? I mean, north and south are in opposite directions so ...
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What is the correct counter to translate 'One Piece'?

I was wondering whether the anime is actually called that way because it is hard to convey this meaning in japanese with a single word. For those who are not aware, One Piece is the greatest treasure ...
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Why would a Japanese adult be embarrassed to use the word “friends”?

I am watching a current anime, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ( 転生したらスライムだった件 ). The protagonist, now a reincarnated slime in the isekai story, is making friends with a dragon. The specific ...
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Naming suffix -氏 (-し) used by an otaku character in anime

In the anime Steins;Gate 0, the male otaku-character Hashida Itaru calls female characters with suffix -し. For example: Makise Kurisu - Makise-shi Kiryuu Moeka - Kiryuu-shi What does this ...
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How is 「何者でもなくなった」 translated?

I saw the meaning of the words individually, but when I've tried to join them it doesn't make sense. 何者 = who; what kind of person なくなった= lost
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What does she say in this dialogue?

What does the character "Historia" say in the dialogue in minute 1:41 of this video? I can only understand the first part but not the last words. She starts saying Ymir... watashi no namae ... ...
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The meaning of この+own personal name

One of the villains of ジョジョの奇妙な冒険, Dio, frequently refers to himself as「このディオ」 (to the point it became a meme). What's the meaning of this grammar: この+own personal name? Is it just emphasis? Or are ...
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What is the meaning of っ on its own

Does it mean Tch or does it have another meaning ?? Like in here.
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What does “ニセサマ” (nisesama) mean? It was in Chuunibyou

I was watching Chuunibyou and noticed this writing on Nibutani's back: "ニセサマ". I looked up what that meant and found nothing, so my question is what does ニセサマ translate to? Note: I know kana very ...
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わからない vs わかね in My Boss My Hero

I was watching My Boss My Hero, and I could have sworn he said わかね instead of わからない. Is this feasible? Is there some dialect that drops off ない for ね?
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Does 上鳴 mean shut up?

Does 上鳴 mean shut up? I didn't find a good meaning of this in the dictionary.
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What does nda ンだ stand for?

I know that kore means “this” but i didn’t understand what does this sentence/word means i also didn’t know what is the meaning of nda
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What does she says in this video?

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro Chan Season 2 EP1 5:16 I think she says something like 読んでこようだ or maybe 呼んでこやった or a lot o possibilities, I'm just a begginner so I can't differentiate exactly what she says, ...
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In what situations can you use ぞ as a sentence ender

When can one use the sentence ender ぞ? I've only ever heard it anime, so I'm unsure of it's actual usage in the real world. Is it not used that often or limited to specific age/gender groups?
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なんだけど Meaning and grammar patterns [duplicate]

I would like to know what (なんだけど / なんですが) means? I think these two forms are the same, but when I asked in class their meaning, I was told that they mean nothing, so I'm kinda confused. For example, ...
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ことに… at the end of a sentence

I've seen in an anime (tsurezure children, episode 1, minute 2:00) a boy who was saying this in his mind: "でも、それじゃ こいつ の 告白 を 横取りする ことに…", and I would like to know what that "ことに…" with that ellipsis ...
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In what ways is the Japanese used in anime different from real world Japanese?

I've heard/read countless sources explain that the Japanese used in anime is quite different from real world Japanese. However, I haven't seen an explanation of what ways it's different (at least, not ...
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孫悟飯 - Songohan, why non-Japanese say it comes from “gohan = meal/cooked rice”?

As a French I've always heard that Songohan's name comes from gohan meaning meal/cooked rice. The English Wiki says the same and even mentions ご飯. But I don't understand why, since the names in the ...
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Why concatenate three names into “PiPoPa”?

[copied from Anime SE at moderator's suggestion] There is a 2008 anime-original series called Net Ghost PiPoPa. (For some reason, the version streaming on Crunchyroll is called "Web Ghosts PiPoPa", ...
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How do you say “My respects.” in Japanese?

I was watching "Garo - Vanishing Line" and the main character says "My respects." but his romanization it sounded similar to him saying "gosumpai" or something close to that. Nothing remotely close to ...
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How does はっとばすぞ translate as “Don't make me hit you”?

I was watching some Nichijou, and in this one scene where Mai and Yuuko are helping Mio with her manga, Mai wrote in one of the text bubbles, "はっとばすぞ" and on the screen it translates to "Don't make me ...
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Fullmetal Alchemist “let's go” translation

In Fullmetal Alchemist season 1 episode 15 ("The Ishbal Massacre") at the 22:00 minute mark Person A says to Person B something that sounds to me like: ないぎましょう It is translated as "let's go" in ...
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What is the function of よ in this context, and is this よ a deliberate imitation of “feminine” てよだわ言葉?

In the Ghibli film The Castle of Cagliostro, there is a scene where Lupin, a male character who mainly makes use of stereotypical-masculine language throughout the whole movie, utters the following ...
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そらのおとしもの - “Heaven's Lost Property” or “What fell from the sky?”

I am watching an anime called そらのおとしもの (Sora no Otoshimono). There are two translations: the one is "Heaven's Lost Property" and the other is "What fell from from the sky?" I'm pretty sure that the ...
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What is the meaning of “僕にだって 見えってものがあるさ”?

This is from the opening of an episode of Sazae-san: Kazuo is buying a necktie for his father (who is bald) store clerk: 父の日の贈り物ですか? Kazuo: ええ。 store clerk: どんなタイプの方かしら? Kazuo: あの すらっとした ...
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Quiz question on keigo

While stumbling across Lucky Star episode 15 (26-second clip, from 8:51 - 9:17), I found that there was a scene where the characters were watching a quiz show, where one of the questions asked was on ...
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Use of に in a list of names? [duplicate]

In this funny scene from the anime Kiniro Mosaic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIauXFVABIQ), the character Karen is listing peoples' names to get familiar with them and says, "陽子、忍に、えっと…" What is ...
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Why is there a だ in もっとだ?

I am watching a certain show at the moment where someone is talking about wanting to kill evil creatures. Please don't judge this question as childish just because the extract is from an anime. He ...
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How are made up words for anime/manga formed (reading and kanji)?

EDIT: Eiríkr Útlendi has answered my question mostly in regards to readings. What remains is how kanji are chosen for their meanings and why certain words are selected over others e.g. 実 versus 果実. ...
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Trouble with a sentence

I'm having trouble with the following line from Death note (anime): Light: これはお互いが、「深まった」と了承しあう為の儀式だ! (context is that 2 characters are playing tennis to try to psychologically out do the other) ...
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Any hints on how to translate the 'Nanny' in Totoro?

I'm working through translating となりのトトロ and I was doing ok until the Nanny starts talking. Going through her sentences and translating them piece by piece is an exercise in extreme patience. I find ...