Questions tagged [english-to-japanese]

英和訳. Finding a Japanese equivalent of an English word or expression, especially when a straight translation to Japanese might have different connotations from the original English phrase.

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How to say “I miss ◯◯” when ◯◯ is a non-living thing?

I want to say, "I miss my old phone". How can I express it in Japanese? According to the dictionary '恋しい' is used. But I'ven't found examples where '恋しい' is used in the case of missing a ...
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What is an appropriate, respectful, and pleasing to the other person response to the statement “Your Japanese is very good”?

The following situation: A tourist who is in Japan says "Good day" in Japanese. And it is practically the only word he knows, or maybe he knows a handful of everyday phrases, but in this ...
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What is “nothing”? E.g. “Talk about nothing”

I am trying to translate some lyrics that go like We can talk about nothing then I hit a snag because I am not sure what the word for "nothing" could be. Things that keep coming to mind: ...
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What are some phrases or things I can say in English that someone who only knows Japanese can understand? Like “mhm” or “ok”?

Would it be considered rude if I start saying things like "ok", "uhm" or "mhm" when speaking to someone in Japan? Would they understand that I'm agreeing or listening to ...
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Why Japanese “ Obi-Wan” is written as “ オビ=ワン”? [duplicate]

In English, “obi-wan” is a “-“ in the middle, but Japanese translation “オビ=ワン” is a “=“ in the middle. What makes this difference? Is this because “-“ looks like “ー” in katakana, so Japanese ...
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How do you say “to register” in Japanese? In the sense that, you see something but it doesn't register (in your mind)

The title kind of says it all. I've tried to research this for a bit but couldn't really get anywhere. Anyone's input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Using 来る for product release

Is 来る strictly for coming to a physical location, or can it be used to describe a product a product release. For example: 来月映画は来ます。 The movie will be coming out next month. これは先月来た映画の写真です。 This is ...
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Adding です after 「また(some time/day)」

If I'm trying to say or write "See you on Tuesday" to someone politely, can I say また火曜日。 or is it better to say また火曜日です。
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How to say 'finally' as in 'after waiting a long time'

How do I say 'finally' as in 'after waiting a long time' in a sentence? Do I use '最後に'? Hanako can finally buy the textbook. 花子さんは教科書を最後に買えます。 Or does 最後に only mean 'finally' as in 'last in ...
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Japanese equivalent for 'black ice'

I was wondering if there is a Japanese equivalent for the term 'black ice'. I googled image searched ブラックアイス , but the overwhelming majority of the results were unrelated. Or would you say 道の上の見えない氷?
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How to say 'scene' in a visual novel

When describing a scene, as in segment of a story, from a visual novel, can I use シーン? Or does シーン mean scene as in location?
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How do you translate the world “layer” in Japanese? [closed]

Layer as in the ones used in digital art software like Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Manga Studio, etc.
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Clarification on Compound Japanese nouns

I've sort of thought of making sentences for words in my custom Anki deck to sort of improve my sentence writing skills. Now, the word is 矛盾{むじゅん}, which means "contradiction" The sentence I'...
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Adding よor ね after つもりです

For sentences ending in つもりです, is it normal to also add よor ね at the end? For example, if you were talking about how fantastic Comiket would be this year, and I wanted to respond, "You're ...
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How to say 'likes it when' in Japanese

I was wondering how I would say sentences such as [Person A] likes it when [Person B] [performs an action]. [Person A] likes it when [noun] is [adjective]. [Person A] likes it when [an action is ...
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Can I use verb as noun in a informal way? Informal Japanese

I've tried searching for the answer in a lot of place. But all I get is formal answers (like 彼女はいつ来ますか). I'm assuming that the informal style will be 彼女はいつ来てるのか。 because the verb come turned into ...
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What is the Japanese Onomatopoeia for the sound a chainsaw makes?

From what I can tell, chainsaws make a sound like buzzing or rustling, etc. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find Japanese onomatopoeia from that sound. I wanted to look specifically for the ...
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How to ask “What is your opinion on X thing/X person?”

As the title says. How do you ask for someone's opinion on something in Japanese? My Japanese tutor says than an easy way to do this can be 「Xはどうですか?」 thus saying "How about X," but I ...
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How to say “Thanks to everyone who made it possible” in Japanese

So I'm trying to figure this out but I'm not finding much online. So, I want to thank the people who was involved into me being able to achieve something. I know the ~てくれて/いただいてありがとう... form, but what ...
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How do I say “Don't let your dreams be dreams”?

You know, that meme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXsQAXx_ao0. I'm pretty sure there has to be a good Japanese equivalent, but for now I'm trying to come up with a version I can share with my friend....
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Why do some Japanese words use a dash such as ホットケーキ [duplicate]

I've noticed this is mainly for Japanese words that are similar to English words such as ホットケーキ (Hot Cake/Pancake), but I don't really see it used for Hiragana mostly it's for Katakana? I also know ...
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How to say “All [sth.] says is …”

I'm working on a project for my Japanese class. I'm writing about Sweden's right of public access (allemansrätten) (yes, I had to look up a lot of vocabulary) and trying to say "the constitution ...
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Would this be the correct term for half human/half spider?

Would ningengumo (人間蜘蛛) be the correct term for a semifer (latin for half-beast) creature in japanese that would be half human, half spider? The closest term i can find is for a yokai called jorōgumo (...
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Trying to convey “Confection” or “Sweets” using Japaneese number wordplay

I am trying to convey a meaning using old Japanese numeral wordplay. The idea is to say something similar to the word for Sweets or Confection with up to 3 numbers. My understanding is that this word ...
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Why ドルフィン, ドルファン and ドルフォン?

There is a song by Kingo Hamada called 街のドルフィン that frequently appears on 80's city pop compilations. It seems to be a silly song about a young boy who captures a dolphin and they swim together in the ...
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How do I introduce something new and then describe it in the same sentence?

I recently learned how to use これ, この, それ, その etc. but I was wondering how to introduce something new to someone, like これはゲームです and then adding onto that sentence to describe it (for example in English ...
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Is the sentence '意思にしか動くな' a correct sentence?

Is the sentence '意思にしか動くな' a correct sentence? I mean to say someting in the lines of 'Act on (move by) will alone'. is it's meaning clear and are there more elaborate ways of conveing that meaning in ...
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I need help with the translations of the word Seido 精度

I am planning to start a small business in the art industry in the UK. I was brainstorming ideas for business names some time ago and I started typing in translations of English words I found relevant ...
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Hi everyone, I was wondering how you say by____ in Japanese?

I am doing a presentation for my Japanese class, and I want to say: by (insert name) For example: Introduction to Japan By Emma
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Would one say “become one with shadow” this way, Hitotsu Ni Naru Kage (一つになる影)? [closed]

The closest I have been able to figure out, through google searches, how to write out the phrase "become one with shadow" is Hitotsu Ni Naru Kage (一つになる影). Is this correct? If not, how would ...
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How to say someone's (possessive) home in Japanese?

The romantic phrase "you're my home," I was wondering how you would translate that into Japanese using someone's name? More specifically, how to say "Mya's home" & "Nathan'...
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Translation for book title “The Other Side”, differences between capitalization [closed]

I'm writing a book called The Other Side I was curious what the Japanese translation for the title would be. I tried Google Translate and got two different answers: The Other Side - 向こう側 / Mukō-gawa ...
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In order to survive: 生きていくために or 生き残るために? what is the diffence?

I am trying to translate the sentence: what are you willing to do to survive? I ended up translating it as: 生き残るために何を喜んでするの? Is this correct? Or have I botched my translation? The other way I ...
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Someone could explain me what is the meaning of に in this sentence?

皆さん、こんにちは 次のテキストはわからない文があるんですよね。 この文がわからない理由は"に"ですから。 この場合、にの意味が本当に知りませんよ! だから、助けてください 『サイト内の例文の再配布は不可です。 個人での学習にお使いください』
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Is my translation accurate? 自分の思ってる事『を』人『に』伝えられないだけじゃないんですか…?

自分{じぶん}の思{おも}ってる事{こと}『を』人{ひと}『に』伝えられないだけじゃないんですか…? So in this sentence ↑ : 自分{じぶん}の思{おも}ってる is attributive to 事{こと} to create: "A thing I've been thinking about myself" Since there's no word order ...
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What part of speech is: 延命・処置

延命処置 So what part of speech is the above? Is it considered to be a compound noun, like a bus station? If so, what the part of speech (in Japanese) to represent such constructions? 延命 here acts like ...
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What was wrong with my translation?

I'm trying to practice simple translation from English to Japanese. I'm around N4 level so I started with something I thought was doable for me: Today I woke up at 9:00 am. After I got up, I ...
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Most natural way to say “This movie was good” [duplicate]

この映画はよかったです. or この映画はいいでした. My understanding is that they both have the same literal meaning. Is there a subtle difference between them? And, does it sound more natual to use one or the other?
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Using an adverb with a noun in Japanese

この先生…早くはないけどすごく仕事がていねいだな… In the sentence above, this is my understanding so far: Vocabulary この先生【せんせい】 that teacher… 早くない【はやくない】 fast, negative present form けど conj. however すごく adv. immensely ...
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How to analyze sentence, クラスについてどう思いますか?

クラスについてどう思いますか? Should this be translated as "What are you thinking of during class?" or "What do you think of class?" I'm having trouble with figuring out how to go about figuring out this sentence.
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How to say “self-isolation” or “quarantine” in japanese

I want to ask "Do you eat more in self-isolation/quarantine?" and "Do you exercise less in self-isolation/quarantine?". What is the simplest translation for these sentences and can I use something ...
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How to say “It is unfortunate that the class can't meet”?

The coronavirus brought an abrupt end to my Intro Japanese course, and as my Professor isn't comfortable using technology, I would like to write her a closing letter. I'm still very new to Japanese, ...
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Meaning of 君の知らない物語

When I saw the title 君の知らない物語 my mind translated it as Your unknown story (Translation A) However, by searching a little, most sources seemed to translate with the meaning The story you ...
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Is there a Japanese word for “Easter holidays”?

I was wondering if there is a Japanese word for "Easter holidays"? While I am aware that most of Japan does not celebrate Easter, I was surprised to find a word for Easter (復活祭, fukkatsusai). My guess ...
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What is cyan color in Japanese?

What is the exact word for cyan color in Japanese language? Is it 青緑 / あおみどり?
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Difficult to understand katakana of the word “though”

So, I'm not proficient in Japanese but, as a programmer, I decided to create a program to generate katakana equivalents of english words automatically. I have had some success, but with some ...
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What is the meaning of 取り戻そうと in this sentence?

In the following sentence: 問題を無視することはできません。しかし、 問題にばかり注目していると過去の状態を取り戻そうと努力することになります The part where it says: 「取り戻そうと努力することになります」 more specifically that "そうと" where does it come from? What's the ...
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Why to use 思っていました instead of 思いました?

I found this sentence in this link: http://watanoc.com/post-1608-gozira So there's a part where it says:アメリカの映画だと思っていました but why to use the て-form instead of the ます-form? The meaning wouldn't be the ...
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Is there an idiom equivalent to / similar to “gut feeling”?

Is there an expression or metaphor similar to "gut feeling", as a metaphor for one's intuition or instinctive feeling about something?
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Why to use the て-form in questions? [duplicate]

Anybody around here knows why it is used the て-form in 覚えてないのかい instead of 覚えないのかい in the next sentence? 僕はさっきもう君にすっかり話したじゃないか。 それとも、覚えてないのかい? I've already seen this before in other question ...

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