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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
4answers
527 views

How to say “How long have you had this dream?”

Would どのくらい夢がありましたか。be correct? I don't really know. This is for a Japanese assignment I have at school.
8
votes
1answer
329 views

What is the Japanese name for the conventional shoelace knot?

i understand that there is little standardization for the use of knots in Japanese, many incurring folk names. Even in English most knots have several different names, though there are monumental ...
2
votes
1answer
125 views

Which Japanese sentence is grammatically correct?

My friend and I are making sentences from English to Japanese. We are trying to turn this sentence into Japanese: I think he's 23 years old, I'm not sure however. We came up with: 思う彼は23歳。...
1
vote
2answers
144 views

How do I say that I called someone?

For example if I wanted to say "I called bob", would it be something like "私は Bob の電話を呼びました"? That sentence feels a little awkward and I'm not sure how to properly phrase it.
3
votes
1answer
138 views

How does Japanese indicate a contextual scope changes like the internet vs. the Internet?

In english, word capitalization can indicate that meaning word has transitioned into different context and/or scope. For example: The internet is down. vs. The Internet is down. Batman searched ...
5
votes
1answer
873 views

Is there a way to say the two best?

Is there a way to say the two best? Like "the two best seasons are..." or something similar. I'm trying to say The two best times to visit Nara are October/November (fall) and March/April/May (...
1
vote
1answer
121 views

Is this Japanese sentence correct?

My friend and I are new to Japanese, and we are trying to make sentences. We tried to translate this sentence to Japanese: I can't play tennis, but I can play the piano. And this is our Japanese ...
3
votes
1answer
149 views

Peeing and pooping

What is (or are) the most common and natural way of saying "to pee" and "to poop". And a follow up question might be if there are any connotations in realtionship to keigo.
0
votes
1answer
106 views

How is 今一度 a noun in Japanese/English?

I came across the bolded segment in the following sentence and translated it as "once more". だが私としては、彼には今一度実りある人生を歩むチャンスを与えてやりたい。 Both Jishio.org, and tanoshiijapanese.com say that 今一度 is a noun, ...
4
votes
1answer
112 views

Best Way To Write “Wonderful Cousin” — Subarashī Itoko?

I am making a jewelry box for a cousin who enjoys Japanese language and culture and would like to write "wonderful cousin" on the lid. Is Subarashī Itoko — すばらしい いとこ — be the best translation? Would ...
1
vote
0answers
45 views

What is the difference between Nippon and Nihon? [duplicate]

I don't know much about the Japanese language, but I do know there two different words for to say Japan in Japanese. Nippon and Nihon, I noticed because the are is chemical company called Nippo ...
0
votes
1answer
195 views

What does the Japanese word “Shalaku” mean?

I bought this pencil from Uniball which is a Japanese made. It is a beautiful product. The name of the pencil is Shalaku. I wish to know what it means.
3
votes
1answer
252 views

Should spaces be used when writing foreign names in katakana?

I can imagine if someone is not familiar with the foreign name, it may be difficult to tell where the given name ends and the surname begins. Perhaps then it's better to write foreign names with ...
0
votes
2answers
160 views

For dinner I ate

How would you say for dinner in Japanese would you say Bangohan no tame ni? Or is that only for verbs for a person
-1
votes
1answer
121 views

What would be the correct way to say “Moose” in Japanese? Ty in advance [closed]

I go by “Moose” as my online alias or online name in video games and have friends that call me moose as a nickname. I recently decided that I want to get a tattoo of the word “Moose” on my wrist but ...
4
votes
1answer
153 views

What is the Japanese word for a judge in a court of law?

I have looked up judge, but I am finding a number of words and am not sure how they are different. Is there a general word that is most common? Words I found include: saibankan 裁判官 saibannin ...
7
votes
1answer
422 views

How would you say “I like to go bowling” and other suru verbs?

I would like to learn how to say "I like to go bowling" rather than "I like bowling." That is, I want to emphasize that I like to do it, rather than that I like the sport in general. I believe 「...
5
votes
1answer
74 views

Expressing doing something in case of/as a precaution for some other possible occurrence

I see that 「念のために」 is an expression that means "just in case" in general, but how does one express "I'm going to do A in case B happens"? For example, "I'm writing in pencil in case I make a mistake."...
7
votes
1answer
116 views

Being caught in an act?

What would be the proper way to phrase such an action, particularly in a casual way? Say, the phrase “Oh, I guess you caught me.” How might a native speaker say this? I know in a criminal context of ...
0
votes
2answers
114 views

Difference between よる/よって

A: 事故による死者が増えている。 B: 帰る時間は、曜日によって違います。 C: 佐藤さんによれば、田中さんは会社をやめるということです。 D: 関西空港はイタリア人によって設計されました。
0
votes
2answers
100 views

Which sentence is grammatically correct?

I'm unsure how to write the sentence "That (near you) is a pencil." in Japanese. Is it "Sono pen wa desu." or "Sore wa pen desu." ? Or are both of them right/wrong? I'm a beginner so I can only read ...
2
votes
1answer
153 views

What is the right word for existential goal?

I am looking for a Japanese word that corresponds to life goal. It does not refer to getting a good salary job, marrying with dream S.O., buying exotic cars, or other materialistic/worldly targets. ...
3
votes
1answer
146 views

how to join negative sentence in japanese

Can I use soshite to join negative sentences in japanese? e.g. I am not a girl and he is not a boy. 私は女の子ではありません そして 彼は男の子ではありません。
4
votes
2answers
218 views

How to say “Next 'ANY_DAY_OF_THE_WEEK'”?

Couldn't find the answer here, so I thought it would be a nice and easy question. Which would be the right way to say "Next 'ANY_DAY_OF_THE_WEEK'"? Eg: Next Monday? 次の月曜日 is fine? Are there any ...
2
votes
0answers
107 views

How would you describe both “XX is the furthest I have traveled” and “XX is my favorite place?”

Now actually I already wrote both of these lines as so: カナダは私の家族が一番遠い場所でした。 and マクドナルドは私の場所一番好きです。 I want to say Canada is the furthest my family has traveled and McDonalds is my favorite ...
3
votes
2answers
166 views

Can ~ほうがいいですか be used to ask for recommendations?

So I would like to ask someone some book recommendations. I've studied 「ほうがいいです。」but I'm not sure if 「何の本を読んだほうがいいですか。」would be OK. Should I say it in another way?
2
votes
2answers
132 views

Japanese equivalent for the verb “trigger” meaning to cause something to happen?

The phrase I am trying to translate is for a project with an internet powered device to do it's programmed purpose, i need to translate the phrase Trigger Device I found one translation in a ...
2
votes
1answer
118 views

What could コエーぞ mean in this context?

Hello im reading a comic where a girl is trying to get a guy to come to school, the guy brushes it off and replies 俺はコエーぞさっさと帰れ. From intuition, im getting the vibe of "Don't bother ( Ill pass), go ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

Correct Japanese grammar for “video recording” when in context to length of time

The exact phrase I would like to translate is Duration for video recording is required This would show up as a warning of a user on software to remind them to select an amount of time to record ...
5
votes
3answers
712 views

How to say, “Where is the best izakaya close by to here?”

I am interested in learning how to say, colloquially, "Where is the best Izakaya around here?" Or "Where is the best Izakaya close to here?" How far off am I with this translation below: ...
5
votes
1answer
260 views

“~Ni” or “~De”?

Should I use (に or で) for the following lines? Since they are time periods, I thought に would be correct, according to Times The particle ni is usually used with times: Go-ji ni ...
2
votes
0answers
99 views

Why is “キャスト” katakana for “cast” rather than “カスト”? [duplicate]

I was watching Chuunibyou (might’ve been something else) and noticed that in the credits there was 「キャスト」written. I thought for a bit and figured it must be “cast”. But why would it be 「キャスト」 with a “...
0
votes
1answer
115 views

What is the best word choice for “cycle”?

In this poem, I want to say "...is the cycle of fall foliage", but I'm not sure if meguri is a good choice. I do not want to use katakana. 。。。は秋の葉の巡り(めぐり) By the way, I'm still learning this app. ...
2
votes
1answer
127 views

what あびて means?

Can someone tell me what "あびて" means? i'm trying to read japanese novel "ムーミン谷の冬" and there is sentence "でも, 月の光をあびて, 雪がきれいな青い色に光っていました." I think i understand everything else but not "あびて". Thank you ...
4
votes
1answer
584 views

What is the proper word for relationship?

What would be the correct way to say "restoration of a broken relationship"? Kankei seems a bit sterile in the line of this poem I'm writing. Kankei feels like I'm referring to the connection between ...
0
votes
1answer
148 views

Is Kanōsei a word?

I used Google translate and used the following translation provided by Google for 'possibly' in a letter I wrote 可能性もある kanōsei mo aru Later I tried looking up the word in the dictionary, and ...
0
votes
1answer
93 views

“I hate change”

How would you say "I hate change" in Japanese? I feel like 「私は変更を憎みます」 would just sound like a bad google translation.
3
votes
1answer
281 views

会いたかった : What does it mean?

I've an instagram friend who is far older than me. One day, he figured out that I lived near his house, then he commented this in my instagram post: あなたに会いたかった。 What does that mean? Did he want me ...
2
votes
1answer
128 views

What is the meaning of “私はと比較して何もしないよ彼”?

Does "私はと比較して何もしないよ彼" mean "I am nothing compared to him"? I've downloaded this manga wallpaper with the sentence "私はと比較して何もしないよ彼" written on it and "I am nothing compared to her (I changed it to ...
0
votes
0answers
51 views

Difference between は and が in the below case? [duplicate]

子どもが生まれます and 子どもは生まれます Both seems to have the same meaning !! while the text book that I'm using says that the former is correct . Why?
5
votes
1answer
288 views

How to say “vice versa” in Japanese?

I'm translating this: Duplicate question and answer type selection is not allowed, i.e. the question cannot contain the answer, and vice versa. as: 同じ質問と回答のタイプを選ぶのは許可されていません。 すなわち、...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

The usage of 比べて — without saying the thing being compared to?

I want to express: 'He is good at basketball. In comparison, she is less skilled.' My sentence is: 彼はバスケットボールで上手です。彼女は、比べて、下手です。 Is this correct? Please correct me for any errors I've made ...
1
vote
1answer
120 views

I'm trying to describe a bird hopping from branches to branches

Respected readers, I would very much appreciate your help for this problem, So, I want to say: 'These birds prefer hopping over flying, so normally you would see them hopping from branches to ...
2
votes
1answer
116 views

What words and/or phrases can you use in Japanese for story / storytelling / the art of telling a story?

I'm doing a project and coming up with the words rakugo, hanashi, sutōrīterā, kataribe, goribu for the same expression but am not sure on the differences of each saying and what the best term to use ...
1
vote
3answers
202 views

How can I say of a person that he or she has an open or closed personality?

How can I say of a person that he or she has an open or closed personality? Is there a standard adjective for that?
1
vote
2answers
414 views

Japanese phrase for “Eyes wide open in surprise”

So I'm a bit confused because I'm still learning Japanese, and I have learned there are shortened words or small phrases that take a lot more to say in English, so I was wondering if there is an ...
1
vote
2answers
126 views

いつ and とき how to tell when to use which

My book has one example of the use of the second one; こうこうのとき, いいがくせいでしたか which essentially is asking when you were in high school were you a good student though i am confused why こうこう instead of ...
2
votes
1answer
191 views

How to say “Custom order is available” in Japanese? [closed]

Can I say "Custom order for XXX is available. I am currently living in YYY. If you wish to order, please visit the following website." as the follows? XXXカスタマーオーダーOK!私は今YYに住んでいます。ご注文をご希望の場合は、...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

Particle の attached to relative time expression いつか

I think I know what it means nontheless the construction is pretty strange for my Indoeuropean mind. I heard it in a song and the line goes like this: いつかの風頬に触れて春を伝えるでしょう I think it says that ...
1
vote
0answers
117 views

Ideal way to learn Kanji [closed]

We all know that kanji is one of the biggest milestones when trying to learn Japanese. My question is, what is the best way you have found to learn new kanji and their various readings as a relatively ...