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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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Describing computers as 'fast' or powerful'

When describing a computer as 'fast' or 'powerful' what are the right adjectives to use Can I use these adjectives respectively, or do I have to use something else for computers? 強力な 速い
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Past tense when noun clause is in the middle of the sentence

For this sentence, how does past tense apply with noun clauses Mr Suzuki was writer who wanted to live near the forest Do I say 鈴木さんは森林の近くに住みたい作家でした。 or 鈴木さんは森林の近くに住みたかった作家でした。
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How to say 'possessed' as in haunted by a ghost

Could I say these sentences this way? Hanako was possessed by a ghost. 花子さんは幽霊に憑依されました。 A ghost possessed Hanako 幽霊は花子さんを憑依しました。
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Translating the phrase "Says the guy who..." into Japanese

I got curious thinking about this. Is there any phrase that conveys the same idea/feeling as the English phrase "says the guy who [...]!" For example: "You should stop watching TV all ...
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How do you translate, "Please take this (gift) as a token of my gratitude / appreciation"?

Please take this as a token of my gratitude. As an attempt, I have 「感謝を表現するのために、はいどうぞ!」(casual) Is this correct? If so, is there a more literal yet still natural way to translate it?
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What is the difference between デービッド and デイビット for a name, is it purely the sound?

Many online Katakana generators will create デービッド for the name David but looking at some texts you'll see デイビット. Is there a difference to how the name is being used, e.g. in a sentence, or is it ...
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How to say, "You call this toy an 'X'?"

(I hope to never be this rude to someone by saying such a phrase.) Context: I would like to use it as a caption for a piece of art for a game, where a character unlocks a type of weapon after a ...
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How do you talk about a word or phrase itself?

Basically, I want to know how to talk about the meta properties of a word or phrase while mentioning said word or phrase in the same sentence. Maybe って is somehow involved, but I don't know even know ...
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How to naturally say "I did X when I should have done Y"

If I want to say, for example" I used the "write" kanji when I should have used the "draw" kanji. Do I say it like this, or is there a better way? 「描く」の漢字を使ったほうがいい時、「書く」...
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Can I use this name since it is the same?

My name is Annaka. There is a city in Japan called 安中 (Annaka) spelled and sounds the exact same way. Can I use “安中” to refer to myself? If not, what variation could I use?
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How to say 'working late' for a salaried job

If you work at a salaried job and you want to say "I'm working late today" Can you say 今日、遅く働いています 今日、残業しています or do you say it another way?
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are たときに and たら equivalent?

I was trying to say I'll give you a chance when I learn to love again I thought that I have to say something like 再び愛することを学んだら...何かする because that time of learn how to love again will come for ...
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verb+方 particle rules when preceded by more than one noun

When using verb+方, does the rule of converting a に or を particle to の only apply to noun closest to verb+方 or does it apply farther? For example, if I want to say I want to know how to turn a ...
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Can 痛み also refer to emotional pain?

Does 痛み only refer to physical pain or can it also mean emotional pain? Could I use it to say something like "What's wrong?" どうしたんですか? "I failed the exam. I'm embarrassed and scared.&...
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Is an English "uppercase letters puzzle" possible in the Japanese language?

I was playing a game that the main character reads mails that have some uppercase letters in the middle of words. These uppercase letters by the end of a mail will form a number spelled out. See a toy ...
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'To do a great right do a little wrong' (Shakespeare). 日本語は? [closed]

I'm trying to translate the following quote: To do a great right do a little wrong --Shakespeare I came up with this: 偉大な正義にすると、些細な不正をすることだ。 But I'm not quite sure, any advice is appreciated.
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Can 演奏する also mean play back a recording

I looked up as 演奏する meaning to play (a song). Does it only mean play a song as in 'perform' a song or can it also mean play as in play back a recording? Would this be valid? 運動する時、「その血の運命」を演奏するのが好きです。...
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Why is it difficult to say "Why am I not a [noun]?"

I was attempting to translate "Why am I not a fish with legs?" into Japanese, and the Japanese speakers I asked said they couldn't find a way to get it to sound natural. (Of course, this ...
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Are で and に particles interchangeable when using them with 乗ります and 降ります verbs?

I'm reading a book that translates these two sentences as following: スミスさんは東京駅で電車に乗ります。-> Mr. Smith will get on the train at Tokyo Station. スミスさんは新宿駅で電車を降ります。-> Mr. Smith will get off the train ...
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勝負 being used with あげる、もらう、くれる

Is it possible to use 勝負 with あげる、もらう、くれる? ex. "I'll give you this match." (Give the win) Also, can 勝負 be used in place of a physical videogame?
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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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