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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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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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What is the function of the と particle in this sentence?

The text on which I found the following sentence is here: http://watanoc.com/post-1608-gozira So... There's a part where it says: 『すごく面白い』とネットで評判です So my question is what does the と particle do in ...
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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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How to write “Redhead Woman”?

1) Does this mean "redhead woman"? 赤毛の女性 I read that 女性 is quite formal and use more like "female". So is it possible to use it in this context or should I use another word for "woman"? 2) How to ...
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How to translate “ghosting” (the dating/social term)

I’m summarising a film for class and there’s a pivotal scene in which someone gets “ghosted” by their lover, but I’m not sure how this concept translates in Japanese. I could use a workaround (“she ...
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How to write a bulleted list in Japanese

What's the correct way to show a bulleted list of items in the Japanese language? Considering the fact that interpuncts are often used to seperate and idenity foreign words, I'm not sure of the ...
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How do I say “people like me”

It's for a daily affirmation. I don't mean people that behave like me which is what I keep getting when I search for a translation; I mean "people like me as a person". Do I just use 好き?
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Confirm if someone wants to do something

In English, you have some types of question formats such as: Do you want to reserve a meeting room? Is it correct that you want to ask about an employee? Is it correct that you are sad? With these ...
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How would I say “This place is Heaven on Earth”?

How would I say "This place is Heaven on Earth"? Would このところは地球上の天国です。 be correct?
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How do you express that you have a twin sister? [duplicate]

How do you say “I have a twin (older) sister”? I am still unsure how to introduce my twin.
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Asking for autograph politely

I am a big fan of badminton, especially the Japanese players like Kento Momota-san, and in a few months they will come to my country, and I would like to get some of them to sign their autograph in my ...
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Equivalent to “How to” in guides and the like

What is an equivalent expression to "How to" that is used when searching/referring to guides, especially online?
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Use of 全て(すべて)in a sentence

Would it be accurate to say: すべてが高かったので何も買いませんでした。 to mean "I did not buy anything because everything was expensive." Is the phrasing correct? And is the use of the particle ”が” accurate or should I ...
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How do you say “the” in japanese?

I kept seeing the word sono その but apperently it means "this". does anyone know what "the" is?
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How do you say “maybe next time when we visit japan” in japanese?

Someone jokingly asked for a present when I greet him happy birthday, and unfortunately he's in Japan and I'm in another country. How can I say: Sorry, maybe next time when we visit Japan again. ...
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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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How does 「あいつは意気地なんだと」 translate into “he's a coward”? [closed]

There's this sentence on Tatoeba: - According to her, he is a coward. For which the following translation was added: - 彼女に言わせれば、あいつは意気地なんだと。 The first part is clear to me (causative + conditional: ...
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How do you write “Lesson (number X)”?

For example, Lesson 19. Would it be: 1) 授業19 2) 十九番目の授業 Would I use 学課, instead of 授業? I'm a complete beginner, as well, I am literally starting from scratch, on my own. Regards.
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Is it possible to preserve the literary style of this English passage in Japanese by rearranging the prepositional phrases?

Given the following English: "A woman's torso, its skin a deathly purple, sat atop an immense arachnid thorax." It's possible to rearrange the prepositional phrases and still have a grammatically ...
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How to say “How long have you had this dream?”

Would it be correct to say: 「どのくらい夢がありましたか。」 I don't really know. This is for a Japanese assignment I have at school.
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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 ...
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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。分かりませんだけど。...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 (...
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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 ...
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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.
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 「...

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