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 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 wished 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 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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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."...
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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 ...
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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。
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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。
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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"~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 this page: Times The particle ni is usually used with times: Go-ji ni kaerimasu(...
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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 “...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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What is the proper word for relationship?

What would be the correct way to say "restoration of a broken relationship"? 関係 seems a bit sterile in the line of this poem I'm writing. 関係 feels like I'm referring to the connection ...
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How to say "When is the last bus to X"

I was just wondering how to properly ask when the last bus to somewhere is. Could you say (using Tokyo, for example) When is the last bus to Tokyo? 東京 に 終バス は 何時ですか Tōkyō ni shū basu wa nanji ...
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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 ...
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"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.
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