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How to say that something is like nothing or not comparable to other?

how can I say that something is like nothing or not comparable to other? For example, in case of two rivals in a battle: "Comparing to my power level, your power level is nothing!" 「 貴様{きさま}のパワーさは、...
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What is the word or set-phrases of “grinding/grindy gameplay” as opposed to “power-leveling” in formal/informal Japanese

Background: Japanese online games are known for its grinding process while people often find a way to "power-level" in a certain way so that they can bypass the 'grindy process'. I have difficulties ...
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How do I say “put my foot down”?

I want to say that I have had enough, put my foot down. It's time to put my foot down, do not start again. I am putting my foot down, on the unannounced visits. It is time to put my foot down, with ...
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How do you translate “Bavarian Bierkeller” into natural Japanese rendition? (and more)

Here is what I think the translation of Bavarian Bierkeller: 1.Bavarian => Bayerische (German) = Of or relating to or characteristic of Bavaria or its people. バイエルン (translated from German - ...
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How to say - Fine, don't listen to me

I have been wondering about this for quite some time. Let's say you are having an argument with someone. Perhaps it goes something like this, A: If we do things your way, we are going to have ...
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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 ...
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Welcoming museum guests

I have began working at a museum in which we receive many Japanese tourists. I have minimal experience in the Japanese language and am looking for a phrase I can use to welcome guests after they have ...
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How to ask if someone wants to continue farming a boss in game / Interrupt to leave

My attempt at both: A: ボスと戦い直したいか? Do you want to keep going? (Fight the boss again?) B: ちょっと・・・ Well... (I don't think I can) But if I have to leave because of an emergency or about to go ...
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In need of two “triumphant” Japanese phrases

I have two Gyotaku being made and want to put a japanese phrase on each. I know "Carpe Diem" isn't something that would be used much. I went deep sea fishing and caught two fish. I was very sea sick ...
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How to say “here and now”, I mean being present in this very moment.

It is connected with buddhism, much is told about living here and now, so I guess there must be some kanji or a special phrase for describing that. Would really appreciate your help!!!
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How would you reply to 'よかったら'?

I always assumed you would reply to a phrase containing よかったら with はい or いい but is that correct? If so, which sounds more natural? For example, if someone were to say "よかったら、英語を教えて欲しい" to you, how ...
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How can I say “I want one of each kind” in Japanese?

I remember a trip I did to Japan (it's a magical place) back in 2007 when my Japanese was not as rusty as it is now. In Kyoto I had the chance to buy a meron pan from a stall in a park. The fact is, ...
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Why isn't the verb “to have” common in Japanese and how do people phrase things without using it?

In any previous language I have studied (mostly European languages), the verb "to have" is always one of the top 5 most common verbs alongside others like to be, to go, to come, etc. In Japanese, this ...
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How to say “horns up”?

"Horns up" is a metalhead phrase relating to the hand gesture commonly used by those in the scene. I am not literate in the language, this question relates to a particular segment in a collection of ...
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How to express the “Bias for action” concept

I was wondering how could someone express the idea of "Bias for action", especially in the sense of it being a specific character trait for someone. Here is a succinct description of what I mean with ...
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Trying to figure out how to say: 'He just wants to be held'

Alright so I'm trying to translate this sentence and I've found so much conflicting stuff I'm unsure of what's right. Also trying to figure out how to put two verbs in the same sentence, so here's ...
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Asking a business contact to make a request on my behalf?

I am helping to plan an event featuring the work of a Japanese artist. I'm speaking to his representative, and would like to ask the question, Can you ask (name) if he would be willing to write a ...
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Saying “Remember you're still alive”

I'd like to know how you say Remember that you're still alive... I found this あなたはまだ生きていることを忘れないでください with the meaning of Don't forget that you're still alive. It's not strictly necessary the ...
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Alternatives to 「…」というラベルが付けられている

As I understand it, the phrase 「…」というラベルが付けられているもの literally translates to something like 'a thing with a label reading "..." attached to it'. Unlike in English, there is no verb equivalent to '...
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How to thank a group of co-workers for their hospitality?

The company I work for has an office in Japan, and they've hosted me for a couple of weeks. When that time comes to an end I'd like to thank them for hosting me and making me feel welcomed. What would ...
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How to ask a “would/could you ever” question?

Let's say you want to ask a sort of reverse hypothetical question, in which you don't construct a scenario, but rather you define the result, and ask the listener if they can imagine any scenario that ...
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Standard phrases to use in presentation speech

I'm going to speak a short foreword in a conference attended by Japanese guests, so I'm looking for standard phrases (as usually there are) to connect the sentences. I tried to translate them ...
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How would you say “I'm so confused”

Just wondering how you would say "I'm so confused" or just, "I'm confused", for context it (if needed) would be for deciding something, if someone couldn't decide what they wanted, what would be the ...
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How to say “one” as in “anybody in general.”

In English, it is not uncommon to come across a sentence such as "One's outlook on life depends on one's personal experience." In this case, "one" is referring to people in general. So the above ...
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What verb should I use for “match”? E.g. Please match the answers

I'm writing some instructions on a worksheet, and I want to translate the English instructions into Japanese. I'm trying to say something along the lines of Please match the genre in English to ...
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How do you say “That, or” in a nice way

In English you say, e.g. This restaurant seems to be very popular. That, or everybody just wants to use the toilets, which seem to be free. The thing is, I already complete the sentence, and then ...
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Which is the most correct Kanji Compound equivalent to 'aji mumpung' or 'being opportunist'? (オポチュニスト、便乗主義者、日和見主義者、御都合主義者 and 利己主義者)

Context: I read an article here and stumbled over an interesting kanji compound, i.e.: 便乗主義者 - or オポチュニスト (according to this) Meaning: しばしば倫理に反する手段で、可能性のある利益の状況で目前の利益を取るさま. In Bahasa Indonesia, ...
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Is there another cheering phase to say rather than 頑張って?

I usually followed several Japanese actors on SNS. Sometime when they have an audition, people usually cheer them by commenting "頑張って/頑張ってください". However, I learned that some of them doesn't really ...
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How would you say “especially if~” in japanese?

For example, what would be a natural way of expressing a sentence like the following: I like to go on walks, especially if it’s raining.
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Expressing hope for other people to do/be/have something

I'm wondering if there is a specific construction, or certain constructions, to express the hope, wish, or desire that other people do/be/have etc something; i.e. the subjunctive (even though I haven'...
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How do you say that you have/do not have a body part

For example, someone who was born without an arm, or has an extra leg and wants to be able to express this in words. Or perhaps in a fantasy setting have retractable wings, and wants to tell people ...
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What is the word for “to furrow” in terms of eyebrows?

Trying to say "her eyebrows furrowed" but cannot find the right expression. I recall there being a similar expression (which warranted a different English translation), but can't remember what it was.....
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How to say “Tough guy”

I'm looking for slang that means something like "tough guy" in a complimentary way. If someone did something awesome like fight off a robber or save someone, to the point where women envy him and men ...
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How to make this more natural sounding?

I want to say "I was looking for happiness in things that held none" (in the context of consumerism), so I'm saying "幸せがない物に、幸せを探してたんだ。" Is there a better, more natural sounding way to say this?
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How do you say “If only things were different”?

Context: Bob is angry that event X happened today. A series of unfortunate events throughout his life led up to this crappy day, and thus he thinks to himself, "if only things were different". How do ...
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How to say “unwanted” in terms of a person being unwanted

Trying to say something like this line: I am not wanted. But for all the Japanese language likes skipping subjects and topics, I can't seem to find an equivalent for this case--it seems like the ...
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How do you say “what do you care?” in japanese?

How do you say "what do you care?" in japanese, as if you were telling someone not to interfere in someone else's business in a harsh way to tell him so?
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How can I explain about someone who is beside without saying their name for example “he likes to eat fruits”

Is it possible for me to use あの人は その人は この人は to address somebody (instead of using their name) who is beside me because i'm doing a presentation and i'm required to describe somebody but that person ...
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something goes well/poorly/etc

How can we say something "goes" as in goes a certain way? I know you can say 上手く行くor順調に行くto say something goes well, but does "行く" also work if we're talking about things going poorly or just the way ...
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“What about X?”, one more meaning

In English I can say "what about X?" to mean "why did you mention X?", "what were you going to say about X?", "what does it have to do with X?" and so on. How can I ask the same thing in japanese? ...
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How would you say “Music I Like”? (Using Nouns In Relative-Clauses)

Given that Japanese uses a noun to express that something is liked, how would you use it in relative clause? I was trying to write "Touhou Music I Like" in Japanese for a YouTube playlist, but ...
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How do you say “thank you” for work that is good for the community?

I remember a Japanese student using a specific phrase for thanking a person for work for the good of the community - like cleaning up the common area of the dorm. Seemed like and idiom. Does anyone ...
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Japanese term for weight gained in a loving relationship?

I came across this phrase in reading a few weeks ago, and can't for the life of me find the note I made on it. It refers to plumpness in a positive sense, reaching a comfortable state of gained ...
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How do you say 'close' as in a close contest?

When I play sports in Japan I hear おしい!a lot when for example a shot is almost in, but just out, or if you just about lose a closely contested point or game. Is there a way to say a match or game ...
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What is the Japanese equivalent of “at the back of one's mind”?

In the context of one being aware of something deep down but choosing to ignore it or lie about it to themselves. Example sentence: At the back of his mind he knew that his words would never reach ...
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Phrase like “sth is love sth is life” [closed]

I was just wondering if anything like the english expression "sth is love, sth is life" exists in japanese. Preferably as close as it gets to the english wording. Edit It seems like my question wasn'...
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How do you say (something) 'could be'/'might be' the cause/reason for a certain effect/situation?

I was searching for a way to say something like the following: "I think that's why he was crying." I remember かもね or simply かも being used to suggest something 'could be'/'might be', but I'm not sure ...
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How to express that I'm still learning Japanese?

Sometimes I get to talk with Japanese users on social media sites and one thing that I say to them quite a lot is: "Please forgive my Japanese, I'm still learning" or "it's not very good". I just ...
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Japanese equivalent of “caught red handed”?

Is there a colloquial phrase in Japanese that would be the same as or similar in meaning to the English phrase "caught red handed"?
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What to say to in-law when their spouse has passed away

What would one say to their mother/father/brother/sister-in-law when their spouse has passed away? 「ご愁傷様でございます」「心からお悔やみ申し上げます」, which are the phrases one typically uses to convey their condolences, ...