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How do you say “the audio says…”

Because I suspect 音声は〇〇と言う is wrong.
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My notebook is almost full

So I was trying to ask for a new notebook at my office, I wanted to say that my notebook is almost full, so I need a new one. I ended up saying 私のノートはページがあまり残っていませんので、新しいノートをお願いします。 But I don't know ...
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How to ask someone if it is okay to do something?

I often find myself wanting to ask if I can do something ie. "Is it okay if I ask you a question?" or "Can I switch seats with you?" Along those lines. I'm not sure if this is ...
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ないと attached to a verb

I know that 頑張らないと would mean "I have to work hard" (as if I am forced to work hard). What if I see someone (my friend) working hard and I am motivated to work hard too. In this case, would 頑張らないと or ...
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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 the difference between the words 状態 and 状況?

Actually, I want to write an email to a person asking about her current situation in life, understanding by "situation" if she got married, if she changed companies, if she's happy, etc. I remember ...
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Correct way to say “I only see you as a friend”

How does one say "I only see you as a friend" in Japanese? Literal translation would give 友達だけとして見ます, but the 見ます part seems awfully wrong.
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Losing concentration

During some kind of repetitive task which doesn't involve thinking, I lost my concentration and forgot what I was doing. When I told someone about this I said 途中でぼけてしまった but I wonder if that is the ...
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How to say “trying to get someone to look at something”

What is a good way to express the idea of "trying to get someone to look at something", for example "She's trying to get me to look at her". I tried typing this into Google Translate and got this: ...
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How do I apologize for my bad Japanese?

I am writing a short letter in Japanese. I will doubtless make many mistakes. What is a nice way to acknowledge this to the recipient? I apologise for using the forum incorrectly. With the help of ...
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What does しゅごい mean?

I'm reading a manga and I can't for the life of me figure out what this phrase is supposed to mean; I've never seen it before.
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How would you ask “What makes your mouth water?” in Japanese?

I want to ask "What makes your mouth water?" in Japanese, but I'm not quite sure what is the right way. I was thinking of saying: あなたは何でよだれが出る?
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How to say “turn around!” in Japanese?

How do you order someone to turn around in a direct and forceful manner, like the way a police officer or soldier would say? Thank you.
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Japanese idiom for “don’t get your meat where you get your bread”?

There is an idiomatic expression in Portuguese: Onde se ganha o pão não se come a carne Literally, it would translate to "where one earns their bread one does not eat the meat" and it relates to a ...
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How to message or mail to teacher for making a appointment? [closed]

I need to send a message to my teacher for asking an appointment. But I don't know how to. He is gonna check my homework tomorrow and he wants a message. > 先生こんにちは。 作文をチェックのために7日に予約したいです。 ...
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How to ask if a connection/relationship exists between two things

I would like to ask if there is a connection or relationship between two different parts. For example, would this be an appropriate way of asking "Is there any connection between the two compilations/...
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How can I say “even today” or “even now”?

I would like to say "even today" or "even now". I want to talk about Japanese culture and customs. Would it be something like: 今日まで日本の中でたくさんしゅうかんで、文化があります。 I want it so say something like "even ...
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Way of the bicycle

I'm a karate-do practitioner. And I love the meaning of DO (way). I'm building a cyclist group. And I want to call it "The way of two wheels". Does it make sense to call it Niwa-Do?
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Is there an equivalent phrase for “(enjoyed it) as much as we did”?

When sending a thank you message to a friend that showed me and my family around in her country, I wrote something along the lines of We had as much fun as we did thanks to you. Later when I was ...
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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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How do you say “only to find out” in Japanese

I’m trying to connect two sentences with the phrase “only to find out” / “only to discover”
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How to say “to cause a problem” in japanese?

I wonder if there usual/fixed phrase to say "to cause a problem"? I find self-made 問題を起こす to be inappropriate/unnatural in some way...
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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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Order of sentence's parts in building sad-mooded rhetorical question

太陽を最後に我々は見たのはいつだ? literally: The Sun last time we saw-state when are? meaning: When did we last time saw the Sun, f**k!? context: it is a sad rhetorical question about bad rainy weather. It is not a ...
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What's the ultra-polite way to invite someone to do something?

While reading What's the polite way to invite someone to do something?, I noticed that many of the comments/answers talk about how things are polite enough for an online chat service. Well, I'm ...
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Understanding grammar and translation of 入出国 in followng sentence

すでに入出国の記録も抹消するよう、 手配してあります。 I know that verbs, nouns, and adjectives can qualify nouns in Japanese via qualifying phrases, and I'm assuming that's what's going on with '入出国'. Broken down, the ...
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How to say unpredictable in Japanese

I'd like to say "I like anime because its unpredictable". I found out through searching online that ありきたり translates to predictable, however I'm not sure if this is correct. My entire sentence: ...
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japanese equivalent of “Mmmm” as in “Mmmm I like that!” or “Mmmm, delicious”

in other words, "Mmmm" used as a tone of appreciation or approbation, NOT of deliberation as in "Mmmm, let me think about that" thanx
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How do I say ''Idle animation'' in Japanese?

I want to know how to say the term ''idle animation'' in Japanese. It's what a character from a videogame does when standing still for too long. Ex: Sonic. I have seen people in twitter use ''...
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Unknown Japanese saying: 世に孵ることを拒む卵はなく、 芽吹くことを拒む種子もあり得ない

I'm having some issues translating the first part (bolded) of this metaphor/saying(?) into English. 世に孵ることを拒む卵はなく、 芽吹くことを拒む種子もあり得ない. How does the verb 孵る work on the こと part of the sentence, and ...
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How can I express sentences like “How long is …” or “How old is … ” or “How convenient is …” etc.?

I want to know if there's a grammar structure that can be used when you want to know the extent of an adjective. E.g. 会長は若いね >> How young is he? この映画はとっても長いよ! >> How long is it? たきくんは遅れてしまいました。 >> ...
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What's the polite way to invite someone to do something?

For example: "If you want to practice English, feel free/you are welcome to message me". How do you carry the nuance of "you are welcome to but don't feel obliged?" If I said 英語を練習したいならメッセージしてください ...
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How to politely and indirectly tell someone they forgot to do something?

Let's say someone who's above me, like a teacher or a boss, forgot to do something. How would I notify them without being rude? I only know the basic "~するのを忘れました"(though I'm not even sure if that's ...
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How to express that somebody apologized on behalf of somebody else

To help describe my issue, let's imagine following situation: A foreigner comes to Japan. He is in the company of a native Japanese person. Suppose they are friends. During the day, the foreigner ...
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What do you say when you want to reject a gift without offending anyone?

If you are offered something that you don't want, what do you say to reject it politely?
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How to say “See you soon” when meeting up with someone

I'm just wondering a simple way to say "See you soon" when the context is that you are talking to your friend remotely (via phone/messaging) and you plan to meet up with them in the very near future (...
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How do you say 'around', as in “Walk around Lake Burley Griffin”

I have looked into it, but I can't find the answer. When I say 'around', I mean walking along the perimeter of the lake and returning to the same place we started at. Google Translate says that it is ...
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Saying “I have no need for 'that'” ('that = insert any phrase') in three different circumstances and in various degree of politeness

Situation1: My close friends offer me 'something' that of no use for me. So I want to reject it by saying 'I have no need for 'that'. (Situation 1-1: I want to sound really rude to my close friend as ...
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My Teacher just had a baby, how do I congratulate her

My Japanese teacher just gave birth and our long-term sub is having us make cards to congratulate her, we need to write something in Japanese, and I want to write something different than what she ...
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Is there a natural Japanese phrase for “your heart’s in the right place”?

Is there a natural Japanese phrase for “your heart’s in the right place”? This phrase is used in situations where you mean well but your actions come across harsh or misguided. For example, a strict ...
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How do you say “in time”?

I wanted to tell someone to escape so they don't waste their time waiting for me to beat a boss. (When their death timer reaches 0, they don't get credit for beating the boss, and my dps is slow...) ...
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Japanese idiom equivalent to “that ship has sailed”

What is the closest expression in Japanese that conveys a similar meaning to the English idiom "that ship has sailed", referring to an "missed opportunity" and "it's too late (to do anything about it)"...
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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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Want to say something like “I will work here in the replacement of XYZ-さん”

I'm in a situation where one person left the company so I will work as his replacement. I am new to the place so I want to tell the client through mail and orally that "I will work instead of / in ...
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How to make requests not to do something in reported speech? [duplicate]

Specifically in the sentence: “A guide asked us not to touch the exhibits during the excursion”. Do we use 〜て/でください as if we are saying “don’t touch this” or do we simply put a negative form and then ...
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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 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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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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