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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? ...
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How to thank somebody for their hospitality?

Having been on the receiving end of Japanese hospitality quite a bit in the past week, I'd like to know the best way to thank people for it in Japanese. I've found several words for "hospitality" but ...
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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 a term for Japanese characters as a whole?

There are kanji, katakana and hiragana, but is there a native word or phrase for the union of these sets?
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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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Can “yee ka ka desu ka” mean “how are you?”

I was learning Japanese a few years ago and a phrase I picked up (I think from the Pimsleur program) was "Yee ka ka desu ka" (or maybe the "Yee" was written as "ii" to pronounce as a short form of "ee"...
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How to say “You are lying!”

How do I say "You are lying!" in a joking way? Can I say: 嘘{うそ}だよ or is there a friendlier way to say it?
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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 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 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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Other than はじめまして, what can we say in our introduction?

Other than はじめまして, what else can we say at the beginning of our introduction when meeting someone for the first time? Also, what else do we need to say when introducing ourselves other than our name ...
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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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How would you say “for all I know” using 限り/限る in Japanese?

The best I can think of is 僕が知る限り + fact + とは限らない. Does this work, are there better alternatives?
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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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What is going to ask my boss? [closed]

The chairman of the company I work is coming to greet us in an "informal situation". And maybe i have a few moments to introduce myself for the first time and speak to him. He is japanese and i would ...
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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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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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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 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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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 to correct myself or somebody else when speaking

For example, if I were in a situation where I said something and it was misunderstood (maybe because of bad Japanese), what would be the best way to attempt to correct myself? In English one could say,...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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, ...
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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, ...