Skip to main content

Questions tagged [phrase-requests]

Topics related to finding a phrase that fits a given context or meaning.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
10 votes
2 answers
499 views

Proportion and Rate

How do I form a sentence pattern for: The more/less X happens, the more/less Y happens E.g. The more you stir, the faster the salt dissolves. The colder the weather, the more ...
Flaw's user avatar
  • 20k
11 votes
1 answer
1k views

How to invoke God/spirits in Japanese

No, this is not about any Buddhist chant or mantra that can be used to call forth Japanese gods or heavenly spirits, but rather about any specialized words or interjections that attract attention of ...
Lukman's user avatar
  • 19.9k
5 votes
3 answers
26k views

How to say "no thank you, I don't want / need it"?

Sometimes I am offered something but because I'm just a beginner I don't know what verb they used. I know the proper way to say "no" is to answer with the negative form of the verb the other person ...
hippietrail's user avatar
  • 15.4k
17 votes
3 answers
17k views

How do you ask for "the bill" at a restaurant?

This is probably a bit of a silly question, but what do you say in Japanese when you're asking for the bill in a restaurant? Or is it unusual to say anything at all? When I was in Japan I could never ...
Kafka Fuura's user avatar
  • 1,660
16 votes
2 answers
3k views

How to say 'X, let alone Y' in Japanese?

How to say X, let alone Y in Japanese? For example, how would one translate: I don't know hiragana, let alone kanji. He couldn't boil water, let alone prepare a dinner for eight. I haven't enough ...
Philip Seyfi's user avatar
  • 1,517
8 votes
2 answers
9k views

Is there a form for "I have never heard of"?

Some examples of what I'm trying to convey: I have never heard that song before. I have never heard of Miyazawa Kenji I have never heard of that before? I've never heard of that store? What verb ...
Myeong's user avatar
  • 705
5 votes
3 answers
3k views

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"...
idlackage's user avatar
  • 1,015
5 votes
1 answer
2k views

Openings and Closings (Salutations and Valedictions) When Writing a Letter/E-mail

This question came to me because I am writing a personal thank-you letter to a friend's family who hosted me in their home over the holidays. What is the proper way to address the entire family? For ...
Andrew Kozak's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
195 views

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 ...
Newbie's user avatar
  • 2,141
14 votes
4 answers
2k views

Is はじめまして only suitable for the first contact?

When I'm contacting a colleague for the first time and we're communicating online, I can use はじめまして as part of my greeting. Likewise, if I'm meeting someone for the first time and it is an in-person ...
Troyen's user avatar
  • 3,237
10 votes
3 answers
8k views

How do you say "You have gotten better at X"?

I was just reminded on another site that "being good at something" is expressed as [上手]{じょうず}/[上手]{うま}い, not いい. How do you tell someone they "have gotten better at something"? Xさん, 料理することがもっと上手いですね。 ...
dotnetN00b's user avatar
  • 6,796
8 votes
5 answers
83k views

Question about supposedly a Japanese proverb

I came across to this sentence: The Japanese say you have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, ...
Jeremy's user avatar
  • 183
8 votes
3 answers
992 views

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?
himself's user avatar
  • 243
8 votes
2 answers
40k views

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 (...
Bazz Travers's user avatar
7 votes
4 answers
14k views

How to say, "things like"

If you want to say "things like" you can use とか、など、and し。 What if you don't want to list out several things. You want to say, "things like A." Then what do you do?
language hacker's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
7k views

How to express "X sounds like Y"

How can I express the idea that one word sounds like another? As a concrete example, I wanted to say, 「フライアー」sounds like 「fryer」. Looking in dictionaries (wadoku/jisho) for "sound like" turns up 「...
waldrumpus's user avatar
  • 1,019
5 votes
1 answer
1k views

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"?
Mork's user avatar
  • 51
5 votes
3 answers
6k views

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?
Charlie Brown's user avatar
5 votes
4 answers
4k views

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 ...
Lou's user avatar
  • 2,801
4 votes
4 answers
17k views

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 ...
hippietrail's user avatar
  • 15.4k
3 votes
2 answers
901 views

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 ...
yuki's user avatar
  • 51
0 votes
2 answers
200 views

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 ...
arsarc's user avatar
  • 149