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Is there a Japanese equivalent to English's “'Can I go to the bathroom' vs. 'May I go to the bathroom'”? [closed]

Is there a Japanese equivalent to English's 'Can I go to the bathroom' vs. 'May I go to the bathroom'? You know, a disagreement over whether to use a phrase that feels correct(and I'd argue is correct)...
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How would you say someone's on a need-to-know basis?

何が英語の「need-to-know basis」の日本語訳なの? 私はよくない日本語だと、すみません。
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What's the 日本語 equivalent of saying “That's none of your business”?

What's the Japanese equivalent of saying "None of your business", or "None of your concern"?
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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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何が「The lady doth protest to much, methinks」の日本語の対等なの? [closed]

何が、ハムレットからの「The lady doth protest to much, methinks」の日本語の対等なの? 私の日本語はよくないなら、すみません。
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How to say “being under threat”

How would you naturally say that something is "under threat"? For example: The delivery is under threat The contract is under threat The agreed deadline is under threat There are verbs ...
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Japanese equivalent of saying to keep something to yourself?

What's the Japanese equivalent to saying for people to keep something to themselves? Like, "Keep your toilet humour to yourself," or something?
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Equivalent of saying “It breaks my heart”?

What's the Japanese equivalent of saying "It breaks my heart"?
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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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“Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes”

What is the Japanese equivalent of "Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes"?
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How would I ask a Japanese person for a translation or correction that isn't 1:1 with my English example?

Let's say, on a site like lang-8, I present the following string, hoping for native speakers to help me by correcting it. あー、あなたかな? And let's say in the "Native Language" section, I write this: Oh, ...
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How to say, I/you need [a] better [noun]?

もっと良いインターネットを要ります。 もっと良いインターネットが必要です。 The scenario being that either I have a crappy connection or a friend of mine has a crappy connection. Is either of those examples too literal for I need better ...
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What's the 日本語 equivalent of “Wipe them off the map”?

皆さん、こんばんは! What is the 日本語 equivalent of saying the semi-set-phrase(or whatever you call set-phrases with parts you can fill in) "Wipe them off the map"? Like when you say "North Korea knows that if ...
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Is it correct to say はい in this situation?

For example, let's say someone says いつでもいいよ! In English I would just simply say, "okay, sure, alright" just to tell the speaker I heard what they said. I initially thought to reply with はい but ...
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Proper term for “study”

If I form a group of people who plan to study photography together, and I want to name that group "Photography Study" or call it a "photography study group," what word should I use for "study" in both ...
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Phrases indicating time in the future

I was taught to use 未来 and 将来 to reference the future but after actually interacting with native speakers I've noticed that these words are not often used. I'd like to know how to express the ...
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How do you say “Are you sure?”

Lets say you ask someone 元気, and they reply 元気, but their facial expression and body language says somethings wrong. In this scenario what would the Japanese equivalent be to asking "Are you sure?" or ...
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How to say ,“Stand up for yourself” and “take advantage of”

I have a younger friend that I want to use these kind of expressions with, but don't know how to say it in Japanese. I want them to do their best and not have people take advantage of them. I feel ...
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For phrase, “For book owners.”

Is it right to say "本の持ち主のために。" or "本の所有者のために。"? I'm envisaging a situation where someone has done a simplified version of their book on the internet and it says "For book owners, see page 115 for ...
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Can 全部 be used like 「全部の月は忙しいですか?」

全部の月は忙しいですか? What that is supposed to say is: Will you be busy all month? But I feel that using 全部 in this way might mean all of the months in the year. So first, when talking about the entirely of ...
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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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How to speak about causing pain

tl;dr How do I say "You're hurting him"? Suppose I'm teaching a child how to care for a small pet. If the child holds the pet wrong, I can say "Stop that. You're hurting it". In English, this has two ...
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How can I ask if an English phrase is based on some Japanese phrase?

Sometimes I come across an English phrase that looks a bit odd, and I wonder if it's based on some Japanese phrase unbeknownst to me. Assuming that such a question would make sense, how can I ask an ...
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How does one affirm an appointment offered with 「どうですか?」?

For example: さざいさんのスケジュールはどうですか? How is [the proposed time for] Sazai's (your) schedule? The simple affirmation -- 「どうです」 -- seems wrong since 「どう」 is a question word.
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How to say “You are able to” or “You can do this”

Title says it all. I am looking for sentence structures that can convey this meaning.
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How to express that “something is not right” with a friendship

I'm a 1st year senior highschool student in Japan and have lived here for about two years. Sometimes when I'm with my friends they don't talk or look at me as if I don't exist and I ask myself if I ...
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Catch one's breath

Background: I climbed Mt. Fuji the other day and a Japanese coworker asked me if the altitude made the hike difficult. I wanted to say "The altitude didn't make it too difficult but there were times ...
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“One time wonder”

I told my teacher that I wanted to start writing something for each class so that I could practice the stuff I was learning. Something like a diary if you will. Jokingly, she asked me if I was going ...
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Is “ランタイム時” (runtime-time) acceptable?

I'm writing a manual, and needed to say something to the effect of "at runtime", as in "Some program debugging can only be performed (or is more efficient or accurate when performed) at runtime." (...
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Japanese equivalent of “I identify as X”

I'm looking for a way to express the feeling that sometimes comes up when the way you feel about yourself contrasts with surface-level observations about you. In English we have the "identify as" ...
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Sei Sei Sei chant

I just finished the manga, Goodnight Punpun Vol. 1 and I noticed several occasions within the work where a character crossed their arms and chanted "Sei". Could someone tell me the meaning of this ...
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How to say to “persuade into doing something”?

I am looking for a Japanese phrase or an idiom which could be used to describe a situation in which a person A persuades person B into doing something, not required for the person B, but beneficial to ...
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How to say “One day at a time” in romaji

Good Evening, I'm a beginner in Japanese and stack exchange. I'm probably going to ask you all very simple and phrase based questions, so I am happy to give any points or perks of appreciation that I ...
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Master suppression techniques

"Master suppression techniques" also known as "domination techniques" are defined as "ways to indirectly suppress and humiliate opponents". Master suppression techniques are defined as strategies ...
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Does 「私は緊張してです私の日本語学習ついて」 read properly?

I'm trying to say, "I'm nervous about learning Japanese" or "I'm nervous about my Japanese learning." Does 「私は緊張してです私の日本語学習ついて」 communicate that? If not, how should I communicate it?
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How do you say “a light read”?

What is a good way to say that a book is a light read? By that I mean writing that is basically created for entertainment, doesn't contain much drama and isn't particularly thought-provoking. ...
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How to say “100% virus free”?

In English we put the following phrases below software we want customers to download to put their mind at ease (for example, a neat weather app). ✓100% virus free ✓Contains no malware ✓Contains no ...
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How to say “plunge into (studies)”?

Please, could you help me to translate the phrase in bold in the following sentence? I have plunged into my studies.
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Natural way to ask what project/work someone has been doing lately

What is a natural way or ways to ask about what project(s) or work someone is doing lately at a job? In English I'd say: So what project have you been working on lately? So what have you been working ...
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“Strike while the iron is hot” - Japanese equivalent

Is there an equivalent expression in Japanese for "strike while the iron is hot"? I've seen a few questions on here with phrases and their equivalents. Does anybody know of a site where these are ...
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Apologizing with “sorry”

How would I say "Sorry, I don't understand" in Japanese? I know wakarimasen means I don't understand, but what's the equivalent of making it apologetic? Would it be something like wakarimasen ...
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A verb or noun for a 始発電車 arriving for passengers

Is there a name for a situation when a train departing from a source station (始発電車) arrives empty and waits for passengers? For example, is there a way to ask if the train is already waiting on a ...
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“Pour your heart out” in Japanese [closed]

How would you say "pour your heart out" in Japanese? Is there a phrase for this? As in "I poured my heart and soul out to you".
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How to ask someone to repeat what they said [duplicate]

A recurring problem I have in Japanese dialogue is when I can't quite hear what someone said, attempt to ask them something to the effect of "excuse me?" or "what was that?" only for them to rephrase ...
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A phrase for a capable person with a critical view of himself

I am looking for a word, idiom or a phrase to describe an attitude when someone is able to and often publicly makes fun of one's own deficiencies. Having an objective, critical, maybe even cynical ...
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How to express the phrase “overrated” or “over-…”

What is the natural way to express the concept of 'overrated'? For example "this actor is overrated". The nearest I can think of is この役者はこうひょうかすぎる。But I don't know if this is even grammatically ...
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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 is the phrase for “the amount of time for paid activities”?

It might vary from company to company. When we work as a part-time employee, most companies usually pay only for the time we work. It means that we don't get paid for the break time in between. For ...
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Indicating a lack of surprise

How do you indicate a lack of surprise at something? For example, in response to someone noting that Cyprus had given 12 points to Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest. I tried using "本当に?" ...
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How to say “Can I take a picture of / with you?”

If I'd like to take a picture with someone, how do I go about asking them? And also, if I want to take a picture of someone, how should I ask them? Would it be something like 写真を撮ってもいいですか?