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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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Expressing a mild preference

I'm wondering how to express a very mild preference towards an option when being offered several choices in a conversation (e.g. when arranging a meeting time with a colleague). I am familiar with ...
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Is there a Japanese word for “area with a collection of izakaya stalls or booths”?

I know that the traditional Japanese style pubs that serve food as well as drinks are called "居酒屋". But once a few years ago in Yamagata city, and last night here in Kagoshima city, I ended up in a ...
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Greetings to use in email enquiries

As a potential customer, how should I start and end an email if I am emailing a business, for example, to ask about a product? How should I introduce myself? Would I need to use 謙譲語 and 尊敬語? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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In Japanese, how do you say you will skip ahead past one section for time's sake while reading aloud to an audience?

How do you succinctly say that you are going to skip ahead past the next section or paragraph for time's sake and tell the audience which spot you are picking up again when reading a paper aloud at an ...
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Politely asking to stay at someone's home? お邪魔させてもらう、泊めてもらう、or 滞在させてもらう?

Which of the following is the most polite? Is any of them incorrect? Is there a more standard way to ask someone if you could stay with them while in town? ~ 8日から9日まで、あなたのお宅にお邪魔させてもらえませんか。 ~ ...
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Distinction between “not everyone” and “no-one”

I recently learnt that だれも means "everyone" with an affirmative verb and "no-one" with a negative verb. So, the literal translation of the Japanese "No-one is here" would be "Everyone is not here". ...
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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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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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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 that something is like nothing or not comparable to other?

How can I say that something is not comparable, or "nothing" in comparison to the other? For example, in case of two rivals in a battle: Comparing to my power level, your power level is ...
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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 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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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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Appropriate “wishes” for pregnancy

What is the appropriate way to express your best wishes to a woman who is having a baby? (This is for a colleague, if there are different ways depending on different contexts please explain those, ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Cartel, syndicate, anti-competitive practice

I've heard this story from several foreigners in Japan: I hired Japanese Company A for a service. I didn't like Japanese Company A, so I went to Japanese Company B in the same industry and tried to ...
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How do you say “I already can tell (understand) X”?

I want to say the equivalent of I can already tell (understand) that game X is (going to be) harder than game Y. For instance, I've already beat game Y. And even though I've only just started ...
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How do you say “beware the cats” in Japanese?

The Italians have the famous phrase "Attenti ai gatti". Is there something similar in Japan? Would be good to have both the kanji and kana versions, since I am still a beginner. I can work out the ...
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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 “I worked for [X company].”?

The context is you're casually telling a person where you've worked in the past. I was thinking something like: IBMで働いた or IBMで仕事した. But it didn't seem right. In English, the conversation would go ...
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How to get clarification in Japanese

I sometimes find that when Japanese answer my questions, their answers are too vague. For instance, I asked what つなぎ is in a given context. A Japanese person told me it is 作業着の種類, "a type of work ...
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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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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 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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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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What is the Japanese wording for unsheathing a sword (katana) for about half an inch with your thumb?

I know that "tsuba" is the handguard that you use to push katana out of its scabbard and "nuke to" means to draw a sword I think. I'm curious how would you say/write down "...
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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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“Automatic Doors Don't Open For Him”

I remember hearing this idiom which meant someone was so lowly, they were not even considered a person. I don't know the source, but remember it was referred to as a 'common Japanese idiom'. ...
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Is there a Japanese phrase equivalent to “crisis of faith”

I am wondering if there is a way to describe this concept in Japanese, or an equivalent phrase. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crisis_of_faith it is a mostly western concept (if you ...
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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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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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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 “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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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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前 or 後 when placing an event in temporal reference to “now”

Consider this phrase:  今は(event)二十分前です。 Deconstruction of the above phrase yields: Now is twenty minutes before (event). (Q1) Can I reconstruct the statement using 後 in this manner?:  今は後で(event)...
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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 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 ...