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Japanese to English translation help! [on hold]

I was listening to a Japanese song and I came across this sentence: 春が来るまで , How would you translate it? Thanks in advance
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Is 選ばれし者 a grammatically correct translation of “The Chosen One”?

I have frequently seen 選ばれし者 used as a translation for the English phrase "The Chosen One". I know that し is the 連体形 of the auxiliary verb き which, quoting from デジタル大辞泉, is used when expressing things ...
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Translating あくまで一応ですけどね

Translators say: あくまで means: doggedly、insistently、persistently、stubbornly、to the bitter end、to the end、to the last、to the utmost 一応 means: tentatively、for the time being、in outline、just in case、once、...
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What does the で do in this phrase?

I'm trying to translate this phrase: 「全ての生物をブッチ切りで超越したのだ!。」 which I believe roughly comes out to be: "I have surpassed all living beings!" My question is: how is で used in this sentence? It is ...
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These characters were in series I watched and I'd like to know what they mean. Any clue? [on hold]

Already tried with jisho.org but I'm having a hard time cause it's an image of drawn characters.
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How is しかたない an opinion about a product feature?

I have done my best to research the meaning of しかたない and I have discovered "It can't be helped", "It is unavoidable" and "Oh well". These are all expressions of resignation in the face of ...
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Subject and extra information

I'm learning Japanese on Duolingo. I was wondering: 学校は日本にあります means 'The school is in Japan' What is the difference between 学校は日本にあります and the Japanese translation of 'There is a school in Japan'? ...
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Value-augmenting なれば

The following quote is from this article. 神苑にこれほどの梅が植えられたのも、そんなふうに訪れる人々の憩いになればという思いから。 I wonder what になれば means here. What value does it bring over having simply になる?
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why has 当り前 been translated as “must-be” here?

For a research project I am trying to understand a paper that originally appeared in Japanese and that also has an official English translation. In the original, 当り前 appears. In the official ...
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Trying to understand what does 見え mean in this short sentence

I'm new to japanese and I'm having a hard time trying to figure what "彼女のいう天使に見え" means. I don't know if the correct interpretation is either "She looked like an angel" or "She saw an angel". I'm ...
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What is the difference between なさいます and いたします?

お飲み物はどうなさいますか。 お飲み物はどういたしますか。 I can't understand how one might be used instead of the other.
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Is 訴え連日通い a single word? If not, why no particles in between?

I'm reading イン. ザ. プール, where I found the following clause in one of its lines: 身体の不調を訴え連日通いつめる和雄 I roughly translated it to "Kazuo who strictly complains about his bad health on a daily basis." ...
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Implied particles in the lyrics “桜咲いてひとひら / 秘めた想い預けて”

The lyrics are from this song (lyrics are in tab in the main info box.) I am pretty sure that 秘めた想い預けて = 秘めた想い[を]預けて in this context. But I'm not so sure how to understand the lyrics as a whole. ...
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What does どうかじゃない mean?

I get that どうか alone means something along the lines of "please", but what happens when you add じゃない as a suffix? I've seen this being used before but I can't quite place my finger on what it might ...
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What does 話 mean here?

キノック 「なあ アーロン この10年 なにをしていた? アーロン 「作戦が始まる そんな話はいいだろう キノック 「どうせ失敗する作戦だ 「少しでも長く夢を見させてやるさ It's from the game Final Fantasy X, the scene before Operation Mi'ihen. It's the operation to destroy ...
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Is やなこった just 嫌な子, or does it mean something as a whole?

Another phrase from 犬夜叉 that is puzzling me is やなこった. Apparently it means something as there is a quite lot of results on the interwebz. They are not much of a help though. I saw it in a comic, where ...
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Can どれ mean plain what/who without selection? [duplicate]

In a comic book (犬夜叉) I found a plain どれ… in a situation when a person sees that something bad happened. Somebody got injured and the spectator apparently asks, who could have possibly done this. ...
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無謀とも言えるその計画に (Reckless can be said that plan to)

I have seen the above construction only twice online, but it sounds like one of those sentences where the word order has been moved around in order to give it maybe a Shakespearean effect, or samurai ...
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Which sentence is grammatically correct?

I'm unsure how to write the sentence "That (near you) is a pencil." in Japanese. Is it "Sono pen wa desu." or "Sore wa pen desu." ? Or are both of them right/wrong? I'm a beginner so I can only read ...
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Does 特別に戦 mean 'special battle' or 'specially battle'?

特別に戦が神 (とくべつに いくさが かみ) I think placing に after とくべつ makes it into an adverb, right? However, I'm having a lot of trouble working out whether it means 'especially' or 'specially' or just 'special'. (...
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彼は瞳をキラキラさせながら言った。

I think that it is "He said with shining eyes", but what a word "させ"? Why "させ+ながら"? Why not "しながら"?
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How to say “to work for”

I would like to say "I work for" company X. I have found two ways of saying that: 仕える -> company-name に仕える 勤める -> company-name に勤める But I can't find which one is correct or where to correctly use ...
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Dealing with paragraphs when translating Japanese literature

So I would like to translate a Japanese book into an Indo-European language (specifically, Russian) and I'm really not sure how to deal with the paragraph structure. As you may know, Japanese ...
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Do 最愛の人 and ダーリン mean the same thing?

I looked up for the word "darling" and got two different answers and I just want to know if they both mean the same thing.
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What is the meaning of なのか in this sentence?

テナントで入っているショップのBGMなのか、トランスが大音量で響いている。 The background music played by the tenants in the shops (なのか), the loud volume of the transformer could be heard far away. Any help in getting a better ...
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「元気をなくすとは」meaning?

Does anyone have insight into what 「元気をなくすとは」means? I am aware that 元気 is "energy" and なくす is "to lose". So "to lose energy" makes sense? However I am not altogether sure what とは means in this ...
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“Robust Software” in Japanese

I'm struggling with how to say "robust software" in Japanese. From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robustness_(computer_science): In computer science, robustness is the ability of a ...
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What does ドジしたな mean?

In a manga, there was this conversation, 「ギャハハー今度はまたすげードジしたな」 and I would like to know what the last part means, specifically ドジしたな. Summarising, this is what I would like to have answered: I ...
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Can anyone help me understand ’箱物’ in this sentence?

近年の中国経済の牽引役は固定資本投資であるが、箱物に大きく 依存した成長には歪みが生じ易い。 The first half makes sense but I am really struggling with the second part, particularly the meaning of ’箱物’。In general it seems that in this case ’箱物’ ...
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What does してて mean?

I was watching an Easy Japanese video on YouTube. At 1:37, the interviewer says: 素敵。やっぱり普段生活してても感じる?あ、優しいって。 What does してて mean? Or is it a typo? して makes sense here, but I don't understand してて. It'...
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How to say “Hybrid” in Japanese. Or is there a word for it? [closed]

Is there a word for "hybrid" in Japanese? Hybrid as in for animals or any and all Japanese words for cross species animals or two animals joined together. Preferable if all words for such is given ...
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Meaning of 様になる [duplicate]

I was reading a story on Hukumusume. In this story, there is the following sentence: 怒ったネコは、それからずっと、ネズミを見ると追いかける様になりました。 Denshi Jisho says that 様になる means "to look good". Here clearly it seems to ...
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Meaning of 言うではありませんか

I was reading a story on Hukumusume. In this story, there is the following section: すると神さまは、 「遅かったね。残念だけど、昨日決まったよ」 と、言うではありませんか。 くやしいのなんの。 I am guessing 言うではありませんか means something like "There was ...
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How to write a sentence with several verbs associated to different objects?

I have searched the internet for help on using several verbs in one sentence when they are connected with different objects and performed by different people, but every search comes back with an ...
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は vs のほうが : when to use each one

In the Genki Workbook, it is asked to translate the sentence "My computer is slower than yours." I did so using the structure AのほうがBより~ and wrote 「私のパソコンのほうがあなたのより遅いです。」 However, in the answer ...
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When I need to say “I develop software” in Japanese which verb is the appropriate one?

I want to say "I develop software" in Japanese so I thought that I should use the verb する. But I can also say "I write software" and use the verb かく. So which of the following sentences is the correct ...
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How do I say Every/Each “Noun”

So, the sentence I wanna build here is (talking about reading japanese books): Every/Each line you read, there are lots of new kanjis and words. The only pattern I remember that is a bit similar ...
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What does 黒瞳 means?

I've came across this kanji when reading this fantasy light novel, 黒【こく】瞳【どう】 (the furigana was also in the book), but I can't seem to find the meaning. I've searched for it in both english and ...
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Is 黙って言うこと a set phrase?

I've read today the sentence: お母さんにどなられても,しかられても,羊のように黙って言うことを聞きました。 The part I understand says that even if she was screamed at or scolded by the mother, like a sheep... Now, I can't find a ...
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“My age is a secret”

My online language class taught us how to reply with our age(s) in a sentence. We were also told that you could reply with "naisho" meaning secret if you weren't going to provide your age. However, I'...
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what is the meaning of いやがらずに?

So, this is the sentence I have come across: でも、マルーシャは、少しもいやがらずに働きました。 I understand that Marusha worked without hesitating. I would like, however, to understand the grammar behind it. I have looked ...
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しか[subject]がない meaning

I got the following sentence from Atashin'chi manga: それだけしかオカズがない, meaning "there's only this on the okazu" (Literally: "Without this, the okazu doesn't exist) Can I create a similar sentence trying ...
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What is ふつ here?

In the following sentence: ふつ~怒られるんじゃないかぁ~? For context, the speaker has been beaten and is responding to the victory interview of the one who defeated him, which contains a lot of heartwarming ...
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“と” plus a clause — but what is it doing? [duplicate]

I have a question about a passage in an article I'm reading. For context, here's the passage: 仕事はご縁。もちろん求められていることができる能力がなければ元も子もないが、そこさえクリアしていれば、あとは相性だったりタイミングだったりする。そんなご縁が転がっているかもしれないと、...
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What does “なぜって‥‥‥ それは おかあさんには ないしょなの” mean?

I've been learning Japanese through phone apps and am now trying to read a Japanese children's book called ふんふん なんだかいいにおい. The first page is: さっちゃんは おおいそぎで あさごはんを たべました。 おかあさんは いつも 「ゆっくり たべなさい」 ...
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ここからさきにはゆかせぬ sentence breakdown

In Castlevania Rondo of Blood, Death fight starts with him saying those words. Now I'm trying to figure out exactly what that means and grammar rules used in this sentence. Here's where I'm at: ここ|から|...
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How can I write things like “Does this dictionary use a different database from Jisho.org's?”

Sorry if that question is too specific. I don't know if I'm allowed to ask it. I don't know how to say that part: use a different database from Jisho.org's? I tried to write like this: ...
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Use of 当たる in this sentence

Character A and B (A's coach) discuss C (A's opponent), who is known for having an amazing defense. Then C joins in and positively talks with B about A's potential. Then C drops this line: ...
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What does he say to his teacher?

I watched the animated version of Erased on Netflix and now there is a live action version. I noticed in both a phrase being used but I can’t work out what it is. https://www.netflix.com/title/...
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Can someone please help me translate this Tatto in english [closed]

Can someone please help me translate this question in english.