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翻訳. This site does not provide a translation service. However, questions about translation are welcome provided that they have some academic merit. For example, questions about translating uncommon words, phrases that have different meanings in different contexts, and other non-trivial topics.

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What does のは mean in this case?

聞こえてくるのは、虫の音だけだ。 の is a nominal? Why? Where is the verb after は? How to translate?
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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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What does 強いとこキタ-------— mean?

a friend just sent me this message but I can't understand, especially that last one character, can someone help me plz 強いとこキタ----------
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Meaning of によって/により

I’ve come across this phrase によって/により quite often and I’ve researched and found these meanings: by Person (この本は君によって書かれた?); due to/ because of; by means of (The teacher checked their knowledge by the ...
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かなえてくれる what does it mean [on hold]

Recently I listened to the song doraemon and found a word I just can't search in the dictionary though it's shown on the lyrics translation but I think it's not detailed enough .it goes like this ...
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The many ways to say “and” in Japanese

In English, we just have one word for the conjunction and which works just fine for many categories, but in Japanese, there are separate words: と joins nouns together in a closed list や joins nouns ...
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How do I say what something is made out of?

The exact thing I want to know how to say is 'The wristwatch is made out of gold' and 'The wristwatch is gold and black in colour'. Would saying this be the same as talking about a house being made of ...
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What's the grammar behind 〜がいなくて寂しい

I can't understand how いる+寂しい means miss something like in 君がいなくて寂しいよ。
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Please help me understand this sentence [closed]

ご家族の皆様もお変わりなくお過ごしのことと 存じます The question also asks me to replace the underlined word with one of the following words: 思います お願いします 祝っています 知っています And the correct answer is 思います. I think the problem ...
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What does this sentence containing 「犯人意識」 mean in Osamu Dazai's 「人間失格」?

また、犯人意識、という言葉もあります。自分は、この人間の世の中に於いて、一生その意識に苦しめられながらも、... I understand this as, There's something called criminal consciousness. Even if I am suffering from this consciousness in this world of ...
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Sound equivalent in Japanese [on hold]

I recently found out emoji comes from the japanese characters e (meaning picture) and moji (meaning character). What would the equivalent be for the japanese character meaning sound? I tried using ...
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How can I say this in Japanese for some little ones? [closed]

I recently volunteered in a Japanese immersion class for 2nd and 3rd graders. My volunteer time is up and I would like to write a message to the class but my Japanese is still very bad. This is what I ...
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Help me translate! [closed]

So basically, I don't speak japanese. And there's this guitar guide that i think would be really helpful.Yes, It's in japanese. Anyone would translate it for me? Thank you!! https://www.youtube.com/...
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Platonic love?愛情

Can i say that i love a sibling using 愛情 or is it for romatic love?
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The use of かります in a sentence

This is the sentence I'm having troubles with: シェリーちゃんが助かりますよーに! I know that シェリーちゃん is Sherry-chan and, 助 is help/rescue/assist. The only part I want to know about is the かりますよーに。I have been ...
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How is いい being used in this sentence?

もしも僕に心があるならどうやってそれをみつければいいの I understand the sentence translates along the lines of "If I had a heart, how would I find it?" And I know "いい" means "good/fine/etc" but I'm not sure how to fit that ...
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What does 仕事 and もう mean in this context?

I ran into this particular dialogue in this manga where a guy celebrates his day off by gaming. He says this line that kinda confuses me. 休みなんて もう。。。 ゲームが仕事 The もうゲームが仕事 is the one I'm ...
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Does the 2 “こぼす” here have different meanings?

This dialogue. ジュースを零してしまうのだけど こぼさずに全部欲しい I'm told the 1st line would be like "I spilled the juice by accident but..." What I want to ask is if the 2nd line also means "spill" in this case? ...
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What does もうやめてください mean?

If someone says 「もうその呼{よ}び方{かた}をやめてください。」, does it mean: Stop calling me that already. Stop calling me that now. Don't call me that anymore. How do もう and やめる interact?
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How to interpret this comma?

ですから、一回限りの人生、かけがえのない自己を大切にしようではありませんか。 So, shall we value this irreplaceable self in this life that we have but once? (example sentence from A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar) How ...
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What does 妄想ダダもれ mean?

Found this word here. https://gigazine.net/news/20110530_how_words_are_formed_in_the_brain/ 脳内妄想ダダ漏れの危機か、思考を読み取る手がかりが解明される I've looked it up and came up with "妄想" meaning "delusion" and "漏れ" ...
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What does “推し鯖” mean?

I was browsing stuff related to the game Fate Grand Order when I ran into the word "推し鯖". There's an entire hashtag for it on twitter. https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E6%8E%A8%E3%81%97%E9%AF%96 I've ...
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What does “狙いを定めて” mean here?

I just found the word "狙いを定める"on weblio. I don't think I fully understand what it means. To give context, guy 1 is pointing a gun at guy 2. Guy 2 then says this. そんなにしっかり狙いを定めて 何するつもり Does ...
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What does “調子の良い事” mean when used with “言って”?

I was browsing #アカギ on pixiv when I found this one. https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=16943272. It's this line. 調子の良い事を言って原田に刺される健 I've also heard it used just as ...
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The “cultural” meaning of 人間 (ningen)?

So, I have a general question about the word 人間 (ningen), and it's not about grammar. The most common translation for this word is "human", but I have been noticing that its usage is somewhat ...
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Should I use 円 or 輪 here?

I am trying to paraphrase Plato's description of Atlantis. He says that there is a centre island surrounded by two rings of land and two of water. He later says that the outer ring of land has an ...
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What does 癖になっても mean here?

Looking for japanese songs and found this one. https://mojim.com/jpy136351x1x6.htm This is the line I'm having trouble understanding. 癖になっても知らないよ Dictionary says 癖 can mean vice or bad habit, and ...
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What does 思ってやっている mean?

こんにちは! I have read a text about a guy whose wife has a housedust allergie, and there is this sentence: 私だってあんまりほこりがたまっていたら気になるから、仕方がないと思ってやっているんだ。 What does 思ってやって mean here?
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How is するか and 傷つけるか used here, when it's in the middle of a sentence?

I'm wondering what the function of か is when it's not put in the end of the sentence. I'm fairly a beginner. I haven't learned how this work when's it followed by an を. Found this example here wherein ...
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How is “ひとつな” used here?

Read this on a japanese article. 明日が休日なら僕と君二人きり。 する事はひとつな訳で Does it still mean like the counter "ひとつ” here. Something like "one thing I want to do."? Am I missing from my understanding here? I'...
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What does “その逸話に違わず” mean?

I've read it on syotetsu https://ncode.syosetu.com/n0715el/95/ From what I gather, "その逸話に違わず" means something like "Different from the anecdotes." Is that correct? Is this a set phrase or something? ...
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Translation of some school related terms. 特進、英数、生徒の声

There are some Japanese Terms that I am not sure how to translate in English. Mainly the problem occurs because of these words' perception in Japanese culture. Like, 学校公開. Japanese call this "Open ...
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Translation for [まどろみの中で]

Google translate keeps saying that it means 'in the middle of a snowfall'. Is the sentence a proverb or a figure of speech? Well...in short, I am confused. Many Thanks
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Meaning and usage of ずっとそう思っていました。

Which translation is most apt for ずっとそう思っていました。? "I always thought so." "I have always thought that..." "It is always on my mind" "I am always thinking about" When and how is the phrase/expression ...
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How is ひたすら used here?

Was browsing japanese pages when I came across this. http://www.hobidas.com/blog/rosso/mjb/archives/2011/02/post_765.html The title was. ただひたすら純粋に美しい!  であります Doesn't ひたすら and 純粋 mean roughly the ...
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How do you say “self improvement”?

I know that kaizen means improvement in Japanese, and although it's mainly used for work / business improvement, I understood its not restricted mainly for business. From a basic Google translate, ...
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Meaning of 全数 when talking about frequency

In an article about quality control, I found the following expression: 検査頻度: 全数 I read in the dictionary that 全数 means "total, complete". Since we are talking about frequency, I thought it could ...
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Which Japanese sentence is grammatically correct?

My friend and I are making sentences from English to Japanese. We are trying to turn this sentence into Japanese: I think he's 23 years old, I'm not sure however. We came up with: 思う彼は23歳。...
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What does this sentence from Dazai Osamu's 「人間失格」 containing 「女の修行」 mean?

はたから見て、俗な言い方をすれば、自分は、淫売婦に依って女の修行をして、しかも、最近めっきり腕をあげ、女の修行は、淫売婦に依るのが一ばん厳しく、またそれだけに効果のあがるものだそうで、既に自分には、あの、「女達者」という匂いがつきまとい、女性は、(淫売婦に限らず)本能に依ってそれを嗅ぎ当て寄り添って来る、そのような、卑猥で不名誉な雰囲気を、「おまけの附録」としてもらって、そうしてそのほうが、...
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What's the meaning of a sentence by a manga author? 「もともとイラスト畑の人間なので…」

もともとイラスト畑の人間なので、全体の流れよりも 1コマごとの絵に意識が持っていかれる事が多くて大変でした。 1コマ描くのに一日かかったのもあったりして.... 漫画って難しいですね! それでは、この本を手に取ってくださり まことにありがとうございました! I'm having a hard time understanding the sentence in bold. ...
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Meaning of 離れている間 and how do I read it, please?

I'm reading a japanese manga and the boy didn't want to get away from his senpai, he told senpai that and senpai thought was having a monologue "離れている間". Thankyou for taking your time reading this.
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さえなっている even becoming [closed]

I am having difficulty figuring out the meaning of this sentence. This is from a Pokémon commercial which is 30 seconds long. I am posting the full transcript and a translation I received just for ...
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How can I say “With the passing of time…”

I am writing a text and I want to say: "With the passing of time, I have understood what he wanted to say". I have written: 時間がたつにつれて、彼が言いたかったことが分かってきました。 Is my sentence completely wrong?
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What does すべき mean in 'この記念すべき日'?

I have the following sentence from a subtitle 本日は この記念すべき日を迎える事が できた事に 感極まる思いであります。 I also have the translated subtitle. Today we are able to celebrate this memorable day, a day filled with ...
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Why is 臓 in this sentence?

君にどれだけ近づいても僕の心臓は一つだけ I pretty much understand what this sentence is saying except I have no idea how to fit "entrails" into the meaning. Perhaps I'm totally off. Could someone please tell me how to ...
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Meaning of “ホーケー” in a sentence

I'm reading some R-rated doujinshi on the internet and came across this line: この立派なホーケーチOチンで! I don't understand what "ホーケー" means. My guess is that it means something "take a look at this!" type of ...
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I'm lost in this “thought bubble” of a manga, I don't know what it says

In a manga, one person gets drunk and pushes another person down and the person being pushed thinks of this "酔ってるといえ何かおかしい..." I think it says "there is something wrong for you to be drunk" then ...
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How to say “photobomb” in Japanese

Is there a word for "photobomb" in Japanese? In English, to photobomb someone is to spoil a photograph (of a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera's field of view as the picture ...
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あいだ, ところ、しまった in a sentence

トイレに行っているあいだに電車が行ってしまった。 The choices were either あいだ or ところ but the answer is あいだ. Google translate it : The train went while I was in the bathroom. I thought it meant : I was about to go in ...
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What does 気楽 mean when attached to ビール or お酒?

I first found this here: https://www.ettoh.jp/ 楽酒=気楽なお酒 Does this mean the drink is easy to drink? Or that it's meant to be drunk in a carefree setting? One example I was taught for 気楽 is in ...