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Specific use of してまで

Recently I've been reading Michael Emmerich's "New Penguin Parallel Text" for Japanese short stories. In Yoshimoto Banana's "A Little Darkness," there's a passage that describes how the narrator's ...
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Are both of these correct sentences: 「ここに住所を書いてくださいますか?」「ここに住所を書いてくださいませんか?」?

I believe 「ここに住所を書いてくださいますか?」 means “Could you please write the address here?” And 「ここに住所を書いてくださいませんか?」 means “Would you please write the address here?” An exercise I’m doing shows the second ...
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What's the meaning of とはいかないまでも?

I know the grammatical form ない+までも that means "not until that degree, but", however I'm not sure how to translate とはいかないまでも in English. I found this expression in the following sentence:"明日ハイキングだ。...
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足が遠い does it have the following meaning?

Ok, so I found this phrase in regards to a profile of a character and there's a list given with his abilities and such. The first thing in that list was that it said that the character has good ...
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unintentionally early meetings

I heard there is an expression in Japanese for when two people agree to meet at a certain time, but both arrive at the meeting point much earlier. In that situation, when the two people see each ...
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Newspaper sentence translation and interpretation

I would like to know if my translation of the sentence below is accurate in meaning. If not, could you point out the problematic area? Simply pointing out where I went wrong would be great. No need to ...
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Difference between the following phrases

I was coming up with a phrase that means "don't look at me too much." in a very formal tone. I thought of many sentences but I don't know which one is the most correct one. 1) あまり見ないでくれ 2) ...
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I'd like to say “We are as flowers” as in 'similar to' for a dorama title. Is 私たちは花のようです acceptable?

So I'm looking to make up some sort of J-dorama and am looking for a proper title. The story is irrelevant, just that the title is supposed to mean that 'we are like flowers', as in 'similar to', but ...
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Does 外公役 mean public servant?

I am just translating the Japanese wikipedia chart of the servants in the Ooku of Edo Castle. I have been doing okay until I got to the omote-dzukai part. This is the original: 表使 (おもてづかい) 外公役。...
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about the translation of this sentence

** 単語検索で聴取できる男声サンプルは,ます形など,共通語では無声化されるところを無声化せずに読んでいます。また,男女ともに,名詞の音声サンプルは提供していません。 ** My translation is :As for the the male sample that could be heard by the word search, masu form and common ...
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「生かんとする」 in a relative clause

These are part of the lyrics of the fifth ending theme of Hunter x Hunter (the 2011 animation). 朝{あさ}をむさぼり 夜{よる}を吐{は}き出{だ}し 生{い}かんとする 我{わ}が性{さが} It seems 「生かんとする」 means 「生きようとする」: 生く(...
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Using a question phrase (~か, ~のか) as an adverb

I'm guessing this MUST have been asked here before, but I can't find anything on it. If there's a relevant link please let me know. An example of this is: 髪ときたら 、夕べはふさふさと豊かだったのに、けさはまだシャワーを浴びていないのか、...
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Clarification of objects using questions

When I want to ask whether or not something I have is what I think it is, I can't figure out exactly what to say. これは梅じゃないの? (Rising intonation) Is this not a plum? これは梅じゃないね。(Falling ...
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っていうことになったんですけど - meaning?

I had just received a somewhat rushed 'transliteration' of a 1 minute video. To me, Shigeru Miyamoto speaks in a way which is extremely difficult to understand. I am adding the full transcript just ...
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Use of なら in this context - Concerning?

I was trying to translate this song but the first couple of lines didn't make much sense to me. There seem to be a lot of inferred particles or something, because there seem to be a bunch of ...
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Meaning of しかも and それで in Yes-No question

I see that しかも and それで usually connect 2 sentence together. But I see them place at the beginning in Yes-No questions. 1)"しかも歌うんかい" 2)"それで上手いんかい" Does it mean 1) "(Moreover) is he singing?" and 2) "...
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するだろうな wonderment or a question?

If a person says " レイどんな顔をするだろうな" Is it more correct to translate it as: I wonder what face Rey would make. Or How do you think he will react?
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だって, なんだって and some other interpretation questions

I have couple of issues/questions about a certain piece of monologue from a manga. Because it's from a manga I will be separating the lines based on boxes in which they are in, and using / to separate ...
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店を休んで, 電車で薬屋へ行きました

g'day guys. 店を休んで, 電車で薬屋へ行きました Does this sentence mean that: the person is absent/resting from the store (that he may work at), and had caught the train to go to the pharmacy? This is from the ...
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Translation help - where do I put 覚えて?

I am going to attempt to translate an English sentence to Japanese. Where do I put the word ’覚えて’ in the sentence? I just remember that there is a convenient store that sells sushi Translation: ...
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If I want to start doing something - translation

How to ask for advice if I want to start doing something, for example: If I want to start watching Tv-shows, from which should I start? If I want to start doing exercises, how should I start? Is ...
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How would you apologise for not inviting someone to an event?

In English I would say something along the line of 'Sorry! I forgot to invite you to the party'. This would be in conversation to a friend. How would this translate to Japanese? Edit (First post to ...
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What is the meaning of 外 after a verb?

For example, how can you translate the sentence: 前項の決定に加わる外、その他の業務を行う。
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trouble understanding phrase 設定のイメージに近い仕上がり

I'm having trouble with the following passage in the sentence below. 設定のイメージに近い仕上がり Google translate gives me "a finish close to the image of the setting". I've tried looking up 近い仕上がり and it gives ...
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Interpretation of にはな in this sentence

I know that based on the title it might sound a bit odd, but thing is, there's a video game I like and it only has an English dub and Japanese subtitles. There's a line (which is spoken by a guy), ...
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How to understand 「どこへ振り下ろす」

The entire line is: 今、君はその刃を どこへ振り下ろす? I'm not sure how I'm supposed to understand it. I think it means: towards where will you swing the sword down right now (i.e. where are you aiming at? A ...
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What is the meaning of 選任 in the following sentence?

I am translating a Japanese business document and unable to understand a kanji. 取締役7名選任の件 取締役7名 is 7 directors, の件 is about, I am unable to understand this kanji 選任. My search led me to some ...
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What is the meaning or usage of the に at the end of the following sentence?

あなたもできる対処法とは? 不安から日常安心できる生活に 。 So what does the に here refer to? Is it になる?
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Convoluted translation attempt 世界のすべて城砦に抱く

I'm trying to make sense of the words said by a character in a manga who talks in an archaic manner. I tried into account the context, the images, all to help me figure out what he is saying. ...
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How to say “The following” in Japanese

Since the word order in Japanese is kinda vague and also mostly reversed to what English speakers are used to, I always wondered how to say things like that in Japaense: The boy said the following: '...
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How are Japanese names romanized in localization?

I've read that that romanizing Japanese names can be particularly difficult, due to the fact that the kanji that make them up have multiple pronunciations, or even a completely random one. However, ...
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The meaning of 一時期繁く

I've been reading a book and met a phrase I don't understand. I have translated it like that: 一時期繁く通った程度のことらしいが、そこに居を定める人間に出会ってみると、懐かしくなったものとみえる。 It seems to a degree of being there for one hour ...
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What is Yamouen/Yamoen?

I've been hearing something like yamoen for the meaning of "can't be helped". Similar to shouganai from my guess. I can't find it in any dictionary. Am I getting the word wrong or is it a colloquial ...
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鵺 Chimera Bird in Making of Cyborg and Reincarnation

This question is related to my Sci-fi Fantasy question "Japanese Wedding Chant from Ghost in the Shell". That question is concerned with Japanese folk traditions and mythology, and please feel free to ...
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How to convey the image of the surrounding L.A. desert via translation of 愕然?

I'm trying to find a suitable word/phrase in English that will convey the image shown below while also being suitable for a translation of 荒野, as I want to properly convey the image of a.... rather ...
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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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なんてね interpretation

So we have the following situation. There is persons A, B and C. Long ago A and B were friends when according to A B suddenly betrayed her. Now A has been using C for a long while pretending to be a ...
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What does “なのか” mean in 彼女 が 誰 なのか わかりますか?

彼女 が 誰 なのか わかりますか。is a question which has 2 "ka" question markers? or is it 2 questions? (Could it be translated as who is she? you know? ) And what does the "なの" means here? I think I've heard other ...
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Does といったところ translate to “approximately” or “at most” in this sentence?

How would you translate the following sentence: 明日参加予定なのは、田中さん、林さん、川田さん、原さんといったところです。 Is it either: According to tomorrow's schedule only/merely/at most Tanaka, Hayashi, Kawada and Hara will ...
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Listing nouns (using “and”)

I'm practicing particles as well as general grammar and I'm wondering if this is an accurate translation of the English statement: "I like sunshine, candy, and apples." 私は日光やキャンディやりんごが好きです。 I have ...
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Does the も particle mean “as far as” in the following sentence?

I'm translating a sentence, and I come across the particle も. I remember learning in my Beginner Japanese class that the particle も can be used to mean "too" in various situations, but that meaning is ...
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するだろうなWill or Would?

In this sentence: どんな 顔するだろうな Does the speaker say " i wonder what kind of face he would make" or " how do you think he'll react?" Which translation is more accurate ?Is he saying this in ...
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How to say “unless…?” in the context of “but what if”

In the context of the phrase "Just kidding... unless...?", how would the word "unless" be translated? Here, "unless" has sort of a connotation of "what if...?" as well as "unless you want to?"
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What does “言葉の裏の想いが 心の首筋舐めた” mean?

I was listening to the song Ain't Nobody Know by Gen Hoshino and looking up the translation, which said for this sentence "the feelings behind our words licked the back of our hearts' neck". Since ...
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How to express condolences to someone with terminal illness?

I was living in Japan a number of years ago with a host family who treated me with the most incredible kindness and generosity, to the point where they felt like a second family to me. I just ...
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I'm having trouble understanding what “開き直った、とも言いますが” means

I wish I could formulate this question in a better way because there's a million people on here who have posted similar "don't know what this means, please tell me" and I don't mean this to be low ...
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てんで方向ちがいじゃない! DB Chapter2 Double negatives

Translated as: "It's completely in the wrong direction!" てんで = Completely / At all 方向【ほうこう】 = direction ちがい = wrong じゃない = is not I'm struggling with doble negatives in japanese. In ...
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Is this “Tayō-sei no naka no tōitsu” a correct translation of “Unity in Diversity”?

Can someone let me know if this is the proper way to say the sentence "Unity in Diversity"? I know that the literal translation would be "Diversity in Unity". Just wanted to know is correct wording ...
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Various meanings of どうですか?

This was a while back so I forget what the situation was exactly. I was asking an employee for help at a Bic Camera. If I recall correctly, I was asking something like "Are there other keyboards ...
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A good translation for 寒がるふり / 冷めたふり / etc?

Every once in a while, I come across some variant of a phrase that would literally translate to "pretending to be cold." As far as I can tell, it refers to a sort of desperate attention-seeking ...