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ような in the sentence and how to use?

I'm having problem translating this sentence 正直な人が損をするようなことは、あってはいけない. and more importantly I want to know what ”ような” means exactly in this context, please give me a short example of ”ような” if ...
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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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How to ask someone “Are you going to/attending X?”; 'X' being a name of an event (a concert/someone's wedding/etc)

Question in title. A bit lost on how to say this at the moment. Any help/suggestions is appreciated! EDIT: How I went about saying this in Japanese is:「Coachellaわいくの?」 (Are you going to Coachella?) ...
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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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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 is the difference between それでは and それなら

My grammar book says they both mean ‘if that’s the case...’ but it doesn’t clarify the differences. Thank you!
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Difficulties with an ambiguous sentence

新しく首相に就任した安倍晋三氏は、その著書『美しい国へ』(文春新書)において次のようなことを書いている。人は、自分が育った郷土に対して素朴な愛着をもつが、それはどこからくるのだろうか。それは、その国の歴史や伝統、文化などに接しているうちにはぐくまれてきたものである。だから「自らが帰属する国がつむいできた歴史や伝統、また文化に誇りをもちたいと思うのは、だれがなんといおうと、本来、...
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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 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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How to ask “how can I buy this?”

There's a JP musician whose work I really love. He sells his songs for $2 apiece online. This is all well and good. But a while ago, he uploaded an alternate version of one of his songs, and I've ...
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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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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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In what context can kiniira mean 'pleased'?

I gave this sentence as an example before(どういう関係) 何か気に入られてる、みたいなんだけど But Jisho says it means 'pleased' and in english there's a difference between liking someone and being pleased with them so I'm ...
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How would you say, 「Will you please look at this picture?」

I am talking to my a teacher of mine, and would like to ask her to look at a picture I took a screen shot of this morning because one of her staff came up to us and said 「おはようございました」and we had a ...
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How do you say “OpSec” in Japanese?

Short for Operational Security.
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How do you say “ 14 days left and will finish the vacation ”?

I'm a little bit confused , I tried to find a good answer of how to say 2 days left +verb like 2 days left and will start dieting or 2 minutes left and will be ready or 14 days left and will ...
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Translating “(action X) as (event Y)” - what grammatical structure fits best?

I'm a relative beginner to Japanese. I was trying to translate some song lyrics, and I got stuck badly on "shows fear as he turns to hide". If you don't know the song, we are told of one man on a ...
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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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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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Just, what bird is ハヤブサ exactly?

A few days ago when I was reading a manga that has chracters with super powers, there was a boy that had a power concerning his eyes, and like it's seen a lot in manga in anime, they shout out their ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What is んが~、ごが~?

んが~、ごが~。 う、うん……? おう、なんじゃ、フェイか。 なんか用かの? Is it some kind of snoring sounds?
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“I wish I could say…”

Just wondering how you would say "I wish I could say "I miss you""? I was thinking it would be something along the lines of 「恋しい」語るできたらいいのに although I'm not sure. Thanks!
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How should I translate “This is not what I signed up for”?

I have seen this sentence a few times. Usually I see it in commercials, video games, TV shows, and the like. In fact, this article shows that the sentence has a few variations, as well as many ...
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adjectives to describe people

I'm writing some nice notes to people, and unsure how to effectively translate some of the compliments I want to give about their personalities. Of course, some of these may not be smoothly directly ...
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Use of '判宦' in 九郎判宦義経

A simple name cartouche 九郎判宦義経 uses '判宦' instead of '判官'. I assume it is supposed to be read Kurō Hōgan Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune received the title Kurō Hōgan (九郎判官) from the Imperial Court; sometimes ...
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What does 丸ごとアルミホイルで包み mean here?

The following is an excerpt from a conversation between me and my language partner: ニンニクも植えていますので、丸ごとアルミホイルで包み、オーブンで焼いて食べることがあります。 My attempt at translation: "Because we also grow garlic, we also eat ...
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Chaining sentences, and past form

Take the following sentence: "I knew that you were/are an angel" For fun, and since I happened to know the one word of vocabulary required for this, I tried to translate it. To do so, I thought about ...
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Help with looking up “adari”

https://i.imgur.com/eUuo9gS.jpg I came across this dialogue from a Korean drama where adari was quoted as from Japanese with a translator's note explaining the meaning as "it just happened this way ...
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イヤならのいて meaning

so I am translating a comic where two people have a a conversation about something. Person A is explaining something and Person B is like saying "bullshit, that's not true". And then Person A is ...