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How to write a bulleted list in Japanese

What's the correct way to show a bulleted list of items in the Japanese language? Considering the fact that interpuncts are often used to seperate and idenity foreign words, I'm not sure of the ...
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Why are these adverbs being used?

I was reading this section of an n2 book この地方のスキー場はコースの大部分は整備されており、滑りにくいということはあまりありません。ただし、風が強く、せっかく降った雪も積もるか積もらないかのうちに飛ばされてしまうことが多いです。 And a few doubts came to me: 1)Why is せっかく being used here? ...
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How do you translate “Die with memories, not dreams” [closed]

Looking for translation of “Die with memories, not dreams”
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How to use the passive form to say “This flower was watered.”

I would like to use the passive form in describing the fact that a flower has been watered. Is この花は水をやられた correct? What difference does この花は水がやられた make or would that be incorrect? A brief ...
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What does イケメン mean?

I am in a Japanese 101 class. We are supposed to translate the following sentence: 日本ぶんかの先生は、イケメンですが、ぜんぜんやさしくないですから、あまり好きじゃありません。 I am having trouble with that word イケメン. So far, I have: The ...
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Audio translation help!

Hullo! I'm watching a new anime with some friends for the first time and we found some post episode web commentary online and we're trying to understand a joke but we can't quite get what it's about. ...
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Help Translating a Song Title [duplicate]

I read a book that had a letter written in all Katakana, but the characters said it was in all caps. ( I also saw a similar thing ina tv show) I want to know if that holds up, and if i could use ...
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What's the meaning of ともすると and かとも in this sentence?

I would like to understand the meaning and usage of those two sets of particles in here. 左の腋窩と右の脇腹に箆深く射された矢がなかったなら、 それはともすると羅馬の競技者が、 薄暮の庭樹に凭って疲れを休めている姿かとも見えた。 ともすると: I've read it works as an ...
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Whats the name of this izakaya? [closed]

everyone I was in an awsome izakaya in Osaka but wasnt able to figure out the name of it and stuff like it is private owned or of a chain. Below is a picture of its front (google translate etc. cant ...
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Kanji translation polite word [closed]

Sorry my friends my job is it shifting time it depened works sometimes my work in the night however I love anime and video games lot my is hobby volleyball game more going outside walking shopping ...
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What is the difference between 技能 and 技術 in terms of 業務内容

I have a form for a medical check-up that asks what category best describes the 業務内容 of your occupation. One of the choices is 技術・研究 and another is 生産・技能. A monolingual dictionary is of no help ...
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What is 殺虫剤たいたら?

I have problem understanding the following sentence from the lower right panel: そう思{おも}ってあわてて殺虫剤{さっちゅうざい}たいたら私{わたし}がいられなくなって 殺虫剤 is pesticide, but I don't know how to parse たいたら. My bad guess is ...
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Could anyone translate this sentence for me [closed]

彼氏が仕事で大変な時にできること Could anyone translate this sentence for me please
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What is the meaning of おちょくっとる? [duplicate]

This sentence here: "なっ… お前おちょくっとるのか!? I didn't understand おちょくっとる, is it a form of the verb おちょくる? What is the meaning in this sentence? Thanks.
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Meaning of きゆる〜ん [closed]

I was reading a manga and having trouble finding out what きゆる〜ん signified
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思いついた plural or singular?

It's not the full sentence but i heard this : 方法を思いついた And i was wondering if it means that the person came up with a method alone or it could be a few people who have
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Could anyone explain this 置く置かない to me please

I found the sentence けんかして嫁が出ていきました。 けんかの原因は、家に下宿人を置く置かないの件です And I have a doubt about using of 置く置かない How should it be translated ? and How to use it I have never seen this grammar using ...
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A little help with a sentence and also the meaning of だと

I'm having a small problem with the second line said by a character. (context: the two main protagonists came to look for someone, they reach this person's house, but is not there. The protagonists, ...
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Please help me translate this sentence from english to japanese

So I have seen this relatively intricate sentence on a website and tried to translate it in japanese, but at this point I have no other way to know if it's any good. Here is the original sentence in ...
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The translation of 叩きつけてきた

どんな厳しいことも容赦なく叩きつけてきたこれまでの流れから、その様子が異様なものであることを理解するのに、生徒たちもそう多くの時間を必要としなかった。 The sentence was from a light novel, and the story is about a teacher who came to the class to announce an unreasonable ...
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Correct translation for application user roles

I'm working on an application which has user roles such as "admin", "customer", "contractor"and would like to add localisation to the app. On my main menu I have: Users Roles Tenants and the ...
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What does 看板親父 mean?

I searched every translation site I could find, and I can't make sense of what it's supposed to mean. I know 看板親父 is some kind of chef in a restaurant, but what do you called it in English?
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My Japanese is rusty

While it sounds perfectly alright when said in English, as in "My English is rusty", is there an equivalent in Japanese language? I have used this line before when I said "私の日本語は錆びている" and "...
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How is this sentence/saying structured?

I have problems understanding the correct grammatical structure of this saying: 金は取れる時に取れるところから取れるだけ取っておくものだ I kind of understand what it is saying. I think its something like "At a time where ...
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屁の一つをひるのも惜しがるような様子だった

In a short story I'm reading I found this sentence: 人間が死ぬときには多いに泣き騒ぐのに、生まれてきたときには、屁{へ}の一つをひるのも惜しがるような様子だった This is the given translation: The humans cry and generally make a tremendous fuss ...
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Translation of the “Immortal Words” from the “Stormlight Archive”

I want to join two passions of mine in a single tattoo I want to get to commemorate something important to me. One of these is the love for the Digimon series I had since I was very little and still ...
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Understanding めちゃくちゃ and 内容 in this sentence

I saw this sentence on twitter and kind of cannot wrap my head around its meaning... 「男性陣の内容ないのにめちゃくちゃ盛り上がれるの憧れる」 I suppose that 「男性陣」 refers to the males of a certain group; however in connection ...
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How to say “Why I started studying Japanese”

I have a Japanese assignment that requires me to write about anything I want. I decided that I wanted to write about why I want to learn Japanese. I think the title should be "Why I want to study ...
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Translation of beady-eyed

いま誰かが窓の外をのぞいても、ビーズのように光る目のダーズリー夫人でさえ、何が起こっているのか、この暗闇ではまったく見えなかっただろう。 If someone were to peer out of the window now, even Mrs Dursley (whose eyes shone like beads) probably wouldn't be able to see ...
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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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What did I say was 苦手?

A few years ago, I was doing a study abroad in Japan, and I was able to participate in a tea ceremony. There was one instructor, our guide/translator, and a few of us students. At this point, I had ...
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How to translate わからない in the following sentence

Context: a boxer named Yanagi is fighting against an opponent named Hyodo. Although Hyodo is really young, he is considered a very talented boxer and is often called genius (天才). Yanagi is thinking ...
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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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Jikoshoukai for Interview. 「My Strength and Weakness are…」

I'm kinda new here so please kindly tell me if have broke any rule. I'm currently doing my Jikoshoukai for my upcoming interview and kinda stuck on some part of my translation. Note Im just N5 when ...
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What does 「夢{ゆめ}に触{ふ}れる」 mean?

It's part of the lyrics of a song. The actual line is: どれほど夢{ゆめ}に触{ふ}れている? I checked the definitions of 触れる as an intransitive verb on Weblio and came to the conclusion that this is most likely ...
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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's my name in Japanese - Sensei can't pronounce it

I moved to a different country and joined a new karate club. Sensei speaks only Japanese and I'm ok with the commands he gives, but the ridiculous situation is that he can't pronounce my name (Povilas)...
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Which verb can I use with the word “散文”?

So basically, what I want to say is something along the lines of, "He begins his story with a rhyme" or, "He tells a poem and begins his story". What's the word for "tell" here? Is there a verb phrase ...
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Meaning of ひらっと

銀河鉄道の夜から. 電燈の向こう側の暗い小路から出て来て、 ひらっとジョバンニとすれちがいました. Dictionary says flat, plain, may be it can be coldly?
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What is the meaning of 奥手 here?

Ok ,so this is frome a mange where two couple have been dating for a while but did not hold hand,yet . 奥手すぎて手も繋げていない So what does {奥手すぎて} means ? I tried to look it up but did not found any thing ...
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Use of ママ as suffix to a name?

I've seen ママ used as as sort suffix to names before. Like here: https://more.hpplus.jp/odekake/o-news/43298/1/ 彼ママと初対面 What I'm asking here is: Can I add ママ after any name and that will mean I'm ...
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What is the meaning of に対して in this sentence ?

一年生が三年生に対して──それも部のエースに向かって『雪乃さん』などと呼びかけてしまったのだ。無礼だと注意されても仕方がないだろう。 What does に対して refers to here?
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“お調べいただいた上、” vs. “お調べいただき、…”

What is the difference in meaning between: (1) お調べいただいた上{うえ}、注文通りの品をお送り下さいますよう、お願いします。 (2) お調べいただき、注文通りの品を送り下さいますよう、お願いします。 I understand #2. (2) Upon your looking into the matter, please ...
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What is the meaning of うなじや in the following passage?

雪乃の汗で濡れ光っている白いうなじや、上衣の合わせ目から覗くほっそりとした鎖骨は、清楚な容貌とは裏腹に淫靡な色香を漂わせている。 what does うなじや mean here ? 清楚な容貌とは裏腹に淫靡な色香を漂わせている。 Also what does 裏腹に refer to in this context?
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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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What is the meaning of 出るべきところ here?

首から下に目を向ければ、すらりと伸びきった四肢や、引き締まっていながらも胸や腰など出るべきところはきちんと出ているメリハリの利いたグラマラスボディ。 What does 出るべきところ mean here ? Also what does メリハリの利いたグラマラスボディmodify here?
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What does “バッチい手” mean?

そんなバッチい手でボタンを触りたくる… I know バッチ means batch but what does it mean with 手 here? It's from this blog btw. https://ameblo.jp/sakurajyuubee/entry-11443690096.html
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What does “ワルよのぉ” mean?

From here. https://renta.papy.co.jp/renta/sc/frm/item/153164/ お主もワルよのぉ Is this different in meaning from just "悪い”? Or is this something else entirely?