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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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Can we change the position of the object?

I know google translate does the bare minimum job of translating a sentence into Japanese. The original sentence was, "I had to hit my head on the table." which was translated into "...
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What is the meaning of まってないでつっこまないか?

I'm not sure how to parse and translate まってないでつっこまないか. This is from the manga which I enclose a snippet here for context. I think 待つ and 突っ込む are involved here but I don't know what's the actual ...
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What is “my favorite things” in Japanese? [closed]

as in the song from The Sound of Music that Julia Roberts sings
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評判重視で取れるときは取るって感じで meaning?

I'm struggling with understanding how to parse this sentence into a coherent whole: そこは評判重視{ひょうばんじゅうし}で取れるときは取るって感じで. In the context of someone discussing the potential pitfall of a business idea, ...
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体操でもしてこよっと DB Chapter 2 [duplicate]

This is Goku translated as: "Alright. Exercise time!". 体操 = excercise でも = but して = doing こよっと = ?? I couldn't find any reference to understand でもして. Also the ending こよっと, I couldn't find it in ...
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Please tell me the meaning of the words on this kind of picture [closed]

Please tell me the meaning of the words on this kind of picture. Some words are illegible thankyou!
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おまえのろいなー亀になっちゃうぞ DB Chapter 2

This is Goku talking to Bulma who's taking too long to get ready. Translated as: "If you were any slower, you'd turn into a turtle". おまえ = you のろ = slow いなー = いない = ?? 亀 = turtle になっちゃう = turned ...
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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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笑っちまう程 translation in context

I'm a beginner in Japanese. I don't completely get what 笑っちまう程 立場が 変わるぜ means in the context below. Is it something like "The more I laugh the more the situation changes"? It makes no sense to me....
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How would the english sentence structure “may you ___”, kind of like something you might hear in a toast [duplicate]

I've been trying to figure this out to no avail. In the instance of a toast you might hear someone say something like the Irish toast "may you be in heaven before the devil knows you're dead." The "...
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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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Why is を in this sentence: これからのお話を?

I’ve stumbled upon the sentence これからのお話を, which was translated “a story from now on” but why is を in the end and what is it’s meaning here? As far as I know を is used to indicate direct objects but I ...
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人のことをいっときながら DB Chapter 2

This is Bulma alone complaining about Goku rudeness. Translated as: "I can't believe he had the nerve to call me stuff like witch or fairy". 人のことを = things to people (like in saying things to people) ...
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What is the meaning of わからないらい [closed]

I was talking to a Japanese and he replied me わからないらい What is the meaning of らい in the ending of the word ? I’ve been confused about it for a half hour Could someone explain it to me please
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What is the nuanced function of 何ひとつ in a negated sentence?

I'm translating the following sentence, and am stumped on how to translate 何ひとつ in a negated sentence. 名前も、家族も、友人も……何ひとつ思い出せません。 my name, my family, my friends...I cannot remember x. I know ...
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What does this mean? Friend gave this on a piece of paper, and wanted me to translate this: こんな憂鬱なバレンタインは初めてやワクワクイべントのはずなのに!

(I was unsure of the fourth and fifth character). I'm fairly certain that I read it correctly, except for the fifth character. The fifth character in the text looked very similar to that but it ...
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こん中だけ昼間になったぞ DB

I'm still learning. This is Goku seeing artificial light for the first time in second chapter of DB. Translated as: "It's daylight in here!" こん中 = この中 = in here だけ = just 昼間に = daylight なった = ...
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Translations of「しっとり」for describing food

On the television the other day, there were some people talking about how the word 「しっとり」 applied to food can't be translated exactly into other languages. It seems that 「しっとり」 could be translated ...
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Translating ~ほうがいい as 'should' — why does this seem rare?

In all of the resources I use (incl Genki, Dictionary of Basic Jap. Grammar, various websites), the ~ほうがいい construction is nearly universally translated "had better ~" and rarely includes the word "...
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verbs with adjectival function?

In the sentence "忘れられない夜にする" does the verb "忘れる" have the function of an adjective? What is the meaning of the phrase? Is there any way to make verbs have a Japanese adjectival function?
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What does the 好きな do in this sentence?

This is an extract I am trying to translate 次期族長に期待されているが 村の外の話を聞くことが好きな 好奇心旺盛な側面もあるようだ。 From my understanding and the posts I have read here, 好きな means "favorite" or "which one likes". But I ...
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Meaning of “かぶらず” and usage of に

I came across a sentence which had かぶらず. As, per the picture, the meaning is nothing to wear on head. However, I was trying to figure out whether かぶらず is part of conjugation of the verb かぶる, however, ...
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だったらはやくいやあいいのに DB

I'm still learning. This is Goku tied to a tree in first chapter of DB. Translated as: "She should've said it earlier". Can someone give me a literal translation? Something is preventing me from ...
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には contrast in following sentence

ジャックは誕生日会に行きます。 彼はメグのために誕生日のプレゼントを買う必要があります。 ジャックはあまり多くのパーティにはいきません。 彼は緊張し、 何を買おうかと思います。 What is the role of には in ジャックはあまり多くのパーティにはいきません? The only usage of には I know of is for ...
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What is a good way to translate ではある?

I came across the following sentence at one point. もともとおかしな話ではあった。 I did some research on ではある, because I wanted to understand this term better. This is what I found. The difference between “ではある”...
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The もの in 再生したもの

How would you understand this sentence: これはペットボトルを再生したものです。 “This is the tool that fixed the PET bottle”? Or, “this is an object made from recycled PET bottles”? I typed it into Google ...
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How would you say “origin of the moon” [closed]

In the same way that "Nihon" (日本) means "origin of the sun" how would you say "origin of the moon" in the same way?
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What is a good way to translate 漫画研究会?

I came across the term “漫画研究会” in one short story, and I have been trying to figure out a good way to translate it. “漫画” (manga) is not too difficult to translate. I simply translate it as “comic ...
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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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Riddle question

I would appreciate some help in solving this riddle. There is a sign that says "どくぞごじゆうにおとりくだちい" in front of candy samples at the candy shop. It means "Please feel free to take (one)." However, you ...
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Meaning of 奥 in 奥の細道

The title got translated as "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" or "The Narrow Road to the Interior." I know that translations, specially in literature, are often rather creative. However, how did ...
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Japanese term for “cookie cutter”

I’m looking for a term in Japanese that conveys the same sense of repeated design with minimal or limited variation that is implied by the English phrase “cookie cutter”. My particular interest is in ...
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What does it mean

400年以上前の白い壁が残っていて、建物の形が白鷺という白島が羽を広げて休んでいるように見えるので しらさぎしょう (I'm not sue if that's correct spelling) とも呼ばれていま. It's from the book TOBIRA. Can anyone help me break this sentence down to smaller, more ...
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Can you help me understand the following sentence?

その中には巨体の芳江が泡を吹いてノビている姿もある。 I got the above sentence from a short story that goes like this: a gymnastics club made up of high school girls is ordered by the student council to attack one high school ...
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Sentence meaning - 「それにしたって」, 「だったっていうんですもの」, 「で」

I'm trying to read this short story, and I can't really understand this exchange; context: a 木馬 was given to a school and put in the garden, and if I understood well it was fixed to the ground; one ...
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A confusing line for me (picture)

I'm scratching my head at this one and I can't seem to understand it right. I really can't grasp the idea... So the context, there are 2 characters let's call them Hanako and Yosuke. Yosuke ...
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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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Is there a good way to translate the Japanese comic book title “乱飛乱外” to English?

Some Japanese comic book titles are a challenge to translate to English, and this one might be the most challenging title I have come across so far. I looked around on the Internet in the hopes of ...
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What is the meaning of this Japanese sentence?

The scene: A boy plays a ghita on the street to earn money then a bunch of yakuzas show up. They steal his ghita and say: Yakuza1: "わしらのしま で. 何 勝手しとんじゃい" (This is our turf. You think you can do ...
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The meaning of 似つかわしくない

呼び出し場所は、昼休み中には似つかわしくない通学路。その途中にある休憩所だ。 似つかわしくない: inappropriate, unsuitable. I'm confused with the sentence, and I suspected 似つかわしくない might have another meaning. If I translated the sentence, it ...
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Meaning of 両方じゃだめ

I've recently discovered some Duolingo stickers on my phone, and there is one I can't translate properly. This sticker has the text 両方じゃだめ with a shrugging Duo-owl under it. I think it means ...
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光の差さぬ暗い影 vaguely understanding this line

I started a light novel and I knew I would see more of formal writing and I have this part that I only understand a little. The subject is about shadows, which relates to supernatural beings (this ...
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What does the いうの do in this sentence? [duplicate]

I have this sentence: 一体 何をしようというのですか? which I understand to mean: What in the world are you trying to do? However I cannot understand what というの means or functions as doing. From my own ...
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What does 勝ったな mean?

I’ve stumbled upon the phrase 勝ったな and it was translated there as “he will win” but what conjugation is that?
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What is the grammar behind もなければ、なければ?

Lately, I'm reading Japanese light novels. For the following sentence, I can't get the meaning behind it. 解放感もなければ、次の職を探さなければという焦りもなかった。何を思えばよいのかが、よくわからなかった。 The character said that after leaving ...
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謝れとは言ってない quoting someone's words or my own?

I'm having a little problem with some dialogue between two characters and I'm not sure about something. These are the lines in the dialogue: Character A: あの時の事は謝る。。。説明もするし。。。 Character B: ...
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Figurative meaning of 結果的に 「一直線で来られてよかった」?

I came across this sentence: 「結果的に 一直線で来られてよかった」 The sentence was uttered after the character reached the place where he wanted to go. Why I don't think that this statement is used in a literal ...
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Is あの兵に plural or singular?

Full sentence:生者は死なないあの兵士に意味を与えるまで I read it as : The living won't die until those soliders are given meaning Is it okay or is it about a single solider?
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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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