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What does ギスる mean?

Conversation goes: A: まだひきずっていたのか B: え、お前忘れたの?ギスってたの俺だけ?びっくりする B: 次はねぇぞ The ギス I know means having a cold atmosphere or strained relationship. But here, I am not sure I get what it means.
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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 sentence ...
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Can 取る be used to mean "to pass" or "to give"?

I've been using the 10k Core Anki set to practice and it seems very well-vetted and written. However it translates 「ティッシュを取ってください」 as "Please pass me a tissue" whereas I would have expected &...
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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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What does ご本家様 means?

I was scrolling twitter and saw this word that I've never seen before. These kanji together do not compose a word that makes sense to me, at least.
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Asking someone to sing a song with me

I would like to say "Ryura! Would you like to sing 'Isshin Furan' with me and a friend?" This is what I have so far... Ryuraさん!「一心不乱」を私と一緒に歌えませんか? Please help me make it sound more fluid if ...
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What does 付き合い悪くて mean?

Translation: I'm a busy man I got this from the manga "Blue Period". The translation provided above is from the official translation. From my understanding, 付き合い indicates a relationship, ...
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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(archaic form of ...
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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 unrelated ...
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に Particle ambiguity

あまりにも子供じみた言動に呆れる。 だが、こういった[A]の対応には少なからず救われている部分があった. 深く踏みこまずに居場所を与えてくれるこの距離感に、周囲の人間も惹かれて集まってくるのだろう。 I'm tripped up on the second sentence. Is the 部分 part of the childish behavior, or the person ...
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Help for translation: Object or agent? "お前に" or "お前を And person for "思ってる"

お前に私が殺せると思ってるのか? I'm not sure about this phrase. Is correct "お前に" or it's better "お前を". Is object or agent? And which person is correct for 思ってる? "お前" or "私" It's a line from a comic I'm trying to ...
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Can someone help me determine what this SFX/onomatopoeia is?

Here's an image of it: It kind of looks like ダダ (da da) to me, but then I'm not sure what to make of the last mark. Could someone offer his insight, please?
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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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The usage of でも

I am getting a bit confused with the multiple uses of でも. Permission, even if, without doing, etc. I have the following 2 sentences to translate. Note - these sentences might not be valid Sentence ...
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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 "nothing"? E.g. "Talk about nothing"

I am trying to translate some lyrics that go like We can talk about nothing then I hit a snag because I am not sure what the word for "nothing" could be. Things that keep coming to mind: ...
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Is Emmerich's translation of 特に望みもなく in Yoshimono Banana's みずうみ correct?

I'm reading Yoshimoto Banana's みずうみ in Japanese, and I decided to refer to Emmerich's translation into English to make sure I was following the beginning correctly since I'm still an intermediate ...
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How do you translate "A person who admits ignorance shows it once; the one who tries to hide it shows it often." to Japanese?

I have read that this proverb is of Japanese origin (correct me if I'm wrong), but was unable to find its Japanese form. Thank you in advance.
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Is '愛したら解放させ' a correct phrase? Is it's meaning clear?

I think I've read picked up the sentence '愛したら解放させ' somewhere a long time ago. It is supposed to mean 'if you love something then set it free'. Is it a correct sentence?
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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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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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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 intonation) ...
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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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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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Can't understand どんなに変わっていこうと笑い飛ばしてよ

I have already passed N2 exam, but I can't understand this sentence... どんなに変わっていこうと笑い飛ばしてよ Please laugh away by "どんなに Let's change it" ?? It doesn't make much sense??
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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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Choosing the correct level of politeness when translating foreign material

Here is my question: how do you choose the correct level of politeness in Japanese, when translating foreign material that may not follow Japanese rules? Let's say we have a formal setting, e.g. a ...
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Did I say "I shall bring glory to God in all that I do." right?

I have to write a list of goals for this year for my Japanese class and one of them is "I shall bring glory to God in all things" or something of similar meaning. Using my many Japanese grammar, ...
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How to understand the meaning 時にいくつか in this sentence?

「今野のケータイのデザインを決める時にいくつか入手したのですがすごくカワイイです 時に」 I don't quite understand the meaning of sentence due 時にいくつか As I suppose the translation maybe: It's a few to determine Konno's mobile design, when it ...
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How to say “Tell Paul to send me the letter I wrote for his father”

I want to say: Tell Paul to send me the letter I wrote for his father. My attempt is: パオロさんに それ 父に 書いてあげる 手紙、出してあげると 伝えてください Is this grammatically correct? How could it be written otherwise?
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Japanese for "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" (the Richard Flanagan novel)

Is there a commonly agreed upon title for the Richard Flanagan novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" (not the travel diary by Matsuo Bashō, which the novel was named after)? I've seen both "奥の細道",...
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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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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 ...