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Japanese word for a specific definition of "writing"

I had been thinking about the invention of writing in human history when I realised I didn't know its Japanese translation. What would be the closest word for the following definition of "writing&...
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is it correct to use (word) + の逆? to express "the opposite of..."

I was trying to come up with a way to say "the opposite of (word)" and since I already knew about 逆 in my head I thought it'd make sense to use a word + の逆 but I'm not 100% sure if that's ...
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Translating the phrase "Says the guy who..." into Japanese

I got curious thinking about this. Is there any phrase that conveys the same idea/feeling as the English phrase "says the guy who [...]!" For example: "You should stop watching TV all ...
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Word that means support (in the sense of thinking they will win)

What is a word that means support, in a sense of not actually doing any cheering or rooting for, but thinking that they are the best and will therefore win? For context, I'm translating a WEBTOON (...
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Which is the best way to translate "disrespect" in this context?

I want to write a short quote to hang up on my wall. It is about respecting yourself and never finding excuses or allowing yourself to slack. In other words, to properly take care of yourself and not ...
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Is there a single word for a group (teacher, student and parents) or a teacher communicating with a student? [closed]

I was wondering if there is a word that represents a teacher communicating with a student or a word that represents a group which consists of a teacher, student and parent, do any of these words exist?...
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How do you describe something as "family-friendly"?

Google gives me 家族向け, but it seems like its used to describe things like vehicles, properties and tourist spots that are "for families (with 3-4+ members)", rather than media such as video ...
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Historic interpreter in Japanese [closed]

What is the Japanese equivalent / job title of a historic interpreter? If there's no equivalent job title in Japanese, what's the closest phrase for it? Essentially, historic interpreters recreate ...
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Is there a way to say "false" (adj) such that it cannot mean "lie" (n) or some other meaning?

Every entry in the dictionary that I have found that has the meaning, "false" or "falsehood," is either a prefix (thus can't stand on its own) or has other meanings. A lie is an ...
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Is there a counter for a dog's barking? Or more generally, a counter for sounds?

Had the thought while chatting online about whether there is a counter for barks from a dog or possibly one for distinct sounds in general.
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How would one say "to call on a student"?

I would like to write a sentence to the effect of "the student was afraid to be called on." I have searched all over to find the verb of "calling on" a student and the best I can ...
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How do you translate the world "layer" in Japanese? [closed]

Layer as in the ones used in digital art software like Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Manga Studio, etc.
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Word that means "flying" but in the sense of "growing" and "not to give up" and "be free" [closed]

I was looking for a word in Japanese that means "flying"/"fly" but I wanted it to be a metaphor for "growing" and "not giving up" and "be free". ...
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How do the Japanese refer to passage of time in pregnancy?

Though my wife's two pregnancies, I've struggled to describing how much time has passed. Usually, I just revert to just saying how many months she's been pregnant, but in English there are other ways ...
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Is there another term for "in fact", "actually"?

I feel like I am blanking on a very common conjunction word. よく聞く言葉みたいな気がしますが、どうしても思い出せないんです。I am looking for a word that means "in fact", "actually", as in: You can call me by my ...
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Are there Japanese words for chili peppers which would translate to "Japanese chili pods"? [closed]

What is the Japanese word for "Japanese chili pods", like the ones in the link below? https://www.mexgrocer.com/9656.html
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how do we translate 外資を含む in this sentence?

Full text: このためには、都市部における経済活動のボトルネックになっている電力等の都市・産業インフラの脆弱性を抜本的に改善し、外資を含む製造業の立地環境を整備する必要がある。 My understanding: For this purpose, drastic improvements are required in the fragile and vulnerable urban ...
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Trying to convey "Confection" or "Sweets" using Japaneese number wordplay

I am trying to convey a meaning using old Japanese numeral wordplay. The idea is to say something similar to the word for Sweets or Confection with up to 3 numbers. My understanding is that this word ...
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Japanese word meaning "clumsy"

What would we call a person who in ungraceful, clumsy in movement? Is there a Japanese adjective or noun with the meaning?
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The usage of 回転数 in a sentence

Text: エンジン回転数/電気モーター回転数 My understanding: Engine rpm/Electric motor rpm My Issue: 回転数 has different meanings such as "rpm", "number of revolutions of the engine", "Engine ...
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What does 集線 mean?

Full text: VPNにおける対向拠点は最大1000対地(拡張メモリ搭載時)、ISDN同時接続可能な対向拠点は46対地(PRI拡張モジュール×2搭載時)と、大規模なネットワークの集線に対応しています。 My understanding: There is a maximum of 1000 tunnels at the opposite VPN end-point (with ...
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What does the following mean?

What does this mean in english if you translate it straight from japanese アントン . Im trying to write my name in japanese (Amy name is Anton) with japanese sign.
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How to say "self-isolation" or "quarantine" in japanese

I want to ask "Do you eat more in self-isolation/quarantine?" and "Do you exercise less in self-isolation/quarantine?". What is the simplest translation for these sentences and can I use something ...
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名前の語呂合わせはなんですか / Wordplay in names

「オドキリ」、「キョウジュ」、「アーポン」、「ブリガミ」と「ヒルネリ」という名前のついたエルフがいます。「キョウジュ」、「ブリガミ」と「ヒルネリ」の名前の語呂合わせはわかります。「オドキリ」と「アーポン」は?? There are elfs with names "Odokiri", "Kyouju", "Aapon", "Burigami" and "Hiruneri". I ...
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How to say "give me some time" in a certain context

How does one say "give me time" in the context of "please give me some time to answer you love confession". Possible candidates are: 告白を答えるように時間かかる - But it seems awfully rude and business formal to ...
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How to say "deserve" in Japanese

As in the title, how can I say "I don't deserve your present" in Japanese? Google translate tells me it's あなたのプレゼントに値しません。First off, the verb doesn't seem to be correct. Secondly, can I use を instead ...
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Is there an idiom equivalent to / similar to "gut feeling"?

Is there an expression or metaphor similar to "gut feeling", as a metaphor for one's intuition or instinctive feeling about something?
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An analogous expression to "gem"

I'm trying to find an expression akin to a "gem" in English (as defined by the OALD here): This picture is the gem (= the best) of the collection. While 宝石{ほうせき} is the literal translation of the ...
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Can なになに be used to fill in an unknown word in an example? i.e. なになにともうします。

In English you teach someone how to say their name by saying: My name is ''blah blah'' or My name is ''whatever''. Your voice drops on the words blah blah and whatever to show that your name is not ...
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What's a good onomatopoeia for “suddenly realizing, in a flash of genius”?

In a sentence like: While I was in the bath, (suddenly / in a flash of genius / …) I thought of a great plan. 風呂に入っている時に、____とすごい計画を思いついた。 Is there a good [擬情語]{gijōgo} word to fill in the ...
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Opposite of 座ります [closed]

Is there an "opposite" of 座ります?
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"On that note" in Japanese?

I was wondering if anyone knew what the equivalent of "on that note" in Japanese would be.
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What are the words for round eye and oriental eye shapes?

I know the word for eyes but I can't find the words for round and oriental eye shapes. I am thinking touyoume and marume. Thanks alot.
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Please help to translate phrase "the flying octopus" correctly [closed]

Could anyone give me a correct translation both in transcription and in hieroglyphs, please? Google translate gave me "tobu tako" couple of weeks ago, but now it offers "Hikō tako" only, so I'm kinda ...
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How do you say "oneirism" in Japanese?

I would like to know how to say the terms "oneirism"* and "oneiric film" in Japanese. I've been searching for these terms in several dictionaries ENG-JAP, but the only result I get is "not matches ...
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What are the moistened wrapped towelettes called in restaurants?

What are the moistened packaged towelettes called in restaurants? They are used to wipe the hands prior to eating. Thanks!
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What is the Japanese verb for vaping?

Is there a term for vaping? The use of flavored type devices for vaping. I found the word denki tabako for the device. I was wondering what the verb would be. Thank you.
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Is There A Japanese Word ( preferably a single Kanji ) For Owner of Black Stallion?

I am looking for a Japanese word, preferably a single Kanji character to mean "owner of black male horse". I checked some dictionaries, but could not find a single word for it. Currently, I found ...
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Is there a slang word/phrase for "Floor it"?

英辞郎 gives アクセルをべた踏みする as one of the translations of "floor it" but while this has the same meaning, it can't really be used in the imperative. I mean,「べた踏みしろー!」「べた踏みにしようぜ!」sounds rather...uncool, ...
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Is there a term for being able to understand a Kanji meaning, but unable to pronounce it?

Is there a term for being able to understand a Kanji meaning, but unable to pronounce it in Japanese?
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How to order an individiual item instead of a set?

I say 「セット」 when I order a set, and I say 「これだけ」 when I just want to order an individual item. Is there any common way to order an individual item instead of a set?
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What is the Japanese word for a 3D character artist/modeller?

If I were looking for a Japanese manga artist, I would use the Japanese characters for the word "mangaka." I need the Japanese word and characters for a word that means "3D character artist" or "3D ...
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What is the meaning of ゴト in the context of 鮎

I ate in a place with 鮎ラーメン. The store employee can't explain it but I think it's something to do with the cut of the 鮎. It was butterfly cutted. For cutting what would be the kanji for go-to. 毎? 丸毎 ...
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How do you say "I am stuck with step X"? 進まない

I am wondering how you can state that you are stuck on a specific step of a task. Can you say it this way. すみません。事前の設置手順のステップ4(git クローン)を進めないで、手伝っていただけないでしょうか? Is the 進まない the proper word?
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Japanese word meaning "sister" if the position in the family is unknown [duplicate]

I am translating the sentence from English into Japanese: On Christmas I get toys from my sister. I have no idea if the sister is older or younger than the speaker. So, if I don't want to be ...
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How do you say “or” at the beginning of a sentence?

For example, if I was saying something like “Did you buy the groceries?” and then I wanted to add “Or do you want me to?” how would I translate the “or” at the beginning? Another example: “Do you ...
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Saying “fill up”?

I work at an ice cream store that also is a gas station and we sell pints and half gallons of our ice cream in ice cream cases near the drink coolers too. How would I say “fill up” in the sense of ...
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Expressing “to” - stuff to do, a movie to see, etc

how would this use of “to” be expressed in japanese? There are three new movies to see at the theater! We have more food to eat.
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About the word 地図

こんにちはー。 私はこの間、春の夜の星座を描いてみました。きれいな形が好きで、覚えたいんです。でも、この絵は、「空の地図」と呼んだらいいですか? 地図 = 地 + 図 ですが、空は、ちがいます。そういえば、「空の図」でいいですか? どんな言葉が合っていますか?教えてください(^-^) 日本語で質問してみましたが、間違いを許してください(´∀`)
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Is there a word for non-binary in Japanese?

I’m going to Japan this summer and staying with a host family. I am a non-binary/gender-nonconforming person and I need to tell the program I’m going through in order to place me with a host family. ...
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