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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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How to say “weeaboo” in Japanese?

What's the best translation of "weeaboo" in Japanese? I would define a weeaboo as a (generally derogatory term for a) non-Japanese person who is highly interested in manga, anime, Japanese video ...
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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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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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Is there a general/default word for “to wear”?

I've been introduced to 着る (for things you put on like a shirt) and 履く (for things you put on like pants) in class, but is there a general way to just say something like wear clothes? Or must the "...
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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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Trouble understanding different meanings of べつに

I know べつに can mean "nothing", (not) particularly, not a big deal, I don't care etc. But I have some trouble understanding what it means in long sentences like these. I only have an idea, ...
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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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How is 空気を読む translated into English?

I've often seen 'read the air' (literal translation) or 'read between the lines' but is there a better rendition of this concept in English? Or does it just not exist?
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What is the equivalent of 'miffed'?

In the sense of 'mildly offended/annoyed'. Is there a single word expressing this, or would it just be 少し + adjective? Example sentence: I'm miffed that he suddenly hung up yesterday.
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A name for common words that use uncommon kanji?

I didn't see a duplicate for this in the similar questions, so here goes. Is there either a list of words like this, or a name for this type of word (made of two very rare/complex kanji, but the word ...
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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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What's the original Japanese word for door, other than the loanword ドア?

I assume that ドア is a loanword from English, unless it's a big coincidence, yet, it's in the top 200 most used Japanese words by frequency, in a Japanese words by frequency list. What's the original ...
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Are there more terms similar to 上京 or 来阪 for going to Japanese cities?

I've seen that 上京する "going to Tokyo", 来阪する "going to Osaka" are used to refer to visiting these cities. What other terms are in use for visiting other cities? Which of them are commonly understood?
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A word like 猫舌{ねこじた} for spice?

Someone who can't eat piping hot food can be referred to as a 猫舌{ねこじた}. Is there an analogous word/idiomatic expression for someone who can't eat very spicy food? The closest related word I could ...
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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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How do you respond when someone knocks on the toilet door?

If you were using the toilet and someone knocked on the door what would be the common response to indicate it was occupied? I noticed some Japanese people knock back, but it is not always possible, ...
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Dragging one's feet for politeness

Having worked in a Japanese office for years, I have noticed this behavior thousands of time: An important customer rings the reception's bell. An employee 10 to 30 meters away (who has an ...
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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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What are the Japanese names of the columns in a Kana chart? (Vowels, K, S, T…)

Here is a typical Kana chart presented in gojūon order: In English, I refer to the first column in the chart as the 'vowels' and I refer to every other column in the chart with the first letter of ...
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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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What is the prefecture, city and town emblem called? [closed]

Prefectures, cities and towns have a seal/emblem associated with them. I have found the terms on JA Wikipedia to describe the flags, but not the term to describe the emblems. Thank you.
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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 sandals worn with a kimono called? [closed]

What is the term for sandals that are only worn with a kimono on special occasions?
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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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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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Is there a term for Japanese characters as a whole?

There are kanji, katakana and hiragana, but is there a native word or phrase for the union of these sets?
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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 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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How would I ask for a persons Age, Sex, and Location (ASL) in Japanese?

The abbreviation means age, sex and location, and is used frequently in English speaking chatsites during introductions. Is there a similar term used in Japanese chatsites?
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Is the term moai used in Japanese?

It is a group of people who get together monthly, to contribute and receive emotional assistance, advice, and financial support on a rotating basis. The term is called moai in Okinawa, but it may be a ...
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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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