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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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A word used in fandoms “headcanon”-is there a word in Japanese for it?

I talk with a couple of Japanese users on social media and I was wondering what other words can I use to say "Oh, I have this theory", or "I imagine this and that about those characters". Up until now ...
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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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What is it called when staff at a clothes shop serves a customer

Is this service called サービス or are there better verbs? e.g. 接する
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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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How do I make my translation less stilted or flow similar to the original Japanese?

I'm translating the following line of dialogue spoken by Character A to Character B. 「怖がらなくてもいいわ。もう襲ったりしないから」 The translations I made are the following: "There’s no need to be afraid. Because I ...
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Best Way To Write “Wonderful Cousin” — Subarashī Itoko?

I am making a jewelry box for a cousin who enjoys Japanese language and culture and would like to write "wonderful cousin" on the lid. Is Subarashī Itoko — すばらしい いとこ — be the best translation? Would ...
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How do you say “canon” as in “official for a story universe”?

There's specific words out there like 正典 meant for the Bible, but what's the common term for referring to a story. As in "the Christmas Special isn't canon for the Star Wars universe". I figure there ...
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What is the Japanese phrase for “art of the horse”?

Does bajutsu 馬術 refer to the use of weapons on horseback, or less specifically the art of the horse riding and horsemanship? I'm trying to work out if bajutsu is the horse equivalent to kyūjutsu 弓術, ...
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ことわざ for staying out of things you don't understand

Is there a ことわざ which means "don't talk about things you don't understand"?
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How would you translate “more” for use as an interface button?

I'm working on an interface that includes several tabs to organize information about a topic. In the English version, the last tab is labeled "More", and it shows additional details about the topic. ...
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How to say someone “feels distant”

I've looked through ALC and Jisho but I couldn't find a good expression to convey that someone feels "distant" especially in a romantic setting. The best word that I found in Jisho/ALC was よそよそしい. ...
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How to say “about” as in “to read about”

I wonder how to say something like Now I'm reading about ways to get to Kyoto from Tokyo. I know the necessary words but I wonder how to say this "about". Will it be okay if I just write this? ...
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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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What does it mean to end a sentence with ひとつだけ?

I came across a sentence that ends with ひとつだけ in a book and searching on jisho gave me zero results (https://jisho.org/search/ひとつだけ); nor did searching for the individual parsing of what I remember ...
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How to say “Some” in Japanese

I need to communicate that I am allergic to some sunscreens (but not all). I know that 'some' is a difficult concept to get across in Japanese, so how would I say it in this specific case? ie. "(...
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What is the Japanese word for a judge in a court of law?

I have looked up judge, but I am finding a number of words and am not sure how they are different. Is there a general word that is most common? Words I found include: saibankan 裁判官 saibannin ...
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How do I say ''Idle animation'' in Japanese?

I want to know how to say the term ''idle animation'' in Japanese. It's what a character from a videogame does when standing still for too long. Ex: Sonic. I have seen people in twitter use ''...
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Being caught in an act?

What would be the proper way to phrase such an action, particularly in a casual way? Say, the phrase “Oh, I guess you caught me.” How might a native speaker say this? I know in a criminal context of ...
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Difference between 七転び八起き and 七転八起

I really need someones help and PRONTO!! So I have finally decided my next Japanese Kanji tattoo! :) BUT I got one problem when I was doing some research on "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." I ...
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I can't identify this kanji ( kanji 当ても)

I've decided to read manga in japanese again, I left it for a couple of years so now I'm out of practice and in need of help. It must be a really simple one but still I want to understand without ...
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What is the right word for existential goal?

I am looking for a Japanese word that corresponds to life goal. It does not refer to getting a good salary job, marrying with dream S.O., buying exotic cars, or other materialistic/worldly targets. ...
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Appropriate word for “fellow”

I've been wondering how to appropriately say the phrase "My fellow members" lately and I've come up with the phrase 「僕の仲間のメンバーたち」but I feel like there's a more appropriate word for it. Is there a ...
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How can I say “self-love” in Japanase?

How can I say "self-love" in japanese, when you love yourself in a healthy way, not egoism? Is 自愛 (Jiai) ok? And does the two pics mean same thing, with diff calligraphy?
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Japanese term for morning office mantra ritual

This is a follow-on question to this question which was asked on the English Language stack. The phenomenon in question is the typical Japanese workplace ritual where team members will begin the day ...
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Generic Japanese greeting new people?

The most commonly cited one is Konnichiwa, but knowing that is time specific, can it be used generically in all hours of the day as a "hello" instead of a specific "good afternoon"? Ohayou and ...
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Is there a name for the ending year of an era?

[元]{がん}[年]{ねん} is a term for the first year of an era, i. e. 平成元年=1989 starting with 8 January. But what is the term of the ending one, i. e. 2019 for Heisei?
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How to say “This is how I do […]”?

私はかんじをべんきょうします。 This literally says "I study kanji". But I would like to say "This is how I study kanji." or "I will show you how I study kanji". Can anyone help with this structure?
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How to translate “Fill” (in a form)

Say I have a form with differents fields to fill. How do I translate to japanese the word "Fill" (For example I have a button that when pressed will fill all the fields automatically)
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Is there a gender-specific way of using 先輩 or 後輩?

My motivation behind this question is that I want to translate the Chinese word "学妹" into Japanese. 学妹, as you probably have guessed already, refers to a female 後輩. A male 先輩 is 学长,female 先輩 is 学姐,...
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Difference between おかあさん and ははおや

What is the difference between these two terms for the word «mother»? おかあさん ははおや Is there a difference in politeness/register in addressing someone, our some other form of difference between these ...
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Japanese equivalent for “Beta” as in software prototype or early release?

What are the most common terms used by the software industry in Japan to list software as "beta" as in an early release. And how would they translate literally to American English? Beta software ...
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Is it possible to “be confident in” without using 信 and implying having “faith”?

In academic fields, particularly in science, practitioners are often careful to to say they have confidence in something rather than saying they believe in it. Example: "I am confident the theory of ...
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Does 同級生 mean “classmate” instead of “batchmate” despite the meanings of the individual kanji?

I was looking for the word "batchmate" (entered the same year as you/in the same school grade, i.e. in between 先輩 and 後輩), and found some answers (1,2) on this site that gives 同級生 as a ...
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Is using 人口 when referencing animal populations alright?

I am writing about that Isle of Dogs movie and I wanted to write 日本の犬の人口. Since it has the character for person in it, I was wondering if it is appropriate for animals. Any help would be appreciated!
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What is the word or set-phrases of “grinding/grindy gameplay” as opposed to “power-leveling” in formal/informal Japanese

Background: Japanese online games are known for its grinding process while people often find a way to "power-level" in a certain way so that they can bypass the 'grindy process'. I have difficulties ...
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What is the word for an independent-minded person? What is the opposite of that word?

I'm looking for two words: a word that means an independent-minded person and its opposite. Not necessarily a rebel or someone who wants to stand out, but someone who is comfortable sticking with what ...
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How to say “I am confused”?

I have found the following examples in http://tatoeba.org/jpn/ 頭{あたま}が混乱{こんらん}している。I'm confused. 本当{ほんとう}に参{まい}りましたね。I'm really confused. Are these examples a natural way to deliver the idea of ...
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How to say “to know how to do something”

Is there a generic formula to express "to know how to do something"? I know how to ask a question in the second person "How do you do something?", e.g. How do you write "Yasuda" in kanji? 「やすだ」...
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Issues translating “get an ultrasound.”

Talking about pregnancy with my Japanese friends has been a challenge because I have struggled to translate some English concepts. Ultrasound is one of those words. 超音波{ちょうおんぱ} is the word I find ...
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What are the pizza delivery guys called?

I was thinking of the word ピザ配達者, or ピザ人、but it doesn't read right.
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What does “kittie-kittie-kittie” mean and how is it spelled correctly (in transcription) [closed]

What does the most famous line of the movie Audition (Ôdishon, 1999) mean and how is it transcribed correctly using Latin letters? It sounds (!) like "kittie, kittie, kittie, kittie, kittie" and is ...
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What is the proper way to use 初回?

How would you say, I saw that movie for the first time? Would you use 初回 or a different word like 第一回? What are the differences between using these words to describe the "first time" doing something ...
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What is the proper term for a bug fix with respect to Software Development

In English, when dealing with Software Development we sometimes refer to the word "fix" in order to describe some code change which makes an attempt to fix a bug, or problem in the code. For example: ...
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What is the name for a blackboard eraser? [closed]

I found the term 消しゴム but the definition refers to a pencil eraser. Is there a name for a blackboard eraser? Thank you. https://jisho.org/word/%E6%B6%88%E3%81%97%E3%82%B4%E3%83%A0