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英和訳. Finding a Japanese equivalent of an English word or expression, especially when a straight translation to Japanese might have different connotations from the original English phrase.

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How can I accurately convey conditional statements using the various conditional forms like 〜たら, 〜なら, and 〜えば? [duplicate]

I often find myself hesitating when choosing between these forms in conversations or when writing. I've noticed that native speakers use these forms differently based on the context, and I'd like to ...
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How to translate [How can it possibly take this long to....?!] sentences

In English, for example, if you say "How can it possibly take this long [to release a game]?!" you are expressing anger and impatience. In Japanese, can you express that same anger and ...
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How to call a singing voice powerful?

If I wanted to say "Mika Kobayashi has a powerful singing voice", for example, could I say 小林みかさんは力を持つ歌声があります。 Or is there a better way to say it.
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How would you express the phrasing “Courtesy of [x]” in Japanese?

I’m having a bit of trouble figuring out how to phrase this sort of thing. I’m thinking of this in the context of “acknowledging that someone has formally done a service for another”. Examples might ...
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In UI/UX design, what word in Japanese is used for "mockup"?

Is there a more standard term than "デザインモックアップ"?
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How do you say, "Sorry, we're closed for today."? [closed]

I am still studying Nihongo and I'm literally at the very basic part of characters but I had to say to a customer that our shop was closed for today, and I ended up embarrassing myself. Please help me ...
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演じる for performing in tv/movies/anime

I know the verb 演じる is used for performing on stage, but can it be used for tv shows/movies/anime as well? For example, can I say 3月のライオンというTVアニメで花澤香菜さんは演じました。
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Past conditional with ていても/ていた

I've looked into this and it seems they are multiple ways with multiple nuances of saying "if (A) would have happened, then (B) would have happened. (third conditional ?) My question is about: ...
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Count(s), as in the legal definition of count, in Japanese

How would you say "count" as in the legal term counting up the number of legal charges against a person? Or, rather, what is the counter word for a number of legal charges in Japanese? Is it ...
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A proposed tool about the use of は and が and about the use of "the" and "a" in English

UPDATE: Based on the discussion below, I now see that my proposal is not valid. But still, I want to make a clarification about the following proposal, anyway. Just please keep in mind that I'm ...
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How do I split "Hanako ate the sushi" at a grammatical level?

Disclaimer: I'm not a Japanese learner, but I'm attempting a translation of a book, which has got a few examples in Japanese, among other languages, and I'd like to use Japanese characters, beside the ...
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Turning adjective+すぎる into adverbs

Suppose I want to say "He was taken from us too soon." Could I do this by using 早い->早すぎる->早すぎて and writing the sentence this way? 彼は、私達から、早すぎて奪われました。
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How do you say “My car is not big. But, it’s not small either”?

I am having trouble finding out if I’m correct on this. The statement I would like to translate is, My car is not big, but it’s not small either. With the knowledge I have, it would be ...
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How would a native speaker say, 'which is' or 'that is'?

An English example would be, 'We have seen a lot of changes, which are good for business.' or a follow-up question in a casual conversation, '..Which is?' I was wondering if they have an exact word or ...
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How do you say 'My father and I share the same birthday'?

I am a total beginner in Japanese. If I were to translate it with the knowledge I have, it would be: わたし の おとうさん と わたし の たんじょうび は [insert Japanese word for 'share'] です. The setting would be as if I ...
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Is there a general way to communicate the idea of a non-A where A is any noun? [duplicate]

I’m trying to say “Survivorship bias is a logical fallacy that leads to the consideration of survivors as opposed to non-survivors.” Is there a way to say non-survivors, or more so non-anything? For ...
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Can てしまう mean 'end up' with a positive connotation?

While てしまう is how you say 'end up' when it's something regrettable, Can you also use it to say 'end up' if it's something good and unexpected such as: I ended up making friends with everyone at the ...
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What is the Japanese onomatopoeia for radio static?

Something like "Bzzz". I'm thinking it's either ブーン or ザーザー, but I can't find any source to really confirm it. Thanks.
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How to say "He wants it less spicy" in Japanese

Whats the best way to tell someone, that a person wants something less spicy? あまり辛くほしくない would be a way to say it differently, but I'm looking for "less...".
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Is 突如 the right word for ''suddenly'' in 私の目が突如目覚めた?

As context, I'm trying to write Japanese lyrics for a song (so it's okay if it sounds more poetic instead of natural in daily speech). I'm trying to say ''Suddenly, my eyes were opened'' meaning ''I ...
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How to say "allow" in Japanese? [closed]

How to say "allow" in Japanese? My dictionary gives the word 許す yurusu, however I don't know how to use it, and which word must be used instead, across the different specific meanings of &...
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How would I express that I'm an American with Indian heritage?

I'm an American citizen, born and raised here, who speaks English as my only native language. Both my parents are Indian and I look Indian. What is a natural way of conveying all this? Saying just ...
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How to politely say "I wonder..."

In Japanese, when speaking casually, if I want to say I wonder if that computer was expensive, I believe, I would say そのコンピューターは高かったかな But how do you say "I wonder if that computer was ...
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How to say "There are two of each"?

Say I have 8 tea bags, and there are two of each type of tea bag; 2 early gray, 2 mint tea, ... . How can I say "there are two of each (kind)"?
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How to talk about T-posing

If I wanted to say something like, Whenever I play such-and-such game, the characters always end T-posing. 〇〇ゲームをすると、キャラクターはいつもTポーズになってしまいます。 Or is this said a different way? Is there more than one ...
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"sounds familiar" or "it rings a bell" phrases but a Japanese version

Was practicing some conversations when I came across those two phrases. How would you answer something like: ゲーム会社「カプコン」の名作「ヴァンパイア」シリーズを知っていますか。 with the Japanese equivalent of "it sounds ...
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Is the name ラーメンバー appropriate for this situation? [closed]

I'm drawing an izakaya where a person is eating ramen and having a beer. I was thinking 'ラーメンバー' would be a fitting name for the sign in front. I want to know if this is strange in any way as I don't ...
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Can the "&"-symbol (ampersand) be used in Japanese to connect two language names?

For example, is this correct and commonly understood by Japanese-readers: "日本語 & 英語" which should represent "Japanese & English" and denote a bilingual edition of a ...
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Are these sentences natural? If not, is the grammar at least correct? [closed]

Are these sentences natural? If not, is the grammar at least correct? For 2 years, my goal was to pass the JLPT N3. Since passing in December, I've rarely studied Japanese at all. I've already ...
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Standard Japanese Youtube phrases for ending a video

I've been searching various Japanese Youtube videos trying to find the equivalent of "Remember to like/comment/subscribe, and hit the notification bell". So far the closest thing I've found ...
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Is "doggu cheese" really Japanese, or slang in Japanese?

In this part of this funny video: https://youtu.be/eXpyr0aVkHM?t=1159 The girl says "mother talk dog cheese" in English, trying to translate "My mother told me that it was cheese for ...
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what does "そうなんだよな" mean? (in the context of the following sentence/image)) [closed]

そうなんだよな そもそもオレが 旅を始めた 理由って ここのくじらを 見ることであって 終着点に 来てしまった 今 次のことなんか まだ 考えもつかず 綺麗だったな くじら
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How do you express "have to" in order to talk about a non-obligatory, but obvious course of action?

In English, "has to" and "have to" serve to express obligations (as in "must", like in the classic example of having to do homework), and also work for when one wants to ...
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what meaning "...ほんとにあった"?

What does ほんとにあった mean? (translation), the context appears in the image but I explain: they went to the shore of a lake to look for herbs for their friend who is sick, and the bird, thanks to being ...
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How to say 'fleshed out' as in 'complete'

If I want to say: "You should read the book. The story is more fleshed out", can I say 本を読んだほうがいいです。話はより肉付けされるんです。
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Adaptation as in a 'Movie adaptation'

If I want to say something like: This movie was adapted from a novel この映画は小説から適応されました。 Is this the right way to say it?
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does genki desu means how are you? or I'm fine?

does genki desu mean "how are you?" or "I am fine"
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Difference between 火花 and スパーク

When talking about sparks, what is the difference between 火花 and スパーク? If I want to describe a spark of static electricity, which word is better to use? Can either of these words be used ...
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Describing computers as 'fast' or powerful'

When describing a computer as 'fast' or 'powerful' what are the right adjectives to use Can I use these adjectives respectively, or do I have to use something else for computers? 強力な 速い
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Past tense when noun clause is in the middle of the sentence

For this sentence, how does past tense apply with noun clauses Mr Suzuki was writer who wanted to live near the forest Do I say 鈴木さんは森林の近くに住みたい作家でした。 or 鈴木さんは森林の近くに住みたかった作家でした。
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How to say 'possessed' as in haunted by a ghost

Could I say these sentences this way? Hanako was possessed by a ghost. 花子さんは幽霊に憑依されました。 A ghost possessed Hanako 幽霊は花子さんを憑依しました。
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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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How do you translate, "Please take this (gift) as a token of my gratitude / appreciation"?

Please take this as a token of my gratitude. As an attempt, I have 「感謝を表現するのために、はいどうぞ!」(casual) Is this correct? If so, is there a more literal yet still natural way to translate it?
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What is the difference between デービッド and デイビット for a name, is it purely the sound?

Many online Katakana generators will create デービッド for the name David but looking at some texts you'll see デイビット. Is there a difference to how the name is being used, e.g. in a sentence, or is it ...
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How to say, "You call this toy an 'X'?"

(I hope to never be this rude to someone by saying such a phrase.) Context: I would like to use it as a caption for a piece of art for a game, where a character unlocks a type of weapon after a ...
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How do you talk about a word or phrase itself?

Basically, I want to know how to talk about the meta properties of a word or phrase while mentioning said word or phrase in the same sentence. Maybe って is somehow involved, but I don't know even know ...
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How to naturally say "I did X when I should have done Y"

If I want to say, for example" I used the "write" kanji when I should have used the "draw" kanji. Do I say it like this, or is there a better way? 「描く」の漢字を使ったほうがいい時、「書く」...
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Can I use this name since it is the same?

My name is Annaka. There is a city in Japan called 安中 (Annaka) spelled and sounds the exact same way. Can I use “安中” to refer to myself? If not, what variation could I use?
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How to say 'working late' for a salaried job

If you work at a salaried job and you want to say "I'm working late today" Can you say 今日、遅く働いています 今日、残業しています or do you say it another way?
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are たときに and たら equivalent?

I was trying to say I'll give you a chance when I learn to love again I thought that I have to say something like 再び愛することを学んだら...何かする because that time of learn how to love again will come for ...
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