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How to say "How do you say~?"

I'd personally use... ~は日本語【にほんご】で何【なん】と言【い】いますか? For years, I used the... ~は日本語で何ですか? But I had a Japanese native tell me it was more natural to use it with the verb 言う (polite form is 言います). ...
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How to say "I fell on my ass"?

I fell on my ass. 「尻餅{しりもち}をついた」 「私、しりもちついちゃった。」
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How to translate ‘To be or not to be, that is the question’

This sentence is indeed regarded as one of the most difficult translation challenges. This sentence has been translated variously by many translators. Kawai Shunichiro, one of the translators of ...
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Can I eat here?/ Is it ok to eat here? in Japanese

It can be also ここで食べてもいいですか? or more casually ここで食べてもいい?
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Can I eat here?/ Is it ok to eat here? in Japanese

You are almost there. Using your words, you could connect them as such. ここで食べても大丈夫ですか? Using も after after the -te form of a verb is useful for asking questions and has a meaning similar to "even ...
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How to say "I miss ◯◯" when ◯◯ is a non-living thing?

This type of "miss" is tricky to translate. Options include: (前の携帯が)なくてつらい, なくて大変だ: if you are actually having trouble because you don't have it (前の携帯が)懐かしい: if you are just feeling ...
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How do you call someone "Tryhard"?

So here's the Urban Dictionary's definition: A person who puts a large amount of effort into achieving a certain image, or counter-image, to the point where it is obviously contrived. Rather than ...
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Does 今度 mean "this time" or "next time"?

Does 今度 mean “this time” or “next time”? It is very annoying but it has both meanings. How do you use it or interpret it? I think an answer in italki gives the best answer to OP's question. I found ...
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Question about supposedly a Japanese proverb

It's actually an observation of the Japanese people written by a Jesuit missionary: "[The Japanese people] are so crafty in their hearts that nobody can understand them. Whence it is said that ...
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What difference between ほしい (hoshii) and したい (shitai)?

The 〜たい -tai form attaches to the masu-stem of a verb to form "to want to [verb]", e.g. 食べたい tabetai "to want to eat". The form したい shitai is only the special case of 〜たい attached ...
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How to say "How do you say~?"

The general pattern is: 「something」は日本語で何ですか。 To break things down a bit: 「something」は = the phrase 日本語で = "in Japanese" 何ですか = "is what?" In this context, the で particle is used to mean "in ...
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How to say "One day at a time" in romaji

I think a simple one is 一日一歩{いちにちいっぽ} which in romaji is ichinichi ippo. This literally means "one day one step" and it bears the meaning of "one day at the time" in English. There is as well another ...
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Is an English "uppercase letters puzzle" possible in the Japanese language?

Japanese happens to have two sets of characters for representing the sounds of the language that could be used the same way. These are called hiragana and katakana. For instance here are 5 of the ...
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The word for "season" (US) or "series" (UK)?

You can use 期【き】, シリーズ, 部【ぶ】, or シーズン, all of which are common. Here are the examples taken from Wikipedia (I haven't confirmed, but presumably these reflect the official namings): けいおん! 第2期 ...
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How to say "less" in Japanese (I want to do X less)

Literal translations such as 「(もっと/より)少なく + verb + したい」 would sound unnatural... There would be several ways to say that, but off the top of my head right now, I think you could probably use 「~を少なくしたい」...
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How to say "Ok, then I take X" after your first choice is not available

For casual, which is acceptable as a client I would go with じゃあ、カレーにします。 If you want to be more polite then それなら、カレーにします。 じゃあ means : then; well; so; well then それなら means : if that's the ...
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What is the Japanese word for video views on the Internet?

How about 「[視聴]{しちょう}[回数]{かいすう}」? I think [再生]{さいせい}回数 would also work.
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What is cyan color in Japanese?

If you think of cyan in a technical sense, for example as one of the primary colours in the CMYK model (so (100,0,0,0)) (in the RGB model probably (0,255,255)), then in Japanese it would be シアン (シアン ...
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What is an appropriate, respectful, and pleasing to the other person response to the statement "Your Japanese is very good"?

The safest and easiest response a beginner can use would be どうも (dōmo) or ありがとうございます (arigatō gozaimasu). (A tourist who knows only a few Japanese words should not try to say something more ...
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How to say "go by bike"

I believe it will more sound natural if the sentence goes like this. 多くのオランダ人は自転車に乗ります。 This way it can mean "to use" "go by" or " take the" , which you want to tell.
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Word for "British"? (I don't mean "English / イギリス")

イギリス sounds like English, but actually イギリス is NOT equivalent to English. According to this web page, イギリス is an import word from Portuguese language. It originally means England, but its meaning has ...
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When talking about English 文型, how to say "a sentence"? 文章?

As you have correctly guessed, 文章 refers to a group of sentences/paragraphs. To refer to a single sentence, simply use 文, which is perfectly fine as a technical term, too. 一文 means "one sentence". ...
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Japanese equivalent to ASAP

I think there are quite a few acceptable ways to say it. Here are a few of them I can think of. 大至急 できるだけ早く lit. as soon as possible. 出来る限り早期に lit. as soon as possible. 今すぐ used ...
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How to say, "Where is the best izakaya close by to here?"

Your attempt is good, but you need to use この辺り【あたり】の instead of ここの to say "around here". この辺りのいちばんの居酒屋はどこですか。 Related: Difference between 辺り and 周り
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How to say "100% virus free"?

ウイルス等が検出されませんでした sounds more like "No virus were detected", which is different from "Virus-free". The first thing I'd like to mention is that most sophisticated Japanese e-commerce sites do not say ...
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Is there a way to say the two best?

As a prefix, you could use 二大{にだい}- as in something like 二大政党: two major parties. As a predicate, 双璧{そうへき} e.g. 奈良を訪れる(に あたって)一番いい時期(として)は、春と秋が双璧だ (though it's pointless to apply it to 2 out of only ...
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