I think the word that gives the most confusion would be 宜しく, since for me it means something like, "please give me more concern/direction". I understand the usage, since we also say that in chinese all the time too, but its hard to word that in english.
Anyway, I get it. Thanks for all the help :)
How do you say "Heavenly fighting arts of the created", "Heavenly mystic arts of the created", "Heavenly weapon arts of the created", "Hellish fighting arts of the created", "Hellish mystic arts of the created", "Hellish weapon arts of the created", "Ultimate Soft fist", and "Ultimate hard fist"?
Need to know if ウソップの花道 means Usopp's (Amazing) Flower Garden, or Usopp's Runway (Way from audience to stage)?
I know the latter sounds stupid, but need to be sure.
my roomates and I were talking: we want to know if there is a literal translation for "moshi moshi" (not sure if I spelled it right, but it's how japanese answer the phone)
while I'm at it, does anyone pick up the phone and say konichiwa? I'm just wondering if I'd get wierd looks if I did that?
Im wondering what the japanese translation of "you are the most beautifull thing i have ever seen" :) And yeah im trying to impress my japanese "internett friend"
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"Moshi moshi?" doesn't really have any direct translation.
As for answering the phone with "Konnichiwa!", it depends. Firstly, you shouldn't use "Konnichiwa!" in the morning or the evening, obviously. Secondly, if you're not a native speaker of Japanese, certain people might laugh at you because, as in: "Hahaha, that silly tourist messed up."
And "buu" is an onomatopoeia for flatulence. "Coup de Buu" is literally "Coup de [Fart Noise]".
If anybody has any other questions, feel free to ask. Didn't even know this thread existed.
pst, look at post dates Cyringohn. :)
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"How are you?" is generally asked in the form of "Genki desu ka?", which translated to "Are you well?", as "genki" means "well, lively, etc.", "desu" is a particle used in formal conversation as a method of being curtious, and "ka" is a particle denoting that one is asking a question. You should respond with "Genki desu.", which means "[I am] well."
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Also, when trying to wake up somebody, many people also use "Moshi, moshi?".
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There's a difference between a literal translation and paraphrased translation which is meant to take cultural differences into account. Take for instance if someone was trying to translate the English idiom "stop beating around the bush" into Japanese, translating it literally would mean nothing to the Japanese speaker, instead, a knowledgeable translator would search for a similar idiom or expression that gets the same point across but the literal translation into English might sound weird to us. But it doesn't have to be an idiomatic expression some simple expressions can be expressed in so many different ways.
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