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Old 2006-09-08, 13:52   Link #101
hooliganj
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you just need one more letter:
うめる

or in katakana:
ウメル

both sound like "oo-me-ru".
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Old 2006-09-08, 20:13   Link #102
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I have another translation question I hope some kind person can answer. The line in question is:

こんなののどこがいいんだか...

Context - Said by a girl to her brother. The brother is going out (don't know where, but it is implied that he is meeting someone) and his sister is worried about him (don't know why). Near as I can figure out, she is asking if he will be somewhere where she can call him, or he can call her. But I'm certain that I'm not parsing this sentence properly. Can someone please help?
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Old 2006-09-08, 20:33   Link #103
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"What's so good about her?" or more liberally translated "What makes you attracted to her?"
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Old 2006-09-08, 23:27   Link #104
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Thank you very much, Sylf. I missed the meaning of that line completely. I'll have to backtrack and see how I went so far off course....
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Old 2006-09-10, 14:03   Link #105
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Brief chinese translation please

Quote:
楼主好强哦
指挥官论坛的帖子都被你搜到了
就是太冤了
我们从西方转贴过来 现在又转贴回西方了
^_^

Could someone tell me what that says?
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Old 2006-09-14, 21:11   Link #106
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I need help from fluent Japanese speakers. D:

How would you say "May peace prevail on earth" in Japanese?

I got the kanji down I just don't know how to pronunciate/say it.
If it isn't too much of course I'd surely appreciate your help in my time in need XD
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Old 2006-09-30, 22:37   Link #107
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chaoz
I always thought
dammit = su shou and
shit = ku shou

BTW can anyone tell me what 'animasen' means?
sh!t= kuso
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Old 2006-11-01, 01:06   Link #108
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the meaning of the word 萌

i have seen the word 萌 appear in many animes and japanese related news, i thought it meant "sexy" or "cute" but im not sure of it, can any expert explain to me what does it mean?
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Old 2006-11-01, 04:29   Link #109
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The actual meaning of the kanji is sprouting or budding.

In the context you are talking of, it's the moe pronounciation, and it does mean someone attractive.

For more detail on the slang then you probably care for, you can look to Wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moť
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Old 2006-11-01, 05:56   Link #110
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What does arimasu mean? (Not arimasen)

I know it's one of the ending verbs, but a character in Shakugan no Shana uses it in about 80% of her sentences. (10% being arimasen and 10% being nothing special)
its just a character habit that she attaches 'de arimasu' to the end of all the sentences that she says. in my opinion i guess its also to emphasize whatever she says. Plus those sentence ending particles like yo, na, ka etc, Wilhermina actually puts it behind her 'de arimasu' as in 'de arimasu na', 'de arimasu ka' etc..
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Old 2006-11-01, 06:04   Link #111
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Shinova View Post
Quote:
楼主好强哦
指挥官论坛的帖子都被你搜到了
就是太冤了
我们从西方转贴过来 现在又转贴回西方了
^_^
Could someone tell me what that says?
err is this chinese? haha

it seems to me like:

1. xxxx (think it means master) is very strong/powerful.
2. the plans/discussions by the generals have all been discovered (by you).
3. (dunno what third line means. literal translation seems to be: it's too innocent...but i think it sort of mean taking too much trouble to travel all the way (in line with line 4) )
4. we were transferred from the west side, and now we had to turn back to the west.
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Old 2006-11-14, 12:09   Link #112
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Milkyway in Japanese is?

Just wondering, does anyone know what Milkyway in japanese is?

Not hanzi, but those japanese symbols.
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Old 2006-11-14, 12:31   Link #113
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あまのがわ (amanogawa), if you don't care about whether it's the form being used today, that's just off the top of my head.

If you want the other terms try wwwjdic
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Old 2006-11-14, 21:36   Link #114
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あまのがわ (amanogawa), if you don't care about whether it's the form being used today, that's just off the top of my head.

If you want the other terms try wwwjdic
wow...does it literally mean "sky's river"?

totally interesting like chinese~
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Old 2006-11-15, 00:58   Link #115
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wow...does it literally mean "sky's river"?
Yes it does. If you write it with kanji, it becomes 天の川.
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Old 2006-11-15, 18:56   Link #116
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[Study] - Japanese Speakers Needed!

Hello, everyone. I apologize about tying up this forum with this, but...

I'm posting this here because I'm running into brickwalls and major hurdles towards the end of my semester as a linguistics student. For my Conceptual Theories of Metaphor class, I've been given the task of conducting a study of native and non-native speakers of the Japanese language and how they translate certain things from one language to another. The only problem with this is I can't include my own translation because that would basically make for a somewhat biased research. So, I need some people who are native speakers as well as people who are fluent in the language to assist me with this task. Below is the information regarding the assigment::

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Metaphorical Analysis: A Study of Native/Non-Native Speakers Interpretations
LIN356

OVERVIEW

Thank you for taking the time to assist me in my research for my final exam. The hypothesis that I am trying to determine with this project has to do with how native Japanese speakers and non-native Japanese speakers translate from one language to another. My belief is that there is something that is lost in translation when a native-English speaker, who understands Japanese, translates. Therefore, in order to test this hypothesis, I am giving the same two articles (a poem and a song) to a group of native Japanese speakers and non-native Japanese speakers to translate.

INSTRUCTIONS

Below are the two pieces that I have selected for translation. The basis that I need for this is a literal translation as well as a metaphorical translation (if possible). I understand that there are certain things which cannot be translated accurately, or if they are translated, they donít have the same meaning. One such example that I can think of would be the stanza from a song entitled ďFutureĒ. 「水面のざわめきは風の歌」. The conclusion that I came to from this particular line is that it is an image metaphor, which actually loses its meaning when translated into English (The song of the wind is a ripple on the waters surface).
If there are ambiguities with a particular line, please make a note of it if at all possible. I chose these two particular literary pieces because I believe they are something that is more challenging to translate because of the deep meaning that they have.

CONCLUSION

Based on the results from this study, I will be able to not only show different understandings of how people view metaphors, in terms of their own interpretation, but also how non-native speakers change or perceive foreign metaphors and try and convey them in their own language.
Next, here are the two items that I've selected. They are both from Hikaru Utada, and I believe that they are both powerful pieces to use for this excercise.

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Originally Posted by Deep River --POEM--
二つの鏡が向き合い、音を立てて反射し合った。
自分によく似た人に出会った時、私はそんな音を立てるだろう。

子供も大人も、鏡に映る自分を見るのが好きだ。映されようと夢中になり自分も
また鏡であることを忘れれば、人は静かな空間をもてあまし虚しさを覚える。

私は鏡だ。
光の届かない場所で動けずにいる者に手を差し伸べるのではなく、できる限り近
くに自分を置く。そして同じ景色を観る。痛みは、誰かと共感できたなら気持ち
良いものに変わるということを知っている。悲しみが減るのでも世界が変わるわ
けでもないが、私の中で反転された世界は確かに新しい景色に見えた。誰もが自
分に似たものを探している。どんなに自分が嫌いであろうとも、自分に似たもの
なら愛せる。尊敬や憧れという感情には、愛が無い。然るに人が一生の中で最も
愛すのは、世界で一番似ている人ーーー自分の子供。

私は子供だ。
正しい道を進んでると信じているから、途中で捨てたもの、あきらめたものを、
犠牲だなんて思わない。

空が目を閉じる。
And the next,

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Originally Posted by Deep River --SONG--
点と点をつなぐように
線を描く指がなぞるのは
私の来た道それとも行く先

線と線を結ぶ二人
やがてみんな海に辿り着き ひとつになるから
怖くないけれど

いくつもの河を流れ
わけも聞かずに
与えられた名前とともに
全てを受け入れるなんて
しなくていいよ
私たちの痛みが今 飛び立った

剣と剣がぶつかり合う音を
知る為に託された剣じゃないよ
そんな矛盾で誰を守れるの

何度も姿を変えて
私の前に舞い降りたあなたを
今日は探してる
どこでも受け入れられようと
しないでいいよ
自分らしさというツルギを皆授かった

時には流れを変えて
何も持たずに
与えられた名前とともに
全てを受け入れるなんて
しなくていいよ
潮風に向かい鳥たちが今飛び立った
So, if you've made it this far, the things that I'm looking for are a literal translation of both pieces and a metaphorical translation. The point is to see what is lost in translation from the perspective of a non-native speaker who may be fluent in the language, but doesn't understand all the metaphors.

To those that help, please provide a name (doesn't have to be real) so you can be credited in the end. If you wish to use your real name, please feel free to PM me. It will only be used for this project and nothing more. I'm hoping that I can get some people to assist me with this because it's really important to me and my teacher is riding my case about it because it's something he's really interested in seeing.

Many thanks if you help,

-- Deacon Blues
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戦うことに存在意義があるのかもしれない。
戦っている人間には充実感がある。
そして、戦っている人間が汚れて見えないのも事実だ」

So why do people fight, anyway?
Perhaps the meaning of existence lies within their will to fight.
People feel a sense of accomplishment through battle.
And itís also a fact that the ones actually fighting are never perceived as being tainted.
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Old 2006-12-13, 19:24   Link #117
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Archaic Chinese? What?

A coworker of mine has a Chinese tapestry at home that was smuggled out to Hong Kong in the late sixties where it was bought for twenty five American dollars. Now, there is a phrase/verse/whatever on it. Since I know absolutely no chinese, I can kinda interpret some of the kanji based on what I know from Japanese, but the rest is just beyond me. So, if anyone knows that this means, a translation would be great!

www.zeonic-republic.net/chinese.jpg

Someone told me that it is archaic Chinese or something. I scan show you a picture of the warlord on it if that will help...
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「では、人間は、何故、戦うのか?
戦うことに存在意義があるのかもしれない。
戦っている人間には充実感がある。
そして、戦っている人間が汚れて見えないのも事実だ」

So why do people fight, anyway?
Perhaps the meaning of existence lies within their will to fight.
People feel a sense of accomplishment through battle.
And itís also a fact that the ones actually fighting are never perceived as being tainted.
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Old 2006-12-13, 20:22   Link #118
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Looks like good old modern Chinese to me.
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Old 2006-12-14, 08:32   Link #119
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I don't know if the op's question was answered....... It probably was, but, http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/onepiece/opwanted.htm..... That should help. lol
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Old 2006-12-18, 07:45   Link #120
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Say "Reseed" in Different Languages?

Nowadays, there are a lot of websites in other languages providing the torrents we seek. Since the war waged against P2P is raging right now in Japan and U.S., pretty soon we are going to have to learn to say "reseed" in another language.
I, in fact, need to learn to say it in Spanish, but it's not really a word that would appear in the dictionary, but that's just tough luck... I will do it the American way and just ask them to "reseed."
So just how do you say "reseed" in different languages? Can anyone answer that?
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