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Need help translating a Japanese letter into English

Can anyone translate this Japanese letter or point me to a translation service? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Feb 2, 2014 - 3 answers

 

Need help with English names for a half Japanese baby girl.

We are trying to think of names for our impending baby girl. I am American and my husband is Japanese. We plan to give her an English first name, Japanese middle and last name. We have settled on a middle name, Miyuki (美幸). So her name thus far is _______ Miyuki xxxxshi. Criteria for English name: [1] must be easily writable in katakana (For example, Wi- isn't great, or Gl-, or x. All of these sounds can be written, but they come out complicated.) [2] must not sound silly in Japanese (this is subjective and related to [1].) [3] must not end in a long e sound, since middle and last names already do. [4] Prefer a classical name (i.e. something my Grandma would recognize as a name) but no need for it to be especially popular right now. We'll probably avoid the top five or ten most popular names. We are NOT looking for names that do double duty (which is what most of the threads I've found are about). So, not Naomi (always the first name that gets trotted out in these situations). We want a name from each culture that the grandparents on the opposite side can pronounce and that the kid can write when she gets to kindergarten. I'd especially appreciate input from fluent Japanese speakers here, and/or members of mixed families. Thanks!
posted by telepanda on Aug 8, 2013 - 52 answers

Can regular Japanese folk read English words?

Work-related question: Can the average Japanese-only speaker read and pronounce English words? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Is "What's your favorite lunch menu?" appropriate question for ESL textbook?

ELT-filter: I'm arguing that "What's your favorite lunch menu?" is Japanese-English phrasing that shouldn't be included in an English textbook. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on May 9, 2011 - 37 answers

Feeling fancy(work) free...

Calling all English word-nerds and/or Japanese translators: have you ever heard the term "fancywork" used to refer to male genitalia? [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Jun 2, 2010 - 22 answers

She's Japanese, you see, and has magic powers over shadow and darkness.

Short and sweet: what's the best way to translate "girl of darkness" to Japanese as if it were someone's formal title? I need it romanized, not in katakana or hiragana. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on May 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me name the 赤ちゃん!

BabyNameFilter: Help me name my son. Difficulty level: a boy's name that works both in Japanese and English. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 19, 2009 - 42 answers

My feet are fit

What are some totally awesome free online ESL resources that focus specifically on how to produce the correct sounds in English words for people whose native languages don't contain them? [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Apr 5, 2008 - 3 answers

What Dazai Osamu works are translated in these books?

Can anyone tell me what works of Dazai Osamu's are translated in (1) Phyllis I. Lyons's "The Saga of Dazai Osamu: A Critical Study with Translations"; and (2) James O'Brien's "Dazai Osamu: Selected Stories and Sketches"? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Mar 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Japanese Dictionaries

Any recommendations for a very good Japanese or Japanese-English dictionary? [more inside]
posted by McLir on Sep 4, 2007 - 22 answers

Why do some Japanese TV shows use difficult English phrases instead of Japanese ones?

How is the English language regarded in Japanese culture? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Aug 25, 2007 - 16 answers

Remove Japanese from dual-language PDF?

How to strip Kanji characters from .pdf? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jul 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me find a job near Ann Arbor!

RecentGradFilter: B.A. in each of English and Japanese. Where to look for a job in the Ann Arbor area? Career related to the latter is perhaps preferable but hardly a deal-breaker. [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Jun 8, 2007 - 5 answers

[japanese] ... flying knee! ... [japanese] ... why not say "flying knee" in japanese?

Why the random English words used in asian language programming? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Nov 16, 2006 - 12 answers

World getting smaller, my ass.

Anyone (non-Japanese-speaking, not based in Japan) have experience buying from Amazon.co.jp? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Mar 29, 2006 - 5 answers

Quick and dirty translation?

What does the Japanese writing on these two packages mean (in English)?
posted by onshi on Feb 7, 2006 - 13 answers

Getting back to Japan

How do I find a non-teaching job in Japan? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Dec 21, 2005 - 9 answers

Japanese-English electronic dictionary recommendations?

A friend of mine would like to buy an electronic Japanese-English dictionary. What model do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by teem on Dec 3, 2005 - 8 answers

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