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What am I going to do with you?

Postby a432 » Wed 12.14.2005 5:42 pm

How would I say that in japanese? I thought to my self and this is what I came up with, please help in any way you can.

watashi wa anata to nani o shimasu ka?
\"The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.\"
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RE: What am I going to do with you?

Postby Infidel » Thu 12.15.2005 3:41 pm

to -> ni
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RE: What am I going to do with you?

Postby Harisenbon » Fri 12.16.2005 8:38 am

私はあなたに何をしますか。
Would translate to "What am I going to do *to* you." If that's the meaning that you wanted, than by all means. ;) It's not often said.
私はあなたに何を出来ますか?
"What can I do for you?" is more common.

I'm curious if you want a literal translation (as in, what are we going to do this afternoon) or if you want a context-sensitive one (wherein you're disappointed in someone). Depending on which meaning you want, the way you would say it would be different.
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RE: What am I going to do with you?

Postby Infidel » Sat 12.17.2005 1:11 am

thanks
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RE: What am I going to do with you?

Postby tgmerritt » Sat 12.17.2005 3:36 am

a432 - Do you mean "what am I going to do with you?" as in "you're a lot of trouble, whatever shall I do?" ?

That was my first impression (I could be wrong), but I would say -

あの子どげんしようかねぇ〜

This means "What am I going to do with that kid?"

It's ridiculously hard to translate the spirit of the English sentence because Japanese parents are notorious for turning a blind eye to their childrens' faults. Culturally, it's just not something you say.

Oh I should point out that that's in my local Hakata dialect :o
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RE: What am I going to do with you?

Postby a432 » Sat 12.17.2005 4:15 pm

I wanted a "context-sensitive one (wherein you're disappointed in someone)" and thinking about it now I don't know why I even thought I could traslate that because something like that is unqiue to each langauage because it's more like an expression than anything else. But to satify my curosity tell me how you would say it, even if they don't actually say it as tgmerritt suggested.

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RE: What am I going to do with you?

Postby AJBryant » Sun 12.18.2005 4:29 pm

Try something like "Dou shou mo nai yatsu, na." (which means, roughly, "you're a guy who just can't do anything right, aren't you?" or "You're someone we just can't do anything with.")

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RE: What am I going to do with you?

Postby Harisenbon » Sun 12.18.2005 7:39 pm

どうしょうもないやつ X
どうしうもないやつ O

しよう and しょう always screw me up. ;)
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