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Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby ruisu81 » Mon 06.25.2007 7:55 pm

I would like to use the expression to say I'm looking forward to seeing it. Here's what I got so far:

私は見にそれが欲しいな
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私はそれに見てみます

Am I close?
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Mon 06.25.2007 8:16 pm

楽しみにしています is usually the idiom for looking forward to something. It's not necessarily to specify "seeing it" unless you really have to.
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby SirFirestorm » Mon 06.25.2007 8:18 pm

I am still a beginner but,

見 means "to look" as in see something with your eyes.
It doesnt translate literally from english like that.

If you are looking forward to an event ... I think 楽しみ would be the word you are looking for. Unless perhaps you are looking forward to watching a movie?
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby ruisu81 » Mon 06.25.2007 8:29 pm

楽しみ, looks good, thank you. Didn't even realize I was trying to go from English to Japanese...that never works. My bad!
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby tanuki » Mon 06.25.2007 10:25 pm

Didn't even realize I was trying to go from English to Japanese...that never works.


Of course it works sometimes, but the probability of a direct translation working decreases greatly when translating idioms.

Just think about it, when you say that you are "looking forward to the party", you aren't really looking, right?
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby clay » Mon 06.25.2007 11:49 pm

I used to have big trouble saying 見た instead of あった for 'seeing' someone.

Someone would ask if I ran into so and so and I would say 見たよ!errr あったよ!
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby emanyueru » Mon 07.02.2007 5:28 am

Another colloquial expression used is 首を長くして、待つ (くびをながくしてまつ)
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby juddcarlos2003 » Mon 07.02.2007 1:13 pm

I would say:
たのしみにしててね!
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby hungryhotei » Mon 07.02.2007 1:58 pm

juddcarlos2003 wrote:
I would say:
たのしみにしててね!


Only if you wanted someone else to look forward to it.
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby ruisu81 » Mon 07.02.2007 3:16 pm

@ tanuki ~ Exactly!

clay wrote:
I used to have big trouble saying 見た instead of あった for 'seeing' someone.

Someone would ask if I ran into so and so and I would say 見たよ!errr あったよ!


Hmm...would someone care to explain あった? Because if someone asked me that I think I'd have the same problem.
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 07.02.2007 3:20 pm

to see is miru.. right? to meet is au... right? when you go to see someone, you are actually going to meet them.. right? do you see the connection now?
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby ruisu81 » Mon 07.02.2007 3:33 pm

Yes, thank you. Starting learning the -te form yesterday. I still don't think I would have gotten that with out the kanji though! :D
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby juddcarlos2003 » Mon 07.02.2007 9:50 pm

hungryhotei wrote:
juddcarlos2003 wrote:
I would say:
たのしみにしててね!


Only if you wanted someone else to look forward to it.


oh, okay. thanks
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RE: Expression for "I'm looking forward to it"

Postby Bucko » Tue 07.03.2007 8:25 am

Haha, I remember once asking a Japanese girl この前彼を見たときはいつでしたか, which translates to "when was the last time you watched your boyfriend". Since then I have never made the same mistake.
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