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"otanoshimi ni" no henji?

Postby magma » Thu 01.19.2006 1:44 pm

Today I received an invitation to a lunch that ended with otanoshimi ni (which I think means something like, "please look forward to it."). Although I am indeed looking forward to it, I don't know what (if anything) I should say in response. Is there a standard reply to otanoshimi ni? If not, what are some ways to express "I'm looking forward to it," or "it sounds like fun," or "I can't wait"?
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RE: "otanoshimi ni" no henji?

Postby Kamaruka » Thu 01.19.2006 6:31 pm

dunno ask clay, send him a message;)
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RE: "otanoshimi ni" no henji?

Postby natemb » Thu 01.19.2006 9:26 pm

If you get an answer over PM or something, please post it here anyway, because I would like to know too! I usually just say "hai" and smile and duck my head, but it would be great to hear a better response, especially because you can't gesture in writing or on the phone.

I'll take a crack at translating your sentences in the meantime (someone please correct my mistakes or give a better explanation) :

I'm looking forward to it. ==> (____を) 楽しみにしています。
(____ wo) tanoshimi ni shiteimasu.

It sounds like fun. ==> 楽しそうです。
tanoshisou desu.

I can't wait. ==> I would translate this the same as "I'm looking forward to it." I'm pretty sure a literal translation wouldn't work.

Note: although in English we never say "please look forward to it", otanoshimi ni is quite common in Japan. For anime fans, I think it's common to hear this phrase at the end of an episode when they give you a little preview of the next one.
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RE: "otanoshimi ni" no henji?

Postby magma » Fri 01.20.2006 4:18 pm

pm'd clay.

clayさんの返事を楽しみにしています。
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RE: "otanoshimi ni" no henji?

Postby Kamaruka » Fri 01.20.2006 4:37 pm

yea natemb is right;) all it means is just have and u dont really say anything but if u want you can OK or wakata;) thanks for someone who told me that:D
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RE: "otanoshimi ni" no henji?

Postby Kamaruka » Fri 01.20.2006 4:41 pm

i thought otanoshimi ni means see u next time, oh well what u said does sound right;) thanks:D
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RE: "otanoshimi ni" no henji?

Postby clay » Sun 01.22.2006 8:48 am

Hi,

The O in front of お楽しみに is used when saying to someone else "look forward to something", so you can answer by saying something like, 「はい、楽しみにしています。 - hai, tanoshimi ni shiteimasu. - I'm looking forward to it (it will be fun)」 or 「待ち遠しいです - machi dooshii desu - I can't wait」

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RE: "otanoshimi ni" no henji?

Postby magma » Mon 01.23.2006 6:25 pm

I'm gonna get a lot of mileage out of「待ち遠しいです」. I've been waiting years to learn that! At last, no more having to say machi koto ga dekimasen and receive confused looks.
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