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I'm trying to study for my Japanese final and I got stuck on a question. We have to translate the following question into Japanese:
Is this your first time to come to America?
The first problem I had was not knowing the verb. I thought the question would be Amerika ni (verb in ta/da form) koto ga arimasu ka but then I remembered that that was "Have you ever gone to America?" Can someone help me with this?
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The 'no' can be dropped if you haven't learned about how that particle works yet. Basically, what you're saying is 'as for came to America, is first/start?'. Hajimete is a participle (-ing equivelant in English), which means 'start' and here is used as a noun to mean 'first time'. It's a bit confusing, but since you're supposed to find out for youself, it might be a good idea if you just try and get your head around the wording and the way the clause works in this sentence, then hopefully, you'll have better luck next time.
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I know many of you don't like always being asked to translate stuff for other people's homework all the time, but I really have tried a bunch of the online translators already.
Well, yeah -- the idea of homework is for you NOT to use automatic translators .
But I was just say "Amerika wa hajimete desu ka?"
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