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Can someone check this?

Postby IvanGirderboot » Fri 04.07.2006 1:59 am

Long time reader, 1st time poster.

Am trying to translate: "We are starting again."

I have "watashi tachi ga saido kaishi desu."

Is this right? even close? Thanks!
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RE: Can someone check this?

Postby pipin » Fri 04.07.2006 6:02 am

IvanGirderboot wrote:
Am trying to translate: "We are starting again."

I have "watashi tachi ga saido kaishi desu."

Is this right? even close? Thanks!


That was a good try.

Actually I understand it, but you want it to be more natural Japanese, it would be:

"watashi tachi wa saido kaishi shimasu".
or
"watashi tachi wa saido kaishi suru".
or
"watashi tachi wa mata hajime masu. (This is the most natural Japanese).

"ga" should be "wa" and also "desu" should be "suru" or "shimasu" when we use "kaishi".
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RE: Can someone check this?

Postby Zeo » Fri 04.07.2006 6:20 am

these forumz wd often bear sentnces without a subject and ovviously without a clear predicate....

O_o I wonder if I'm ever gonna understand what you are trying to say in your messages on this board.
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RE: Can someone check this?

Postby AJBryant » Fri 04.07.2006 11:34 am

Am trying to translate: "We are starting again."

I have "watashi tachi ga saido kaishi desu."

Is this right? even close? Thanks!


Well, a lot of it is contextual. What are you *meaning* to say? (E.g., are we starting again because it's a new morning, or are we starting again because the last attempt blew up in our faces?) And *what* are we starting again? All sorts of things will affect the choice of verb and the phrasing.

Japanese is not English, and idioms do not directly port from one language to another.

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RE: Can someone check this?

Postby IvanGirderboot » Fri 04.07.2006 3:53 pm

i'm putting it on a whiteboard that is like a free scratchpad for out suitemats and anyone who comes over. so it's more analogous to starting again as in a new day, era, period, etc.
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