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How do You Say "Good Luck" in Japanese?
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Apr 28, 2005, 09:21 AM
 
As we don't have a translation forum . . . yet
I thought I would post my question here.

I've got a friend taking the test for her black belt in karate this weekend and I want to wish her good luck in Japanese.

Thanks!
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Apr 28, 2005, 09:27 AM
 
The closest one gets, as I understand it, is gambatte (or gambatte kudasai if you're being polite). This doesn't actually translate as "good luck" (it's more like "Do your best" or "Work hard", though these aren't exact either), but it's the customary way to cheer someone on in situations like this. She'll understand the sentiment.

I'll leave the pronunciation up to people who can better express it.
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Apr 28, 2005, 09:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by Millennium
The closest one gets, as I understand it, is gambatte (or gambatte kudasai if you're being polite). This doesn't actually translate as "good luck" (it's more like "Do your best" or "Work hard", though these aren't exact either), but it's the customary way to cheer someone on in situations like this. She'll understand the sentiment.

I'll leave the pronunciation up to people who can better express it.
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Apr 28, 2005, 11:10 AM
 
Mill is correct.
     
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Apr 28, 2005, 11:59 AM
 
Yep, as others have said. gone-bah-tay (add a koo-dah-sigh for polite) is the pronunciation.
     
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Apr 28, 2005, 12:25 PM
 
BTW, the person you wish good luck to usually answers ganbarimasu (gambarimass).
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Apr 28, 2005, 12:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by Scifience
Yep, as others have said. gone-bah-tay (add a koo-dah-sigh for polite) is the pronunciation.
Actually no, if you are going to phonetically write it out for those who don't know romanization, it's gahm-bah-tay, not gone-bah-tay. The English "n" sound doesn't precede the "b" sound.
     
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Apr 29, 2005, 01:54 AM
 
game bat the hey. yo.
     
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Apr 29, 2005, 04:48 AM
 
i would just say 'fighto' (with a wry grin and a big thumbs up).

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Apr 29, 2005, 05:05 AM
 
"Good luck" also works and shouldnn't hurt your chances of getting laid.

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