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English translation: (Chinese) lute

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Japanese term or phrase:biwa
English translation:(Chinese) lute
Entered by: Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
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16:47 Feb 27, 2002
Japanese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Japanese term or phrase: biwa
what is biwa
eric nortey
lute (musical instrument) or medlar tree
Explanation:
It all depends on the characters used. Japanese has a lot of homophones (words that sound alike) that are distinguished on the basis of the characters (kanji) used.

Hope this helps.
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Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
Local time: 15:46
Grading comment
Thanks I was not sure if the biwa was the lute or not, but you clarified it
Thanks
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 +1lute (musical instrument) or medlar treeWerner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
4loquat
swisstell


  

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lute (musical instrument) or medlar tree


Explanation:
It all depends on the characters used. Japanese has a lot of homophones (words that sound alike) that are distinguished on the basis of the characters (kanji) used.

Hope this helps.

Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
Local time: 15:46
Grading comment
Thanks I was not sure if the biwa was the lute or not, but you clarified it
Thanks

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.): yes
33 days
  -> doomo arigatoo
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loquat


Explanation:
depending on the Kanji, it can also be that fruit - but obviously not in this context

swisstell
Italy
Local time: 21:46
Native speaker of: German
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