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English translation: "the first - no way

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Japanese term or phrase:ichibanmounka
English translation:"the first - no way
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14:24 Jan 18, 2002
Japanese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Japanese term or phrase: ichibanmounka
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Kman
"thefirst-noway" "Now way I am the first"
Explanation:
Their is a popular expression in Japanese "makeru mon ka" which means, "No way I am going to loose" or by implication "I am gonna win" (generally, against a rival or whatever).

It is used in a popular song by Masaharu Fukuyama called "Peach." The corus is "makeru monka" (and he lengthens the "o" so it sounds like "makeru mounka") .

"Makeru" is to "loose". Mon / moun is a contraction of "mono" which is thing. "ka" is a question mark. Makerumounka means "me loose?" or "(You'd think) I'd loose? no way, pah."

Japanese like to be humble. Ichiban means "first." So I think that the person is reversing the image of the chorus above and saying

Me? first? (no way)

The song, in Japanese



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Note added at 2002-01-19 07:18:46 (GMT)
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Sorry maybe I am not being clear. \"There is no way that I am number one\" is a clearer way of putting it.

And I decided that the song in Japanese is pretty irrelevant, since the expression is popular enough without the song.
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Timothy Takemoto
Local time: 22:15
Grading comment
Thanks Tim, this one had me stumped your answer made the most sense and helped me win a bet.
Thanks again,
Kman
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4"thefirst-noway" "Now way I am the first"
Timothy Takemoto


  

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"thefirst-noway" "Now way I am the first"


Explanation:
Their is a popular expression in Japanese "makeru mon ka" which means, "No way I am going to loose" or by implication "I am gonna win" (generally, against a rival or whatever).

It is used in a popular song by Masaharu Fukuyama called "Peach." The corus is "makeru monka" (and he lengthens the "o" so it sounds like "makeru mounka") .

"Makeru" is to "loose". Mon / moun is a contraction of "mono" which is thing. "ka" is a question mark. Makerumounka means "me loose?" or "(You'd think) I'd loose? no way, pah."

Japanese like to be humble. Ichiban means "first." So I think that the person is reversing the image of the chorus above and saying

Me? first? (no way)

The song, in Japanese



--------------------------------------------------
Note added at 2002-01-19 07:18:46 (GMT)
--------------------------------------------------

Sorry maybe I am not being clear. \"There is no way that I am number one\" is a clearer way of putting it.

And I decided that the song in Japanese is pretty irrelevant, since the expression is popular enough without the song.


    Reference: http://www.j-seek.com/1fghij/fukuyamamasaharu_peach.html
Timothy Takemoto
Local time: 22:15
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 65
Grading comment
Thanks Tim, this one had me stumped your answer made the most sense and helped me win a bet.
Thanks again,
Kman
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