[Translation Challenge] How Do You Translate ”Fresh Fried Crispy”?

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Translation Challenge

“Is there a good tempura restaurant around here? I would like to eat freshly fried crispy tempura.”

Translate it into Japanese.
(See the tweet on Twitter.)


Example answers

「ここらへんにおいしい天ぷら屋さんはありませんか?揚げたてのサクサクのてんぷらが食べたいんです。」(Friendly polite)



Key phrase


“freshly fried”

“French fries taste best when they are freshly fried.”
*When you attach it to a noun, it would be「揚げたての」+Noun.


(onomatopoeia for being) “crispy”; “crunchy”; “flaky”

“This snack has a crispy outside and is very tasty.”
*When you attach it to a noun, it would be「サクサクな」+Noun.

Answers from our follwers

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Great as always!

It’s not unnatural at all to say it as it is, but I think most of us would say it without omitting “な” (サクサク”な”天ぷら). Just FYI🤗

It’s just FYI and yours are okay but we tend to say it with “な” after サクサク when you put it before nouns (サクサク”な”天ぷら)😉

Two things: 1 – 「の」, the end of an interrogative sentence, is used when you want someone to tell you more about a word or idea he/she has said or to confirm it. So, it sounds like you said “really?” after someone said that there is a good tempura restaurant around here.
I’m not saying it’s grammatically wrong but keep it in mind🤗 If you just want to ask if there is a good one, ask without 「の」: この辺にいい天ぷらレストランがある?

2- 揚げたばっかり”の”天ぷら It’s better with “の”😉 There is another word with the same meaning, 「揚げたて」. Japanese people often use this one, so it’s good to remember it as well.

Other than those, your translation looks awesome! Good job!

Nice! There is no mistake but one thing I’d like to tell you is 「かしら?」is not used much in daily conversation today, except for older women. And many Japanese people would imagine rich old women when they hear this word. You can use 「かな?」instead😉👍

I love the「あのさぁ」vibe!
One thing, when we say tempura restaurants in Japanese, we say 「天ぷら屋」or 「天ぷら屋さん」😉 (I think the former is more appropriate for the tone of your sentence!)

You can also say 「天ぷらのお店」, too, but there are two possibilities when you say it: you could be talking about a restaurant or about a delicatessen! So people might direct you to the delicatessen.

「食感のいい揚げたての天ぷら」is a very good translation! Bravo!

Special thanks to all who participated!