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Hi there.

As the tittle says i need some help translating some text into Japanese.
My oldest daughter turns 18 next week and she just loves Japan and have taught herself Japanese and is some what understandable in Japanese (short frases). She sings it and understands alot of the spoken and written Japanese.
Anyway i want to make a birthday sign for her (as a surprice) with the traditional japanese signs and the written sound (i think it's called kanji or maybe that's the japanese she's learned, I know there's also romaji).
I've used two different online translate engines and gotten two different results out of that (looks some what similar), but when used in opposite translation engines it comes out with the same translation in both danish and english even though it looks like two different japanese sentences?

This is what's going to be written on the sign:

Happy birthday Anne (Anne is her name).

Translated with this site I get this:
http://free-translation.imtranslator.net/lowres.asp

Happy birthday Anne -> 誕生日おめでとう Anne

When translated back in both engines:

誕生日おめでとう Anne -> Happy birthday Anne (Tillykke med f°dselsdagen Anne/danish).

Translated with this site I get this:
http://translate.google.com/#en|ja|H...irthday%20Anne

Happy birthday Anne -> お誕生日おめでとうアン

When translated back in both engines:

お誕生日おめでとうアン -> Happy birthday Anne (Tillykke med f°dselsdagen Anne/danish).

So wich is correct? The google one seems most correct/looks best and translate correct into both english and danish on both sites/engines.

Then there's the written sound with our alphabet, I can't seem to locate a translation engine to do that so here I'm lost and really need help o.O

Hopefully someone can help me out here (best before 27/3-2012)

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Take the latter one. It's more polite.
Both are correct, though. It's your choice.

It says: o-tanjoubi omedetou An!
Now that is Romaji, the transliteration of Japanese using latin (hence the Roma) letters.
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Originally Posted by pycage View Post
Take the latter one. It's more polite.
Both are correct, though. It's your choice.

It says: o-tanjoubi omedetou An!
Now that is Romaji, the transliteration of Japanese using latin (hence the Roma) letters.
Thank you very much mate I'll go for the latter one. Politeness is kind of the Japanese way and after all it's a birthday

Good to know about what Romaji is, allways happy to learn new stuff.

Anyway thanks again pycage

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A little update on my project.

So this is the outcome of my idea for my daughters 18th birthday.



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I know I'm coming a little late for the party, but I'd write "Anne" (as in Scandinavian name) as アンヌ (lit. Anne). There's little point in using Google's English-oriented transliteration. Other than that, I agree with suggested translation.
 
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I know I'm coming a little late for the party, but I'd write "Anne" (as in Scandinavian name) as アンヌ (lit. Anne). There's little point in using Google's English-oriented transliteration. Other than that, I agree with suggested translation.
Thanks anyway @wnd and that's the way she would've written it, just couldn't ask her (obvious).

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