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  1. eggcracker's Avatar
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    Does it sound natural if I ask "What do you say~in English?"

    Supposing that I want to ask some particular thing to someone, and if the person knows language I'm saying, maybe I would ask to him or her, "What do you say takoyaki(food name) in English?". Does it sound natural to native speaker?
    If not, should I use 'How' instead of 'What'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Does it sound natural if I ask "What do you say~in English?"

    "What do you call...?" is better.

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    Re: Does it sound natural if I ask "What do you say~in English?"

    "How do you say ______ in English (please)?" usually works for me.

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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