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Table of Contents:
Using the Auto-Translate
Auto-complete | Category Search
Categories
Greetings | Questions | Answers | Check | Tactics | Controller | Keyboard | Game Terms | Modes of Transport | Races
Settings & Setup | Titles | Text Commands | Locations | Groups | Jobs | Time | Trade | Organize | Place Names | Place Names 2 | Reasons
Languages | Online Status | Skills | Shops | Fiends | Spells | Songs | Equipment | General Terms | Job Abilities | Job Traits
Weapon Skills | Ninjutsu | Avatars | Pet Commands | Equipment Area | Blue Magic | Key Items | Items
Extras
Trivia | See Also

Final Fantasy XI has an auto-translating function to bridge the language divide between Japanese players and English speaking players. Text entered using this feature will appear in Japanese to those using the JP version of the game and in English to those using NA or EU version. Players are not able to add words or phrases but there is a list of items that rotate depending on the player.

Using the Auto-Translate

There are two ways to input text: auto-complete or through a category search.

Auto-complete

When entering text in the game you can always press the Tab Button to activate the auto-complete. This will open up a menu which will give you all the words and phrases that start with the letters you have already entered.

Category Search

Choosing a bracketted word from the auto-complete menu, or pressing tab without any previous input will trigger the category menu to be displayed, which consists of 38 original categories. Choosing one of these will then open up a sub-menu of words or phrases pertaining to the category.

After you have already selected a word it will show in your input bar with {colored brackets} signifying that it is an auto-translated word; if you delete or modify any part of this word the brackets will disappear and it will no longer be translated.

Categories

Greetings

  • All right!
  • Congratulations!
  • Excuse me...
  • Good bye.
  • Good evening!
  • Good job!
  • Good morning!
  • Good night!
  • Hello!
  • I'm back!
  • I'm sorry.
  • Nice to meet you.
  • Please forgive me.
  • See you again!
  • Take care.
  • Thank you.
  • That's too bad.
  • Welcome back.
  • You're welcome.

Questions

  • Can I add you to my Friend List?
  • Do you have it?
  • Do you need any help?
  • How?
  • In what order shall we do our Weapon Skills?
  • What Weapons can you use?
  • What's the battle plan?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Which?
  • Who?

Answers

  • Hmmm.
  • Huh!?
  • I don't know how to answer that question.
  • I don't understand.
  • I see.
  • I'm playing solo right now.
  • I'm sorry. I'm busy now.
  • No thanks.
  • Really?
  • Thanks for the offer, but I'll have to pass.
  • That's interesting.
  • Um...
  • Understood.
  • Yes, please.

Check

Tactics

  • Back line job
  • Defeat this one first!
  • Detects by sight
  • Detects by smell
  • Detects by sound
  • Detects low HP
  • Detects spellcasting
  • Found it!
  • Front line job
  • Full attack!
  • Heal!
  • Healing!
  • Help me out!
  • I'll follow you.
  • Jumping to new area.
  • Let's rest for a while.
  • No more MP!
  • Please check it.
  • Please follow.
  • Pull back.
  • Ready to start Skillchain!
  • Ready!
  • Run away!
  • Setting Home Point.
  • Standing by.
  • Stop!
  • Support role job

Controller

  • Analog Stick
  • Directional button
  • Directional pad
  • Expansion port
  • L1 button
  • L2 button
  • L3 button
  • R1 button
  • R2 button
  • R3 button
  • SELECT button
  • START button
  • Trigger
  • Xbox Guide button
  • (X) button
  • (circle) button
  • (square) button
  • (triangle) button

Keyboard

  • Alt key
  • Arrow keys
  • Backspace key
  • Caps Lock Key
  • Ctrl key
  • Delete key
  • End key
  • Enter key
  • Esc key
  • Function keys
  • Hankaku/Zenkaku key
  • Home key
  • Insert key
  • Numeric keypad
  • NumLock key
  • Page Down key
  • Page UP key
  • Shift key
  • Spacebar
  • Tab key

Game Terms

Modes of Transport

Races

Settings & Setup

  • Backup
  • Black List
  • Client
  • Config
  • Connection
  • Connection Lost
  • Connection Speed
  • Filter
  • Friend List
  • Hard Disk
  • Ignore List
  • Lag
  • Log off
  • Log on
  • Macro
  • Modem
  • Monitor
  • Patch
  • Phone Line
  • Power
  • Save
  • Screenshot
  • Server
  • TV
  • Version

Titles

  • Adept
  • Amateur
  • Apprentice
  • Archduke
  • Artisan
  • Boss
  • Cardinal
  • Chief
  • Chieftainness
  • Clerk
  • Craftsman
  • Enemy
  • General
  • Guildmaster
  • Herald
  • High Guard
  • Initiate
  • Journeyman
  • King
  • Knight
  • Last Boss
  • Leader
  • Mega Boss
  • Member
  • Minister
  • Monster
  • Musketeer
  • Notorious Monster
  • Novice
  • Pet
  • President
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Recruit
  • Shopkeep
  • Star Sibyl
  • Sub Boss
  • Theologian
  • Veteran

Reasons

  • Casting spell.
  • Fighting right now!
  • Have stuff to do, gotta go!
  • I don't feel well.
  • I don't know.
  • I don't remember.
  • I have plans.
  • I want experience points.
  • I want to make money.
  • I'm interested.
  • I'm not up for it.
  • I'm sleepy.
  • I'm tired.
  • Just used it.
  • Time for work!

Languages

  • Can you hear me?
  • Can you speak English?
  • Can you speak Japanese?
  • English
  • I can speak a little.
  • I can understand a little.
  • I dont speak any English.
  • I dont speak any Japanese.
  • I need some time to put together my answer.
  • Japanese
  • Please do not abbreviate your words.
  • Please listen.
  • Please use simple words.
  • Please use the auto-translate function.

Online Status

  • Away
  • Invisible (Online Status)
  • Online

Skills

Shops

  • Air Travel Agency
  • Armor Shop
  • Auction House
  • Chocobo Stables
  • Delivery
  • Goods Store
  • Guild Salesroom
  • Hat Shop
  • Jewelry Store
  • Linkshell Vendor
  • Magic Shop
  • Map Vendor
  • Music Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Sea Travel Agency
  • Specialty Vendor
  • Tackle Shop
  • Tavern
  • Vendor
  • Weapon Shop

Equipment Area

  • ammo
  • back
  • body
  • feet
  • hands
  • head
  • L.ear
  • L.ring
  • legs
  • main
  • neck
  • R.ear
  • R.ring
  • range
  • sub
  • waist

Locations

  • Down
  • East
  • Flank
  • Front
  • Inside
  • Left
  • Middle
  • North
  • Outside
  • Over there
  • Rear
  • Right
  • Side
  • South
  • Surface
  • That way
  • This way
  • Up
  • West

Groups

Jobs

Time

  • A.M.
  • Afternoon
  • April
  • August
  • Break
  • Day after tomorrow
  • Day before yesterday
  • Day of the week
  • December
  • February
  • Friday
  • Holiday
  • Hour
  • January
  • July
  • June
  • Last week
  • Long time
  • March (Month)
  • May
  • Minute
  • Monday
  • Morning
  • Next week
  • Night
  • November
  • October
  • P.M.
  • Saturday
  • Second
  • September
  • Short time
  • Sunday
  • Thursday
  • Time remaining
  • Today
  • Tomorrow
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Yesterday

Trade

  • Buy?
  • Can I have it?
  • Do you need it?
  • I don't have anything to give you.
  • Lower the price?
  • No money!
  • please
  • Reward:
  • Sell?
  • Trade?
  • You can have this.

Organize

  • Any vacancies?
  • Are you alone?
  • Create an alliance?
  • Disbanding party.
  • Gather together.
  • Just for a short time is fine.
  • Let's try to keep the levels of our party members close.
  • Looking for members.
  • Our party's full.
  • Please assist.
  • Please invite me.
  • Please let me join.
  • Taking a break.
  • Team up?
  • Turn your party flag on.
  • Who is the leader?

Place Names

Place Names 2

Text Commands

Fiends

Spells

Equipment

  • Amulet
  • Armor
  • Arrow
  • Artifact
  • Bait
  • Baselard
  • Bastard Sword
  • Belt
  • Boots
  • Bow
  • Buckler
  • Bullet
  • Cape
  • Cesti
  • Chain
  • Circlet
  • Claymore
  • Cloak
  • Clogs
  • Collar
  • Crossbow
  • Cuisses
  • Doublet
  • Earring
  • Finger Gauntlets
  • Fishing Rod
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Gorget
  • Greaves
  • Gun
  • Hachimaki
  • Hairpin
  • Harness
  • Head Gear
  • Headband
  • Helm
  • Instruments
  • Jerkin
  • Kimono
  • Knife
  • Knuckles
  • Lance
  • Leather
  • Ledelsen
  • Leggings
  • Longsword
  • Mail
  • Mantle
  • Mask
  • Mittens
  • obi
  • Patas
  • Pendant
  • Plate
  • Racial Gear
  • Rapier
  • Ribbon
  • Ring
  • Robe
  • Sallet
  • Scale
  • Scarf
  • Scimitar
  • Shinobi-gatana
  • Short Sword
  • Sitabaki
  • Slacks
  • Slops
  • Spear
  • Starting Gear
  • Subligar
  • Tachi
  • Trousers
  • Tunic
  • Uchigatana

General Terms

  • accident
  • adventure
  • advice
  • alphabet
  • announcement
  • answer
  • anyone
  • anything
  • bag
  • ball
  • birthday
  • blood
  • book
  • box
  • breath
  • bridge
  • building
  • cabin
  • camera
  • cap
  • captain
  • card
  • carpenter
  • cat
  • chance
  • character
  • child
  • clock
  • cloth
  • cloud
  • color
  • communication
  • company
  • Compression
  • computer
  • contest
  • country
  • courage
  • course
  • dance
  • danger
  • Darkness
  • date
  • death
  • Detonation
  • diary
  • dictionary
  • difference
  • direction
  • Distortion
  • doll
  • dream
  • each
  • earth
  • earthquake
  • egg
  • entrance
  • event
  • everyone
  • examination
  • example
  • excitement
  • exit
  • fact
  • Fantasy
  • fear
  • Final
  • flower
  • food
  • Fragmentation
  • friend
  • fun
  • Fusion
  • gentleman
  • government
  • Gravitation
  • guest
  • guide
  • habit
  • hair
  • half
  • hand
  • hat
  • hill
  • hobby
  • hole
  • husband
  • ice
  • idea
  • Impaction
  • Induration
  • interest
  • island
  • journey
  • joy
  • key
  • kindness
  • Kodoku
  • lake
  • language
  • last
  • leaf
  • leg
  • letter
  • liberty
  • license
  • lie
  • Light
  • limit
  • Liquefaction
  • list
  • luck
  • machine
  • mail
  • man
  • map
  • market
  • master
  • meat
  • medicine
  • memory
  • menu
  • message
  • mind
  • mine
  • mistake
  • money
  • moon
  • mountain
  • music
  • nature
  • news
  • notice
  • onion
  • opinion
  • order
  • owner
  • paper
  • part
  • peace
  • person
  • phone
  • photo
  • picture
  • place
  • plan
  • play
  • pond
  • population
  • position
  • present
  • price
  • problem
  • program
  • promise
  • purpose
  • quality
  • question
  • Quiver
  • rain
  • reason
  • report
  • Reverberation
  • river
  • rock
  • rod
  • rose
  • sale
  • schedule
  • Scission
  • sea
  • secret
  • senior
  • sentence
  • series
  • shoes
  • shop
  • sightseeing
  • size
  • sky
  • smile
  • sound
  • stage
  • statue
  • storm
  • story
  • success
  • symbol
  • tax
  • teacher
  • test
  • text
  • thing
  • ticket
  • tool
  • train
  • Transfixion
  • tree
  • voice
  • wife
  • wind
  • woman
  • word
  • work

Pet Commands

Job Abilities

Weapon Skills

Job Traits

Blue Magic

Songs

Ninjutsu

  • Dokumori
  • Doton
  • Hojo
  • Huton
  • Hyoton
  • Jubaku
  • Katon
  • Kurayami
  • Raiton
  • Suiton
  • Tonko
  • Utsusemi

Avatars

Key Items (varies)

This category contains entries based solely on the Key Items you currently have.

Items (varies)

This list of items changes constantly. With a maximum capacity of 200, it is populated as you view items in your inventory, equipment slots, bazaars, and the auction house, and when you see an auto-translated item name in chat. The items appear in alphabetical order, but the game maintains some kind of internal queue (FIFO) structure to replace the oldest items with new ones when it is full. Items currently in your inventory will always stay in this list. If you have already used the translation of an Item in the list, it will then allow you to use the auto-complete feature on that item if you wish to type it again for translation.

Trivia

  • The auto-translate function was first introduced in the October 21, 2003 version update to coincide with the North American PC release of FFXI.
  • The green and red parentheses that denote the start and end of an auto-translated phrase were not introduced until the December 16, 2003 version update.
  • Zone names that begin with the word "The" such as "The Boyahda Tree" originally appeared with the preceding article. They were stripped of the article (e.g., "Boyahda Tree") (on September, 14, 2004?), but were given the articles again in the December 13, 2005 version update.
  • Although "Thank you." and "I'm back!" have been in the auto-translate system since 2003, "You're welcome." and "Welcome back." were not introduced until April 18, 2006.
  • Relic weapon skills were introduced on February 26, 2004 but to this day have not been added to the auto-translate function.
  • One of the most commonly misused phrases in the auto-translator is Reward, the BST Job Ability. Players often shouted in towns asking for services and offering a gil "Reward", but they were unaware that their requests did not make sense in Japanese. To alleviate this problem, the April 18, 2006 patch included a new phrase, "Reward:", that conveys the intended meaning to Japanese players.

See Also

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