Updated: November 15, 2016
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5 Four-Character Idioms You May Find Interesting
Idioms are a part of any language, so is Japanese. The kanjis are able to impart a lot although there are only 4 characters.
Four-Character Idioms: 四字熟語, Yoji-Jukugo
Mad about Japanese? Ever heard of four-character idioms? Regardless of whether you are a novice or expert in Japanese, these idioms will help you sound intelligent and strike up rapport with Japanese people. You can also gain real insights into their psyche as the idioms reflect the unique Japanese way of life!
1) Ichigo ichie (一期一会)
An once-in-a-lifetime encounter. So we must treat people with sincerity because who knows when's the next time you can see them again?
2) Sankan shion (三寒四温)
Nearing the end of winter, why not spice up your speech by saying sankan shion instead of samui (cold)? This idiom refers to a cycle of three cold days followed by four warm ones and is a great phrase to impress your friends!
3) Shichiten hakki (七転八起)
Literally means seven falls eight rises and refers to how one keeps preserving in spite of repeated failures. Why not use this to motivate yourself to keep going, along with Gambatte?
4) Iki tougou (意気投合)
The Japanese equivalent of hitting it off with someone. A very literary pick-up phrase that you can use during your travels to Japan!
5) Kacho fugetsu (花鳥風月)
Made up of the kanji characters for Flower Bird Wind Moon, it means to experience the beauty of nature. Japan bursts forth with life as seasonal flowers bloom to flaunt their delicate beauty. Say aloud this idiom and count your blessings!
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