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Did you know there are several Japanese proverbs that imported from English ones?
I show you 5 Japanese proverbs this time too. Let’s get started!
Introducing 5 Japanese proverbs, vol.4 Video
Romaji: kuchi wa wazawai no moto
Word: kuchi (口)= mouth, wazawai (災い)=disaster, もと (元)= source
Direct translation: The mouth is a source of disaster
Meaning: you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
Example: Better not say everything you think. You always make them angry. Kuchi wa wazawai no moto dayo.
Romaji: kabe ni mimi ari shōji ni me ari
Word: kabe (壁)= wall, mimi (耳) =ear, shōji (障子)= Japanese paper sliding door, me (目)=eye
Direct translation: Walls have ears and doors have eyes.
Meaning: You never know who is watching or listening, so be careful.
Equivalent English Proverb: Fields have eyes, and woods have ears. Walls have ears.
Example: Lower your voice and be careful what you say. “kabe ni mimi ari shōji ni me ari” dayo.
（うつくしい ばらには とげがある）
Romaji: Utsukushii bara niwa toge ga aru
Word: utsukushiii (美しい)= beautiful, bara (バラ)= rose, toge (トゲ、棘)= thorn
Direct translation: Beautiful roses have thorns
Equivalent English Proverb: There is no rose without a thorn
Example: Something beautiful and attractive always have its dark side.
You say that we can stay such a gorgeous hotel for free? Is there such a tempting offer? Be careful, “Utsukushii bara niwa toge ga aru” dayo.
（ろーまは いちにちに してならず）
Romaji: rōma wa ichinichi ni shite narazu
Word: rōma (ローマ)= Rome, ichinichi (一日)= one day, narazu (成らず) not to become
Direct translation: Rome didn’t become as Rome in a day
Equivalent English Proverb: Rome wasn’t built in a day
This proverb is the same in English. Probably just imported from English proverb.
（ぺんは けんより つよし）
Romaji: pen wa ken yori tsuyoshi
Word: pen (ペン)=pen, ken (剣)= sword, tsuyoshi (強し）<- tsuyoi (強い)=strong
Direct translation: The pen is mightier than the sword
Equivalent English expression: The pen is mightier than the sword
This proverb is the same in English too. Probably just imported from English proverb.
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