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Can you guess what is “Do laundry while demon is away”?
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I’ll show you 5 Japanese proverbs in this blog. Let’s get started!
Introducing 5 Japanese proverbs, vol.5 Video
Romaji: hyōzan no ikkaku
Word: hyōzan (氷山)= iceberg, ikkaku (一角)=tip, corner
Direct translation: Tip of the iceberg
Meaning: The small perceptible part of a much larger situation or problem that remains hidden.
The same Kotowaza as English one. 🙂
Example: Oh, you found a cockroach? They must be over 100 at least. What you found was just “hyōzan no ikkaku” dayo!
Romaji: toki wa kane nari
Word: toki (時)= time, kane (金) =money, gold
Direct translation: Time is money
Meaning: The same Kotowaza as English one. 🙂 Time is a valuable resource, therefore it’s better to do things as quickly as possible.
Example: Isoide! Hurry up! “toki wa kane nari” dayo!
Romaji: Warau kado niwa fuku kitaru
Word: warau (笑う)= smile/laugh, kado (門)= gate, fuku(福)= fortune, happiness, kitaru (来たる)<-kuru”come”
Direct translation: Happiness comes to the smiling gate
Equivalent English expressions: Fortune comes in by a merry gate. Laughter is the key to happiness
Example: Smile, and happiness will come to you. “Warau kado niwa fuku kitaru” dayo!
If you want to be happy, smile! because fortune comes to the people who looks happy.
Romaji: oni no inu ma ni sentaku
Word: oni (鬼)= demon, goblin, inu (居ぬ)<- inai= absent, ma (間) = while, during, moment, sentaku (洗濯)=washing clothes
Direct translation: Washing clothes while the demon is away
Equivalent English Proverb: When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
Example: Scary mother is on a trip tonight! Let’s enjoy ourself now! oni no inu ma ni sentaku♪
Romaji: nagai mono niwa makarero
Word: nagai mono (長い物)=long thing -the meaning is “powerful, authority”, makarero (巻かれろ)=let them roll you
Direct translation: For the long thing, let it roll you
Meaning: If you can’t beat them, join them. Bow to the authority. You can’t fight city hall.
Example: No.. you can’t fight them. They are too strong. Why don’t you become their friend? “nagai mono niwa makarero“dayo.
How was it? Dō deshita ka?
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