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Japanese Idioms





The Japanese language is filled with idioms of all sorts, from classical references from ancient Chinese to modern colloquialisms used by college students and young salaryman. Whether you are traveling to Japan for fun or on business, or are living there, you'll find idioms indispensible to understanding and using the daily language. Browse below to find the ones you want or simply explore the many possible ways to express yourself in Japanese.



へそが宿替えする
[へそがやどがえする, heso ga yagae suru] be convulsing with laughter; laugh until the belly hurts

へそで茶を沸かす
[へそでちゃをわかす, heso de cha o wakasu] laugh until one’s sides split

へそ曲がり
[へそまがり, heso-magari] perverse, twisted, obstinate (lit.: twisted or crooked navel)

臍を曲げる
[へそをまげる, heso o mageru] become perverse (lit.: twist the navel)

べたべたする
[べたべたする, beta-beta suru] heavy petting

別の夢を見る
[べつのゆめをみる, betsu no yume o miru] be unconscious

蛇の生殺し
[へびのなまごろし, hebi no namagoroshi] left in limbo

べろべろ
[べろべろ, bero-bero] dead drunk; totally drunk


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