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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.



芸は身につく
[げいはみにつく, gei wa mi ni tsuku] an accomplishment sticks to a person

芸は身の助ける
[げいはみのたすける, gei wa mi no tasukeru] an accomplishment will save a person

けちをつける
[けちをつける, kechi o tsukeru] throw cold water on; find fault with; crab about; grouse about; belittle

げろ(を)する
[げろ(を)する, gero] vomit; puke; hurl

毛をふえて傷を求める
[けをふえてきずをもとめる, ke o fuete kizu o motomeru] bring misfortune on oneself by looking too closely at someone else’s faults

元気がある
[げんきがある, genki ga aru] feel well


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