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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.



身がいる
[みがいる, mi ga iru] be interested in

身から出た錆び
[みからでたさび, mi kara deta sabi] have no one to blame but oneself

水をあける
[みずをあける, mizu o akeru] have a small lead; be ahead by a bit

水を差す
[みずをさす, mizu o sasu] throw water on; cool down

味噌をつける
[みそをつける, miso o tsukeru] make a mess of something

道草を食う
[みちくさをくう, michikusa o kuu] waste time while doing an errand

三つ子の魂百まで
[みつこのたましいひゃくまで, mitsuko no tamashii hyaku made] as the boy, so the man

水底の針を探す
[みなそこのはりをさがす, minasoko no hari o sagasu] look for a needle in a haystack

身に毛がよだつ
[みにけがよだつ, mi ni ke ga yodatsu] be fightened; hair-raising

身になる
[みになる, mi ni naru] do a person good; be beneficial

身の上相談
[みのうえそうだん, mi no ue no soudan] a discussion about personal matters

身の内と宝は朽ちることなし
[みのうちとたからはくちることなし, mi no uchi to takara wa kuchiru koto nashi] treasures of the mind do not decay

身の下相談
[みのしたそうだん, mi no shita soudan] a discussion about sexual matters (usually among girls) (a pun on mi no ue soudan)

耳新しい
[みみあたらしい, mini-atarashii] news

耳が痛い
[みみがいたい, mimi ga itai] hear something bad about oneself

耳学問をする
[みみがくもんをする, mimi gakumon o suru] to learn by listening

耳が肥える
[みみがこえる, mimi ga koeru] have a trained ear

耳が近い
[みみがちかい, mimi ga chikai] hear well

耳が遠い
[みみがとおい, mimi ga tooi] be deaf; hear poorly

耳が速い
[みみがはやい, mimi ga hayai] hear well

耳が横につく
[みみがよこにつく, mimi ga yoko ni tsuku] listen well

耳に逆らう
[みみにさからう, mimi ni sakarau] oppose; be distasteful

耳に熟する
[みみにじゅくする, mimi ni juku suru] hear and understand well

耳にする
[みみにする, mimi ni suru] hear; catch wind of; hear by chance; hear by accident

耳に蛸ができる
[みみにたこができる, mimi ni tako ga dekiru] talk someone’s ear off

耳の穴を掘ってよく聞け
[みみのあなをほってよくきけ, mimi no ana o hotte yoku ake] listen attentively

耳の痛いここを言う
[みみのいたいここをいう, mimi no itai koko o iu] say something unpleasant

耳より
[みみより, mimi yori] pleasing, encouraging

耳を貸さない
[みみをかさない, mimi o kasanai] turn a deaf ear

耳を貸す
[みみをかす, mimi o kasu] lend one’s ear to; give ear to

耳を傾ける
[みみをかたむける, mimi o katamukeru] listen attentively; listen closely

耳を澄ませる
[みみをすませる, mimi o sumaseru] prick up one’s ears; listen carefully

身を締める
[みをしめる, mi o shimeru] hide; hide out


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