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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.



のどが渇く
[のどがかわく, nodo ga kawaku] be thirsty

野放しにする
[のばなしにする, no-banashi ni suru] let go; release

蚤の夫婦
[のみのふうふ, nomi no fuufu] a little man with a big wife

野良猫
[のらねこ, nora-neko] stray cat

乗りかかった船
[のりかかったふね, norikakatta fune] too late

乗り出した船
[のりだしたふね, noridashita fune] we are in for it

暖簾と相撲
[のれんとすもう, noren to sumou] wrestling with a shop curtain; doing something pointlessly

の割りに
[のわりに, no wari ni] considering; in consideration of


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