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.
[そういえば, sou ieba] speaking of that...; on that subject...; now that you mention it...
[そうでなければ、くびをやる, sou denakereba, kubi o yaru] I’ll be hanged if it’s not true
[そこぬけじょうご, soko-nuke jougo] insatiable drinker
[そこをつく, soko o tsuku] run out; reach the bottom
[そでにする, sode ni suru] jilt; give someone the cold shoulder; leave in the lurch
[そでのした, sode no shita] bribe
[そでをつらねる, sode o tsuraneru] go along
[そでをとらえる, sode o toraeru] buttonhole a person
[そのひぐらし, sono hi gurashi] a hand to mouth existence
[そのまま, sono mama] as is, just like that
[そらのなみだ, sora no namida] crocodile tears
[それどころか, sore dokoro ka] on the contrary