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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.



雪と墨ほど違う
[ゆきとすみほどちがう, yuki to sumi hodo chigai] as different as snow from charcoal; as different as black from white.

揺さぶりをかける
[ゆさぶりをかける, yusaburi o kakeru] try to unsettle; try to put/throw s.b. off balance.

指を染める
[ゆびをそめる, yubi o someru] have a finger in; make an attempt; try.

夢にも知らない
[ゆめにもしらない, yume nimo shiranai] have no notion of something; have no conception of something.


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