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10000 Japanese Idioms

By William de Lange


What student of Japanese has not grappled with the amazing diversity and tantalizingly elusive nuances of its idioms? One certainly would not want to confuse, for example, ki ga mawaru (to be considerate) with ki o mawasu (to be suspicious). it would be useful to know whether your boss is hara ga tatsu (angry) or merely ki ga tatsu (upset). Indeed, even a single idiom can have a bewildering number of meanings depending on context; te o ireru, for instance, can mean tidying up (as a room), sounding out someone, or making a raid.

This expanded and fully revised edition builds on the popular A Dictionary of Japanese Idioms. Apart from adding another 3,000 idioms, it also carries a comprehensive English index to help the foreign student of Japanese to quickly find the page with the relevant entry through a carefully edited list of keywords.

It presents more than 10000 idiomatic phrases under 1000 main entries, including several thousands of idioms never presented and explained in English before. Multiple sample sentences are given for each entry, and furigana allows even beginning students to pronounce correctly and to use the expressions immediately. A thumb index, duo-tone printing, and newly added full English index make entries exceptionally easy to access.

10000 Japanese Idioms is an indispensable work of reference for all those who seek to master one of the most difficult aspect of the Japanese language: its idiomatic usage.

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