Japanese 4-Letter Idioms 6

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四字熟語 (yo-ji-juku-go) are four-letter idioms. These are different from words that are made up of four characters. This is the last blog entry for these idioms, so let's try out some tougher ones!

Yojijukugo Idioms 6 Quiz!

Before you take the test, lets study some new idioms




無病息災
(mubyōsokusai)
in good health

in good health"

kanjiromajimeaning
munothing
byōill
sokubreath
saidisaster, curse

医者に無病息災と言われたよ
isha ni mubyousokusai to iwareta yo
The doctor told me that I'm in good health


孟母三遷
(mōbosansen)
setting a good example and environment for the next generation

setting a good example and environment for the next generation"

kanjiromajimeaning
chief
bomother
santhree
senmoves, transitions

孟母三遷に言われるように、ちゃんと子育てをしたい
moubosansen ni iwareru youni, chanto kosodate o shitai
I want to raise my children the right way, so I want to set a good example


一刻千金
(ikkokusenkin)
time is money, previous

time is money, previous"

kanjiromajimeaning
ione
kkokuengrave, cut
senthousand
kingold

この一刻千金の世の中で、ゆっくりしている暇はない
kono ikkokusenkin no yo no naka de, yukkuri shiteiru hima wa nai
In this world where time is money, there's no time to do things slowly


優柔不断
(yūjūfudan)
indecisive

indecisive"

kanjiromajimeaning
excel, surpass
soft, weak
funot, negative
danrefuse, decline

優柔不断な人は迷惑だ
yuujyuufudan na hito wa meiwaku da
Indecisive people are annoying


即断即決
(sokudansokketsu)
making an immediate decision

making an immediate decision"

kanjiromajimeaning
sokuinstant
dandecline
soinstant
kketsudecide

考えもしないで、即断即決で買ってしまった
kangae mo shinai de, sokudansokketsu de katteshimatta
I stopped thinking about it and made a decision to buy


半信半疑
(hanshinhangi)
doubts, half convincd

doubts, half convincd"

kanjiromajimeaning
hanhalf
shinbelieve
hanhalf
gidistrust

半信半疑で友達の話を聞く
hanshinhangi de tomodachi no hanashi o kiku
I listened to my friend, not sure of how much to believe him


前代未聞
(zendaimimon)
unprecedentd, unheard

unprecedentd, unheard"

kanjiromajimeaning
zenfront
daisubstitute
miun, not yet
monhear

こんな事件は、前代未聞だ
konna jiken wa zendaimimonda
This case is unprecedented


無味乾燥
(mumikansō)
dull and uninteresting

dull and uninteresting"

kanjiromajimeaning
munothing
miflavor
kandry
souparch

この町の人は全員同じのようで、無味乾燥だ
kono machi no hito wa zenin onaji no you de, mumikansou da
Everyone in this town is the same; dull and uninteresting


油断大敵
(yudantaiteki)
biggest enemy is unprepardness

biggest enemy is unprepardness"

kanjiromajimeaning
yuoil
dandecline, refuse
taibig
tekienemy

あんな技を出されたも、油断大敵だったな
anna waza o dasareta mo yudantaiteki datta na
Even with that technique, we were unprepared


百戦錬磨
(hyakusenrenma)
veteran, rich with experience through adversity

veteran, rich with experience through adversity"

kanjiromajimeaning
hyakuhundred
senbattle
renrefined, pollished
magrind, improve

彼女は若いが百戦錬磨のアスリートだ
kanojo wa wakai ga hyakusenrenma no asuri-to da
Even though she's young, she's a battle-tested athlete