Last modified on 25 February 2015, at 14:31

七転八起

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
しち
Grade: 1
てん
Grade: 3
はち > はっ
Grade: 1

Grade: 3
Kanji in this term
なな
Grade: 1
ころ(び)
Grade: 3

Grade: 1
お(き)
Grade: 3

EtymologyEdit

七転 (shichiten, or nanakorobi, “tumbling seven times”, ≅ a lot of troubles) + 八起 (hakki, or yaoki, “standing up eight times”, ≅ bearing up and to keep trying).

IdiomEdit

七転八起 (hiragana しちてんはっき, romaji shichitenhakki)
七転八起 (hiragana ななころびやおき, romaji nanakorobiyaoki)

  1. It is an encouragement to keep going no matter how tough it is.
  2. Life has its ups and downs.
  3. Someone's life with stormy vicissitudes.

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