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JapaneseEdit

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

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

Grade: 1
お(き)
Grade: 3
kun'yomi

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, rōmaji shichiten hakki)
七転八起 (hiragana ななころびやおき, rōmaji nana korobi ya oki)

  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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