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ChineseEdit

 
from; self; oneself; since
 
to divide; minute; (a measure word); (a unit of leng
simp. and trad.
(自分)

PronunciationEdit


VerbEdit

自分

  1. (literary) to evaluate oneself

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
ぶん
Grade: 2
goon

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

自分 (hiragana じぶん, rōmaji jibun)

  1. oneself
     () ()とは (ちが) () (ぶん)
    kako to wa chigau jibun
    a self who is different from the [self of the] past
    • 2004 September 8, Watsuki, Nobuhiro, “だい34 Let’sレッツ [Chapter 34: Let’s Go for a Hospital Visit]”, in ソウレンキン [Armed Alchemy], volume 4, Tokyo: Shueisha, →ISBN, page 161–162:
       (つよ)くなってカズキに ()ちたいのか?
      …Tsuyoku natte Kazuki ni kachitai no ka?
      …You want to be stronger to beat Kazuki?
      ——…いいえ  (おれ) ()ちたいのは () (ぶん)です
      ——…Īe ore ga kachitai no wa jibun desu
      ——…No, the one I want to beat is myself
    • 2005 November 9, Watsuki, Nobuhiro, “ソウレンキンファイナル [Armed Alchemy: The Final Act]”, in ソウレンキン [Armed Alchemy], volume 9, Tokyo: Shueisha, →ISBN:
      A-MEN…アーメン…
      それはぶんたいするおいのりか?
      Āmen…
      Sore wa jibun ni tai suru o-inori ka?
      Amen…
      Are you praying for yourself?
  2. I (often shows the speaker's lower position in a hierarchy than the addressee)
  3. (Kansai) you

Usage notesEdit

  •  () (ぶん) (jibun) means “oneself”, with  () (ぶん) (jibun de) meaning “by oneself, by one’s own efforts”. By contrast, 一人 (ひとり) and  (ひと) (hitori de) mean rather “alone”. Compare doing an assignment by oneself (without help) versus doing an assignment alone (without any other person around).

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ReferencesEdit

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, →ISBN.