See also: 進步 and 进步

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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
しん
Grade: 3
ほ > ぽ
Grade: 2
on'yomi

NounEdit

進歩 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 進步, hiragana しんぽ, rōmaji shinpo)

  1. progress; improvements in social welfare.
  2. Personal progress, usually in the development of a skill.
    • その生徒進歩申し分ない
      そのせいとのしんぽはもうしぶない。
      sono seito no shinpo wa moushibunai.
      The student’s progress is satisfactory.

Usage notesEdit

進歩 is quite common as a verb (進歩する), and it is most easily understood in relation to the English word progress. It is frequently used in reference to social progress, particularly of a technological nature, and to personal progress in a skill. It is not generally used to refer to progress in other sorts of endeavors, such as a trip up a mountain (e.g., "Due to the blizzard, their progress was slow."), or of time in general (e.g., "As the evening progressed, the party became more chaotic.").

VerbEdit

進歩する (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 進步, hiragana しんぽ, rōmaji shinpo)

  1. To improve (in reference to a society's technological capability or general quality of life).
    • 医学めざましく進歩している。
      いがくはめざましくしんぽしている。
      igaku wa mezamashiku shinpo shite iru.
      Progress in medicine is going ahead by leaps and bounds.
  2. To advance in proficiency; to make progress in the development of a skill.
    • トムの日本語少しずつ進歩している。
      トムのにほんごはすこしずつしんぽしている。
      Tomu no Nihongo wa sukoshi-zutsu shinpo shite iru.
      Tom’s Japanese is improving little by little.

ConjugationEdit