Japanese-proverbs


Here’s a collection of FREE Japanese iOS & Android Apps in no particular order.  (Some might have in-app purchases). Pass along and share with the Japanese learning world. Even better, add suggestions; I am but 1 person!

===== iOS - iPhone, iPad Users! =====

WordPower - Learn 1 new word every day. Sends you an alert for a new word daily - good for motivation, staying on track. It takes a second to check it and learn a new word.

Learning Japanese - This is Tae Kim’s site in App form. Great as a reference feature and for learning grammar rules. If you love the site, you’ll love this.

Innovative Language 101 -  Free Japanese Audio and Video lessons from JPOD101. They release 2-3 new lessons every week. All of their new lessons are free so you can sit back and learn. Highly recommended.

HelloTalk - Great for finding native Japanese speakers to chat with. This is a messenger App from the language exchange angle. Highly recommended.

Imiwa? Dictionary - Hands down, THE best dictionary App I’ve seen so far. You can even paste in Japanese text to have it broken down, word by word.

TenguGo Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) - Perfect for beginners that want to learn the Japanese alphabet (kana) - Hiragana and Katakana.

Hiragana and Katakana - Complete Basics of Japanese - Another good App for learning the Kana. Complete beginners would be interested in this.

KanjiQ - Japanese Kanji Stroke Order Free. This is all about the proper Kanji stroke, if you’re a Kanji nut! 13,000+ kanji inside. Great for practice. Kanji are divided from N1 to N5.

Ameba - Ameba is a Japanese blog network… not really a learning tool… but it CAN BE, if you use it that way. Start your own blog in Japanese, find native speakers, read others’ blogs to boost your Japanese. The value is there if you look for it.

Memrise- Choose Japanese and you’ll find plenty of vocab, kana and phrase courses and quizzes. It also reminds you to keep learning. Highly recommended for vocab.

=====  Android Apps =====

Anki - AnkiDroid Flashcards - Yes, the world famous SRS flashcard system. I added it here because it’s free but paid for iOS.  Amazing app and a must have for drilling and learning words/kanji effectively.

WordPower Japanese - Like the iOS version. It’s biggest benefit is the word of of the day. Learn a new word every day - it reminds you. Very easy. Use it like that and it’s a good supplement without extra baggage.

Innovative Language 101 - Japanese Audio and Video lessons from JPOD101. They release 2-3 new lessons every week. All of their new lessons are free so you can sit back and learn. Highly recommended.

Hello Talk - Great for finding native Japanese speakers to chat with. This is a messenger App from the language exchange angle. Highly recommended.

Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese - This is Tae Kim’s site in Android App form. Great as a reference feature and for learning grammar rules. If you love the site, you’ll love this.

Memrise- Choose Japanese and you’ll find plenty of vocab, kana and phrase courses and quizzes. It also reminds you to keep learning. Highly recommended for vocab.

JED - Japanese Dictionary - Probably THE best Android dictionary App. Easy too look up words, can search in romaji, english etc. Has furigana for kanji, Handy example sentences

Obenkyou - Great general App to learn Japanese with. Learn Kana, Vocab, Kanji, Grammar/Particles and it includes Tae Kim’s Grammar guide.

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The Signs as Japanese Proverbs

Aries: 良薬口に苦し (eng. advice most needed is the least heeded)
Taurus: 愚公山を移す (eng. faith can move mountains)
Gemini: 鳥なき里の蝙蝠 (eng. in the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king)
Cancer: 七転び八起き (eng. fall down seven times, get up eight times)
Leo: 亀の甲より年の功 (eng. years know more than books)
Virgo: 継続は力なり (eng. persevere and never fear)
Libra: 角を矯めて牛を殺す (eng. the remedy is often worse than the disease)
Scorpio: 早い者勝ち (eng. first come, first served)
Sagittarius: 虎穴に入らずんば虎子を得ず (eng. if you don’t enter the tiger’s cave, you won’t catch its cub)
Capricorn: 苦あれば楽あり (eng. after rain comes fair weather)
Aquarius: 能ある鷹は爪を隠す (eng. the talented hawk hides its claws)
Pisces: 艱難にあって初めて真友を知る (eng. friends are known first in hardships)

Japanese Proverbs

My personal favorites:

七転び八起き。(Nanakorobi, yaoki)

Literally: Seven falls, eight rises.

Meaning: The recovery is more important than the injury.


残り物には福がある。(Nokorimono ni wa fuku ga aru.)

Literally: In the leftovers there is luck.

Meaning: .. This one’s pretty literal


自業自得。(Jigou jitoku)

Literally: One’s actions, one’s gain.

Meaning: You reap what you sow.


二兎を追う物は一兎をも得ず。(Ni usagi o ou mono wa ichi usagi o mo ezu.)

Literally: One who chases two rabbits will fail to catch one.

Meaning: Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
—  Japanese proverb
物言えば·唇寒し·秋の風 – mono ieba kuchibiru samushi aki no kaze – it is better to leave many things unsaid
— 

Bashō based this haiku on an old Chinese proverb. Translated literally it says, “When I speak, my lips feel cold, autumn wind blowing.” Alternatively, “When you speak ill of another person, evil will overtake you.”