Nihongo no Benkyou

By Alexis Franks

Today’s Topic: Japanese proverb
Japanese: 日本の諺
Kana: にほんのことわざ

Japanese: 猿も木から落ちる。
Romaji: Saru mo ki kara ochiru.
Literal meaning: Even monkeys fall from trees.
Closest English equivalent: Anyone can make a mistake.

VOCABULARY BUILDER

Japanese: 猿
Kana: さる
English: monkey

  • N + も = even N

Japanese: 木
Kana: き
English: tree(s)

Kana: から
English: from

Japanese: 落ちる
Kana: おちる
English: to fall

Japanese: 日本の擬態語
Kana: にほんのぎたいご
English: Japanese psychomime

ちくちく: describing successive, prickly sensations

Example: 蚊にちくちく刺された。 (ちくちく+V)
Romaji: Ka ni chiku-chiku sasareta.
Translation: I was bitten all over by mosquitos.