チャレンジ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English challenge

Noun[edit]

チャレンジ (romaji charenji)

  1. self-challenge, trying hard to do something

Verb[edit]

チャレンジ + する (romaji charenji suru)

  1. try to do something, try and (verb)

Usage notes[edit]

This word has shifted meaning from the English word challenge from which it came. It refers to challenging oneself, or taking on a challenge, rather than an attack on something. Therefore this word should be used when the speaker is taking on a new task, a new challenge. It is not to be translated literally as the verb challenge, or one will end up with sentences like "he is a challenging person" or "I will challenge tennis."