猿も木から落ちる

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
さる
Grade: S

Grade: 1

Grade: 3
kun’yomi

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Etymology[edit]

Phrase consisting of (saru, monkey) + (mo, even, also) + (ki, tree) + から (kara, from) + 落ちる (ochiru, fall).[1][2][3] Literally “even monkeys fall from trees”.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [sa̠ɾɯ̟ᵝ mo̞ kʲi ka̠ɾa̠ o̞t͡ɕiɾɯ̟ᵝ]

Proverb[edit]

(さる)()から()ちる (saru mo ki kara ochiru

  1. even experts occasionally make mistakes: even Homer nods, a horse may stumble though he has four legs

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN