遠くの親類より近くの他人

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
とお
Grade: 2
しん
Grade: 2
るい
Grade: 4
ちか
Grade: 2

Grade: 3
にん
Grade: 1

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [to̞ːkɯ̟ᵝ no̞ ɕĩnɾ̠ɯ̟ᵝi jo̞ɾ̠i t͡ɕika̠kɯ̟ᵝ no̞ ta̠ɲ̟ĩɴ̞]

Proverb[edit]

遠くの親類より近くの他人 (hiragana とおくのしんるいよりちかくのたにん, rōmaji tōku no shinrui yori chikaku no tanin)

  1. Literally, "Neighbors nearby over family far away." People often rely more on unrelated people close to them rather than family who are living far away, in particular during times of disaster.