頑張る

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
がん
Grade: S
は > ば
Grade: 5

Etymology[edit]

Ateji standing for the result of assimilation in 我に張る.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɡã̠mba̠ɾ̠ɯᵝ]

Verb[edit]

頑張る ‎(intransitive, godan conjugation, hiragana がんばる, romaji ganbaru)

  1. to work hard and do one's best to achieve a goal
    頑張 (がんば)っても ()せない!?
    ganbatte mo yasenai!?
    Why can't I lose weight?
  2. to strive unrelentingly in the face of difficulty
    頑張 (がんば)って (くだ)さい。
    ganbatte kudasai.
    Good luck!
    大変 (たいへん)でしょうが頑張 (がんば)ってください。
    taihen deshō ga ganbatte kudasai.
    It must be difficult for you but please don't lose hope.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998, 広辞苑 (Kōjien), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Iwanami Shoten, ISBN 4000801112