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Body Idioms Part IV

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BODY IDIOMS Part IV

 

And a few more body idioms in Japanese from Chiyon:

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Bulletin耳にたこができる
(みみにたこができる)

This literally means to “have sore ears.”

 

 

I think it is common for parents to have to tell children many, many, many times to clean up their stuff.   Just think of your own childhood--or, maybe I was just an unusual child… ^^;

 

And when these children hear the same thing over and over from their parents, especially when they are being scolded or receiving a lecture, they get an earful and are tired of it. In such a situation, you use this expression.

 


その話は、耳にたこができるほどなんども聞かされた。

sono hanashi wa, mimi ni tako ga dekiru hodo nandomo kikasareta

I heard that for the umpteenth time. 


先生が、うるさく何度も同じことを注意するので、耳にたこができた。

sensei ga, urusaku nando mo onaji koto o chuui suru node, mimi ni tako ga dekita.

I'm sick and tired of my teacher lecturing me over and over.

 

 

 

 

Bulletin足が棒になる
(あしがぼうになる)

This literally means “one’s legs change to sticks.”

 

If you are not used to walking a lot, and suddenly walk for a long time one day, your legs get sore and you feel like you can't take another step. If your legs feel like they are not your own legs anymore, you can say “足が棒になる.”

 


町を一日中散策して、足が棒になった。

machi o ichinichijuu sansaku shite ashi ga bou ni natta.

I strolled around town all day long and I walked my legs off. 

 


足が棒になるほど、歩き回る。

ashi ga bou ni naru hodo, aruki mawaru.

I walk and walk till my legs become like a sticks.

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表現とその使い方

I want to extend my deepest gratitude towards chiyon-san for posting these articles. As with Clay-san's own, which I remember from when this site was in (moderately) early days, they provide students with expressions that you won't necessarily run into everyday, but really give you an edge in Japanese and a deeper understanding of the structure of its phrasing, the nuances of words, and such that one will not find in 'Genki' or whatever textbook they may be using.

なぜなら、おまえは・・・・・・人形だ

ありがとうございます ^_^

It was a big help ^_^

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