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自画自賛 Singing one's own Praises

Japanese proverbs

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自画自賛
Singing One's Own Praises 

自画自賛
Japanese
じがじさん ji ga ji san
Literal
One's own picture; praising oneself
English Equivalent
Singing one's own Praises
Tooting one's own Horn
Notes

The 自 as you may guess adds the meaning of 'oneself.' You may know it from the common 自分 jibun 'oneself' and 自由 jiyuu 'freedom'

 


Example Sentence


自画自賛に聞こえるかもしれませんが、ぼくは本当に歌がうまいよ。
jigajisan ni kikoeru kamoshiremasen ga, boku wa hontou ni uta ga umai yo
It may sound like I'm bragging, but I'm really good at singing.

 

Vocabulary image

に聞こえる ni kikoeru—sounds like... [太くに見える futoku ni mieru - to look (appear) fat]
かもしれません kamoshiremasen—may; might; possibly
ga—but
ぼく boku—I (usually used with males)
本当に hontou ni—really; truly (adv)
uta—song [in this case singing in general]
うまい umai—good at; skillful; clever [can also be used with food or drink to mean 'delicious']

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