Nice Quote for Foreign Language Learner 外国語をマスターする強い味方!

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Jan 21, 2011 03:43 proverb maxim quote saying ことわざ 名言 金言 格言 English Japanese 日本語 英語
20th Jan. wrote:

Hi, mates! What's new today?

Here in Japan, this winter's first ice floes, floating out from the Sea of Okhotsk, was spotted today off the shore of Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's main islands!

By a curious coincidence, today is Daikan according to the Japanese calendar; it's the day that the cold is most severe during the year, but you could also say that Spring is just coming around the corner ^^
奇しくも暦の上で今日は大寒です。大寒というのは一年で一番寒さが厳しいとされている日のことです。でもそれはまた、春がすぐそこまで来ているということでもあります ^^

It's a gooood omen!!!

Daikan on Wikipedia

Speaking of spring, there is a foreign proverb I always carry in my mind.

I wonder if everyone has heard the following quote: April showers bring May flowers.
「April showers bring May flowers」、聞いたことあるでしょうか。

I think it's not bad to construe the meaning like this; the rain in April is necessary because it makes the flowers bloom in May.

Or more philosophically, without the rain or the hard times, the good times would not be possible.

Psst, even if I did myself, it might be nice to bring out this saying in this point almost starting a new year.
でも、まだほとんど今年が始まったばかりの今この時期に、このことわざを持ち出したのは我ながらなかなかナイスだったのでは (=^_^=)

Sometimes we are putting a lot of energy into studying foreign languages, but we don't really seem to make any progress...and that mind forces us to feel discouraged easily.

Then suddenly, they say, we realize we can understand something we couldn't understand before, or we can communicate with someone much better than we expected to.

I think this is like the flowers blooming in May after a persistent rain.

I believe, even when it doesn't feel like our tongues are improving appreciably, the beautiful flowers are down there waiting us to bloom (*´∇`*)

This is exactly the uplifting proverb I learned from a English text book earlier, which certainly encourages us who are struggling to acquire good language skills.

I remember that when I felt things are getting too much for me, I always have brought out this word and started walking forward with it again!

Hey, let's roll up our sleeves (。≧ω≦)ノ

Thank you for reading, Minasan ^^

Today's picture illustrates one of famous Japanese proverbs: even the cleverest man sometimes makes a mistake.
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