Chi to Nari Niku to Naru (血となり肉となる)

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May 18, 2018 14:34 Egnlish essay
Have you ever heard of the Japanese idiom, chi to nari niku to naru (血となり肉となる)?

Chi (血) means "blood," niku (肉) means "flesh," and to naru (となる) means "to become," the literal meaning of this idiom is "it becomes one's blood and flesh."

This idiom can mean that what you ate is absorbed my your body and becomes your blood and flesh literally.

On the other hand, it is also often used to mean that you acquire skills or knowledge that will be helpful for your future activities by comparing blood and flesh to your abilities.

Incidentally, the abbreviation of this idiom is ketsuniku to naru (血肉となる).

Note that the reading of the kanji 血 is ketsu (not chi) here.
(Even Japanese people mistakenly read it as chiniku to naru.)


「血」は "blood," 「肉」は "flesh," 「となる」は "to become" を意味するので、「血となり肉となる」は "it becomes one's blood and flesh" を意味します。




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