Tag Archives: apology

Sorry about all the words

暴言多罪 bou.gen.ta.zai Literally: violence – word – many – guilt/sin/crime Alternately: This is a polite, formulaic phrase to use at the close of a letter, apologizing to the recipient for being overlong, going too far with its content, or anything … Continue reading

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More genuine than genuflection?

For more pointers, watch this video. These guys are absolutely amazing when it comes to explaining Japanese culture. 平身低頭 hei.shin.tei.tou Literally: flat – body – low – head Alternately: Extreme apology or gratitude. From the literal image of kowtowing; kneeling … Continue reading

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A touchy situation?

PLEASE DISREGARD YESTERDAY’S POST. Well, actually, please go on regarding it, but with the knowledge that it was a blatant lie in celebration of April Fools’ Day. Sorry! Here’s a real yojijukugo for the week: 一触即発 i-.sshoku.soku.hatsu Literally: one – touch … Continue reading

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