Hito no Furi mite Wa-ga Furi Naose (人の振り見て我が振り直せ)

  • Hito no Furi mite Wa-ga Furi Naose


    The day before yesterday, I introduced the idiom hanmen kyōshi (反面教師), which comes from China and means a negative exemplar.

    There is a Japanese proverb that has a similar meaning to this — it is hito no furi mite wa-ga furi naose (人の振り見て我が振り直せ).

    Since hito (人) means “person,” furi (振り) means “behavior,” ‘mite (見て) means “look,” wa-ga’ (我が) means “my,” and naose (直せ) means “fix,” the literal meaning of this proverb is “Fix your behavior by looking other’s behavior.”
    「人」は “person”、「振り」は “behavior”、「見て」は “look”、「我が」は “my”、「直せ」は “fix” を意味するので、このことわざの文字どおりの意味は “” となります。

    I think there is no need to explain the etymology.

    It just says that you should learn what to do and what not to do from other’s behavior.

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