Ichi wo Kiite Jū wo Shiru (一を聞いて十を知る – A Word Is Enough to the Wise)

  • Ichi wo Kiite Jū wo Shiru


    When I was a child, my grandmother told me “Become a person who can ichi wo kiite jū wo shiru (一を聞いて十を知る).”

    Since ichi (一) means “one,” kiite (聞いて) means “to listen,” (十) means “ten,” and shiru (知る) means “to understand,” the literal meaning of ‘ichi wo kiite jū wo shiru’ is “to listen to one and understand ten.”
    「一」は “one”、「聞いて」は “to listen”、「十」は “ten”、そして「知る」は “to understand” を意味するので、「一を聞いて十を知る」の文字どおりの意味は “to listen to one and understand ten” となります。

    In other words, this phrase means to understand the whole thing by just listening to a piece of information, and you can use this to describe a very wise person.

    In my self-assessment, I am a person who can listen to seven to eight and understand ten.

    Sometimes I become a person who listens to about thirteen to understand ten.

    I will put in more effort.

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