Ude wo Gaeru / Te wo Ageru (腕を上げる/手を上げる – Improving One’s Skill)

  • Ude wo Gaeru / Te wo Ageru


    Improving one’s skill or performance is expressed as ude wo ageru (腕を上げる) in Japanese.

    Sine ude (腕) usually means “arm,” but here it means “skill,” and ageru (上げる) means “to raise/improve,” ude wo ageru literally means “to improve one’s skill.”
    「腕」は通常 “arm” ですが、ここでは “skill” を、「上げる」は “to raise/improve” を意味するので、「腕を上げる」は文字どおり “to improve one’s skill” を意味するというわけです。

    You can also say te wo ageru (手を上げる) as a phrase with the same meaning as ude wo ageru, by using te (手 – meaning “hand”) instead of ude.
    「腕」の代わりに、 “hand” を意味する「手」を使って「手を上げる」としても、同じ意味を持せることができます。

    However, note that te wo ageru has a variety of different meanings: “to raise one’s hand,” “to surrender,” and “to do violence.”

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