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Gojiai Kudasai (ご自愛ください – Please Take Care of Yourself)

  • Gojiai Kudasai


    Recently, more and more people around me have been getting sick.

    It is easy to get sick during seasonal changes, extremely hot days, and extremely cold days, so you need to take care of yourself.

    In such periods, you can use the Japanese phrase gojiai kudasai (ご自愛ください) at the end of e-mails or letters.

    Since go (ご) is a polite prefix, ji (自) means “oneself,” ai (愛) means “love,” and kudasai (ください) means “please,” the literal meaning of gojiai kudasai is “Please love (take care of) yourself.”
    「ご」は丁寧の接頭辞、「自」は “oneself”、「愛」は “love”、「ください」は “please” を意味するので、「ご自愛ください」の文字どおりの意味は “Please love (take care of) yourself” となります。

    Here, “love” is used to mean something like “take care of.”

    Note that it is inappropriate to use this phrase for someone who is already sick.

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