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Mune ga Odoru (胸が躍る – Exciting)

  • Mune ga Odoru


    My current feelings as I imagine my new life starting tomorrow can be described as a Japanese idiom mune ga odoru (胸が躍る).

    Since mune (胸) means “chest” and odoru (躍る) means “to leap up,” the literal meaning of mune ga odoru is “one’s chest leaps up.”
    「胸」は “chest”、「踊る」は “to dance” を意味するので、「胸が躍る」の文字通りの意味は “one’s chest dances” となります。

    This phrase is a metaphor for feeling restless due to anticipation, joy, and excitement.

    You can also use kokoro (心 – meaning “heart”) instead of mune and/or hazumu (弾む – meaning “to bounce”) instead of odoru, and say kokoro ga odoru (心が躍る), mune ga hazumu (胸が弾む), or kokoro ga hazumu (心が弾む).
    「胸」の代わりに “heart” を意味する「心」や、”to bounce” を意味する「弾む」を使って、「心が躍る」「胸が弾む」「心が弾む」のように言うこともできます。

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