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Namiko Abe

Proverb of the Day: Au wa wakare no hajime

By January 8, 2013

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I would like to start introducing some Japanese proverbs. This week's proverb is "Au wa wakare no hajime (会うは別れの始め)." It means, "We meet only to part; All good things come to an end." It suggests the transient nature of life. It is similar to the English expression, "The best of friends must part."

Here is some vocabulary from the proverb. "Wa" and "no" are particles. Click this link to learn more about particles.

au 会う --- to meet
wakare 別れ --- parting; separation
hajime 始め --- beginning


January 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(1) Jerry Rankin says:

Love the daily proverb. Great idea.

January 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm
(2) Chris says:

I love proverbs, too. Whenever possible I like to inbed them in my communication to make it more smooth and interesting. The one introduced now ‘All good things come to an end’ matches my situation acurately as I will leave my part-time job, which I have done on the side of my studies here in Japan. There will be good usage of it in my farewell letter. Cheers! : )

January 13, 2013 at 12:59 am
(3) Namiko says:


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