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10/02/2018

Diary Oct 2nd 2018   石の上にも3年を英語で言う

When I was talking with one of instructors of an online English conversation service yesterday, the instructor asked me " people often say that the young generation in those days lacks patience, what do you think of it ? "
Speaking of which, we have an old saying in Japan that symbolizes this topic well, so, I explained it as the following.

オンラインの講師の一人から「最近の若者は辛抱が足りない、ってよく言われるけど、どう思いますか?」と聞かれた。その瞬間思い浮かんだのは「石の上にも3年」という諺だった。In Japan, we have an old saying that stay on a stone at least three years. とシンプル表現したら、なるほど!という表情をしていたので、もう追加説明の必要はないなと感じたが、一応、of course it means that if you want to excel in something, at least three years of patience is necessary と加えた。

preaching that kind of thing to a young person itself probably means that I'm getting old ...
こんな諺を自分よりはるかに若い人に説明していること自体、自分は歳とったのかな?と感じたりします(笑)

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