Friday, 6 December 2013

Ganbatte! 頑張って

In her comment on my previous posting, CCK finished with the single word 'ganbatte'.
I don't think I have ever seen the word before, so of course I hade to Google it.
I was not surprised that it is in fact a Japanese word, meaning something like 'go for it!'. Thank you, CCK.
What was interesting was the discussion  around the cultural differences between Japan and most of the European languages. We would probably say 'good luck', implying that it is up to chance whether you succeed, where as 'ganbatte' implies that with effort your chances of success will be improved. I like it. I may not use it much, but I shall try to say 'go for it' rather than 'good luck' more often.

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