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Sometimes the moral of a proverb could be vague and ambiguous. The author of this page believes that it tells people to "behave humbly", while this one argues that it means "wise people know how to let others' guard down", which is more or less faithful to what original hawks are said to do. There's also a QA forum answer gives an insight that "truly ...


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There's no implicit order which word you should use for stacking sections. You can (basically) freely choose linking words for you additional sections. A non-exhaustive list is: 次{つぎ}に, 更{さら}に(は), そして, それから, その上{うえ}(に), この上{うえ}(に), 加{くわ}えて, それに加{くわ}え(て), 他{ほか}に(も), また, 並{なら}びに, および, それだけでなく, のみならず etc. etc. Variations for "firstly" and "finally" are: ...


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I don't have any clue to decide whether it's a parallel evolution or not, but I guess it's from Chinese, considering the phrase is attested in a famous (1st century BC) Classical Chinese literature, namely Shiji, and the fact all Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese shares the similar expressions. 大行不顧細謹,大禮不辭小讓。如今人方為刀俎,我為魚肉,何辭為。 The most powerful ...


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「[性]{しょう}に[合]{あ}う」 means "to be congenial", "to suit one's taste", etc. 「性に合わない」 means the opposite of that. It would, however, be pretty awkward if one tried to translate literally 「性に合う合わない」 in OP's sentence. Note that the 「の」 in 「というの」 nominalizes 「性に合う合わない」. I would simply use "congeniality" without hesitation for the whole 「性に合う合わないというの」 part ...


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[性]{しょう}に[合]{あ}う means "fit your preference/style" and [性]{しょう}に[合]{あ}わない means "doesn't fit your preference/style". So [性]{しょう}に[合]{あ}う[合]{あ}わない means "fit your preference/style or not". The whole sentence means "Even you understand you need people skill from now on, there is a thing to fit your style or not."


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Chinese has 人为刀俎,我为鱼肉, which I must say matches the Vietnamese one more, and is well documented in its origins. The phrase (in chinese) is attested to Sima Qian of the Western Han dynasty, who wrote in 史記・項羽本紀: “如今人方為刀俎、我為魚肉。”, meaning "to be taken advantage of" Many thanks to China documenting its history so thoroughly. Its structure doesn't match ...



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