四字熟語

Recently I started debating with myself whether or not it is worth to learn 四字熟語 [よじじゅくご] 4 character idomatic compounds and [ことわざ] proverbs in isolation. I am just not sure if its worth the effort to memorize them, meaning to add them to Anki, or simply start to read without the intention to memorize any at all. On the one hand I find both very interesting, on the other hand there are other aspects of the language that I have yet to learn, which are more important. It would also make for a good group project to kick off, to add them to flashcards, and then review them. What’s your opinion? Should I learn them now, or at least read them all, or should I better leave them for later?

4 responses to “四字熟語

  1. 流れ星、

    四字熟語を勉強しなくてもいいと思うよ。そうだね、きっとよく日常的に使われる四字熟語があるだろうけど覚えにくい単語だから、必要な単語だけ習ってもいいよ。
    例えば、卒業試験って単語が出るのではないか?
    core6kって単語帳を完成したの?

    よろし~く、
    トリ

  2. Hi Tori,

    You are right, it might not be worth the effort to learn them all, but only the most frequent. Yesterday, while hunting for resources over at forum-koohii, I found a list sorted by frequency for them, that might be worth learning.

    Yes I know that word. 🙂

    I havent finished 6k yet, still 2280 to go according to the card browser, at a pace of 40 per day, and 60 from the beginning of next month, it will take some more time. No need to hurry, right?

  3. そうそう、急ぐことないなあ。
    このところ名探偵コナンというアニメを見た時「特殊急襲部隊」って言葉が初耳したけど字幕無しで意味が通らないだろうな。これってさ、四字熟語ではなく六字熟語みたいよね~
    今言葉を1万2百語知っているよ^^

  4. Hello Tori, Congrats!

    I used to love Conan way back when! Is it very difficult to follow?

    Speaking of long compounds, here is one discovered a few weeks ago, 東海道五十三次, while reading this website According to Wiki, there are tens of thousands of true 四字熟語 that one could essentially spend ones whole life to study. Not to forget the hundreds of others, up to the ultimate 2700 Kanji one Wiki

    For now I will keep learning the most frequent 2 and up to 4 compounds, and the 2700 component one, who I suppose nobody can read, for when I am 120, aiming for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. 😉

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