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to be shy; feel ashamed
Kanji 2031

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Synopsis

Find out how to say, "A bashful look came over her face," "These slums are a disgrace to our city," "I’m ashamed of my poor English," and "You ought to be ashamed of yourself." Learn to overcome performance anxiety, especially by seeing the audience as vegetables! Find out how the name of a popular band arose from a misreading of 羞. And read about famously shy people.

Revision history:

Jan. 15, 2020:

  • p. 2: Etymology Box: Added a Henshall etymology because there wasn't one before.
  • p. 11: Added words to the translation of the last Japanese sentence, making it say, "Bashfulness was Osamu Dazai’s culture—that is, his way of life as a weak person."
  • p. 13: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

Jan. 23, 2015: Originally published.

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