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    Biggest Realizations Posted by: Noah 3 months ago

    A little while back I was learning a bunch of vocab, when I came across the word 時代 [じだい] meaning period, era, or age, which sounded familiar to me. Suddenly, it struck me. The period of Japanese history from the 15th to the 17th century is known as The Warring States Period 20 or in Japanese, 戦国時代「せんごくじだい」. After having also learned the word for “war”, 戦争「せんそう」I pieced it together:

    戦 [セン」- war, 国「ゴク」- country/state, 時代「じだい」- period

    It was so simple! This one simple thing blew my mind. I never knew that the Sengoku Jidai so literally meant “warring-states period”. I spent a good 2 minutes staring at my phone in amazement.

    But stuff like this happens all the time when learning Japanese, albeit usually not as mind-blowing. Does anyone else have some stories of times when their mind was blown learning something? Or even times when you realized you were able to do something you previously only dreamed of being able to do?

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