Hanmen Kyōshi (反面教師 - A Negative Exemplar)

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Sep 30, 2019 08:54 English essay
Hanmen Kyōshi

There are many people and things that can be described as 'hanmen kyōshi' (反面教師) in the world.

(It is difficult to notice for myself, but I might become that.)

'Hanmen' (反面) means "other side" and 'kyōshi' (教師) means "teacher," so the literal meaning of 'hanmen kyōshi' is "the other side teacher."

Actually, it means a bad example that can be a material for reflection.

This four-character idiom was created by a leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Mao Zedong, and it was used for the first time in his speech in 1957.



「反面」は "other side"、「教師」は "teacher" を意味するので、「反面教師」の文字どおりの意味は "the other side teacher" です。