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  • 'The word ganbaru (fighting through, giving as much as one can)' refers to 'a subjective notion of time 'that can be taken as lightly or seriously as a student wishes.

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  • There's an expression in Japanese, a verb, really: "ganbaru".

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  • Also, he says he learned that many Japanese workers embrace two seemingly conflicting concepts: "ganbaru" (do your best) and "shoganai" (it can't be helped).

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  • Quiet night-time conditions suit the need to memorize large quantities of material in order to proceed further with study, but ganbaru is also unsettlingly open-ended, since its principal requirement is overcoming one's limits.

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  • To them, the young generation's self-indulgence breaks a time-tested social contract that emphasizes ganbaru, or guts before glory.

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  • Mom absolutely blew away my expectations in terms of stamina and ability to 頑張る ganbaru: to try very hard through a whole range of foreign foods.

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  • They were "ganbaru," she recalls -- enduring, holding on, withstanding, and living with the pain.


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  • to do one's best, or to have good luck

    December 2, 2006