待つ身は長い - what is the literal translation of this proverb???

Japanese proverb



matsu mi ha nagai

a watched pot never boils

待つ = To wait, to await, to look forward to, to anticipate, to depend on, to need

身 = Body , oneself, one’s place, one’s position, main part

長い = Long (distance), long (time), lengthy

what is the literal translation of the proverb???

November 3, 2018


Hi! It means "to those who wait, [all is] long." In this case, 身 is used in the sense of "one's position," i.e. one whose position is to wait for something.

November 3, 2018


November 3, 2018

This is an interesting explanation from a Japanese person. "Waiting person feels time longer"

November 5, 2018

Time is long to those who wait

November 9, 2018
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