Kanji of the Day: 早(はやい/そう/さつ) haya-i/so/satsu (early)

早起きは三文の得 (Hayaoki wa sanmon no toku) is a very common Japanese proverb that everyone has heard their grandma or pa saying at least once. The literal translation of the proverb is “You will gain 3 mon (an ancient Japanese currency which is worth about $0.33 today) when you wake up early”, but what it means is the same as the English proverb “the early bird catches the worm”: you should act before everybody else to gain advantage. Isn’t it kind of interesting that the two very different cultures have proverbs that represents the same idea? I wonder if there are similar proverbs in other languages too.

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So everybody knows that waking up early is good, but have you thought about the silly worm who could’ve stayed in bed to avoid being eaten? I heard this argument a while back, and thought it was genius. Plus, if you will only be gaining $1 for waking up extra early, it might be a better idea to just snuggle in bed for longer especially now that the winter is approaching.

Are you an early bird or night owl? Let us know 🙂

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