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なんくるないさ

 Ryukyu (Okinawa, Yamatu)

nankuru nai sa [naŋ̍kuɾunaisa]

Definition

Expression

  1. Everything will be all right; it will all work out one way or another

Etymology

From なんくる nankuru "somehow, one way or another"; the nominal form of the verb ないん【為いん】 nain "to become; to result in; to attain";  and the emphatic particle さ sa.

Notes

The expression is sometimes incorrectly given the kanji 【難来る無いさ】 and translated as "hardships will not come" in English. This spelling and translation are erroneous for the following reasons:

  • nan only appears in Sinitic compounds in Okinawan; it is not used alone.
  • 無い nai is a Japanese word; the Okinawan reflexes are ねーん neen and ねーらん neeran.
  • 来る kuru is a Japanese word; the Okinawan reflex is ちゅーん chuun.

Given these reasons and the extremely close shape of the Japanese counterpart expression, なんとかなる【何とか成る・何とか為る】 nan toka naru, these Kanji are rejected.

意味:なんとかなるよ【何とかなるよ・何とか成るよ・何とか為るよ】

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