This is the fourth entry of weekly updated (bilingual) lessons on one of my favorite parts of the Japanese language, 四字熟語（よ・じ・じゅく・ご).
For this special New Year’s post, I chose a 四字熟語 that expresses one of my goals for myself and others for 2012.
Today’s four character compound is 堅忍不抜.
堅 けん hard/tough
忍 にん endure
不 ふ non
抜 ばつ pull out/remove
This compound expresses the idea of not being conquered by hard times and having a strong enough will to continue. Basically, unshakable fortitude or perseverance.
例文 (Example Sentences)：
Grandpa continued to manage the farm with perseverance.
Along with some good old 切磋琢磨 , I will come out this year a stronger and more confident person. Best wishes to all.
Happy new year!
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