Meaning

Primary

Patience

Alternatives

Perseverance, Persistence

Word Type

noun

Explanation

The root of your energy. You have to dig deep into your energy, all the way to the origin and source of it, to have enough patience to deal with this dumb kid who's eating away at your not-root energy. It's all you have, and you need to use it.

Reading

こんき
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 根気が〜
  • 根気を〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 根気が要る
    to need patience
    根気が必要
    patience is necessary
    根気がある
    to have patience
  • 根気を失う
    to lose one's patience
    根気を要する
    to require patience
    根気を持つ
    to have patience, to persevere

Context Sentences

これは根気のいる仕事だよな。

This job requires patience, huh?

ほとんどの失ぱいのげんいんは、根気のなさなんだよね。

The reason for failure in most cases is a lack of perseverance.

根気よく日本語の勉強を続けていれば、いつかはペラペラになれるさ。

Keep studying Japanese persistently and you’ll be fluent someday.

Kanji Composition