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Hindsight

More than a decade ago, when I first heard the song "1982" by Randy Travis on the radio, I didn't get the meaning of the chorus part, where Randy sings, "they say hindsight's 20/20 but I'm nearly going blind..." Now I understand it, and I think it's a clever and interesting line.
Here's how to say hindsight in Japanese:

atojie
あとぢえ
後知恵

Meaning:

hindsight

Pronunciation:

Let's divide this into syllables first: "a-to-ji-e."
Now, "a" is pronounced like "ah," "to" is like "to" as in toss, "ji" is like "ji" as in Jill, and "e" is like "e" as in tennis. Each vowel sound shoud be short, but shoud be pronounced clearly.

Tip:

Here's a usage example. This is an intermediate-upper level phrase, so some Japanese people may not be familiar with it.

Gesu no atojie
げすのあとぢえ
下種の後知恵
(Fools are wise after the event.)


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