Translating Shippai

The Japanese word shippai, pronounced "sh-pay", is a common word that means failure, or a mistake. I may also generally indicate being unsuccessful at something. Explore more about this word below.

Japanese Characters

失敗 (しっぱい)

Example

Shippai wa seikou no moto. (proverb)
失敗は成功の元。

Translation: Failure is a stepping-stone to success.

Antonym

seikou (成功)

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