The meaning behind “Tsubasa”

Today, a student asked me, what is the meaning behind the word “Tsubasa”?

Tsubasa means wings in Japanese.

You might have recalled the story of Daedalus and Icarus (Greek mythology), who used feathers to make wings to escape. It is our wish that as each student learns more from us, the feathers (Japanese grammar and vocabulary) will becomes wings (skills) for student to be able to progress better in life. Do not be like Icarus, who flew too high without heeding advice from his father, Daedalus (to learn the language slow and steadily).

Another meaning that Tsubasa has: to attach yourself with wings (learning from morals of Japanese people) to be able to fly higher into your next stage of life and continue to touch lives out there.


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