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This literally translates as: [About] matters [that] don't concern [you], do not open [your] mouth, [and] when questioned, always shake [your] head "No".
Figuratively, this means: It is best to remain reticent about other people's affairs and to refuse to make any comment on matters that don't concern you.
This suggests that you not give unwanted help or advice to someone.
The Japanese characters break down this way:
余計 (yokei) too much, unnecessary, extraneous, abundance, surplus, excess, superfluity.
な (na) connecting article. お世話 (osewa) help, aid, assistance.
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|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Mind Your Own Business||不干己事不張口一問搖頭三不知|
|bù gān jǐ shì bù zhāng kǒu yī wèn yáo tóu sān bù zhī|
bu4 gan1 ji3 shi4 bu4 zhang1 kou3 yi1 wen4 yao2 tou2 san1 bu4 zhi1
bu gan ji shi bu zhang kou yi wen yao tou san bu zhi
|pu kan chi shih pu chang k`ou i wen yao t`ou san pu chih
pu kan chi shih pu chang kou i wen yao tou san pu chih
|Mind Your Own Business||余計なお世話||yokei na osewa|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shǎo guǎn xián shì / shao3 guan3 xian2 shi4
shao kuan hsien shih
Mind your own business!; Don't interfere!
| hé shuǐ bù fàn jǐng shuǐ / he2 shui3 bu4 fan4 jing3 shui3
ho shui pu fan ching shui
lit. river water does not interfere with well water (idiom); Do not interfere with one another.; Mind your own business.
|ookiniosewaochademoagare / おおきにおせわおちゃでもあがれ||(expression) (joc) (archaism) mind your own business!; keep out of it!|
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