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This week we're going to "focus" on words relating to our eyes. Why? ... Well, we "see" no reason not to!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: Commonly Confused Words
WINK vs. BLINK   ウィンクする vs. まばたきする


  • To wink is to quickly close and open again ONE eye as a sign of friendliness, sexual interest, or to show that something is a joke.

    To blink is to quickly close and open again BOTH eyes.
  • wink は、片目をすばやくつぶって開ける動作をする、つまり、ウインクをする、という意味です。親しさを表す、異性への興味を示す、冗談であることを示す、などのためにする動作です。

    blink は、両目をすばやくつぶって開ける動作をする、つまり、まばたきをする、という意味です。


  1. As a joke, my boss told me I was fired. I thought he was serious until he winked and laughed.
  2. That man at the bar winked at you. I think he likes you.
  3. (playing a children's game)
    The first person to blink loses.
  4. a: Smile for the camera. Ready? He we go! (click)
    b: Oh no! I think I blinked!
  5. Child: Mommy, there's something in my eye!
    Mother: Blink a few times and it should come out.

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