Meaning

Primary

With All One's Strength

Alternatives

Full Power, As Hard As One Can

Word Type

adverb, expression

Explanation

You've hopefully already learned that means "power". You might have also heard the word いっぱい, because it's used a lot in conversation. It has a few meanings (you'll learn more of them later) but the important one here is "full" or "a lot". Put these two words together and you have full power, with all one’s strength, and as hard as one can. Remember this one with all your strength!

Just a side note: いっぱい can also be written in kanji, which you'll learn later on! However, in simple words like this one it's usually written in kana.

Reading

ちからいっぱい
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

uses the same reading as you learned with the vocabulary. That's because this is basically two separate words stuck together.

Context

Pattern of Use

  • 力いっぱい〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 力いっぱいひっぱる
    to pull with all one's strength
    力いっぱいがんばる
    to do one's best
    力いっぱいハグをする
    to give a big hug

Context Sentences

力いっぱいがんばりました!

We did our best!

ドアを力いっぱいおしてください。

Please push on the door as hard as you can.

リレーでは力いっぱいはしりました。

I ran as fast as I could in the relay.

Kanji Composition