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"Kiku wa ittoki no haji, kikanu wa issho no haji”
(To ask a question is a temporary embarrassment, but not to ask is a whole life embarrassment.)

This is a saying that betraying one's ignorance is like a shameful conduct, but is a temporizing shame.

If one gets along without question, one may spend all through one's lifetime with misunderstanding.

You may come across a similar conversation:

"You actively speak and ask questions in a conference."

"I have been making an effort to avoid any misunderstanding. As the proverb says, Kiku wa ittoki no haji, kikanu wa issho no haji.”