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Seeing is Believing in Chinese / Japanese...

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Seeing is Believing

China bǎi wén bù rú yí jiàn
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This proverb literally means "Better to see something once rather than hear about it one hundred times" or "Telling me about something 100 times is not as good as seeing it once." In English, we have the similar proverb of "Seeing is believing" but this has a bit of the "A picture paints a thousand words" meaning too.

Sometimes it's simply more prudent to verify with your own eyes.

Seeing is Believing

Japan hyakubun wa ikken ni shikazu
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This Japanese proverb is the rough equivalent of "seeing is believing," "one eye-witness is better than many hearsays," or "a picture is worth a thousand words."

Sometimes it's simply more prudent to verify with your own eyes.


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Pronunciation
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眼見為實


眼见为实

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Mandarin yǎn jiàn wéi shí / yan3 jian4 wei2 shi2
Taiwan yen chien wei shih
Chinese seeing is believing

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百聞不如一見


百闻不如一见

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Mandarin bǎi wén bù rú yī jiàn / bai3 wen2 bu4 ru2 yi1 jian4
Taiwan pai wen pu ju i chien
Chinese seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times (idiom); seeing for oneself is better than hearing from many others; seeing is believing
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百聞は一見にしかず

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Japanese hyakubunhaikkennishikazu ひゃくぶんはいっけんにしかず
Japanese (expression) seeing is believing; one eye-witness is better than many hearsays; a picture is worth a thousand words

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百聞は一見に如かず

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Japanese hyakubunhaikkennishikazu ひゃくぶんはいっけんにしかず
Japanese (expression) seeing is believing; one eye-witness is better than many hearsays; a picture is worth a thousand words
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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Seeing is Believing 百聞不如一見
百闻不如一见
bǎi wén bù rú yí jiàn
bai3 wen2 bu4 ru2 yi2 jian4
bai wen bu ru yi jian
baiwenburuyijian
pai wen pu ju i chien
paiwenpujuichien
Seeing is Believing 百聞は一見に如かずhyakubun wa ikken ni shikazu
hyakubunwaikkennishikazu
hyakubun wa iken ni shikazu
hyakubunwaikennishikazu

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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