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Believe in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Believe
  2. Believe / Faith / Trust
  3. Believe in Yourself
  4. Believer
  5. Trust in God / Faith in God
  6. Trust in God / In God We Trust
  7. Trust in God
  8. Honesty / Fidelity
  9. Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark
10. Religious Devotion / Faith in God
11. Faith
12. Religious Faith
13. Trust in God / Belief in God
14. Faith Love Peace
15. Firm Belief...
16. Faithful / Honorable...
17. Faith Hope Love
18. Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic
19. Belief / Trust
20. Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused
21. Faith Hope Love
22. Seeing is Believing
23. Sincerity and Devotion
24. Trust / To Have Faith
25. Good Intentions / Good Will...
26. Hope
27. Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication


Believe

China xiāng xìn
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This is the Chinese way to say believe.

This specifically means to be convinced that something is true or to accept something as true or real.

This can also be translated as "convinced of", "have trust in", "have faith in"

Believe / Faith / Trust

(single character)
China xìn
Japan shin
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This single character is often part of other words with similar meanings. Alone, this character can mean to believe, truth, faith, fidelity, sincerity, trust and confidence in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

It is one of the five basic tenets of Confucius.

In Chinese, it sometimes has the secondary meaning of a letter (as in the mail) depending on context, but it will not be read that way when seen on a wall scroll.


See Also...  Faith | Trust | Confucius

Believe in Yourself

Japanese only
Japan jibun o shinjiru
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This means, "believe in yourself", "have faith in yourself", or "believe in myself" (can be myself or yourself depending in if you're saying it to yourself or someone else).

Believe in Yourself

China xiāng xìn zì jǐ
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This means, "believe in yourself" in Chinese.

Believer

China xìn tú
Japan shinto
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This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word for "believer".

Just as in English, this word can be used for a follower of virtually any religion.

This word can also be translated into English as layman, adherent, follower, laity, disciple, or devotee.

Trust in God / Faith in God

Japanese
Japan kami wo shin ze yo
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This is a way to express, "Trust in God" in Japanese.

The first character is "God".

The second character is a particle that links the ideas here.

The last three characters are a word that means, "to believe", "to believe in", "to place trust in", "to confide in", "to have faith in".

Basically, this is the Japanese phrase for, "Have faith in God", "Believe in God", or "Trust in God".

Trust in God / In God We Trust

China xiāng xìn shàng dì
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This means exactly what the title suggests. The first two characters mean "trust" or "believe" and the second two mean "God" (as in the God of Abraham and the God of Zion).

This is also how the American phrase "In God We Trust" as seen on U.S. Currency would be translated into Chinese. It would also be correct to say that this means "Believe in God", though in this arrangement/context, one would be more likely to interpret it as "trust".

Trust in God

China xìn kào shàng dì
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This means "Trust in God", "Faith in God", "Rely upon God" and/or "Believe in God".

Honesty / Fidelity

China xìn
Japan shin
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This is another character that expresses the idea of honesty. It can also mean truth, faith, believe in, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.

Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although "makoto" is probably more common/popular.

Note: In some context, this character can mean letter; news or envoy. However, alone, it will generally be read with the honesty-meaning.


See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also...  Loyalty Trustworthiness Trustworthy

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark

China xìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēn àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
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This is a philosophical poem/quote from Indian Poet and Philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, 1915


This quote is not sourced, and therefore several variations exist in English. Some suggest the original was in the Bengali language.

This of course is the Chinese translation which has the meaning of, "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark".

Religious Devotion / Faith in God

China xìn yǎng
Japan shin kou
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This means firm belief, faith, persuasion, conviction, and sometimes religion or creed in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

This word clearly fits religious connotation of the English word "devotion".

Japanese people will often translate this as "faith in God" or "trust in God".

It should be noted that this word is a little strange alone on a wall scroll.


While this can be pronounced in Japanese, it's not a great selection for a wall scroll if your audience is Japanese.


See Also...  Faith | Trust

Faith

China xìn niàn
Japan shinnen
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These characters express the idea of "having a belief", or "trusting in the unseen".

This word could also be translated as beliefs or convictions.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.


See Also...  Devotion | Dedication | Trust

Religious Faith

China xìn yǎng
Japan shinkou
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This is the more religious form of "faith". It has this same meaning in Chinese, Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji. This is often used to refer to a person of faith or a religious person. Can be directly translated as "firm belief", "creed", "conviction" or simply as "religious" depending on context.

Some will also use this to mean "trust in God" in Japanese (though the term for God is not actually in this title).


See Also...  Devotion | Trust | Trust In God

Trust in God / Belief in God

Japanese
Japan kami no shin kou
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This is the simplest way to express, "Trust in God" in Japanese.

The first character means God, deity, divinity, or spirit (in this case, it will be read as God).

The second character is a particle that links the ideas.

The last two characters mean faith, belief, or creed, in religious context.

Faith Love Peace

China xìn ài hé
Japan shin ai wa
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This is a word list that reads, "Faith Love Peace". This is not a natural phrase in Chinese or Japanese, as it lacks a subject, verb, and object. But if this is what you want, here it is.

Firm Belief
Strong Faith

China jiān xìn
Japan ken shin
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This word means: to believe firmly; firm faith; without any doubt.

Japanese Christians sometimes use this term to mean the rite of confirmation.

This can also be the Japanese given name, Kenshin.

Faithful / Honorable
Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

China xìn yì
Japan shingi
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This is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation. To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).

In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi".

Faith Hope Love

Japanese only
Japan shinkou to kibou to ai
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This is a Japanese list of words (not really a phrase) meaning faith, hope, and love. Some have associated this word list with Corinthians 13:13, though there is no specific religious connotations in this word list, and it's not directly from that Japanese Bible verse.

Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic

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China jīng jìn
Japan shoujin
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This is a wide-ranging word that is used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

It can mean devotion, diligence, concentration, aggressive, enterprising, vigorous, energetic, purification, pushing, asceticism, or assiduity. This word is deep, and these two characters can express ideas that take a full English phrase to describe such as, "concentration of mind", "to forge ahead vigorously", or "to dedicate oneself to progress".

Used in the context of Buddhism, it means, "making earnest efforts to cultivate virtue and get rid of evil", or "zeal in one's quest for enlightenment".

Belief / Trust

China xìn rèn
Japan shinnin
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This means belief or trust in Chinese characters, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

It can also mean, to have confidence in, or credence.

Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

China zhuān xīn
Japan sen shin
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The first character means "for a particular person, occasion, or purpose", "focused on one single thing", "concentrated" and sometimes, "special".

The second character means "heart" or "mind" by itself.

Together, these two characters make a word that means, "paying attention with your heart". It's often translated as, "dedication", as in "be absorbed in" or "concentrate one's efforts". It's also used to mean, "with single mind", "whole-heartedly", "paying attention", "undivided attention", "concentration (-ed)", "engrossed", "devotionally (listening/watching)", and/or "attentive".

My favorite translation, which comes from the Oxford Advanced Chinese/English Dictionary is, "wholehearted devotion".

If it seems like the meaning of this word is quite open, you are correct. The context in which the word is used matters a lot. It can mean different things depending on how you use it. This makes it kind of nice as you can decide what this means to you (within some limits). This word is always positive in meaning, so even if a Chinese person reads it differently than you, it will still have a good meaning.


専In Japanese, they tend to use a variation of the second character which has one less stroke. If you want your calligraphy written this Japanese form, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note: Japanese and Chinese people will recognize either form.


See Also...  Faith | Devotion

Faith Hope Love

China xìn wàng ài
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This is a Chinese list of words meaning faith, hope, and love.

This is not a typical phrase in Chinese, but rather just random words strung together. There's no bad meaning, it's just not typical Chinese grammar.

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

Japanese only
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.

Sincerity and Devotion

China zhì chéng
Japan shisei
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This is the idea that you enter into something with the utmost sincerity and fidelity. Ideas such as devotion, honesty, and "one's true heart" are also contained in this word.

This is a universal word as the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are all identical.

Trust / To Have Faith

China xìn lài
Japan shinrai
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Trust is having faith in someone or something. It is a positive attitude about life. You are confident that the right thing will happen without trying to control it or make it happen. Even when difficult things happen, trust helps us to find the gift or lesson in it.

This word can also be translated as confidence, reliance, or dependence; thus it can also mean "to rely on" or "to depend on".


頼There is a slight deviation in the Japanese Kanji form of the second character. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people.


See Also...  Confidence | Truth | Honor

Good Intentions / Good Will
Good Faith

China shàn yì
Japan zen i
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This is a word that means good intentions, good will, or to things done in good faith in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja. It's sort of the reason you do good deeds, or the desire you have inside yourself to do the right thing.

This can also be translated as: benevolence; kindness; virtuous mind; positive mindset; favorable sense.

This word is also used in legal context for things done in good faith (regardless of out

In Japanese, this can be the personal name Yoshi or Yoshii.

Hope

China xī wàng
Japan ki bou
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Besides "to hope" this also means "to wish for" or "to desire". It can also mean expectation or aspiration depending on context.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.


See Also...  Faith | Desire

Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication

(complete bodily devotion)
China xiàn shēn
Japan ken shin
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This word is used to describe being so devoted to something that you will make sacrifices for that goal/thing/person. You can also translate this word as any of the following:
Give one's life for...
Sacrifice one's life for...
To dedicate oneself to...
Self-devotion
Dedication
Commit ones energy to...
Devote to...
Self-sacrifice
Giving your whole body to...

This can be a dedication to or for someone, but more often is used in reference to a dedication or making sacrifices for your country, public service, or a cause. For instance, an Olympic athlete makes great sacrifices to train in his/her sport for their country and compatriots.


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While the form shown to the upper-left is considered an ancient Japanese version, in modern Japan, they use the simplified version of the first Kanji (shown to the right). Click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version.

If you are looking for a more religious meaning of devotion, see Faith.


See Also...  Confidence | Dedication


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


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

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

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With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
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See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Believe相信
相信
n/axiāng xìn
xiang xin
hsiang hsin
xiang1 xin4
xiangxin
Believe / Faith / Trust
shinxìn
xin
hsin
xin4
Believe in Yourself自分を信じる
自分を信じる
jibun o shinjiru
jibunoshinjiru
n/a
Believe in Yourself相信自己
相信自己
n/axiāng xìn zì jǐ
xiang xin zi ji
hsiang hsin tzu chi
xiang1 xin4 zi4 ji3
xiangxinziji
Believer信徒
信徒
shintoxìn tú
xin tu
hsin t`u
xin4 tu2
xintu
hsintu
hsin tu
Trust in God / Faith in God神を信ぜよ
神を信ぜよ
kami wo shin ze yo
kamiwoshinzeyo
n/a
Trust in God / In God We Trust相信上帝
相信上帝
n/axiāng xìn shàng dì
xiang xin shang di
hsiang hsin shang ti
xiang1 xin4 shang4 di4
xiangxinshangdi
Trust in God信靠上帝
信靠上帝
n/axìn kào shàng dì
xin kao shang di
hsin k`ao shang ti
xin4 kao4 shang4 di4
xinkaoshangdi
hsinkaoshangti
hsin kao shang ti
Honesty / Fidelity
shinxìn
xin
hsin
xin4
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark信念是在黎明前的黑暗中能感到光明的鸟
信唸是在黎明前的黑闇中能感到光明的鳥
n/axìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēn àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
xin nian shi zai li ming qian de hen an zhong neng gan dao guang ming de niao
hsin nien shih tsai li ming ch`ien te hen an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
xin4 nian3 shi4 zai4 li2 ming2 qian2 de hen1 an4 zhong1 neng2 gan3 dao4 guang1 ming2 de niao3
hsin nien shih tsai li ming chien te hen an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
Religious Devotion / Faith in God信仰
信仰
shin kou
shinkou
shin ko
xìn yǎng
xin yang
hsin yang
xin4 yang3
xinyang
Faith信念
信念
shinnenxìn niàn
xin nian
hsin nien
xin4 nian4
xinnian
Religious Faith信仰
信仰
shinkou
shinko
xìn yǎng
xin yang
hsin yang
xin4 yang3
xinyang
Trust in God / Belief in God神の信仰
神の信仰
kami no shin kou
kaminoshinkou
kami no shin ko
n/a
Faith Love Peace信爱和
信愛和
shin ai wa
shinaiwa
xìn ài hé
xin ai he
hsin ai ho
xin4 ai4 he2
xinaihe
Firm Belief
Strong Faith
坚信
堅信
ken shin
kenshin
jiān xìn
jian xin
chien hsin
jian1 xin4
jianxin
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty信义
信義
shingixìn yì
xin yi
hsin i
xin4 yi4
xinyi
Faith Hope Love信仰と希望と愛
信仰と希望と愛
shinkou to kibou to ai
shinkoutokiboutoai
shinko to kibo to ai
n/a
Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic精进
精進
shoujin
shojin
jīng jìn
jing jin
ching chin
jing1 jin4
jingjin
Belief / Trust信任
信任
shinninxìn rèn
xin ren
hsin jen
xin4 ren4
xinren
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused专心
專心 / 専心 / 耑心
sen shin
senshin
zhuān xīn
zhuan xin
chuan hsin
zhuan1 xin1
zhuanxin
Faith Hope Love信望爱
信望愛
n/axìn wàng ài
xin wang ai
hsin wang ai
xin4 wang4 ai4
xinwangai
Seeing is Believing百闻不如一见
百聞不如一見
n/abǎi wén bù rú yí jiàn
bai wen bu ru yi jian
pai wen pu ju i chien
bai3 wen2 bu4 ru2 yi2 jian4
baiwenburuyijian
Seeing is Believing百聞は一見に如かず
百聞は一見に如かず
hyakubun wa ikken ni shikazu
hyakubunwaikkennishikazu
hyakubun wa iken ni shikazu
n/a
Sincerity and Devotion至诚
至誠
shiseizhì chéng
zhi cheng
chih ch`eng
zhi4 cheng2
zhicheng
chihcheng
chih cheng
Trust / To Have Faith信赖
信賴
shinraixìn lài
xin lai
hsin lai
xin4 lai4
xinlai
Good Intentions / Good Will / Good Faith善意
善意
zen i
zeni
shàn yì
shan yi
shan i
shan4 yi4
shanyi
Hope希望
希望
ki bou
kibou
ki bo
xī wàng
xi wang
hsi wang
xi1 wang4
xiwang
Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication献身
獻身
ken shin
kenshin
xiàn shēn
xian shen
hsien shen
xian4 shen1
xianshen

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "believe" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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