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Cat in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Cat / Pussycat
  2. Kitten / Young Cat / Little Cat
  3. Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice
  4. Leopard / Panther / Jaguar
  5. Lioness
  6. Lion
  7. Cheetah
  8. Roar of the Lioness

Cat / Pussycat

China māo
Japan neko
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<mark>Cat</mark> / Pussy<mark>cat</mark>

This means cat or pussy. A common name for feline friends in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

貓There is a more complex alternate form of this cat character. If you want this form, please click on the character at the right, instead of the button above.

Kitten / Young Cat / Little Cat

China xiǎo māo
Japan koneko
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Kitten / Young <mark>Cat</mark> / Little <mark>Cat</mark>

This means kitten (literally: little cat) in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

Ability is more important than looks
China bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
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Black or white <mark>cat</mark> matters not as long as it can <mark>cat</mark>ch mice

This literally translates as: It doesn't matter [if a] cat [is] black [or] white, [as long as it] can catch mice, it's a good cat.

This proverb was either composed or made famous by Deng XiaoPing in 1961 when he exclaimed, "I don't care if it's a white cat or a black cat. It's a good cat so long as it catches mice" when his critics pointed out that his ideas were Capitalistic (free market). The response was meant to say, "It does not matter if it's Communist or Capitalist, as long as it works".

This Chinese proverb can be used to suggest one should disregard looks or a person's race, as long as they can do the job. It can also be used as a metaphor for many other situations.

Deng XiaoPing probably saved China from collapse (as the Soviet Union experienced). He changed China's economy from pure Communism to a hybrid where the free market (Capitalism) is encouraged. More about Deng XiaoPing

Leopard / Panther / Jaguar

China bào
Japan hyou
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Leopard / Panther / Jaguar

This is the Chinese and Japanese word for the big cat known as a leopard, panther or Jaguar.

This can refer to most cats of the Panthera genus as well as the Puma genus (but this is not used for most kinds of lions, except smaller ones like the mountain lion).

Because Jaguars are not native to Asia, the characters for "American continent" is usually added before this character to specifically designate a Jaguar.

This also kind of means Panther or Leopard in Korean Hanja, but in modern Korean, they add a Hangul character to complete the word.


China cí shī
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This is how to write "lioness" in Chinese.

Note: This is not a very common title for a wall scroll in China. Perhaps because lions are not indigenous to China. Though oddly enough, rarity of lions made them very prized - and lion dances are a popular festival attraction.
If you do see name of this species of animal written on a wall scroll, it's more likely to be the masculine form of "lion".


China xióng shī
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This is how to write "lion" in Chinese.


Japanese / Korean
China shī zǐ
Japan shishi
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This is how to write "lion" in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.


China liè bào
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This is the Chinese title for the cheetah.


Japan shuryouhyou
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This is cheetah in Japanese Kanji.

Roar of the Lioness

China hé dōng shī hǒu
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Roar of the Lioness

This is actually a proverb and joke about the plight and fear of a hen-pecked husband.

In more ancient times it was used to describe a wife who would berate her husband or go into jealous rages. However, this phrase currently brings about ideas of a husband that cowers in fear and cringes when his wife screams (or roars) at him.

Please only purchase this as a good-natured joke. If your wife or husband does not have a good sense of humor, it's probably not a good idea to hang this on your wall just to irritate your mate.

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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.
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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.

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.

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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Cat / Pussycat
猫 / 貓
Kitten / Young Cat / Little Cat小猫
小猫 / 小貓
konekoxiǎo māo
xiao mao
hsiao mao
xiao3 mao1
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice不管黑猫白猫能捉着老鼠的就是好猫
n/abù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
bu guan hei mao bai mao neng zhuo zhe lao shu de jiu shi hao mao
pu kuan hei mao pai mao neng cho che lao shu te chiu shih hao mao
bu4 guan3 hei1 mao1 bai2 mao1 neng2 zhuo1 zhe lao3 shu3 de jiu4 shi4 hao3 mao3
Leopard / Panther / Jaguar
n/ací shī
ci shi
tz`u shih
ci2 shi1
tzu shih
n/axióng shī
xiong shi
hsiung shih
xiong2 shi1
shishishī zǐ
shi zi
shih tzu
shi1 zi3
n/aliè bào
lie bao
lieh pao
lie4 bao4
Roar of the Lioness河东狮吼
n/ahé dōng shī hǒu
he dong shi hou
ho tung shih hou
he2 dong1 shi1 hou3

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