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Curious / Inquisitive

China hào qí
Japan kouki
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This means curiosity or inquisitive in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It is a rather positive word in all three languages - though not as commonly used in Japanese.

Woman

The ancient way to say Woman
China jīn guó
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This is the very old way to say woman in Chinese. A common title ancient China, this actually refers to the scarf or head wrapping worn by virtually all women at that time.

This is kind of a cool way to say Woman now. The actual gender character alone on a wall scroll would actually just look like a fancy sign for the woman's restroom (WC).

女If you are curious, the character to the right directly means female or woman. This is useful information if you are a woman in need of a toilet in China.

Allah / God of Islam

China zhēn zhǔ
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This is how Chinese Muslims refer to God (it literally means "True Master"). Oddly, in China, two different names for God have emerged. Even though Muslims, Christians, and Jews all worship the same God of Abraham.

In Arabic, the word Allah is just the Arabic way to say God. Arab Christians pray to Allah, just like Arab Muslims. Somehow in China the title of God diverged.

If you are curious, there are millions of Muslims throughout China, but especially in the northwest portion of China known as Xinjiang. Here you will find descendants of Turkmen, Persian, Arab, and other ethnicities. Some are mixed with Han-Chinese blood; others appear to be pure Turkmen. Many have fair complexions, green eyes, and light hair, but all are citizens of China. A visit to Xinjiang will shift your paradigm and blow away all of your stereotypes about what it means to be Chinese.

Joshua 24:15

This House Serves the LORD
China zhì yú wǒ hé wǒ jiā wǒ men bì dìng shì fèng yē hé huá
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Depending on which English translation you like, here are the full English language version of Joshua 24:15

Joshua 24:15 in Chinese

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Joshua 24:15 (KJV) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua 24:15 (NIV) But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.

The characters shown here just dwell on the last line of the verse, "...as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

We used the only official Christian Chinese Bible that I know of so that the translation would be as accurate and standard as possible. Any Chinese Christian worth their salt will easily be able to identify this verse from the Chinese words on this scroll.

I think it is a bit like having a secret code on your wall that quietly expresses to whom your are faithful.

A great gift for your devout Christian or Jewish friend if they happen to be fond of Asian art.

Or perhaps a wonderful "conversation starter" for your own home.

Note: If you are curious, the last three characters represent they way "LORD" is used in most English Bibles. In Chinese, this is actually the phonetic name in Mandarin Chinese for "Jehovah".

Rat / Mouse

Year of the Rat / Zodiac Sign
China shǔ
Japan nezumi
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This is the character for rat (and sometimes mouse) in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the Rat, you . . .


Are sensitive and smart.
Easily to adapt to the new environments.
Have a curious nature.
Are good at using the opportunities that are presented to you.

In some contexts, this character could mean "mouse".


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.


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Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
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変
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Mandarin biàn / bian4
Taiwan pien
Japanese hen へん
Chinese Japanese variant of 變|变[bian4]
Japanese (adj-na,n) (1) strange; odd; peculiar; weird; curious; queer; eccentric; funny; suspicious; fishy; (2) unexpected; (3) change; (4) incident; disturbance; disaster; accident; (prefix noun) (5) flat (music);

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珍
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Mandarin zhēn / zhen1
Taiwan chen
Japanese chin ちん
Chinese precious thing; treasure; culinary delicacy; rare; valuable; to value highly
Japanese (adj-na,n) rare; curious; strange; Mezurashi (surname)
Precious; rare.

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變
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Mandarin biàn / bian4
Taiwan pien
Japanese hen へん
Chinese to change; to become different; to transform; to vary; rebellion
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (adj-na,n) (1) strange; odd; peculiar; weird; curious; queer; eccentric; funny; suspicious; fishy; (2) unexpected; (3) change; (4) incident; disturbance; disaster; accident; (prefix noun) (5) flat (music)
To change, alter, transmute, transform.

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可怪
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可怪 Mandarin kě guài / ke3 guai4
Taiwan k`o kuai / ko kuai
Japanese ka ke
Chinese strange; curious; surprising
to be regarded as strange

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好事
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好事 Mandarin hào shì // hǎo shì / hao4 shi4 // hao3 shi4
Taiwan hao shih // hao
Japanese kouzu / kozu こうず
 kouji / koji こうじ
Chinese to be meddlesome; good action, deed, thing or work (also sarcastic, "a fine thing indeed"); charity; happy occasion; Daoist or Buddhist ceremony for the souls of the dead
Japanese fortune; good deed; curious
good works

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好奇
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好奇 Mandarin hào qí / hao4 qi2
Taiwan hao ch`i / hao chi
Japanese kouki / koki こうき
Chinese inquisitive; curious; inquisitiveness; curiosity
Japanese inquisitiveness; Kouki (surname)
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奇体
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奇体 Japanese kitai きたい
Japanese (adj-na,n) strange; curious; odd

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奇妙
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奇妙 Mandarin qí miào / qi2 miao4
Taiwan ch`i miao / chi miao
Japanese kimyou / kimyo きみょう
Chinese fantastic; wonderful
Japanese (adj-na,n) strange; queer; curious;
Beautiful, or wonderful beyond compare.

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奇態
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奇態 Japanese kitai きたい
Japanese (adj-na,n) strange; curious; odd

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珍奇
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珍奇 Mandarin zhēn qí / zhen1 qi2
Taiwan chen ch`i / chen chi
Japanese chinki ちんき
Chinese rare; strange
Japanese (adj-na,n) strange; rare; novel; curious

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珍問
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珍問 Japanese chinmon ちんもん
Japanese strange question; offbeat question; odd question; funny question; curious question

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珍案
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珍案 Japanese chinan ちんあん
Japanese odd idea; unusual idea; curious proposal

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珍聞
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珍聞
珍闻
Mandarin zhēn wén / zhen1 wen2
Taiwan chen wen
Japanese chinbun ちんぶん
Chinese oddity; news tidbits; strange and interesting item
Japanese curious or extraordinary story or piece of news

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異聞
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異聞 Japanese ibun いぶん
Japanese strange tale; curious report; strange report

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たがる
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たがる Japanese tagaru たがる
Japanese (aux-v,v5r) wanting to ...; eager to ...; curious to ...

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不尋常
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不尋常
不寻常
Mandarin bù xún cháng / bu4 xun2 chang2
Taiwan pu hsün ch`ang / pu hsün chang
Chinese unusual; curious; somewhat extraordinary

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床しい
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床しい Japanese yukashii / yukashi ゆかしい
Japanese (adjective) (1) admirable; charming; refined; (2) nostalgic; (3) (kana only) curious; eager to know (or see, experience, etc.)

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弥次馬
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弥次馬 Japanese yajiuma やじうま
Japanese (sensitive word) curious onlookers; rubbernecks

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懐しい
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懐しい Japanese yukashii / yukashi ゆかしい
Japanese (adjective) (1) admirable; charming; refined; (2) nostalgic; (3) (kana only) curious; eager to know (or see, experience, etc.)

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珍しい
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珍しい Japanese mezurashii / mezurashi めずらしい
Japanese (adjective) (1) unusual; rare; curious; (2) new; novel; (3) fine (e.g. gift);

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野次馬
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野次馬 Japanese yajiuma やじうま
Japanese (sensitive word) curious onlookers; rubbernecks

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ひょんな
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ひょんな Japanese hyonna ひょんな
Japanese (pre-noun adjective) strange; unexpected; (by) chance; unusual; curious

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好奇尚異
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好奇尚異
好奇尚异
Mandarin hào qí shàng yì / hao4 qi2 shang4 yi4
Taiwan hao ch`i shang i / hao chi shang i
Chinese liking what odd, interested in what is different (idiom); curious about the exotic; inquisitive

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有好奇心
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有好奇心 Mandarin yǒu hào qí xīn / you3 hao4 qi2 xin1
Taiwan yu hao ch`i hsin / yu hao chi hsin
Chinese curious

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珍らしい
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珍らしい Japanese mezurashii / mezurashi めずらしい
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (adjective) (1) unusual; rare; curious; (2) new; novel; (3) fine (e.g. gift)

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神差鬼使
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神差鬼使 Mandarin shén chāi guǐ shǐ / shen2 chai1 gui3 shi3
Taiwan shen ch`ai kuei shih / shen chai kuei shih
Chinese the work of gods and devils (idiom); unexplained event crying out for a supernatural explanation; curious coincidence

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異聞奇譚
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異聞奇譚 Japanese ibunkitan いぶんきたん
Japanese strange stories and curious tales

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物珍しい
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物珍しい Japanese monomezurashii / monomezurashi ものめずらしい
Japanese (adjective) curious

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興味津々
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興味津々 Japanese kyoumishinshin / kyomishinshin きょうみしんしん
Japanese (adj-no,adj-t,adv-to) very interesting; of absorbing interest; having a keen interest (in); being immensely curious (about)

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興味津津
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興味津津 Japanese kyoumishinshin / kyomishinshin きょうみしんしん
Japanese (adj-no,adj-t,adv-to) very interesting; of absorbing interest; having a keen interest (in); being immensely curious (about)

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Curious / Inquisitive好奇
好奇
kouki
koki
hào qí
hao qi
hao ch`i
hao4 qi2
haoqi
haochi
hao chi
Woman巾帼
巾幗
n/ajīn guó
jin guo
chin kuo
jin1 guo2
jinguo
Allah / God of Islam真主
真主
n/azhēn zhǔ
zhen zhu
chen chu
zhen1 zhu3
zhenzhu
Joshua 24:15至于我和我家我们必定事奉耶和华
至於我和我家我們必定事奉耶和華
n/azhì yú wǒ hé wǒ jiā wǒ men bì dìng shì fèng yē hé huá
zhi yu wo he wo jia wo men bi ding shi feng ye he hua
chih yü wo ho wo chia wo men pi ting shih feng yeh ho hua
zhi4 yu2 wo3 he2 wo3 jia1 wo3 men bi4 ding4 shi4 feng4 ye1 he2 hua2
Rat / Mouse
nezumishǔ
shu
shu3

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