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  1. Dedication
  2. Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused
  3. Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication
  4. Tenacious / Tenacity
  5. Faith
  6. Commitment
  7. Determination
  8. Industrious / Hard Working
  9. Sincere Heart
10. Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country
11. Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic
12. Shiken Haramitsu Daikoumyo


Dedication

Dedicated to One Thing
China zhuān yòng
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This is the kind of dedication you might have to your job, or a person.

Trivia: It is the same word used as an adjective in front of the word for "network" to say "dedicated network" in Chinese.

Please note: While this is a word in Korean, the meaning is private or "exclusive use". So this is best if your audience is Chinese.


See Also...  Devotion | Passion | Tenacious | Commitment

Dedication

Japan sennen
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This is the Japanese word for dedication. It means "give undivided attention" or "devote oneself to (something)".

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly-used term.


See Also...  Devotion | Passion | Tenacious | Commitment

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

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

Tenacious / Tenacity

China wán qiáng
Japan gan kyou
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These two characters together mean "Tenacious", "Hard to Defeat", or "Dogged".

Alone, the first character means mischievous, obstinate or stubborn. But it loses some of the mischievous meaning when the second character is added.

The second character means strength, force, powerful or better.


See Also...  Determination | Devotion | Never Give Up

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 | Trust

Commitment

China chéng nuò
Japan shoudaku
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Commitment is caring deeply about something or someone. It is deciding carefully what you want to do, and then giving it 100%, holding nothing back. You give your all to a friendship, a task, or something you believe in. You finish what you start. You keep your promises.

In Chinese, this word directly means to undertake something or to make a promise to do something.

Within the idea of commitment, this word also means to make a big effort, or undertaking a great task. Outside of the commitment idea, this particular word can also mean approval, acceptance, consent, assent, acquiescence, or agreement depending on context (especially in Japanese and Korean). Therefore this word is probably best if your audience is Chinese.


See Also...  Partnership | Hard Work

Determination

China jué xīn
Japan kesshin
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You focus your energy and efforts on a task and stick with it until it is finished. Determination is using your will power to do something when it isn't easy. You are determined to meet your goals even when it is hard or you are being tested. With determination we make our dreams come true.

The first characters means "to determine" or "determined". The second character means "heart", "mind" or "soul", so you can imagine that this form of "determination" partially means to put your heart into something. It can also be translated as resolve, resolution, or decision (as in a decision made and followed).


See Also...  Devotion | Tenacious | Passion | Will-Power

Industrious / Hard Working

China ài gǎng jìng yè
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Used to refer to someone who puts forth maximum effort and achieves much. We might call this kind of person a "go-getter" in English.


See Also...  Tenacious | Devotion

Sincere Heart

China xuě xīn
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When you take this word apart, you find the sum is a little different than the parts. The first character means blood and the second means heart. It is important to note that for thousands of years, it was believed that your heart was both your soul and your mind in Asian culture. When you add blood to the heart, it is your whole being - it is pure and clean dedication with your whole soul.

Most Chinese dictionaries define this as sincerity of heart or a MEDICAL TERM!!!
Please think carefully before ordering this selection - it was only added as others have used this for coffee cups and other novelties (though perhaps naively).

Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country

The most famous tattoo in Chinese history
China jìn zhōng bào guó
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This proverb is the tattoo worn on the back of Yue Fei, a famous Chinese warrior who lived until 1142 A.D.

The tattoo can be translated as "Serve the country with the utmost loyalty". More literally, it means, "[The] Ultimate Loyalty [is too] Duty [of] Country".

Legend has it that this tattoo once saved his life when he was accused of treason.

The first two characters have come to create a word that means "serve the country faithfully" or "die for the country". Note: It's more a willingness to die for one's country than the actual act of dying.

The last two characters have come to mean, "Dedicate oneself to the service of one's country".

Both of these words are probably only in the Chinese lexicon because of this famous tattoo.

If you break it down, character-by-character, here is what you get:
1. To the utmost, to the limit of something, the ultimate.
2. Loyalty or duty (a sense of duty to one's master, lord, country, job).
3. Report, recompense, give back to (in this case, you are giving yourself to your country as payback).
4. Country, state, nation, kingdom.


More about the famous warrior and army general, Yue Fei

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, assiduity, or virility. 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".

Shiken Haramitsu Daikoumyo

Japan shi ken ha ra mitsu dai kou myou
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This is "shiken haramitsu daikōmyō", a famous Japanese Buddhist mantra.

四拳 = shi-ken = four fist (many translate this as "four hearts").
波羅蜜 = ha-ra-mitsu = A loanword representing pāramitā, or entrance into Nirvana. Awkwardly, it also means jackfruit.
大光明 = dai-kou-myo = big/great light bright (great bright light).

Shiken represents four hearts:
1. The Merciful Heart - Love and caring for all living things.
2. The Sincere Heart - Pursues righteousness, or the right path - sincerely trying to do what is right.
3. The Attuned Heart - Knows that nature and fate have their ways, and thus stays in tune with the universe.
4. The Dedicated Heart - Steadfast on the chosen path to the end.


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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
Dedication专用
專用
n/azhuān yòng
zhuan yong
chuan yung
zhuan1 yong4
zhuanyong
Dedication専念
専唸
sennenn/a
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused专心
專心 / 専心 / 耑心
sen shin
senshin
zhuān xīn
zhuan xin
chuan hsin
zhuan1 xin1
zhuanxin
Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication献身
獻身
ken shin
kenshin
xiàn shēn
xian shen
hsien shen
xian4 shen1
xianshen
Tenacious / Tenacity顽强
頑強
gan kyou
gankyou
gan kyo
wán qiáng
wan qiang
wan ch`iang
wan2 qiang2
wanqiang
wanchiang
wan chiang
Faith信念
信念
shinnenxìn niàn
xin nian
hsin nien
xin4 nian4
xinnian
Commitment承诺
承諾
shoudaku
shodaku
chéng nuò
cheng nuo
ch`eng no
cheng2 nuo4
chengnuo
chengno
cheng no
Determination决心
決心
kesshin
keshin
jué xīn
jue xin
chüeh hsin
jue2 xin1
juexin
Industrious / Hard Working爱岗敬业
愛崗敬業
n/aài gǎng jìng yè
ai gang jing ye
ai kang ching yeh
ai4 gang3 jing4 ye4
aigangjingye
Sincere Heart血心
血心
n/axuě xīn
xue xin
hsüeh hsin
xue3 xin1
xuexin
Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country尽忠报国
盡忠報國
n/ajìn zhōng bào guó
jin zhong bao guo
chin chung pao kuo
jin4 zhong1 bao4 guo2
jinzhongbaoguo
Devotion / Diligence / Vigorous / Energetic精进
精進
shoujin
shojin
jīng jìn
jing jin
ching chin
jing1 jin4
jingjin
Shiken Haramitsu Daikoumyo四拳波羅蜜大光明
四拳波羅蜜大光明
shi ken ha ra mitsu dai kou myou
shi ken ha ra mitsu dai ko myo
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