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Drink in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Drink
  2. Drink Up! / Cheers!
  3. Eat Drink and Be Merry
  4. Drink Up! / Cheers!
  5. Eat Drink and Be Merry, For Tomorrow We Die
  6. Drinking the water of a well,...


Drink

China yǐn
Japan no / in
Drink Wall Scroll

飲 / 飮 is how to formally write "drink" (the verb for taking a drink or drinking) in Chinese. 飲 / 飮 is totally different than the noun for drink. There are other ways to say/write drink but they are more for oral/spoken language. This more formal version is appropriate if you want to write the word "drink."

飲 / 飮 is kind of an odd selection for a wall scroll but no bad meaning.


飮In Korean Hanja, this character is generally written in the variant shown to the right.

み飲This can be pronounced in Japanese but this is seldom seen as a lone Kanji, and thus is not appropriate if your audience is Japanese. They will, at least, use a second Hiragana character in Japanese, as shown to the right. This is "nomi."

喝The common oral character looks like the one shown to the right. But this is not appropriate for a wall scroll.

吃In some cases (often in ancient Chinese) the character shown to the right is used to mean drink. But this word refers to anything you consume in your mouth. This character is most often used to mean "eat" in modern Chinese.

Drink Up! / Cheers!

China gān bēi
Japan kan pai
Drink Up! / Cheers! Wall Scroll

乾杯 is the common way to say "cheers" or give a toast in Chinese, Japanese and old Korean (written the same in all three languages, though pronounced differently).

乾杯 is an appropriate wall scroll for a bar, pub, or another drinking area.

The first character literally means "dry" or "parched."
The second character means "cup" or "glass."

Together the meaning is to drink up (empty your glass).

Eat Drink and Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
Eat Drink and Be Merry Wall Scroll

This is just about the closest proverb to match the western idea of "Eat, drink, and be merry."

This Chinese proverb more literally means, "Eat, drink, play, be merry, enjoy everything as long as you can."

It's basically a suggestion that you try to enjoy everything in life, as long as you live, or as long as you are able.

Eat Drink and Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè
Eat Drink and Be Merry Wall Scroll

吃喝玩樂 is the short version of, "Eat, drink, and be merry."

This Chinese proverb suggests to abandon oneself to a life of pleasure.

Drink Up! / Cheers!

Alternate version
China gān bēi
Drink Up! / Cheers! Wall Scroll

干杯 is an alternate form of the word in Chinese that means "drink up" or "cheers." The first character is still pronounced the same but the form is quite different. This version is used mainland China but not really used in Korea or Japan.

Eat Drink and Be Merry, For Tomorrow We Die

Japan tabe nomi tanoshime ashita wa mina shinu
Eat Drink and Be Merry, For Tomorrow We Die Wall Scroll

This means, "eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die," in Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Drinking the water of a well,
one should never forget who dug it

China chī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén
Drinking the water of a well, / one should never forget who dug it Wall Scroll

This proverb suggests that one should always be grateful to those who helped you succeed.

And remember your ancestors and those that came before you whose sacrifices made your present life better.

Some Chinese will separate the intended meaning from this proverb and translate this as "Don't forget the people who once helped you." In Modern China, this idiom is virtually never used to refer to an actual well.

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




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Drink 飲 / 飮
no / inyǐn / yin3 / yin
Drink Up!
Cheers!
乾杯kan pai / kanpaigān bēi / gan1 bei1 / gan bei / ganbei kan pei / kanpei
Eat Drink and Be Merry 喫喝玩樂及時行樂
吃喝玩乐及时行乐
chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4 ji2 shi2 xing2 le4
chi he wan le ji shi xing le
chihewanlejishixingle
ch`ih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
chih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
Eat Drink and Be Merry 吃喝玩樂
吃喝玩乐
chī hē wán lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4
chi he wan le
chihewanle
ch`ih ho wan le
chihhowanle
chih ho wan le
Drink Up!
Cheers!
干杯gān bēi / gan1 bei1 / gan bei / ganbei kan pei / kanpei
Eat Drink and Be Merry, For Tomorrow We Die 食べ飲み楽しめ明日は皆死ぬtabe nomi tanoshime ashita wa mina shinu
Drinking the water of a well, one should never forget who dug it 吃水不忘掘井人chī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén
chi1 shui3 bu2 wang4 jue2 jing3 ren2
chi shui bu wang jue jing ren
chishuibuwangjuejingren
ch`ih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
chih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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