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Forgive and Forget in Chinese / Japanese...

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Forgive and Forget

Water Under the Bridge
Japan mizu ni naga su
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水に流す is a Japanese proverb which suggests that "water continues to flow." It's similar to our English phrase, "Water under the bridge." The perceived meaning is, "Forgive and forget."

I have also seen this translated as, "Don't cry over spilled milk."


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

Forgive and Forget

Confucian Proverb
China bú niàn jiù è
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This Chinese proverb comes from the Analects of Confucius. It can be translated as, "Do not recall old grievances," or more simply as, "Forgive and forget."

The character breakdown:
不 (bù) not; no; don't.
念 (niàn) read aloud.
舊 (jiù) old; former.
惡 (è) wicked deeds; grievances; sins.

Forgive and Forget

China lüè è jì yuán qíng
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This Chinese proverb means, "to overlook past faults," or "forgive and forget."

It's more literally, "Abridge or make small the scars from your past emotions." Basically, you should let it go.

The character breakdown:
略 (lüè) abbreviation; omission; abridge.
跡 (jī) ruins; scar; traces.
原 (yuán) former.
情 (qíng) feeling; emotion.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

不念舊惡


不念旧恶

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Mandarin bù niàn jiù è / bu4 nian4 jiu4 e4
Taiwan pu nien chiu o
Chinese do not recall old grievances (idiom, from Analects); forgive and forget
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Forgive and Forget

水に流す

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Japanese mizuninagasu みずにながす
Japanese (exp,v5s) to forgive and forget; to let bygones be bygones; to sweep under the carpet; to wipe the slate clean
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Forgive and Forget

略跡原情


略迹原情

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Mandarin lüè jì yuán qíng / lu:e4 ji4 yuan2 qing2
Taiwan lu:e chi yüan ch`ing / lu:e chi yüan ching
Chinese to overlook past faults (idiom); to forgive and forget
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Forgive and Forget

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Forgive and Forget 水に流すmizu ni naga su
mizuninagasu
Forgive and Forget 不念舊惡
不念旧恶
bú niàn jiù è
bu2 nian4 jiu4 e4
bu nian jiu e
bunianjiue
pu nien chiu o
punienchiuo
Forgive and Forget 略跡原情
略迹原情
lüè è jì yuán qíng
lve4 e4 ji4 yuan2 qing2
lve e ji yuan qing
lveejiyuanqing
o chi yüan ch`ing
ochiyüanching
o chi yüan ching
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