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| 1. Good Intentions / Good Will / Good Faith
2. Good Intentions
3. Good Luck / Good Fortune
4. Good Good Study, Day Day Up
5. Opportunity / Good Luck
6. Goodness / Good Deed
7. Good Luck
8. Good and Evil
9. Distinguish Good and Evil
10. House of Good Fortune
11. Life is Good
12. Blessings and Good Wishes
13. Good Night
14. Good Health
15. Good Heart
|16. In Good Order
17. One Good Deed Each Day
18. Extremely Good Friends
19. Lucky / Auspicious / Good Omen
20. The Foundation of Good Conduct
21. Fragrant / Good Smell
22. Doing good is the greatest source of happiness
23. Good Health / Healthy / Vigor
24. Restoration to Good Health
25. Peace and Good Health
26. In Good Order / Organized
27. Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea
28. Work Unselfishly for the Common Good
29. 1000 good moves ruined by 1 bad
30. A House Might be Worth 1 Million Dollars, But Good Neighbors are Worth 10 Million.
|31. Life is Good / Life is Beautiful|
32. The Good Life / Beautiful Life
善意 is a word that means good intentions, good will, or to things done in good faith in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.
It's sort of the reason you do good deeds, or the desire you have inside yourself to do the right thing.
This can also be translated as benevolence, kindness, virtuous mind, positive mindset, or favorable sense.
善意 is also used in legal context for things that are done in good faith (regardless of outcome).
In Japanese, this can be the personal name Yoshi or Yoshii.
好意 is how to write good intentions in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.
This can also be translated as: kindness; good will; favor; favour; courtesy; good wishes; friendliness; amity.
福 is pronounced "fu" in Chinese.
The character "fu" is posted by virtually all Chinese people on the doors of their homes during the Spring Festival (closely associated with the Chinese New Years).
One tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (beginning in 256 B.C.) holds that putting a fu symbol on your front door will keep the goddess of poverty away.
福 literally means good fortune, prosperity, blessed, happiness, and fulfillment.
See Also: Lucky
This is a famous proverb by Chairman Mao Zedong that sounds really strange when directly translated into English. I include it in our database of phrases to illustrate how different the construction and grammar can be between Chinese and English. The direct translation is "Good Good Study, Day Day Up." In Chinese, a repeated character/word can often serve to reinforce the idea (like saying "very" or suggesting "a lot of"). So "good good" really means "a lot of good." While "day day" can be better translated as "day in day out." The idea of "up" has a meaning in China of "rising above" or "improving."
After understanding all of this, we come up with a slightly better translation of "With lot of good study, day in day out, we raise above."
The more natural translation of this proverb would be something like, "study hard, and keep improving."
機遇 is the kind of opportunity that comes via good luck or good fortune.
機遇 is sometimes translated as "stroke of good luck."
While there are other ways to express "opportunity," I think this version is best for a calligraphy wall scroll or portrait.
Note: In Korean Hanja, this would also mean "Meeting someone under strange circumstances."
This word means goodness, virtue, good deed, charitable, benevolent, well-disposed, nice, pleasant, kind, or simply, "good."
This is the kind of good that applies to someone's good character, or a good person in general.
Referring to someone with this word means that they have a well-aimed moral compass, are charitable, giving, wise, and honest. Basically, this is a blanket statement for every good trait a human can have, or all the things that make someone good.
In another context, it can mean to improve or perfect something or refer to someone who is good at something.
This can be translated as "good luck," "fortunate," "lucky" and/or "good fortune" in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Occasionally, this is also translated as a type of happiness or a short way to write serendipity.
Perhaps the Chinese equivalent of "This blessed house" or perhaps "home sweet home."
This phrase literally means "Good fortune house" or "Good luck household." It makes any Chinese person who sees it feel that good things happen in the home in which this calligraphy is hung.
祝福 is a nice way to give good wishes to someone. It can be a general blessing, or used to congratulate someone for a special occasion or graduation.
This has a good meaning in Japanese but more appropriate when expressed orally. 祝福 is not a natural selection for a wall scroll if your audience is Japanese.
お休み is how to write "good night" in Japanese.
It literally means, "taking a rest."
お休み is not a normal title for a calligraphy wall scroll. It might be appropriate for a hotel front desk if anything.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
This literally reads, "Good Heart" but is used to refer to the ideas of kindness, benevolence, philanthropy, virtuous intentions, moral sense, and conscience.
Some will also translate this as morality of mind (as the character for heart is often used to mean mind).
In Japanese, this can be the given name Yoshinaka.
This was added for a customer who wanted a single character that meant orderly. It's kind of unusual for a wall scroll.
This single Chinese character can mean: in good order; whole; complete; entire; in order; orderly; to repair; to mend; to renovate; to fix something or somebody.
My Korean Hanja dictionary defines it as orderly; neat; tidy; whole.
Note: In Japanese, this Kanji is usually understood as a male given name Hitoshi (other Kanji can also be Hitoshi). It is used in combination with other Kanji or Hiragana to create words about orderliness. Unless your name is Hitoshi, this single character is best if your audience is Chinese.
This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja phrase suggests doing a good deed each day, or doing one good turn a day.
It literally reads, "One Day, One Good (Deed)".
瑞 is a Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean word that means: lucky; auspicious; propitious; freshness; purity; luster; good omen.
In Japanese, this can be the following female given names: Yutaka; Midzuho; Mizuho; Mizuki; Mizue; Mizu; Mio; Tamami. It can also be a Japanese surname, Zui or Shirushi.
In Buddhist context, this can represent an auspicious jade token or good omen.
This proverb from the Analects of Confucius translates as:
Resolve yourself in the Dao/Tao/Way.
Rely on Virtue.
Reside in benevolence.
Revel in the arts.
According to Confucius, these are the tenets of good and proper conduct.
This was written over 2500 years ago. The composition is in ancient Chinese grammar and phrasing. A modern Chinese person would need a background in Chinese literature to understand this without the aid of a reference.
香 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja that means: fragrant; sweet smelling; aromatic; savory; appetizing; perfume; incense; aroma; fragrance; scent; good smell.
Fragrance or incense is known to be one of the Buddha's messengers to stimulate faith and devotion.
康 is a single character that means good health or vigor in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
康 can also mean peaceful, at ease, or abundant in some contexts.
Please note that this is rarely seen alone in Japanese Kanji. In Japanese, it is used both for health-related compound words and to denote the kouhou through koushou eras of Japan.
In Korean, this can also be the family name "Kang" (caution: not the only family name romanized as Kang in Korean).
This means just what it says. It's a word that expresses both the idea of being at peace and healthy at the same time.
Note: This is a bona-fide word in Chinese and Korean, and the characters will at least make sense in Japanese.
整然 is orderly, systematic, well-organized, trim, neat, tidy, accurate in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.
This would be understood but is not used in Chinese languages.
千慮一得 means, "1000 tries, one success," or "[a] thousand tries [leads to] one success."
This proverb is a humble way to speak of your success, ideas, or accomplishments. As if you are a fool who just got lucky in inventing or creating something.
Translations for this proverb include:
Even without any notable ability on my part, I may still get it right sometimes by good luck.
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea.
This can also mean: "Place Strict Standards on Oneself in Public Service."
This Chinese proverb is often used to express how one should act as a government official. Most of us wish our public officials would hold themselves to higher standards. I wish I could send this scroll, along with the meaning to every member of Congress, and the President (or if I was from the UK, all the members of Parliament, and the PM)
The story behind this ancient Chinese idiom:
A man named Cai Zun was born in China a little over 2000 years ago. In 24 AD, he joined an uprising led by Liu Xiu who later became the emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty.
Later, the new emperor put Cai Zun in charge of the military court. Cai Zun exercised his power in strict accordance with military law, regardless of the offender's rank or background. He even ordered the execution of one of the emperor's close servants after the servant committed a serious crime.
Cai Zun led a simple life but put great demands on himself to do all things in an honorable way. The emperor rewarded him for his honest character and honorable nature by promoting him to the rank of General and granting him the title of Marquis.
Whenever Cai Zun would receive an award, he would give credit to his men and share the reward with them.
Cai Zun was always praised by historians who found many examples of his selfless acts that served the public interest.
Sometime, long ago in history, people began to refer to Cai Zun as "ke ji feng gong."
This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Do not worry about making a thousand clever moves; what [one has to] fear is one bad move.
Figuratively, this means: Even if you have made many clever moves before, one wrong move will ruin the whole game.
I compare this to the English saying, "It takes only one Aw-shit to wipe out a thousand Attaboys."
This means "life is good," "life is great," or "life is beautiful" in Japanese.
The first two characters mean "life" (as in your or a human lifespan).
The third character kind of means "is."
The last five characters are a long adjective that means wonderful, splendid, and/or magnificent. In the context of life it reads more like good or beautiful.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|善意||zen i / zeni||shàn yì / shan4 yi4 / shan yi / shanyi||shan i / shani|
|Good Intentions||好意||kou i / koui / ko i / koi||hǎo yì / hao3 yi4 / hao yi / haoyi||hao i / haoi|
|福||fuku||fú / fu2 / fu|
|Good Good Study, Day Day Up||好好學習天天向上|
|hǎo hǎo xué xí tiān tiān xiàng shàng
hao3 hao3 xue2 xi2 tian1 tian1 xiang4 shang4
hao hao xue xi tian tian xiang shang
|hao hao hsüeh hsi t`ien t`ien hsiang shang
hao hao hsüeh hsi tien tien hsiang shang
|jī yù / ji1 yu4 / ji yu / jiyu||chi yü / chiyü|
|善||zen||shàn / shan4 / shan|
|kou un / kouun / ko un / koun||xìng yùn / xing4 yun4 / xing yun / xingyun||hsing yün / hsingyün|
|Good and Evil||善悪不二||zenakufuni|
|Distinguish Good and Evil||彰善癉惡|
|zhāng shàn dàn è
zhang1 shan4 dan4 e4
zhang shan dan e
|chang shan tan o
|House of Good Fortune||福宅||fú zhái / fu2 zhai2 / fu zhai / fuzhai||fu chai / fuchai|
|Life is Good||人生良好||jin sei ryou kou|
jin sei ryo ko
|rén shēng liáng hǎo
ren2 sheng1 liang2 hao3
ren sheng liang hao
|jen sheng liang hao
|Life is Good||生活是美好的||shēng huó shì měi hǎo de
sheng1 huo2 shi4 mei3 hao3 de
sheng huo shi mei hao de
|sheng huo shih mei hao te
|Blessings and Good Wishes||祝福||shukufuku||zhù fú / zhu4 fu2 / zhu fu / zhufu||chu fu / chufu|
|Good Night||晚安||wǎn ān / wan3 an1 / wan an / wanan|
|Good Health||健康||kenkou / kenko||jiàn kāng
|Good Heart||善心||yoshinaka||shàn xīn / shan4 xin1 / shan xin / shanxin||shan hsin / shanhsin|
|In Good Order||整||hitoshi / hitoshi||zhěng / zheng3 / zheng||cheng|
|One Good Deed Each Day||一日一善||ichinichichizen||yī rì yī shàn
yi1 ri4 yi1 shan4
yi ri yi shan
|i jih i shan
|Extremely Good Friends||莫逆の友||bakugyakunotomo|
|瑞||zui||ruì / rui4 / rui||jui|
|The Foundation of Good Conduct||誌于道據于德依于仁遊于藝|
|zhì yú dào jù yú dé yī yú rén yóu yú yì
zhi4 yu2 dao4 ju4 yu2 de2 yi1 yu2 ren2 you2 yu2 yi4
zhi yu dao ju yu de yi yu ren you yu yi
|chih yü tao chü yü te i yü jen yu yü i|
|香||ka / kou / ka / ko / ka/ko||xiāng / xiang1 / xiang||hsiang|
|Doing good is the greatest source of happiness||為善最樂|
|wéi shàn zuì lè
wei2 shan4 zui4 le4
wei shan zui le
|wei shan tsui le
|康||kou / ko||kāng / kang1 / kang||k`ang / kang|
|Restoration to Good Health||平復|
|byou fuku / byoufuku / byo fuku / byofuku||píng fù / ping2 fu4 / ping fu / pingfu||p`ing fu / pingfu / ping fu|
|Peace and Good Health||安康||ān kāng / an1 kang1 / an kang / ankang||an k`ang / ankang / an kang|
|In Good Order
|Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea||千慮一得|
|senryonoittoku||qiān lǜ yī dé
qian1 lv4 yi1 de2
qian lv yi de
|ch`ien lü i te
chien lü i te
|Work Unselfishly for the Common Good||克己奉公||kè jǐ fèng gōng
ke4 ji3 feng4 gong1
ke ji feng gong
|k`o chi feng kung
ko chi feng kung
|1000 good moves ruined by 1 bad||不怕千招會隻怕一招熟|
|bú pà qiān zhāo huì zhǐ pà yī zhāo shú
bu2 pa4 qian1 zhao1 hui4 zhi3 pa4 yi1 zhao1 shu2
bu pa qian zhao hui zhi pa yi zhao shu
|pu p`a ch`ien chao hui chih p`a i chao shu
pu pa chien chao hui chih pa i chao shu
|A House Might be Worth 1 Million Dollars, But Good Neighbors are Worth 10 Million.||百萬買宅千萬買鄰|
|bǎi wàn mǎi zhái qiān wàn mǎi lín
bai3 wan4 mai3 zhai2 qian1 wan4 mai3 lin2
bai wan mai zhai qian wan mai lin
|pai wan mai chai ch`ien wan mai lin
pai wan mai chai chien wan mai lin
|Life is Good
Life is Beautiful
|生活美好||shēng huó měi hǎo
sheng1 huo2 mei3 hao3
sheng huo mei hao
|Life is Good
Life is Beautiful
|人生は素晴らしい||jinsei wa subarashii |
jinsei wa subarashi
|The Good Life
|美好的生活||měi hǎo de shēng huó
mei3 hao3 de sheng1 huo2
mei hao de sheng huo
|mei hao te sheng huo
|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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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.
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.
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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