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Goose in Chinese / Japanese...

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Wild Goose

China yàn
Japan karigane / kari
Wild Goose Vertical Wall Scroll

雁 is the single character for wild goose in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Swan

China tiān é
Swan Vertical Wall Scroll

天鵝 is one of a few titles that can mean "swan" in Chinese. This one can be literally-translated as "heavenly goose."

Drain the pond to get all the fish

Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
China jié zé ér yú
Drain the pond to get all the fish Vertical Wall Scroll

In 632 BC, Duke Wen of the Kingdom of Jin was about to lead an army against the forces of the Kingdom of Chu.
The Duke asked one of his advisers, Jiu Fan, how they could possibly win the impending battle, as they were drastically outnumbered.
Jiu Fan said, "All is fair in war," and went on to suggest a plan of dishonorable tactics (cheating).
The Duke was not sure of this advice, so he asked another adviser, Yong Ji, who replied, "If you catch fish by draining the pond, you can certainly get all the fish. But there will be no fish the following year. You can cheat this one time in battle but such tactics can only be used once, as the enemy will be wise in future encounters."

The Duke heard the words of his wiser adviser but cheated to gain victory in the battle. However, he rewarded Yong Ji more than Jiu Fan at the victory celebration, stating that while Jiu Fan's advice gained one victory, the wise words of Yong Ji would last forever.

This Chinese idiom/proverb is still used, over 2600 years later to remind people not to burn bridges, cheat, or dishonor oneself in exchange for a short term gain, while sacrificing the future.

竭澤而漁 is very similar to the meaning of the English phrase, "Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs."


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your goose search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin yàn / yan4
Taiwan yen
Japanese gan / がん    ikuma / いくま
Drain the pond to get all the fish Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese wild goose
Japanese (kana only) wild goose; (1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro); (1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis; (surname, given name) Gan; (personal name) Ikuma
A hawk, also used for hamsa, a wild goose.

カリ

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Japanese kari / カリ
Drain the pond to get all the fish Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis; (place-name) Cali (Colombia)

竭澤而漁

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Mandarin jié zé ér yú / jie2 ze2 er2 yu2
Taiwan chieh tse erh yü
Chinese lit. to drain the pond to get at the fish (idiom); fig. to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs

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Mandarin/ li4
Taiwan li
Chinese cry of a crane or wild goose

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Mandarin/ su4
Taiwan su
Japanese awa / あわ
Chinese grain; millet; goose pimples; surname Su
Japanese foxtail millet (Setaria italica); Italian millet (also Hungarian, German); (surname) Awazaki; (surname) Awa; (personal name) Asou
Maize, millet.


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Mandarin yàn / yan4
Taiwan yen
Japanese gan / がん
Chinese variant of 雁[yan4]
Japanese (kana only) wild goose; (1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis; (surname) Gan
A wild goose.

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Mandarin hóng / hong2
Taiwan hung
Japanese bishiyago / びしやご    bishago / びしゃご    bishako / びしゃこ    hiroshi / ひろし    hiro / ひろ    hitoshi / ひとし    tsuyoshi / つよし    kounoike / konoike / こうのいけ    kouzaki / kozaki / こうざき    kou / ko / こう    oodori / おおどり    ootori / おおとり
Chinese eastern bean goose; great; large
Japanese (kana only) bean goose (Anser fabalis); (1) large bird; (2) peng (in Chinese mythology, giant bird said to transform from a fish); (3) fenghuang (Chinese phoenix); (surname) Bishiyago; (surname) Bishago; (surname) Bishako; (given name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Hiro; (male given name) Hitoshi; (personal name) Tsuyoshi; (personal name) Kounoike; (surname) Kouzaki; (surname, female given name) Kou; (surname) Oodori; (surname) Ootori

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Mandarin é / e2
Taiwan o
Japanese ga
Chinese goose; CL:隻|只[zhi1]

三鳥

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Japanese sanchou / sancho / さんちょう Japanese (1) (archaism) cuckoo, Japanese bush warbler & wagtail; (2) {food} chicken, goose & pheasant

大雁

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Mandarin dà yàn / da4 yan4
Taiwan ta yen
Chinese wild goose; CL:隻|只[zhi1]

孤雁

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Japanese kogan / こがん Japanese solitary wild goose (i.e. separated from its flock, esp. flying); (given name) Kogan

寒疣

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Japanese sabuibo / さぶいぼ Japanese (kana only) (ksb:) goosebumps; goose pimples

恒婆

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Mandarin héng pó / heng2 po2
Taiwan heng p`o / heng po
(or恒亙婆), haṃsa, a goose.

棉鳧

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Mandarin mián fú / mian2 fu2
Taiwan mien fu
Chinese (bird species of China) cotton pygmy goose (Nettapus coromandelianus)

正步

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Mandarin zhèng bù / zheng4 bu4
Taiwan cheng pu
Chinese goose-step (for military parades)

水乳

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Mandarin shuǐ rǔ / shui3 ru3
Taiwan shui ju
Japanese suinyū
Water and milk— an illustration of the intermingling of things; but their essential separateness is recognized in that the rāja-haṃsa (a kind of goose) is said to be able to drink up the milk leaving behind the water.

灰雁

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Mandarin huī yàn / hui1 yan4
Taiwan hui yen
Chinese (bird species of China) greylag goose (Anser anser)

白雁

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Japanese hakugan;hakugan / はくがん;ハクガン Japanese (kana only) snow goose (Chen caerulescens); blue goose

真雁

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Japanese magan;magan / まがん;マガン Japanese (kana only) greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons); (surname) Makari

石蜐

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Mandarin shí jié / shi2 jie2
Taiwan shih chieh
Chinese goose barnacle (Pollicipes pollicipes)

菱食

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Japanese hishikui / ひしくい Japanese (kana only) bean goose (Anser fabalis)

豆雁

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Mandarin dòu yàn / dou4 yan4
Taiwan tou yen
Chinese (bird species of China) taiga bean goose (Anser fabalis)

過雁

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Japanese kagan / かがん Japanese flying goose

雁塔

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Mandarin yàn tǎ / yan4 ta3
Taiwan yen t`a / yen ta
Japanese Gantō
Chinese Yanta District of Xi’an 西安市[Xi1 an1 Shi4], Shaanxi
The Wild Goose pagoda, name of a famous monastery; Haṃsa stūpa

雁金

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Japanese karigane / かりがね    karikane / かりかね Japanese (1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro); (surname) Karigane; (personal name) Karikane

雁首

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Japanese gankubi / がんくび    karikubi / かりくび Japanese (1) head of a pipe, incl. the bowl and stem attachment; (2) (colloquialism) neck; head; (1) (something resembling a) goose's neck; (2) glans; head of a penis

雪雁

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Mandarin xuě yàn / xue3 yan4
Taiwan hsüeh yen
Chinese (bird species of China) snow goose (Anser caerulescens)

餅餤

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Japanese beidan / bedan / べいだん    heidan / hedan / へいだん    heitan / hetan / へいたん Japanese Heian-period pastry made of duck or goose eggs mixed with vegetables boiled and wrapped in mochi which is then cut into squares

鳥肌

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Japanese torihada / とりはだ Japanese gooseflesh; goose pimples; goose bumps

鴻雁

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Mandarin hóng yàn / hong2 yan4
Taiwan hung yen
Chinese (bird species of China) swan goose (Anser cygnoides)

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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
Wild Goosekarigane / kariyàn / yan4 / yanyen
Swan天鵝
天鹅
tiān é / tian1 e2 / tian e / tianet`ien o / tieno / tien o
Drain the pond to get all the fish竭澤而漁
竭泽而渔
jié zé ér yú
jie2 ze2 er2 yu2
jie ze er yu
jiezeeryu
chieh tse erh yü
chiehtseerhyü
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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