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Hard Knocks in Chinese / Japanese...

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Wisdom from Hard Knocks

The school of hard knocks
China ái yī quán dé yī zhāo ái shí quán biàn zhū gě
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This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Receive on blow, [and one] learns a lesson; Receive ten blows, [and one] becomes a great Zhuge [Liang]. You must first understand that a man named Zhuge Liang was one of the great strategists and philosophers in Chinese history. He's known as a man of great wisdom.

Figuratively, this phrase means:
One can learn much from failure or "hard knocks".

Strong bones come from hard knocks

China bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
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This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Without being knocked around a bit, [one's] bones won't become hard.

Figuratively, this means: One can't become strong without first being tempered by "hard knocks".

While true for everyone, this sounds like the "Iron Body" form of Kung Fu, where practitioners bodies are beaten (and often bone fractured) in order to become stronger.
For the rest of us, this is just about how we can be tempered and build character through the hardships in our lives.

This is not a common title for a wall scroll in China.

Schooled by Experience and Hard Knocks

Japan hyakusenrenma
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This is a Japanese proverb or title that mean veteran, or rather, someone schooled by adversity in many battles, or someone rich in life experience.

If you are who you are because of the adversity you experienced in life, this could the the title for you.

You May Learn from Victory,
You Will Learn from Failure

China bǎi shèng nán lǜ dí sān zhé nǎi liáng yī
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This Chinese proverbs literally translates as: [Even a general who has won a] hundred victories [may be] hard put to see through the enemy's [strategy], [but one who has] broken [his] arm three [times] [will] be a good doctor.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot always depend on past successes to guarantee future success, but one can always learn from lessons drawn from failure.


See Also...  Failure - Mother Of Success | Experience - Mother Of Success | Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8


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

Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
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Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
世間ずれ
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世間ずれ Japanese sekenzure せけんずれ
Japanese (noun/participle) worldly wise; sophisticated; street smart; knowledge of the world (acquired in the school of hard knocks); toughness

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世間擦れ
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世間擦れ Japanese sekenzure せけんずれ
Japanese (noun/participle) worldly wise; sophisticated; street smart; knowledge of the world (acquired in the school of hard knocks); toughness

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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4-character wall scroll.
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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.




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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
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Wisdom from Hard Knocks挨一拳得一招挨十拳变诸葛
挨一拳得一招挨十拳變諸葛
n/aái yī quán dé yī zhāo ái shí quán biàn zhū gě
ai yi quan de yi zhao ai shi quan bian zhu ge
ai i ch`üan te i chao ai shih ch`üan pien chu ko
ai2 yi1 quan2 de2 yi1 zhao1 ai2 shi2 quan2 bian4 zhu1 ge3
ai i chüan te i chao ai shih chüan pien chu ko
Strong bones come from hard knocks不磕不碰骨头不硬
不磕不碰骨頭不硬
n/abù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
bu ke bu peng gu tou bu ying
pu k`o pu p`eng ku t`ou pu ying
bu4 ke1 bu4 peng4 gu3 tou2 bu4 ying4
bukebupenggutoubuying
pukopupengkutoupuying
pu ko pu peng ku tou pu ying
Schooled by Experience and Hard Knocks百戦錬磨
百戦錬磨
hyakusenrenman/a
You May Learn from Victory, You Will Learn from Failure百胜难虑敌三折乃良医
百勝難慮敵三折乃良醫
n/abǎi shèng nán lǜ dí sān zhé nǎi liáng yī
bai sheng nan lv di san zhe nai liang yi
pai sheng nan lü ti san che nai liang i
bai3 sheng4 nan2 lv4 di2 san1 zhe2 nai3 liang2 yi1

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "hard knocks" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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