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This Chinese proverb talks of "shared delights and common hardships."
This can be translated and understood a few different ways, including:
To share life's joys and sorrows.
For better or for worse.
Through joys and sorrows of life.
Through all life ups and downs.
To go through thick and thin.
To stick together through thick and thin.
To share joys and sorrows of life.
To share pleasures and pains.
To partake in each other's joys and sorrows.
To take "for better or for worse."
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your hardships and joys search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| tóng gān gòng kǔ / tong2 gan1 gong4 ku3
t`ung kan kung k`u / tung kan kung ku
| shared delights and common hardships (idiom); to share life's joys and sorrows; for better or for worse
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Through the Ups and Downs of Life
| shinsankanku しんさんかんく
|| (yoji) hardships and joys; tasting the sweets and bitters of life; (having seen much of life) being well-versed in the ways of the world
More info / calligraphy:
Hardships and Joys
| gān kǔ / gan1 ku3
kan k`u / kan ku
| good times and hardships; joys and tribulations; for better or for worse
sweetness and bitterness; joys and sorrows
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Hardships and Joys||辛酸甘苦||shinsankanku|
|Through the Ups and Downs of Life||同甘共苦||tóng gān gòng kǔ|
tong2 gan1 gong4 ku3
tong gan gong ku
|t`ung kan kung k`u
tung kan kung ku
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