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In the Pursuit of Happiness in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Pursuit of Happiness
  2. Live Laugh Love
  3. Live for What You Love
  4. Live Laugh Love
  5. Pursue Your Dreams

Pursuit of Happiness

Japan koufuku o motome te
Pursuit of Happiness

幸福を求めて is "Pursuit of Happiness" or "In Search of Happiness" in Japanese..

Here's how the characters break down:
幸福 (koufuku) happiness; blessedness; joy; well-being.
を (o) particle
求め (motome) to want; to seek; to pursue; to request
て (te) particle


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


See Also:  Follow Your Dreams

Pursuit of Happiness

China zhuī xún xìng fú
Pursuit of Happiness

追尋幸福 is the best way to translate the English phrase "pursuit of happiness" into Chinese.

The first two characters mean "to pursue," "to track down," or "to search for."

The last two mean happiness, happy, or blessed.


See Also:  Follow Your Dreams

Live Laugh Love

Japan ai to warai no seikatsu
Live Laugh Love

Because a word list of "Live Laugh Love" is not natural in Japanese, this takes the concept and incorporates it into a proper phrase.

This can be translated as, "A life of love and laughter" or "Live life with love and laughter."


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

Live for What You Love

Japan jin sei ou ka
Live for What You Love

人生謳歌 means, "live for what you love" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "human life" or simply "living." The last two characters mean, "merit," "prosperity," or "what you enjoy." This phrase can suggest working or staying busy for your own goals (in your career).


See Also:  Prosperity

Live Laugh Love

China xiào ài shēng huó
Live Laugh Love

In English, the word order shown in the title is the most natural or popular. In Chinese, the natural order is a little different:

The first character means laugh (sometimes means smile).

The second character means love.

The last two characters mean "live" as in "to be alive" or "pursue life."

Please note: 笑愛生活 is not a normal phrase, in that it does not have a subject, verb, and object. It is a word list. Word lists are not common in Asian languages/grammar (at least not as normal as they are in English). We only added this entry because so many people requested it.

We put the characters in the order shown above, as it almost makes a single word with the meaning, "A life of laughter and love." It's a made-up word but it sounds good in Chinese.


We removed the Japanese pronunciation guide from this entry, as the professional Japanese translator deemed it "near nonsense" from a Japanese perspective. Choose this only if your audience is Chinese and you want the fewest-possible characters to express this idea.

In Korean, this would be 소애생활 or "so ae saeng hwar" but I have not confirmed that this makes sense in Korean.

Pursue Your Dreams

China zhuī xún mèng xiǎng
Pursue Your Dreams

追尋夢想 means "pursue your dreams," "follow your dreams," or "chase your dreams" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean "to pursue," "to track down," or "to search for."

The last two mean dreams. This version of dreams refers to those with an element of reality (not the dreams you have when you sleep but rather your aspirations or goals in life).

This title will tell everyone that you want to make your dreams come true.


See Also:  Pursuit of Happiness

Pursue Your Dreams

Japan yume wo oi tsudukeru
Pursue Your Dreams

This is the Japanese way to express "pursue your dreams," "follow your dreams," or "chase your dreams."

If you have dreams that you want to pursue and make true, this is the phrase for you.

The first character is "dream" or "dreams." The rest of the characters establish the idea of chasing or pursuing.


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


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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
Pursuit of Happiness幸福を求めてkoufuku o motome te
koufukuomotomete
kofuku o motome te
kofukuomotomete
Pursuit of Happiness追尋幸福
追寻幸福
zhuī xún xìng fú
zhui1 xun2 xing4 fu2
zhui xun xing fu
zhuixunxingfu
chui hsün hsing fu
chuihsünhsingfu
Live Laugh Love愛と笑いの生活ai to warai no seikatsu
aitowarainoseikatsu
Live for What You Love人生謳歌jin sei ou ka
jinseiouka
jin sei o ka
jinseioka
Live Laugh Love笑愛生活
笑爱生活
xiào ài shēng huó
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiao ai sheng huo
xiaoaishenghuo
hsiao ai sheng huo
hsiaoaishenghuo
Pursue Your Dreams追尋夢想
追寻梦想
zhuī xún mèng xiǎng
zhui1 xun2 meng4 xiang3
zhui xun meng xiang
zhuixunmengxiang
chui hsün meng hsiang
chuihsünmenghsiang
Pursue Your Dreams夢を追い続けるyume wo oi tsudukeru
yumewooitsudukeru
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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