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Inner Strength in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Inner Strength
  2. Inner Strength / Inner Well-Being and Health
  3. Inner Strength / Self-Improvement
  4. Inner Strength is Better than...
  5. Always Striving for Inner Strength
  6. Perseverance / Fortitude
  7. Stay Strong / Iron Will


Inner Strength

China nèi zài lì liàng
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This is the slightly-verbose way to say inner-strength. The first two characters mean "intrinsic" or "inner". The second two characters mean "power", "force" or "strength" (especially physical strength). This is more a short phrase rather than just a word in Chinese and Korean. This can sort of be understood in Japanese, but it's not normal/proper Japanese.

Inner Strength

(short version)
China nèi lì
Japan nai ryoku
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This is the shorter version of inner-strength (can also be translated as "internal force"). The first character holds the meaning of "inner" or "internal". The second character means "power", "force" or "strength".

This is kind of a Kung Fu way of talking about an inner power or strength from within. This is sort of a way to express "inner-chi". This is clearly something that you might hear in a real Chinese Kung Fu movie.

While understood in both Chinese and Japanese, this can have a secondary meaning of "inner stress" in Japanese.

Inner Strength / Inner Well-Being and Health

China nèi jiàn
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This is an old Chinese word meaning inner strength, or inner health. It's the idea of health and well-being starting or residing from inside yourself. Also defined as fortitude within the context of good health.

Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

China zì qiáng
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This is the kind of inner-strength that applies to a person who has will-power and can inspire themselves to do great things.

This word can also be the creed of a person that always pursues self-improvement.

Other translations: self-strengthening, striving for improvement, self-improvement, strive to become stronger, and self-renewal.

Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance

China biǎo zhuàng bù rú lǐ zhuàng
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This literally translates as:
[Better to be] strong inside than [to be] strong outside.

The ancient original meaning was:
[An] able [husband] outside [working to support a family is] not as good as [an] able [wife] inside [working and saving to take care of the family].

The current meaning is:
Inner strength is more important than outward appearance.

Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance

Japanese
Japan naimen no tsuyosa ha gaiken no yosa ni masaru
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This Japanese proverb literally translates as "inner/internal strength/power [versus] outward-appearance [the] merit/virtue/good quality [does] excel/surpass/exceed/outweigh".

More naturally in English, this would be "Inner Strength Outweighs Outward Appearance".

Always Striving for Inner Strength

China zì qiáng bú xī
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This proverb or idiom suggests that the pursuit self-improvement is eternal. It can also be a suggestion to strive unremittingly in life.

The first two characters mean inner-strength with the idea of self-improvement. The last two characters mean "never rest" or "striving without giving up".

Some will translate these four characters as, "Exert and strive hard without any let up".

Perseverance / Fortitude

China jiǎn rěn
Japan ken nin
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The first character means "strong", "solid", "firm", "unyielding" or "resolute".
The second character means "to beat", "to endure", or "to tolerate".
Together they speak of the strength from within yourself. Some may also translate this as "long-suffering" in a more Biblical sense.

This is a common term in Chinese and Korean Hanja, but a little less commonly-used in modern Japanese Kanji. For that reason, this selection is best if your audience is Chinese or Korean.


忍忍 Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the second Kanji a little differently. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect the form where the little horizontal stroke crosses the vertical stroke. See differences in the images to the right. Technically, they are both the same character, and will be read the same in either language.

Stay Strong / Iron Will

Japan tesshin sekichou
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This is a Japanese proverb which suggest you should have the inner-strength and will as hard and steadfast as iron. It's the Japanese way to say, "stay strong". This is an especially uplifting thing to say to a person in distress or recovering from a disaster. It's kind of the survivor's creed.

If you literally translate this, it means, "iron will, stone guts" or "iron heart, rock-hard bowels".


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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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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.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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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
Inner Strength内在力量
內在力量
n/anèi zài lì liàng
nei zai li liang
nei tsai li liang
nei4 zai4 li4 liang4
neizaililiang
Inner Strength内力
內力
nai ryoku
nairyoku
nèi lì
nei li
nei4 li4
neili
Inner Strength / Inner Well-Being and Health內健
內健
n/anèi jiàn
nei jian
nei chien
nei4 jian4
neijian
Inner Strength / Self-Improvement自强
自強
n/azì qiáng
zi qiang
tzu ch`iang
zi4 qiang2
ziqiang
tzuchiang
tzu chiang
Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance
表壮不如里壮
表壯不如裡壯
n/abiǎo zhuàng bù rú lǐ zhuàng
biao zhuang bu ru li zhuang
piao chuang pu ju li chuang
biao3 zhuang4 bu4 ru2 li3 zhuang4
biaozhuangburulizhuang
Inner Strength is Better than
Outward Appearance
内面の強さは外見の良さに勝る
内面の強さは外見の良さに勝る
naimen no tsuyosa ha gaiken no yosa ni masarun/a
Always Striving for Inner Strength自强不息
自強不息
n/azì qiáng bú xī
zi qiang bu xi
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
zi4 qiang2 bu2 xi1
ziqiangbuxi
tzuchiangpuhsi
tzu chiang pu hsi
Perseverance / Fortitude坚忍
堅忍
ken nin
kennin
jiǎn rěn
jian ren
chien jen
jian3 ren3
jianren
Stay Strong / Iron Will鉄心石腸
鉄心石腸
tesshin sekichou
tesshinsekichou
teshin sekicho
n/a

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 "inner strength" 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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