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Inspiration in Chinese / Japanese...

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Inspiration

China líng gǎn
Japan reikan
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靈感 is the Chinese word that is the closest to hitting the mark for the English word "inspiration." In a more extended context, I have even seen this translated as "brain wave."

The first character means alert, departed soul, efficacious, quick, effective or intelligence. The second character means to feel, to move, to touch or to affect. The combined meaning of these two characters changes a bit but I think it's nice to know the individual meanings to give you a better understanding of where a word comes from.

You could describe this word as, "the thought that pops into your head just before you patent the greatest widget ever invented, that everyone in the world will want."
…At least, that's the idea.

This term can also mean "intelligent thought" if you were to translate it directly from each of these characters. If you are looking for inspiration or otherwise need to be inspired, this is the word for you.


霊When the first character was absorbed into Japanese from Chinese, an alternate form became the standard in Japan. The Kanji shown to the right is the form currently used in Japan. This is still considered an alternate form in China to this day. It's readable by both Chinese and Japanese people but if your audience is Japanese, I recommend the Kanji shown to the right - just click on that Kanji to order that version.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

感激

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Mandarin gǎn jī / gan3 ji1
Taiwan kan chi
Japanese kangeki かんげき
Chinese to be grateful; to appreciate; thankful
Japanese (noun/participle) deep emotion; impression; inspiration
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Thankfulness

靈感


灵感

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Mandarin líng gǎn / ling2 gan3
Taiwan ling kan
Japanese reikan
Chinese inspiration; insight; a burst of creativity in scientific or artistic endeavor
靈應 Spirit-response, efficacious as in response to prayer; spiritual response
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Inspiration

やる気

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Japanese yaruki やるき
Japanese willingness (e.g. to do something); eagerness; motivation; inspiration; determination; high aspirations
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Motivation

一息

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Mandarin yī xī / yi1 xi1
Taiwan i hsi
Japanese hitoiki ひといき
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) one breath; pause; rest; (2) one go (i.e. in a short time); (3) small amount of effort
A breath, i.e. inspiration-cum-expiration; a rest, or cessation.

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吟行

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Japanese ginkou / ginko ぎんこう
Japanese (1) going to famous sightseeing spots, ruins, etc. seeking inspiration for waka or haiku; (2) reciting or composing poetry while strolling

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啓発

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Japanese keihatsu / kehatsu けいはつ
Japanese (noun/participle) enlightenment; development; edification; public awareness; illumination; education; inspiration

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入伸

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Japanese nyuushin / nyushin にゅうしん
Japanese inspiration; genius; super-human skill

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入神

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Mandarin rù shén / ru4 shen2
Taiwan ju shen
Japanese nyuushin / nyushin にゅうしん
Chinese to be enthralled; to be entranced
Japanese inspiration; genius; super-human skill

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泛ぶ

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Japanese ukabu うかぶ
Japanese (Godan verb with "bu" ending) (1) to float; to be suspended; (2) to rise to surface; (3) to come to mind; to have inspiration

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浮ぶ

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Japanese ukabu うかぶ
Japanese (Godan verb with "bu" ending) (1) to float; to be suspended; (2) to rise to surface; (3) to come to mind; to have inspiration

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感応

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Japanese kannou / kanno かんのう
 kanou / kano かんおう
Japanese (noun/participle) inspiration; divine response; sympathy; induction; (surname) Kannou; (surname) Kan'ou

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感化

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Mandarin gǎn huà / gan3 hua4
Taiwan kan hua
Japanese kanka かんか
Chinese corrective influence; to reform (a criminal); redemption (of a sinner); to influence (a malefactor to a better life); to guide sb back to the right path by repeated word and example
Japanese (noun/participle) influence; inspiration; reform; correction

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感興

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Japanese kankyou / kankyo かんきょう
Japanese interest; fun; inspiration

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發想


发想

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Mandarin fā xiǎng / fa1 xiang3
Taiwan fa hsiang
Chinese to come up with an idea; generation of ideas; inspiration

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触発

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Japanese shokuhatsu しょくはつ
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) detonation by contact; contact detonation; (2) touching off something; triggering; provocation; inspiration

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詩心

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Japanese utako うたこ
Japanese poetic sentiment or inspiration; poetic inclination or taste; poem-composing mood; ability to appreciate poetry; (female given name) Utako

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詩興

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Japanese shikyou / shikyo しきょう
Japanese poetic inspiration

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興會


兴会

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Mandarin xìng huì / xing4 hui4
Taiwan hsing hui
Chinese sudden inspiration; flash of insight; brainwave

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靈機


灵机

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Mandarin líng jī / ling2 ji1
Taiwan ling chi
Chinese sudden inspiration; bright idea; clever trick

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鼓吹

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Mandarin gǔ chuī / gu3 chui1
Taiwan ku ch`ui / ku chui
Japanese kosui こすい
Chinese to agitate for; to enthusiastically promote
Japanese (noun/participle) inspiration; advocacy; encouragement

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鼓舞

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Mandarin gǔ wǔ / gu3 wu3
Taiwan ku wu
Japanese kobu こぶ
Chinese heartening (news); to boost (morale); CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (noun/participle) inspiration; encouragement

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霊感

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Japanese reikan / rekan れいかん
Japanese (1) inspiration; afflatus; (2) ability to sense the supernatural (esp. ghosts, etc.)

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阿吽

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Mandarin ā hōng / a1 hong1
Taiwan a hung
Japanese aun あうん
Japanese (1) (kana only) Om (san:); Aun; syllable representing the primordial trinity of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma; (2) inspiration and expiration; respiration; alpha and omega
ahūṃ, the supposed foundation of all sounds and writing, 'a' being the open and 'hūṃ' the closed sound. 'A' is the seed of Vairocana, 'hūṃ' that of Vajrasattva, and both have other indications. 'A' represents the absolute, 'hūṃ' the particular, or phenomenal.

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アウン

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Japanese aun アウン
Japanese (1) (kana only) Om (san:); Aun; syllable representing the primordial trinity of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma; (2) inspiration and expiration; respiration; alpha and omega

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元ネタ

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Japanese motoneta もとネタ
Japanese inspiration (for); source (of); parody; mimicry; fake

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泛かぶ

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Japanese ukabu うかぶ
Japanese (Godan verb with "bu" ending) (1) to float; to be suspended; (2) to rise to surface; (3) to come to mind; to have inspiration

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浮かぶ

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Japanese ukabu うかぶ
Japanese (Godan verb with "bu" ending) (1) to float; to be suspended; (2) to rise to surface; (3) to come to mind; to have inspiration

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感染力

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Mandarin gǎn rǎn lì / gan3 ran3 li4
Taiwan kan jan li
Japanese kansenryoku かんせんりょく
Chinese inspiration; infectious (enthusiasm)
Japanese infectious capacity

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遣る気

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Japanese yaruki やるき
Japanese willingness (e.g. to do something); eagerness; motivation; inspiration; determination; high aspirations

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阿うん

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Japanese aun あうん
Japanese (1) (kana only) Om (san:); Aun; syllable representing the primordial trinity of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma; (2) inspiration and expiration; respiration; alpha and omega

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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
Inspiration 靈感
灵感
reikanlíng gǎn / ling2 gan3 / ling gan / linggan ling kan / lingkan
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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Achieve
Ambition
Application
Bamboo
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Breath
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Devil
Discipline
Dojo
Dragon
Dreams
Earth
Enjoy
Essence
Faith
Fate
Fire
Football
Forgiven
Fortitude
Give Me Strength
God Bless You
God is With You Always
God Protect Me
Grace from Heaven
Guestbook
Happy Buddha
Harmony
Have Faith in God
Heart Mind and Soul
Heaven
I Love You
Inner Strength
Jasmine
Justice
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Kenshin
Life Energy Spiritual
Live Without Regrets
Lonely
Love
Love With All My Heart
Love You Always
Luck
Mind
Miya
Music
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Peaceful Warrior
Perserverance
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Right Mindfulness
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Tao Te Ching
The Way of the Sword
Tiger
Tranquil
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Undaunted
Warrior
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Wedding
White Crane
Wind
Wisdom Intellect Reason
Zazen

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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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