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Inspire in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Inspire
  2. Inspire with redoubled courage
  3. To inspire or enlighten
  4. Inspiration
  5. Big Dream / Great Hope
  6. Let Us Try
  7. Inner Strength / Self-Improvement
  8. Motivation
  9. Snake / Serpent


China qǐ shì
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Beyond inspire or inspiration, this Chinese word can mean enlightenment or revelation. This is used as the Biblical revelation in the Chinese Bible, so it can also mean apocalypse depending on context.

Seperately, the first character can mean: to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten; to awaken; to state; to inform.

The second character alone can mean: to show; to reveal; to indicate; to proclaim.

Inspire with redoubled courage

Japan yuuki hyaku bai
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<mark>Inspire</mark> with redoubled courage

This means to inspire someone with fresh courage or redoubled courage in Japanese.

The Kanji breakdown:
勇気 (yuuki) courage; bravery; valour; valor; nerve; boldness.
百 (hyaku) 100; hundred.
倍 (bai) twice; double; 2-times; 2-fold.

To inspire or enlighten

China qǐ fā
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To <mark>inspire</mark> or enlighten

This Chinese word means to enlighten; arouse interest; to inspire; inspiration; heuristic; to teach.


China líng gǎn
Japan reikan
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This 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.

Big Dream / Great Hope

Japan tai mou
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Big Dream / Great Hope

This is one of a few ways to write "dream big" in Japanese.

This is a good title if you want that to inspire ambition or high aspirations. This is also a way to say "great expectations".

Let Us Try

China cháng shì
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Let Us Try

This is a close match for the English phrase, "let us try" or the French word "Essayons" as used by Combat Engineers in the U.S. Army.

This word can also be translated as "to try" or "to attempt".

Even if you're not a Combat Engineer, this word should inspire you to attempt to accomplish difficult things. If you don't try, you are certain to fail, if you do try, at least there is a chance of success.

The worst thing is not failure, the worst thing is not trying at all.

Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

China zì qiáng
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Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

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.


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Japan yaruki
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This word means motivation in Japanese. It also can be translated as willingness (e.g. to do something), eagerness, inspiration, determination, totally willing, fully motivated, and high aspirations.

See Also...  Enthusiasm | Passion

Snake / Serpent

Year of the Snake / Zodiac Sign
China shé
Japan hebi
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Snake  /  Serpent

This is the character for snake or serpent in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the snake, you . . .

Are calm.
Are and inspiration to others.
Have a stubborn nature like a mule (you do not like to concede).

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
n/aqǐ shì
qi shi
ch`i shih
qi3 shi4
chi shih
Inspire with redoubled courage勇気百倍
yuuki hyaku bai
yuki hyaku bai
To inspire or enlighten启发
n/aqǐ fā
qi fa
ch`i fa
qi3 fa1
chi fa
reikanlíng gǎn
ling gan
ling kan
ling2 gan3
Big Dream / Great Hope大望
tai mou
tai mo
Let Us Try尝试
n/acháng shì
chang shi
ch`ang shih
chang2 shi4
chang shih
Inner Strength / Self-Improvement自强
n/azì qiáng
zi qiang
tzu ch`iang
zi4 qiang2
tzu chiang
Snake / Serpent

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