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Intelligence in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Intelligence / Intellect
  2. Inner Light / Intelligence
  3. Wisdom / Intelligence
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  5. Military Intelligence
  6. Wisdom / Intelligence
  7. Wisdom


Intelligence / Intellect

China zhì néng
Japan chinou
Intelligence / Intellect

These two characters mean intelligence or intelligent.

The first character means wisdom, intellect or knowledge.

The second means ability, talent, skill, capacity, capable, able, and can even mean competent.

Together, the compound word can mean "capacity for wisdom," "useful knowledge," or even "mental power." Obviously this translates more clearly into English as "intelligence."

Note: This is not the same word used to mean "military intelligence." See our other entry for that.


知In modern Japan, they tend to use a version of the first character without the bottom radical. If your audience for this artwork is Japanese, please click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.

Inner Light / Intelligence

China xīn dēng
Japan shin tou
Inner Light / Intelligence

心燈 is the Buddhist concept of "The Lamp of the Mind" or "Inner Light."

It's kind of the Buddhist way to express intelligence.

Directly translated, this means, "heart light" or "heart lamp."
Note: In ancient China, the ideas of heart and mind are interchangeable.

Wisdom / Intelligence

China xián míng
Japan ken mei
Wisdom / Intelligence

This Japanese word refers to wisdom, intelligence, and prudence.

It was originally a Chinese word which refers to a wise person or enlightened ruler. It means wise and able, sagacious now in China.

Wisdom / Intelligence

Japan chie
Wisdom / Intelligence

This Japanese word means wisdom; wit; sagacity; sense; intelligence.

In Buddhist context, this is prajna (insight leading to enlightenment).

This can also be the Japanese female given name Norie.

Intelligence
Information-Gathering

China qíng bào
Japan jouhou
Intelligence / Information-Gathering

If you are a government spy, engaged in business espionage, or in some military intelligence department, this is both the title of what you are doing and what you are collecting about your enemy.

It is suggestive by itself of military intelligence but applies to corporate intelligence if you are keeping an eye on your competition in business.

Military Intelligence

China jūn shì qíng bào
Japan gunji-jouhou
Military Intelligence

軍事情報 is the full way to say "Military Intelligence."

The first two characters mean "military affairs."

The second two characters mean "intelligence" or "information-gathering."

If you work in the G2 section of your military unit, this is the wall scroll for you.


See Also:  Military

Wisdom / Intelligence

China huì
Japan e / kei
Wisdom / Intelligence

This single character can be translated as wisdom but it has more of an "intelligent" flavor. This can also mean cleverness or wit.

Japanese note: This is understood in Japanese but seldom seen as a lone Kanji.


See Also:  Knowledge | Learning | Read

Wisdom

China zhì
Japan chi / tomo
Wisdom

智 is the simplest way to write wisdom in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
Being a single character, the wisdom meaning is open to interpretation, and can also mean intellect, knowledge or reason, resourcefulness, or wit.

智 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.

智 is sometimes included in the Bushido code but usually not considered part of the seven key concepts of the code.


See our Wisdom in Chinese, Japanese and Korean page for more wisdom-related calligraphy.


See Also:  Learn From Wisdom | Confucius

Wisdom

(All-Knowing)
China zhì huì
Japan chie
Wisdom

The first character means, "wise" or "smart" and the second character means "intelligence."

I have also seen these two characters translated together as knowledge, sagacity, sense, and intelligence.

Note: 智慧 is used commonly in Chinese and is a less-common word in Japanese and Korean. If your audience is Japanese, I suggest our other Japanese wisdom option.


This means intellect or wisdom in Japanese too but is a more unusual way to write this word (though both versions are pronounced the same in Japanese).


See Also:  Learn From Wisdom

Search for Intelligence in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Intelligence
Intellect
智能 / 知能
智能
chinou / chinozhì néng / zhi4 neng2 / zhi neng / zhineng chih neng / chihneng
Inner Light
Intelligence
心燈
心灯
shin tou / shintou / shin to / shintoxīn dēng / xin1 deng1 / xin deng / xindeng hsin teng / hsinteng
Wisdom
Intelligence
賢明
贤明
ken mei / kenmeixián míng
xian2 ming2
xian ming
xianming
hsien ming
hsienming
Wisdom
Intelligence
智恵chie
Intelligence
Information-Gathering
情報
情报
jouhou / johoqíng bào / qing2 bao4 / qing bao / qingbao ch`ing pao / chingpao / ching pao
Military Intelligence 軍事情報
军事情报
gunji-jouhou
gunji-joho
jūn shì qíng bào
jun1 shi4 qing2 bao4
jun shi qing bao
junshiqingbao
chün shih ch`ing pao
chünshihchingpao
chün shih ching pao
Wisdom
Intelligence
e / keihuì / hui4 / hui
Wisdom chi / tomozhì / zhi4 / zhi chih
Wisdom 智慧chiezhì huì / zhi4 hui4 / zhi hui / zhihui chih hui / chihhui
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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