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Mother in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Mother
  2. Mama / Mother / Mommy
  3. Holy Mother / Saint Mary
  4. Mother and Daughter
  5. Mother and Son
  6. Loving Mother
  7. Mother Nature
  8. Failure is the Mother of Success
  9. Experience is the Mother of Wisdom
10. Bond
11. Love Between Child and Parents
12. No man knows what he owes to his parents...
13. Love for Parents
14. Failure in Not an Option


Mother

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Mother

This is a way to say mother in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be an honorary title for an elderly female relative.

Sometimes this can refer to the origin or source of something. Examples: A spring might be the mother of a river, or experience could be the mother of success.

Mama / Mother / Mommy

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Mama / Mother / Mommy

This is the oral way that most Chinese people refer to their mothers. Often, they will put this together twice (two of the same character in a row) to create a word that sounds like "Mama." That's absolutely what little kids call their mothers in China. This Chinese "Mama" is the rough equivalent of "Mommy" in English. Beyond a certain age, Chinese will start to just say "Ma," which is like saying "Mom."

This entry is just here for a language lesson. This would make a strange wall scroll by Chinese standards. In Chinese, there are sometimes oral words that don't seem appropriate when written in calligraphy, and this is one of them. See our entry for "Loving Mother" for a better selection.


See Also:  Family

Holy Mother / Saint Mary

China shèng mǔ
Japan seibo
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Holy Mother / Saint Mary

This is the title for the Holy Mother, Madonna, or Virgin Mary as used by Catholic Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people. I think this would be a very cool wall scroll for a devout Catholic who also appreciates Asian artwork and language.

Note: Koreans often put a third character after these two which creates a title that means "Hail Mary," however, this character is not added, or used in the same way in Japanese or Chinese. If you want that Korean title, just let me know, and we'll add that character for you. The two-character title shown to the left is universal, so I think it's the best choice.

Mother and Daughter

China mǔ nǚ
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Mother and Daughter

This simply means "mother and daughter" kind of as a unit, or as if mother and daughter are a whole together.

This is an unusual selection for a calligraphy wall scroll, and can be read many different ways. Your native Asian friends might wonder what you are trying to say. They might even read it as meaning "a mother and daughter without a dad."

This entry was added to our database for a customer's special request. It has the same meaning in Chinese Characters and Korean Hanja.

Mother and Daughter

Japan haha musume
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Mother and Daughter

This simply means "mother and daughter" in Japanese Kanji.

This is an unusual selection for a calligraphy wall scroll, and can be read many different ways. Your native Japanese friends might wonder what you are trying to say.


Note: This will not make sense in Chinese.

Mother and Son

China mǔ zǐ
Japan bo shi
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Mother and Son

This simply means "mother and son," or the essence of the relationship and bond between mother and son.

This is really a single word that expresses this idea (showing how important or significant this bond is).

This is not the most common choice for a wall scroll, it is acceptable if you feel this term is important to you.

Loving Mother

China cí mǔ
Japan ji bo
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Loving Mother

These characters create the title of loving mother, affectionate mother, or merciful mother. A great gift for your mom.


See Also:  Family

Mother Nature

China dà zì rán
Japan dai shi zen
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Mother Nature

This is the simple way to express "mother nature" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as "the great nature" or "all of nature."

Failure is the Mother of Success

China shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ
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Failure is the Mother of Success

This Chinese and Korean proverb means, "Every failure that you experience is a chance to learn from it and find success."

Knowing what does not work is just as important as finding out what does work.

Failure is the Mother of Success

Japan shippai wa seikou no haha
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Failure is the Mother of Success

This Japanese proverb means exactly what you think.

Every failure that you experience is a chance to learn from it and find success.

Knowing what does not work is just as important as finding out what does work.


Note: This is the Japanese version of an ancient Chinese proverb.
Note: Because this selection contains some Japanese Katakana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Experience is the Mother of Wisdom

China jīng yàn shì zhì huì zhī mǔ
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Experience is the Mother of Wisdom

It's been said that wisdom comes from good judgment, and good judgment comes from experience, while experience comes from a series of times when you used bad judgment.

This Chinese proverb makes the simplest connection between experience and wisdom.


See Also:  Wisdom | Learn From Wisdom

Bond

China bàn
Japan kizuna
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Bond

This Kanji represents a bond, as in the bond between mother and daughter, father and son, family ties, or a family bond.

This is the kind of character that says, no matter what happens (difficult times), we have this bond that cannot be broken.

If you go to the Japanese dictionary, the definition is: bonds (between people); (emotional) ties; relationship; connection; link; tether; fetters.



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This Kanji is best if your audience is Japanese. While this is also a Chinese character, it has a completely different meaning in Chinese (it means to hinder or stumble in Chinese). It's a very rare character in Korean Hanja but does mean bond in Korean (used in Korean words for certain kinds of glue and sticking plaster).

Love Between Child and Parents

China fù cí zǐ xiào
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Love Between Child and Parents

This Chinese proverb means, "benevolent father, filial son."

Figuratively, this is the natural love between parents and children.

No man knows what he owes to his parents
till he comes to have children of his own

Japan ko wo motte shiru oya no on
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No man knows what he owes to his parents<br>till he comes to have children of his own

This literally translates as: Only after you have a baby, you would appreciate your parents (feel the way they do, etc).

This is a bit like the "walk a mile in another man's shoes" saying. Basically, it's about you cannot fully understand the plight of others until you experience it yourself. It also shows appreciation for the plight of parents.

This Japanese proverb can also be translated a few more ways:

No man knows what he owes to his parents till he comes to have children of his own.

One knows not what one owes to one's parents till one comes to have children of one's own.

Only after you have a baby, you will appreciate your parents or feel the way they do.

Only after becoming a parent yourself do you realize how much you owe [how indebted you are] to your own parents.



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

Love for Parents

Japan oyaomoi
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Love for Parents

This is, "love or affection for one's parents," in Japanese.

Failure in Not an Option

China shī bài bìng fēi yī zhǒng xuǎn zé
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Failure in Not an Option

This is probably the best way to say, "Failure is not an option," in Chinese.

Just don't forget that some ancient Chinese proverbs suggest that failure is a learning opportunity that leads to success or innovation. So don't plan to fail but failure is only a waste if nothing is learned from the failure.


See Also:  Failure Is A Stepping Stone To Success


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
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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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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Mother hahamǔ / mu3 / mu
Mama / Mother / Mommy
mā / ma1 / ma
Holy Mother / Saint Mary 聖母
圣母
seiboshèng mǔ / sheng4 mu3 / sheng mu / shengmu
Mother and Daughter 母女mǔ nǚ / mu3 nv3 / mu nv / munv mu nü / munü
Mother and Daughter 母娘haha musume
hahamusume
Mother and Son 母子bo shi / boshimǔ zǐ / mu3 zi3 / mu zi / muzi mu tzu / mutzu
Loving Mother 慈母ji bo / jibocí mǔ / ci2 mu3 / ci mu / cimu tz`u mu / tzumu / tzu mu
Mother Nature 大自然dai shi zen
daishizen
dà zì rán
da4 zi4 ran2
da zi ran
daziran
ta tzu jan
tatzujan
Failure is the Mother of Success 失敗是成功之母
失败是成功之母
shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ
shi1 bai4 shi4 cheng2 gong1 zhi1 mu3
shi bai shi cheng gong zhi mu
shibaishichenggongzhimu
shih pai shih ch`eng kung chih mu
shih pai shih cheng kung chih mu
Failure is the Mother of Success 失敗は成功の母shippai wa seikou no haha
shippaiwaseikounohaha
shipai wa seiko no haha
shipaiwaseikonohaha
Experience is the Mother of Wisdom 經驗是智慧之母
经验是智慧之母
jīng yàn shì zhì huì zhī mǔ
jing1 yan4 shi4 zhi4 hui4 zhi1 mu3
jing yan shi zhi hui zhi mu
jingyanshizhihuizhimu
ching yen shih chih hui chih mu
Bond
kizunabàn / ban4 / ban pan
Love Between Child and Parents 父慈子孝fù cí zǐ xiào
fu4 ci2 zi3 xiao4
fu ci zi xiao
fucizixiao
fu tz`u tzu hsiao
futzutzuhsiao
fu tzu tzu hsiao
No man knows what he owes to his parents
till he comes to have children of his own
子を持って知る親の恩ko wo motte shiru oya no on
kowomotteshiruoyanoon
Love for Parents 親思いoyaomoi
Failure in Not an Option 失敗並非一種選擇
失败并非一种选择
shī bài bìng fēi yī zhǒng xuǎn zé
shi1 bai4 bing4 fei1 yi1 zhong3 xuan3 ze2
shi bai bing fei yi zhong xuan ze
shih pai ping fei i chung hsüan tse

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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