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Rat / Mouse

Year of the Rat / Zodiac Sign
China shǔ
Japan nezumi
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This is the character for rat (and sometimes mouse) in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

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


Are sensitive and smart.
Easily to adapt to the new environments.
Have a curious nature.
Are good at using the opportunities that are presented to you.

In some contexts, this character could mean "mouse".


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

North American Opossum / Possum

China běi měi fù shǔ
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knob

This is the full title for North American Opossum (aphesis spelling: Possum). The first two characters mean "North American" as an adjective. The third character means "carries" and refers to the marsupial pouch. The last character means "rat". You could say the literal translation is "marsupial rat".

Chinese opossums vary from the North American variety. If you were to use the last two characters alone, it may suggest the species native to China.

Opossum / Possum

China fù shǔ
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This is the name for Opossum (aphesis spelling: Possum) in Chinese.

The first character means "carries" and refers to the marsupial pouch. The second character means "rat". You could say the literal translation is "marsupial rat".

Chinese opossums vary from the North American variety. Using the two characters shown here may suggest the species native to China.

A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding

China dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
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This is a kind of complex ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.

This Chinese proverb means "Leading a simple life will yield a clear mind, and having inner peace will help you see far (into the world)".

What I have translated as "simple life" means NOT being materialistic and NOT competing in the rat race.

The last word means "far", but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.

The whole phrase has a theme that suggests if you are NOT an aggressive cut-throat person who fights his way to the top no matter how many people he crushes on the way, and instead seek inner peace, you will have a happier existence and be more likely to understand the meaning of life.


See Also...  Serenity


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Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
子
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Mandarin zi // zǐ / zi5 // zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese mi
 ne
 su
 shi
 kou / ko こう
 ko
Chinese (noun suffix); son; child; seed; egg; small thing; 1st earthly branch: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., midnight, 11th solar month (7th December to 5th January), year of the Rat; Viscount, fourth of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]
Japanese (1) fruit; nut; (2) seed; (3) (in broth) pieces of meat, vegetable, etc.; (4) content; substance; first sign of Chinese zodiac (The Rat, 11pm-1am, north, November); (suffix) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) honorific (or familiar) suffix used after a name; (1) child (esp. a boy); (2) viscount; (3) (honorific or respectful language) master (founder of a school of thought, esp. Confucius); (4) philosophy (branch of Chinese literature); non-Confucian Hundred Schools of Thought writings; (5) (archaism) you (of one's equals); (suffix noun) (6) -er (i.e; (1) (obscure) child; (n,n-suf) (2) (obscure) interest; (n,n-suf) (1) child; (2) young (animal); (3) young woman; young geisha; (4) offshoot; (5) interest; (6) (abbreviation) new shares; (7) player who is not a dealer (in cards, mahjong, etc.); (n,n-suf) (8) (archaism) bird egg; (suffix noun) (9) -er (often of young women); Nene (personal name)
kumāra; son; seed; sir; 11-1 midnight.

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賴
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Mandarin lài / lai4
Taiwan lai
Japanese rai
Chinese to depend on; to hang on in a place; bad; to renege (on promise); to disclaim; to rat (on debts); rascally; to blame; to put the blame on; surname Lai
To rely upon, depend on; throw the burden on, repudiate.

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鼠
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Mandarin shǔ / shu3
Taiwan shu
Japanese nezumi ねずみ
 nezu ねず
Chinese rat; mouse; CL:隻|只[zhi1]
Japanese (1) (kana only) mouse; rat; (2) dark gray; dark grey; slate (color, colour)
muṣa; ākhu; a mouse, rat.
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鼭
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Mandarin shí / shi2
Taiwan shih
Chinese a kind of rat

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鼕
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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Chinese (onom.) beating a drum; rat-a-tat; surname Dong

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大鼠
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大鼠 Mandarin dà shǔ / da4 shu3
Taiwan ta shu
Chinese rat

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子年
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子年 Japanese nedoshi ねどし
 nezumidoshi ねずみどし
Japanese year of the rat

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子忌
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子忌 Japanese neimi / nemi ねいみ
Japanese (obscure) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year)

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子鼠
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子鼠 Mandarin zǐ shǔ / zi3 shu3
Taiwan tzu shu
Chinese Year 1, year of the Rat (e.g. 2008)

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徒者
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徒者 Japanese tadamono ただもの
 itazuramono いたずらもの
Japanese ordinary person (usu. in neg. sentences); (1) mischief-maker; trickster; prankster; (2) (archaism) lascivious person (esp. a loose woman); (3) (archaism) useless fellow; (4) (archaism) mouse; rat

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嚙齒
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嚙齒
啮齿
Mandarin niè chǐ / nie4 chi3
Taiwan nieh ch`ih / nieh chih
Chinese a rodent (rat, rabbit etc)

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初子
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初子 Japanese hatsune はつね
 hatsugo はつご
 uigo ういご
Japanese (1) first Day of the Rat of the New Year; (2) first Day of the Rat of the month (esp. of the 11th month); first child; Hatsune (female given name)

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刺鼠
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刺鼠 Japanese togenezumi とげねずみ
Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)

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內鬼
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內鬼
内鬼
Mandarin nèi guǐ / nei4 gui3
Taiwan nei kuei
Chinese mole; spy; rat; traitor

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棘鼠
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棘鼠 Japanese togenezumi とげねずみ
Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)

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溝鼠
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溝鼠 Japanese dobunezumi どぶねずみ
Japanese (1) (kana only) brown rat (Rattus norvegicus); common rat; Norway rat; (2) dark grey (colour, color); dark gray; (3) secret evil-doer

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月鼠
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月鼠 Mandarin yuè shǔ / yue4 shu3
Taiwan yüeh shu
Japanese tsuki no nezumi
The moon rat, one of the two rats, black and white, that gnaw the cord of life, i. e. night and day.

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窮鼠
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窮鼠 Japanese kyuuso / kyuso きゅうそ
Japanese cornered rat or mouse

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米鼠
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米鼠 Japanese komenezumi こめねずみ
Japanese (kana only) rice rat (Oryzomyini spp.)

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玉帚
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玉帚 Japanese tamabahaki たまばはき
 tamahahaki たまははき
Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

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玉箒
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玉箒 Japanese tamabahaki たまばはき
 tamahahaki たまははき
Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

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田鼠
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田鼠 Mandarin tián shǔ / tian2 shu3
Taiwan t`ien shu / tien shu
Japanese denso でんそ
 tanezumi たねずみ
Chinese vole
Japanese mole; (1) black rat; roof rat; (2) field mouse

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熊鼠
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熊鼠 Japanese kumanezumi くまねずみ
Japanese (kana only) black rat (Rattus rattus); roof rat

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白蛇
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白蛇 Japanese hakuja はくじゃ
 shirohebi しろへび
Japanese albino Japanese rat snake

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白鼠
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白鼠 Japanese shironezumi しろねずみ
Japanese white rat or mouse

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老鼠
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老鼠 Mandarin lǎo shǔ / lao3 shu3
Taiwan lao shu
Chinese rat; mouse; CL:隻|只[zhi1]

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耗子
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耗子 Mandarin hào zi / hao4 zi5
Taiwan hao tzu
Chinese (dialect) mouse; rat

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青蛇
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青蛇 Japanese aonjou / aonjo あおんじょう
 aokuchinawa あおくちなわ
Japanese (obscure) snake (esp. Japanese rat snake)

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鬼鼠
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鬼鼠 Japanese oninezumi おにねずみ
Japanese (kana only) greater bandicoot rat (Bandicota indica)

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黒鼠
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黒鼠 Japanese kuronezumi くろねずみ
Japanese black rat

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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

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Rat / Mouse
nezumishǔ
shu
shu3
North American Opossum / Possum北美负鼠
北美負鼠
n/aběi měi fù shǔ
bei mei fu shu
pei mei fu shu
bei3 mei3 fu4 shu3
beimeifushu
Opossum / Possum负鼠
負鼠
n/afù shǔ
fu shu
fu4 shu3
fushu
A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding淡泊以明志宁静而致远
淡泊以明志寧靜而致遠
n/adàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
dan bo yi ming zhi, ning jing er zhi yuan
tan po i ming chih, ning ching erh chih yüan
dan4 bo2 yi3 ming2 zhi4, ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3

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