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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.
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.
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.
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
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your rat search...
|Character Images||Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
|子|| zi // zǐ / zi5 // zi3
kou / ko こう
| (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]
(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.
| lài / lai4
| 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.
|鼠|| shǔ / shu3
| rat; mouse; CL:隻|只[zhi1]
(1) (kana only) mouse; rat; (2) dark gray; dark grey; slate (color, colour)
muṣa; ākhu; a mouse, rat.
More info / calligraphy:
Rat / Mouse
|鼭|| shí / shi2
| a kind of rat
| dōng / dong1
| (onom.) beating a drum; rat-a-tat; surname Dong
|大鼠|| dà shǔ / da4 shu3
|子年|| nedoshi ねどし
| year of the rat
|子忌|| neimi / nemi ねいみ
|| (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)
|子鼠|| zǐ shǔ / zi3 shu3
| Year 1, year of the Rat (e.g. 2008)
|徒者|| tadamono ただもの
| 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
| niè chǐ / nie4 chi3
nieh ch`ih / nieh chih
| a rodent (rat, rabbit etc)
|初子|| hatsune はつね
| (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)
|刺鼠|| togenezumi とげねずみ
|| (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)
| nèi guǐ / nei4 gui3
| mole; spy; rat; traitor
|棘鼠|| togenezumi とげねずみ
|| (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)
|溝鼠|| dobunezumi どぶねずみ
|| (1) (kana only) brown rat (Rattus norvegicus); common rat; Norway rat; (2) dark grey (colour, color); dark gray; (3) secret evil-doer
|月鼠|| yuè shǔ / yue4 shu3
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.
|窮鼠|| kyuuso / kyuso きゅうそ
|| cornered rat or mouse
|米鼠|| komenezumi こめねずみ
|| (kana only) rice rat (Oryzomyini spp.)
|田鼠|| tián shǔ / tian2 shu3
t`ien shu / tien shu
mole; (1) black rat; roof rat; (2) field mouse
|熊鼠|| kumanezumi くまねずみ
|| (kana only) black rat (Rattus rattus); roof rat
|白蛇|| hakuja はくじゃ
| albino Japanese rat snake
|白鼠|| shironezumi しろねずみ
|| white rat or mouse
|老鼠|| lǎo shǔ / lao3 shu3
| rat; mouse; CL:隻|只[zhi1]
|耗子|| hào zi / hao4 zi5
| (dialect) mouse; rat
|青蛇|| aonjou / aonjo あおんじょう
| (obscure) snake (esp. Japanese rat snake)
|鬼鼠|| oninezumi おにねずみ
|| (kana only) greater bandicoot rat (Bandicota indica)
|黒鼠|| kuronezumi くろねずみ
|| black rat
|鼠巣|| sosou / soso そそう
|| rat's nest
|鼠年|| shǔ nián / shu3 nian2
| Year of the Rat (e.g. 2008)
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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.
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.
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Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...
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First Born Son
Forever in My Heart
God is Always With You
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Live for Today
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Love and Respect
Love for Humanity
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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
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Rat / Mouse||鼠|
|North American Opossum / Possum||北美负鼠|
|n/a||běi měi fù shǔ|
bei mei fu shu
pei mei fu shu
|bei3 mei3 fu4 shu3|
|Opossum / Possum||负鼠|
|A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding||淡泊以明志宁静而致远|
|n/a||dàn 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|
If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "rat" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.
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