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The Name Swallow in Chinese / Japanese...

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Great Aspirations / Ambition

China hóng hú zhī zhì
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This Chinese proverb implies that having great ambitions also means that others will not understand your great expectations and ideas.

Though the actual words come from a longer saying of Confucius which goes, "The little swallows living under the eaves wouldn't understand the lofty ambitions of a swan (who flies far and wide)."

This Confucius quote has led to this idiomatic expression in China that means "think big." What you'd really be saying is "The lofty ambitions of a swan."

Note that Chinese people sometimes refer to the little swallow, as one who does not "think big" but is, instead, stuck in a rut, or just leading a mundane life. Therefore, it's a compliment to be called a swan but not a good thing to be called a swallow.

Swallow

China yàn
Japan yasushi
Swallow Wall Scroll

燕 is the single-character for the swallow (bird).

If you are a zoologist, this can refer to birds of the family Hirundinidae. Sometimes used to refer to Hirundo rustica (the barn swallow).

燕 is also a surname in China that romanizes as Yan. In fact, there were also several different Yan kingdoms in the ancient history of China (which is the origin of the surname).


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Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin yàn // yān / yan4 // yan1
Taiwan yen
Japanese yasushi やすし
 tsubame つばめ
 en えん
Chinese swallow (family Hirundinidae); old variant of 宴[yan4]; Yan, a vassal state of Zhou in modern Hebei and Liaoning; north Hebei; the four Yan kingdoms of the Sixteen Kingdoms, namely: Former Yan 前燕 (337-370), Later Yan 後燕|后燕 (384-409), Southern Yan 南燕 (398-410), Northern Yan 北燕 (409-436); surname Yan
Japanese (1) (kana only) swallow (bird of the Hirundinidae family); martin; (2) barn swallow (Hirundo rustica); (3) younger man involved with an older woman; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) (kana only) swallow (bird of the Hirundinidae family); martin; (2) barn swallow (Hirundo rustica); (3) younger man involved with an older woman; (given name) Yasushi; (p,s,f) Tsubame; (surname) En; (place-name) Yan (historical Chinese state)
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Mandarin tūn / tun1
Taiwan t`un / tun
Japanese gon
Chinese to swallow; to take
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin yàn / yan4
Taiwan yen
Chinese to swallow

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Mandarin/ ta4
Taiwan t`a / ta
Chinese to drink; to swallow

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Mandarin xiā / xia1
Taiwan hsia
Chinese suck, swallow, drink

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Mandarin kuài / kuai4
Taiwan k`uai / kuai
Chinese throat; to swallow; surname Kuai

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Mandarin/ fu2
Taiwan fu
Japanese fukusaki ふくさき
 fuku ふく
 hatori はとり
 hattori はっとり
Chinese dose (measure word for medicine); Taiwan pr. [fu2]; clothes; dress; garment; to serve (in the military, a prison sentence etc); to obey; to convince; to admire; to acclimatize; to take (medicine); mourning clothes; to wear mourning clothes
Japanese (1) (archaism) mourning clothes; (2) mourning; period of mourning; (n,n-suf) (1) clothes (esp. Western clothes); (suf,ctr) (2) counter for doses of medicine, gulps of tea, drags of a cigarette, etc.; (surname) Fukusaki; (personal name) Fuku; (personal name) Hatori; (personal name) Hattori
Submit, serve; clothing, to wear; mourning; to swallow; a dose.

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Mandarin yàn / yan4
Taiwan yen
Chinese variant of 燕, swallow

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Mandarin yǐn / yin3
Taiwan yin
Japanese on
Chinese variant of 飲|饮[yin3]
To drink, swallow; to water cattle.

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Mandarin ěr / er3
Taiwan erh
Japanese esa えさ
 e
Chinese pastry; food; to swallow; to lure; bait; lure
Japanese (1) (animal) feed; fodder; pet food; (2) bait; lure; enticement
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Mandarin/ yi3
Taiwan i
Chinese a swallow (bird)

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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Chinese a swallow

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併吞


并吞

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Mandarin bìng tūn / bing4 tun1
Taiwan ping t`un / ping tun
Chinese to swallow up; to annex; to merge

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侵吞

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Mandarin qīn tūn / qin1 tun1
Taiwan ch`in t`un / chin tun
Chinese to annex; to swallow (up); to embezzle

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卷裹

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Mandarin juǎn guǒ / juan3 guo3
Taiwan chüan kuo
Chinese to wrap up; (fig.) to envelop; to swallow up

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吞嚥


吞咽

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Mandarin tūn yàn / tun1 yan4
Taiwan t`un yen / tun yen
Chinese to swallow; to gulp

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吞咽

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Mandarin tūn yàn / tun1 yan4
Taiwan t`un yen / tun yen
Chinese to swallow; to gulp

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吞噬

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Mandarin tūn shì / tun1 shi4
Taiwan t`un shih / tun shih
Chinese to swallow; to engulf; to gobble up

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吞沒


吞没

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Mandarin tūn mò / tun1 mo4
Taiwan t`un mo / tun mo
Chinese to embezzle; to swallow up; to engulf

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吞服

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Mandarin tūn fú / tun1 fu2
Taiwan t`un fu / tun fu
Chinese to swallow; to take (medicine)

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吞精

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Mandarin tūn jīng / tun1 jing1
Taiwan t`un ching / tun ching
Chinese to swallow semen

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吞聲


吞声

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Mandarin tūn shēng / tun1 sheng1
Taiwan t`un sheng / tun sheng
Chinese to swallow one's cries

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家燕

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Mandarin jiā yàn / jia1 yan4
Taiwan chia yen
Chinese (bird species of China) barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)

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包舉


包举

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Mandarin bāo jǔ / bao1 ju3
Taiwan pao chü
Chinese to summarize; to swallow up; to annex; to merge

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嚥下


咽下

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Mandarin yàn xià / yan4 xia4
Taiwan yen hsia
Japanese enge えんげ
 enka えんか
Chinese to swallow; to suppress
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (act of) swallowing; deglutition

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嗆到


呛到

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Mandarin qiāng dào / qiang1 dao4
Taiwan ch`iang tao / chiang tao
Chinese to choke on (food etc); to swallow the wrong way

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呑む

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Japanese nomu のむ
Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to drink; to gulp; to swallow; to take (medicine); (2) to smoke (tobacco); (3) to engulf; to overwhelm; (4) to keep down; to suppress; (5) to accept (e.g. demand, condition); (6) to make light of; to conceal

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咽下

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Mandarin yàn xià / yan4 xia4
Taiwan yen hsia
Japanese enge えんげ
 enka えんか
Chinese to swallow; to suppress
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (act of) swallowing; deglutition

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洋燕

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Mandarin yáng yàn / yang2 yan4
Taiwan yang yen
Chinese (bird species of China) Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

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服む

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Japanese nomu のむ
Japanese (irregular kanji usage) (transitive verb) (1) to drink; to gulp; to swallow; to take (medicine); (2) to smoke (tobacco); (3) to engulf; to overwhelm; (4) to keep down; to suppress; (5) to accept (e.g. demand, condition); (6) to make light of; to conceal

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Great Aspirations
Ambition
鴻鵠之誌
鸿鹄之志
hóng hú zhī zhì
hong2 hu2 zhi1 zhi4
hong hu zhi zhi
honghuzhizhi
hung hu chih chih
hunghuchihchih
Swallow yasushiyàn / yan4 / yan yen
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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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