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Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

China téng tòng jiù shì shuāi ruò lí nǐ ér qù de shí hòu
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

I remember this being shouted a lot during U.S. Marine Corps boot camp. This is how to write that phrase in Chinese. At least, this is as close as we could compose/translate it, and hold the full original meaning and connotations.

The version shown here is really, "Pain is weakness leaving your body." Although, it's said in English both ways (the or your), it works better in Chinese with "your."

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

Japan itami wa karada kara nukeru yowasa
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

I remember this being shouted a lot during U.S. Marine Corps boot camp. This is how to write that phrase in Japanese.


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

Humble / Modesty / Humility

China qiān xū
Japan ken kyo
Humble / Modesty / Humility

In Japanese, first Kanji means "self-effacing," "humble oneself," "condescend," "be modest." The second means "void" or "emptiness."

This is the most common way to say humble or modest in Japanese without a derogatory meaning (some other words suggest weakness but this version holds a better humble meaning).


See Also:  Moderation

The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat.

Meaning: Survival of the fittest
China ruò ròu qiáng shí
Japan jaku niku kyoo shoku
The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat.

This Japanese and Chinese proverb literally means, "The weak are meat; the strong eat" or "The weak are prey to the strong."

The closest English version is, "Survival of the fittest." It also fits with the ideas of, "predatory behavior," or "The law of the jungle."

Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs

Eiko-Seisui
Japan ei ko sei sui
Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs

This Japanese proverb can be translated as, "flourish and wither, prosper and perish," "life is full of fortune and misfortune," or simply "vicissitudes of life."

This is about the rise and fall of human affairs, or the ups and downs of life. Prosperity comes and goes, everything is fleeting and temporary but like waves, another swell of prosperity may come.

Here's how the Kanji break down in this proverb:
栄 = prosper. thrive. flourish. boom.
枯 = wither. die.
盛 = prosperous. flourishing. thriving. successful. active. energetic. vigorous. lively. enthusiastic. popular.
衰 = become weaker. decline. get weak. die down. subside. abate. fail.


Notes:
榮The original version of the first character looks like the image to the right. In modern Japan, they simplified that Kanji a bit into the version shown above. If you have a preference for which style is used for your calligraphy, please let me know when you place your order.

Apparently, with that original version of the first character, this is also used in Korean Hanja. However, I have not confirmed that it's used in the same way or is widely-known in Korean. Korean pronunciation is shown above for reference only.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin róu / rou2
Taiwan jou
Japanese yawara やわら
 munemasa むねまさ
 munekiyo むねきよ
 munekawa むねかわ
 muneo むねお
 norio のりお
 souseki / soseki そうせき
 soukawa / sokawa そうかわ
Chinese soft; flexible; supple; yielding; rho (Greek letter Ρρ)
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) judo; jujutsu; (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) soft; fragile; weak; poorly built; insubstantial; softness; gentleness; weakness; (surname, female given name) Yawara; (personal name) Munemasa; (personal name) Munekiyo; (personal name) Munekawa; (personal name) Muneo; (personal name) Norio; (personal name) Souseki; (personal name) Soukawa
Pliant, yielding, soft.
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Mandarin ruò / ruo4
Taiwan jo
Japanese jaku じゃく
Chinese weak; feeble; young; inferior; (following a decimal or fraction) slightly less than
Japanese (suffix noun) (1) little less than; fewer than; under; (2) weakness; the weak
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin shāng / shang1
Taiwan shang
Japanese kizu きず
Chinese to injure; injury; wound
Japanese (1) wound; injury; cut; gash; bruise; scratch; scrape; scar; (2) chip; crack; scratch; nick; (3) flaw; defect; weakness; weak point; (4) stain (on one's reputation); disgrace; dishonor; dishonour; (5) (emotional) hurt; hurt feelings
To injure, wound, hurt, harm, distress, A tr. of yakṣa; a wound

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Mandarin chuàng // chuāng / chuang4 // chuang1
Taiwan ch`uang / chuang
Japanese motomu もとむ
 hajime はじめ
 hajimu はじむ
 tsukuru つくる
 souji / soji そうじ
 sou / so そう
Chinese to begin; to initiate; to inaugurate; to start; to create; a wound; cut; injury; trauma
Japanese (1) wound; injury; cut; gash; bruise; scratch; scrape; scar; (2) chip; crack; scratch; nick; (3) flaw; defect; weakness; weak point; (4) stain (on one's reputation); disgrace; dishonor; dishonour; (5) (emotional) hurt; hurt feelings; (personal name) Motomu; (female given name) Hajime; (given name) Hajimu; (female given name) Tsukuru; (personal name) Souji; (female given name) Sou

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Mandarin léi / lei2
Taiwan lei
Japanese rui るい
Chinese entangled; lean
Japanese (obscure) weakness; weakening; tiring
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin/ ci1
Taiwan tz`u / tzu
Japanese kizu きず
Chinese blemish; flaw; defect
Japanese (1) wound; injury; cut; gash; bruise; scratch; scrape; scar; (2) chip; crack; scratch; nick; (3) flaw; defect; weakness; weak point; (4) stain (on one's reputation); disgrace; dishonor; dishonour; (5) (emotional) hurt; hurt feelings

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Mandarin bìng / bing4
Taiwan ping
Japanese yamai やまい
 byou / byo びょう
 itatsuki いたづき
 itazuki いたつき
Chinese illness; CL:場|场[chang2]; disease; to fall ill; defect
Japanese (1) illness; disease; (2) bad habit; weakness; fault; (suffix noun) disease; -pathy; (1) (archaism) pain; trouble; (2) illness
Illness, disease; to hurt; to get sick

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Mandarin xiá / xia2
Taiwan hsia
Japanese kizu きず
Chinese blemish; flaw in jade
Japanese (1) wound; injury; cut; gash; bruise; scratch; scrape; scar; (2) chip; crack; scratch; nick; (3) flaw; defect; weakness; weak point; (4) stain (on one's reputation); disgrace; dishonor; dishonour; (5) (emotional) hurt; hurt feelings
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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カバ

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Japanese kaba カバ
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) cover (e.g. book); coverage; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (2) to compensate for (a loss); to offset (a weakness); to back up; (3) kava (Piper methysticum); cava; kavakava; (4) cava; Spanish sparkling wine; (kana only) hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius); (kana only) birch (esp. Japanese white birch); (personal name) Cava

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キズ

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Japanese kizu キズ
Japanese (1) wound; injury; cut; gash; bruise; scratch; scrape; scar; (2) chip; crack; scratch; nick; (3) flaw; defect; weakness; weak point; (4) stain (on one's reputation); disgrace; dishonor; dishonour; (5) (emotional) hurt; hurt feelings

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乘虛


乘虚

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Mandarin chéng xū / cheng2 xu1
Taiwan ch`eng hsü / cheng hsü
Chinese to take advantage of weakness

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低調


低调

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Mandarin dī diào / di1 diao4
Taiwan ti tiao
Japanese teichou / techo ていちょう
Chinese low pitch; quiet (voice); subdued; low-key; low-profile
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) inactive; slow; sluggish; slack; low tone; undertone; dullness; (market) weakness

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弱み

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Japanese yowami よわみ
Japanese (a) weakness; shortcoming; failing; sore point

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弱さ

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Japanese yowasa よわさ
Japanese weakness

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弱味

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Japanese yowami よわみ
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (a) weakness; shortcoming; failing; sore point

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弱勢


弱势

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Mandarin ruò shì / ruo4 shi4
Taiwan jo shih
Japanese jakusei / jakuse じゃくせい
Chinese vulnerable; weak
Japanese inferiority; weakness

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弱点

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Japanese jakuten じゃくてん
Japanese weak point; weakness; shortcoming; defect; flaw; sore spot; tender spot

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弱行

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Japanese jakkou / jakko じゃっこう
Japanese weakness in execution

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強弱


强弱

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Mandarin qiáng ruò / qiang2 ruo4
Taiwan ch`iang jo / chiang jo
Japanese kyoujaku / kyojaku きょうじゃく
Chinese strong or weak; intensity; amount of force or pressure
Japanese (1) strength and weakness; (degree of) strength; (2) stress (of a sound); loudness

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欠点

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Japanese ketten けってん
Japanese (1) fault; defect; flaw; weak point; weakness; shortcoming; drawback; (2) failure (in an examination); failing grade

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濃淡


浓淡

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Mandarin nóng dàn / nong2 dan4
Taiwan nung tan
Japanese noutan / notan のうたん
Chinese shade (of a color, i.e. light or dark)
Japanese (1) light and shade; shade (of colour, color); (2) depth (of flavor); complexity; strength and weakness (of flavor)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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柔弱

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Mandarin róu ruò / rou2 ruo4
Taiwan jou jo
Japanese nyuujaku / nyujaku にゅうじゃく
Chinese weak; delicate
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) weakness; effeminacy; enervation

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硬派

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Japanese kouha / koha こうは
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) tough elements; hard-liners; stalwarts; diehards; hawks; (2) considering association with women and interest in fashion as weakness and focusing on strength and manliness; young tough; young rowdy; (3) hard (news); hard news reporter; (4) strait-laced (person); straight-laced; overly serious regarding relations between men and women; (5) bullish traders

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示弱

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Mandarin shì ruò / shi4 ruo4
Taiwan shih jo
Chinese not to fight back; to take it lying down; to show weakness; to show one's softer side

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積弱


积弱

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Mandarin jī ruò / ji1 ruo4
Taiwan chi jo
Chinese cumulative weakness; to decline (over time); degeneration

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羸弱

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Mandarin léi ruò / lei2 ruo4
Taiwan lei jo
Japanese ruijaku るいじゃく
Chinese frail; weak
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) weakness; feebleness; imbecility
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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病癖

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Japanese byouheki / byoheki びょうへき
Japanese bad habit; peculiarity; weakness

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衰弱

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Mandarin shuāi ruò / shuai1 ruo4
Taiwan shuai jo
Japanese suijaku すいじゃく
Chinese weak; feeble
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) weakness; debility; breakdown; prostration

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軟弱


软弱

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Mandarin ruǎn ruò / ruan3 ruo4
Taiwan juan jo
Japanese nanjaku なんじゃく
Chinese weak; feeble; flabby
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) weakness

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軟調

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Japanese nanchou / nancho なんちょう
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) weakness; bearish tone

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Search for Weakness 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
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body 疼痛就是衰弱離你而去的時候
疼痛就是衰弱离你而去的时候
téng tòng jiù shì shuāi ruò lí nǐ ér qù de shí hòu
teng2 tong4 jiu4 shi4 shuai1 ruo4 li2 ni3 er2 qu4 de shi2 hou4
teng tong jiu shi shuai ruo li ni er qu de shi hou
t`eng t`ung chiu shih shuai jo li ni erh ch`ü te shih hou
teng tung chiu shih shuai jo li ni erh chü te shih hou
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body 痛みは體から抜ける弱さ
痛みは体から抜ける弱さ
itami wa karada kara nukeru yowasa
Humble
Modesty
Humility
謙虚ken kyo / kenkyoqiān xū / qian1 xu1 / qian xu / qianxu ch`ien hsü / chienhsü / chien hsü
The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat. 弱肉強食jaku niku kyoo shoku
jakunikukyooshoku
jaku niku kyo shoku
jakunikukyoshoku
ruò ròu qiáng shí
ruo4 rou4 qiang2 shi2
ruo rou qiang shi
ruorouqiangshi
jo jou ch`iang shih
jojouchiangshih
jo jou chiang shih
Rise and Fall
Ups and Downs
栄枯盛衰 / 榮枯盛衰
荣枯盛衰
ei ko sei sui
eikoseisui
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