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  1. Spring Season
  2. Harusame / Spring Rain
  3. Wing Chun
  4. Ivy
  5. Wing Chun Fist
  6. The Four Seasons
  7. A Moment of Time...
  8. Healing Hands
  9. Wing Chun Kung Fu
10. Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu
11. You must endure a harsh winter...
12. Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

Spring Season

China chūn
Japan haru
Spring Season

春 is the word/character used to describe the Spring season in Chinese and Japanese.

Harusame / Spring Rain

China chūn yǔ
Japan harusame
Harusame / Spring Rain

This Japanese name means gentle spring rain or gift from above.

It has the same meaning (and can be a given name) in Chinese.

Wing Chun

China yǒng chūn
HK wing2 cheun1
Japan ei haru
Wing Chun

This martial arts technique has an oral history (versus a written one) so very little can be said for sure about its origins.
Wing Chun (or Wing Cheun) is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes short combat strokes.

The characters literally mean "Singing Spring" (as in springtime).

If you are wondering, the spelling and pronunciation of this martial arts style in English comes from the Cantonese pronunciation of these characters. The second character sounds similar in both Mandarin and Cantonese but the first is quite different.

Note: This title can be pronounced in Japanese but only a Japanese practitioner of Wing Chun would recognize or understand this title. It is not considered to be a Japanese word or martial art at all.

Ivy

China cháng chūn téng
Ivy

常春藤 is a common way to write "ivy" in Chinese.
There are varieties of ivy, and other ways to say ivy in Chinese but this version is probably the nicest. It's the one you would use if writing a poem about ivy etc.

If you want the actual meaning, this is, "Always Young Vine," or "Ever Living Vine." The literal meaning of the characters is more like, "Always Spring[time] Vine." But Spring can have other representations in Chinese such as new life, youth, freshness, joyfulness, etc.

Wing Chun Fist

China yǒng chūn quán
HK wing chun kuen
Wing Chun Fist

詠春拳 is the title for the "Wing Chun" school of martial arts but with the addition of the character for "fist" on the end. So this is "Wing Chun Fist" or literally "Singing Spring Fist."

There are lots of alternate Cantonese romanizations for this such as "Wing Chun Kuen," "Wing Tsun Cheun," "Eng Chun Pai," and "Wing Ceon Kyun." The characters are the same, just the lack of a standard Cantonese romanization means that people make up their own based on what they think it sounds like.

The Four Seasons

China chūn xià qiū dōng
Japan shunkashuutou
The Four Seasons

春夏秋冬 is one way to express "The Four Seasons " or "All Year Round ."

The characters here represent Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall) and Winter.

A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold

Japan shunshouikkoku
A Moment of Time / is as Precious as Gold

This Japanese proverb means, "A moment of time in a spring evening (is worth a thousand pieces of gold)".

Healing Hands

China miào shǒu huí chūn
Healing Hands

This can be translated as "healing hands."

The first two characters are used to describe a doctor or medical professional who has admirable skill in curing disease. Literally: Wonderful or skilled hands.

The last two characters mean "Springing back to life."

Altogether, it suggests that these skilled hands can cure whatever ails you and bring you back to life. 妙手回春 is a great honor to bestow on your doctor or other healthcare professional that has helped you.

Wing Chun Kung Fu

China yǒng chūn gōng fu
HK wing cheun gung fu
Wing Chun Kung Fu

The first two characters literally mean "Singing Spring" (as in springtime).

The last two are "Kung Fu."

Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu

China tài jí yǒng chūn gōng fu
Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu

This is the title Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu. Please note that it can be romanized a variety of ways such as:
Tai Chi Ving Tsun Kung Fu
Tai Qi Yong Chun Gong Fu
Taai Gik Wing Ceon Gung Fu

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You must endure a harsh winter
to appreciate the warmth of springtime

You must know hardship to appreciate happiness
China bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
You must endure a harsh winter / to appreciate the warmth of springtime

This literally translates as: Without having experienced the cold of winter, one cannot appreciate the warmth of spring.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot truly appreciate happiness without having gone through hardship.

There are many contrasts in life. One simply cannot fully know what joy is without having experienced misery, difficulty, and pain. How could you explain "light" if you did not have "darkness" to compare it to?

Embrace hardship, as it makes the good times seem even better.

Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

China shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

This is the last line of a famous poem. It is perceived as a tribute or ode to your parent's or mother from a child or children that have left home.

The poem was written by Meng Jiao during the Tang Dynasty (about 1200 years ago). The Chinese title is "You Zi Yin" which means "The Traveler's Recite."

The last line as shown here speaks of the generous and warm spring sun light which gives the grass far beyond what the little grass can could ever give back (except perhaps by showing its lovely green leaves and flourishing). The metaphor is that the sun is your mother or parents, and you are the grass. Your parents raise you and give you all the love and care you need to prepare you for the world. A debt which you can never repay, nor is repayment expected.

The first part of the poem (not written in the characters to the left) suggests that the thread in a loving mother's hands is the shirt of her traveling offspring. Vigorously sewing while wishing them to come back sooner than they left.
...This part is really hard to translate into English that makes any sense but maybe you get the idea. We are talking about a poem that is so old that many Chinese people would have trouble reading it (as if it was the King James Version of Chinese).


Not the results for 春 that you were looking for?

Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

see styles
Mandarin chūn / chun1
Taiwan ch`un / chun
Japanese haru / はる
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents
Chinese spring (time); gay; joyful; youthful; love; lust; life; surname Chun
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (1) spring; springtime; (2) New Year; (3) prime (of one's life, etc.); (4) adolescence; puberty; (5) sexuality; (personal name) Haruji; (surname) Harusaki; (female given name) Haru; (female given name) Hajime; (given name) Nagoshi; (female given name) Toki; (personal name) Chiyun; (given name) Shunmin; (female given name) Shun; (female given name) Kazu; (female given name) Azuma

春雨

see styles
Mandarin chūn yǔ / chun1 yu3
Taiwan ch`un yü / chun yü
Japanese shunu;harusame / しゅんう;はるさめ
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents
Chinese spring rain; gift from above
Japanese (1) gentle spring rain; (2) (はるさめ only) thin noodles made from bean starch (or potato starch); (female given name) Harusame

詠春

see styles
Mandarin yǒng chūn / yong3 chun1
Taiwan yung ch`un / yung chun
Chinese Wing Chun; same as 詠拳|咏拳[yong3 chun1 quan2]; Yongchun - "Singing Spring Fist" (Chinese martial art)

常春藤

see styles
Mandarin cháng chūn téng / chang2 chun1 teng2
Taiwan ch`ang ch`un t`eng / chang chun teng
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents
Chinese ivy

詠春拳

see styles
Mandarin yǒng chūn quán / yong3 chun1 quan2
Taiwan yung ch`un ch`üan / yung chun chüan
Chinese Yongchun - "Singing Spring Fist" (Chinese martial art)

妙手回春

see styles
Mandarin miào shǒu huí chūn / miao4 shou3 hui2 chun1
Taiwan miao shou hui ch`un / miao shou hui chun
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents
Chinese magical hands bring the dying back to life (idiom); miracle cure; brilliant doctor

春夏秋冬

see styles
Mandarin chūn xià qiū dōng / chun1 xia4 qiu1 dong1
Taiwan ch`un hsia ch`iu tung / chun hsia chiu tung
Japanese shunkashuutou / shunkashuto / しゅんかしゅうとう
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents
Chinese the four seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (yoji) spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter; the four seasons; (personal name) Hitotose; (female given name) Hitotoki

春宵一刻

see styles
Japanese shunshouikkoku / shunshoikkoku / しゅんしょういっこく Japanese (expression) (yoji) a moment of time in a spring evening (is worth a thousand pieces of gold)


see styles
Mandarin chūn / chun1
Taiwan ch`un / chun
Chinese old variant of [chun1]
Japanese See:

三春

see styles
Mandarin sān chūn / san1 chun1
Taiwan san ch`un / san chun
Japanese sanshun / さんしゅん
Chinese the three spring months
Japanese three spring months; (p,s,f) Miharu; (surname) Mitsuhara

中春

see styles
Japanese nakaharu / なかはる    chuushun / chushun / ちゅうしゅん Japanese (1) (obsolete) second month of the lunar calendar; (2) (obscure) 15th day of the second month of the lunar calendar (around mid-spring); (surname) Nakaharu; (given name) Chuushun

今春

see styles
Japanese konshun / こんしゅん Japanese (n-adv,n-t) this spring; spring this year; (surname) Konparu; (surname) Konbaru; (surname) Imaharu

仲春

see styles
Japanese chuushun / chushun / ちゅうしゅん Japanese (obsolete) second month of the lunar calendar

伊春

see styles
Mandarin yī chūn / yi1 chun1
Taiwan i ch`un / i chun
Japanese iharu / いはる
Chinese Yichun prefecture level city in Heilongjiang
Japanese (female given name) Iharu

初春

see styles
Japanese shoshun;hatsuharu / しょしゅん;はつはる Japanese (1) beginning of spring; (2) (See 睦月・1) first month of the lunar calendar; New Year; (female given name) Hatsuharu

叫春

see styles
Mandarin jiào chūn / jiao4 chun1
Taiwan chiao ch`un / chiao chun
Chinese to caterwaul; to call like an animal in heat

回春

see styles
Mandarin huí chūn / hui2 chun1
Taiwan hui ch`un / hui chun
Japanese kaishun / かいしゅん
Chinese return of spring
Japanese return of spring; rejuvenation

売春

see styles
Japanese baishun / ばいしゅん Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) prostitution

孟春

see styles
Japanese moushun / moshun / もうしゅん Japanese (1) beginning of spring; (2) (obsolete) first month of the lunar calendar; (personal name) Moushun

季春

see styles
Mandarin jì chūn / ji4 chun1
Taiwan chi ch`un / chi chun
Japanese kishun / きしゅん
Chinese final month of spring (i.e. third month of lunar calendar)
Japanese (1) late spring; (2) (obsolete) third month of the lunar calendar; (personal name) Toshiharu; (personal name) Tokiharu; (personal name) Kiharu

宜春

see styles
Mandarin yí chūn / yi2 chun1
Taiwan i ch`un / i chun
Japanese gishun / ぎしゅん    kibaru / きばる    kiharu / きはる
Chinese Yichun prefecture level city in Jiangxi
Japanese (surname) Gishun; (surname) Kibaru; (surname) Kiharu

小春

see styles
Mandarin xiǎo chūn / xiao3 chun1
Taiwan hsiao ch`un / hsiao chun
Japanese koharu / こはる
Chinese 10th month of the lunar calendar; Indian summer; crops sown in late autumn
Japanese (See 小春日和) 10th month of the lunisolar calendar (traditional first month of winter, approx. November); late autumn; late fall; (female given name) Chiharu; (personal name) Shoushun; (personal name) Shiaotsuen; (female given name) Sayaka; (surname, female given name) Koharu; (female given name) Koshun; (female given name) Urara

常春

see styles
Japanese tokoharu / とこはる Japanese everlasting spring; (given name) Tokoharu; (personal name) Tsuneharu

思春

see styles
Mandarin sī chūn / si1 chun1
Taiwan ssu ch`un / ssu chun
Chinese same as 懷|怀[huai2 chun1]

恆春


恒春

see styles
Mandarin héng chūn / heng2 chun1
Taiwan heng ch`un / heng chun
Chinese Hengchun town in Pingtung County 屏東縣|屏东县[Ping2 dong1 Xian4], Taiwan

惜春

see styles
Japanese sekishun / せきしゅん Japanese lamenting the passing of spring

慶春

see styles
Japanese keishun / keshun / けいしゅん Japanese (expression) Happy New Year; (given name) Yoshiharu; (given name) Keishun

懷春


怀春

see styles
Mandarin huái chūn / huai2 chun1
Taiwan huai ch`un / huai chun
Chinese (of girls) to yearn for love

打春

see styles
Mandarin dǎ chūn / da3 chun1
Taiwan ta ch`un / ta chun
Chinese see 立[Li4 chun1]

探春

see styles
Japanese tanshun / たんしゅん Japanese spring outing

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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
Spring Seasonharuchūn / chun1 / chunch`un / chun
Harusame
Spring Rain
春雨harusamechūn yǔ / chun1 yu3 / chun yu / chunyuch`un yü / chunyü / chun yü
Wing Chun詠春
咏春
ei haru / eiharuyǒng chūn
yong3 chun1
yong chun
yongchun
yung ch`un
yungchun
yung chun
Ivy常春藤cháng chūn téng
chang2 chun1 teng2
chang chun teng
changchunteng
ch`ang ch`un t`eng
changchunteng
chang chun teng
Wing Chun Fist詠春拳
咏春拳
yǒng chūn quán
yong3 chun1 quan2
yong chun quan
yongchunquan
yung ch`un ch`üan
yungchunchüan
yung chun chüan
The Four Seasons春夏秋冬shunkashuutou
shunkashuto
chūn xià qiū dōng
chun1 xia4 qiu1 dong1
chun xia qiu dong
chunxiaqiudong
ch`un hsia ch`iu tung
chunhsiachiutung
chun hsia chiu tung
A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold
春宵一刻shunshouikkoku
shunshoikoku
Healing Hands妙手回春miào shǒu huí chūn
miao4 shou3 hui2 chun1
miao shou hui chun
miaoshouhuichun
miao shou hui ch`un
miaoshouhuichun
miao shou hui chun
Wing Chun Kung Fu詠春功夫
咏春功夫
yǒng chūn gōng fu
yong3 chun1 gong1 fu
yong chun gong fu
yongchungongfu
yung ch`un kung fu
yungchunkungfu
yung chun kung fu
Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu太極詠春功夫
太极咏春功夫
tài jí yǒng chūn gōng fu
tai4 ji2 yong3 chun1 gong1 fu
tai ji yong chun gong fu
taijiyongchungongfu
t`ai chi yung ch`un kung fu
taichiyungchunkungfu
tai chi yung chun kung fu
You must endure a harsh winter
to appreciate the warmth of springtime
不經冬寒不知春暖
不经冬寒不知春暖
bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents誰言寸草心報得三春暉
谁言寸草心报得三春晖
shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
shui2 yan2 cun4 cao3 xin1 bao4 de2 san1 chun1 hui1
shui yan cun cao xin bao de san chun hui
shui yen ts`un ts`ao hsin pao te san ch`un hui
shui yen tsun tsao hsin pao te san chun hui
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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