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生活 means life, living, to live, or the state of being alive. It can also refer to your daily existence or livelihood. It can also be a suggestion to just "Live life."
生活 is also the term used in other titles such as "healthy living" or Lance Armstrong's "Livestrong" campaign (Chinese title for Livestrong only).
If you need a reminder that you are alive, and to take a breath, this might be the perfect wall scroll for you.
熱愛生命 is the Chinese phrase for "Love Life" or "Love of Life."
If you love your life, or want a reminder on your wall to keep you loving your life each day, this is the selection for you.
To clarify, this is different than "A life full of love," or "love while you live." With this phrase, you are loving the state of being alive.
Note: Korean pronunciation is included above, though use of this phrase in Korean has not been verified.
愛情生活 is the Chinese proverb for "Loving Life." Some also translate this as "[your] Loving Life" or "Life full of Love."
愛情生活 is about being a loving person (to spouse and/or family) during your life. 愛情生活 is not the same as loving the state of being alive - not "love of living" but rather "being loving person during your life."
Note: Korean pronunciation is included above, though use of this proverb in Korean has not been verified.
This proverb can be understood in Japanese but it's primarily a Chinese proverb (it will "feel" Chinese to a Japanese person).
Because a word list of "Live Laugh Love" is not natural in Japanese, this takes the concept and incorporates it into a proper phrase.
This can be translated as, "A life of love and laughter" or "Live life with love and laughter."
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
In English, the word order shown in the title is the most natural or popular. In Chinese, the natural order is a little different:
The first character means laugh (sometimes means smile).
The second character means love.
The last two characters mean "live" as in "to be alive" or "pursue life."
Please note: 笑愛生活 is not a normal phrase, in that it does not have a subject, verb, and object. It is a word list. Word lists are not common in Asian languages/grammar (at least not as normal as they are in English). We only added this entry because so many people requested it.
We put the characters in the order shown above, as it almost makes a single word with the meaning, "A life of laughter and love." It's a made-up word but it sounds good in Chinese.
We removed the Japanese pronunciation guide from this entry, as the professional Japanese translator deemed it "near nonsense" from a Japanese perspective. Choose this only if your audience is Chinese and you want the fewest-possible characters to express this idea.
In Korean, this would be 소애생활 or "so ae saeng hwar" but I have not confirmed that this makes sense in Korean.
人生謳歌 means, "live for what you love" in Japanese.
The first two characters mean "human life" or simply "living." The last two characters mean, "merit," "prosperity," or "what you enjoy." This phrase can suggest working or staying busy for your own goals (in your career).
See Also: Prosperity
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|huó zhe / huo2 zhe / huo zhe / huozhe||huo che / huoche|
|生活||sei katsu / seikatsu||shēng huó|
|rè ài shēng mìng|
re4 ai4 sheng1 ming4
re ai sheng ming
|je ai sheng ming
|Life of Love||愛情生活|
|ài qíng shēng huó|
ai4 qing2 sheng1 huo2
ai qing sheng huo
|ai ch`ing sheng huo
ai ching sheng huo
|Life with Love||愛のある人生||ai no a ru jin sei|
|Life Full of Love||愛に溢れた人生||ai ni afu re ta jin sei|
|Life of Love||愛に満ちた生活||aini michita seikatsu|
|Live Laugh Love||愛と笑いの生活||ai to warai no seikatsu|
|Live Laugh Love||笑愛生活|
|xiào ài shēng huó|
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiao ai sheng huo
|hsiao ai sheng huo
|Live for What You Love||人生謳歌||jin sei ou ka|
jin sei o ka
|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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Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
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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.
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