Breath in Chinese / Japanese...

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Breath of Life

qì xī
kisoku
Breath of Life Scroll

氣息 can mean breath of life or panting for want of breath in the Buddhist context.

In other contexts, it can mean breath, smell, odor, or flavor.

Life in Every Breath

hakuiki hitotsu nimo seimei ga yadori
Life in Every Breath Scroll

吐く息一つにも生命が宿り means “life in every breath” in Japanese.

This phrase is more like “every single breath as you live and dwell.”

The characters breakdown this way:
吐く息 (hakuiki) to breathe; exhaled air; one's breath; breathing.
一つ (hitotsu) one; only; just.
にも (nimo) also; too; as well; even.
生命 (seimei) life; existence; living.
が (ga) particle.
宿り (yadori) to lodge; to dwell; lodging; abode; shelter.


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

Life in Every Breath

shēng huó zhōng de měi yī cì hū xī
Life in Every Breath Scroll

生活中的每一次呼吸 means “life in every breath” in Chinese.

This phrase is more like “every breath in life” as if it's a quantity of breaths that makes up your life.


There are many ways to understand this phrase in English, so this is one of a few ways it could be translated into Chinese. If you’re looking for a different meaning, please contact me.

hū xī
ko kyuu
Breathe Scroll

呼吸 means to breathe, breathing or breath in Chinese characters, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

These two characters mean to exhale and inhale. Maybe this will remind you to “just breathe.”

xī rù
kyuu nyuu
Inhale Scroll

吸入 is a Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean word that means inhale, inhalation, or to breathe in.

吸 by itself can mean to inhale or suck in.
入 means to enter (in this case, the body), so it clarifies that this is the true inhalation of air into the body.

If you need a reminder to breathe (slow down and take a deep breath), this may be the word you want hanging on your wall.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

一息

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yī xī
    yi1 xi1
i hsi
 hitoiki
    ひといき
(1) one breath; (2) time of one breath; (3) pause; break; rest; breather; (4) (as 一息に) (doing in) one go; doing without stopping; (5) small amount of effort; a little more effort
A breath, i.e. inspiration-cum-expiration; a rest, or cessation; a breath

鼻息

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bí xī
    bi2 xi1
pi hsi
 hanaiki(p); bisoku
    はないき(P); びそく
breath
(1) nasal breathing; breathing through one's nose; (2) (はないき only) person's pleasure; excitement
The breath of the nostrils; also the perception of smell; breath of the nostrils

息白し

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 ikishiroshi
    いきしろし
visible breath (i.e. when it's cold); frosty breath; white breath

息を継ぐ

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 ikiotsugu
    いきをつぐ
(exp,v5g) to take a breath; to pause for a breath; to catch one's breath

息が切れる

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 ikigakireru
    いきがきれる
(exp,v1) (1) to run out of breath; to be short of breath; to lose one's breath; (exp,v1) (2) to run out of steam; to be unable to continue; to collapse; (exp,v1) (3) to die

Variations:
息を継ぐ
息をつぐ

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 ikiotsugu
    いきをつぐ
(exp,v5g) (1) to take a breath; to gather one's breath; to catch one's breath; (exp,v5g) (2) to take a rest; to take a break

氣息


气息

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qì xī
    qi4 xi1
ch`i hsi
    chi hsi
 kisoku

More info & calligraphy:

Breath of Life
breath; smell; odor; flavor
breath

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    xi1
hsi
 yasumu
    やすむ
breath; news; interest (on an investment or loan); to cease; to stop; to rest; Taiwan pr. [xi2]
(1) son; (2) (rare) interest (on a loan, deposit, etc.); (personal name) Yasumu
To breathe; breath; rest, stop, settle, cease; produce, interest; to calm down

口臭

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kǒu chòu
    kou3 chou4
k`ou ch`ou
    kou chou
 koushuu / koshu
    こうしゅう
bad breath; halitosis
bad breath; halitosis

屏息

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bǐng xī
    bing3 xi1
ping hsi
 heisoku / hesoku
    へいそく
hold one's breath
(noun/participle) bated breath; being cowed into silence

息吹

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 ibuki
    いぶき
(1) breath; (2) sign (of something new and fresh); breath (metaphor); (female given name) Ibuki

気吹

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 ibuki
    いぶき
(out-dated kanji) (1) breath; (2) sign (of something new and fresh); breath (metaphor); (given name) Ibuki

霞草

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 kasumisou / kasumiso
    かすみそう
(kana only) common gypsophila (Gypsophila elegans); baby's breath; babies' breath; soaproot

一口氣


一口气

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yī kǒu qì
    yi1 kou3 qi4
i k`ou ch`i
    i kou chi
one breath; in one breath; at a stretch

奪精鬼


夺精鬼

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duó jīng guǐ
    duo2 jing1 gui3
to ching kuei
 dasshō ki
One that carries off the vital breath of the dying; breath-snatching demon

息吹き

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 ibuki
    いぶき
(irregular okurigana usage) (1) breath; (2) sign (of something new and fresh); breath (metaphor)

臭口鬼

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xiù kǒu guǐ
    xiu4 kou3 gui3
hsiu k`ou kuei
    hsiu kou kuei
 shūku ki
(or臭毛鬼) Demons with stinking breath, or hair; bad breath demons

かすみ草

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 kasumisou / kasumiso
    かすみそう
(kana only) common gypsophila (Gypsophila elegans); baby's breath; babies' breath; soaproot

一息つく

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 hitoikitsuku
    ひといきつく
(exp,v5k) (1) to take a breather; to take a rest; (2) to catch one's breath; to take a breath

一息吐く

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 hitoikitsuku
    ひといきつく
(exp,v5k) (1) to take a breather; to take a rest; (2) to catch one's breath; to take a breath

息をのむ

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 ikionomu
    いきをのむ
(exp,v5m) to catch one's breath; to gulp; to have one's breath taken away; to gasp

息を呑む

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 ikionomu
    いきをのむ
(exp,v5m) to catch one's breath; to gulp; to have one's breath taken away; to gasp

息を嚥む

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 ikionomu
    いきをのむ
(exp,v5m) to catch one's breath; to gulp; to have one's breath taken away; to gasp

息を殺す

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 ikiokorosu
    いきをころす
(exp,v5s) to hold one's breath; to catch one's breath

息を飲む

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 ikionomu
    いきをのむ
(exp,v5m) to catch one's breath; to gulp; to have one's breath taken away; to gasp

カスミソウ

see styles
 kasumisou / kasumiso
    カスミソウ
(kana only) common gypsophila (Gypsophila elegans); baby's breath; babies' breath; soaproot

息を整える

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 ikiototonoeru
    いきをととのえる
(exp,v1) to regain one's breath; to catch one's breath

息を潜める

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 ikiohisomeru
    いきをひそめる
(exp,v1) to hold one's breath; to bate one's breath

息をひそめる

see styles
 ikiohisomeru
    いきをひそめる
(exp,v1) to hold one's breath; to bate one's breath

Variations:
かすみ草
霞草

see styles
 kasumisou; kasumisou / kasumiso; kasumiso
    かすみそう; カスミソウ
(kana only) common gypsophila (Gypsophila elegans); baby's breath; babies' breath; soaproot

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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
Breath of Life氣息
气息
kisokuqì xī / qi4 xi1 / qi xi / qixich`i hsi / chihsi / chi hsi
Life in Every Breath吐く息一つにも生命が宿りhakuiki hitotsu nimo seimei ga yadori
Life in Every Breath生活中的每一次呼吸shēng huó zhōng de měi yī cì hū xī
sheng1 huo2 zhong1 de mei3 yi1 ci4 hu1 xi1
sheng huo zhong de mei yi ci hu xi
sheng huo chung te mei i tz`u hu hsi
sheng huo chung te mei i tzu hu hsi
Breathe呼吸ko kyuu / kokyuu / ko kyuhū xī / hu1 xi1 / hu xi / huxihu hsi / huhsi
Inhale吸入kyuu nyuu / kyuunyuu / kyu nyuxī rù / xi1 ru4 / xi ru / xiruhsi ju / hsiju
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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