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Brevity / Concise

jiǎn yuē
kanyaku
Brevity / Concise Scroll

簡約 means concise; abbreviated, conciseness, brevity, or simple in Chinese and Japanese.

The meaning can be a little ambiguous until you add context, but that makes the meaning flexible for your personal meaning.

Brief and to the Point

Speak simply, while expressing your idea completely
yán jiǎn yì gāi
Brief and to the Point Scroll

言簡意賅 is a Chinese proverb that suggestions it is better to be brief, use fewer words, while still expressing your main point or idea.

In another way to explain this, one should not use 100 words when 50 will do, or, being more concise with your speech.

This can also be translated as concise, compendious, "brief in form but comprehensive in scope" or succinct.

言簡意賅 is a bit more positive than our other proverb for brevity.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Brevity
Concise
簡約
简约
kanyakujiǎn yuē / jian3 yue1 / jian yue / jianyuechien yüeh / chienyüeh
Brief and to the Point言簡意賅
言简意赅
yán jiǎn yì gāi
yan2 jian3 yi4 gai1
yan jian yi gai
yanjianyigai
yen chien i kai
yenchienikai
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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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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jiǎn
    jian3
chien
 kan
    かん
Brief and to the Point Scroll
simple; uncomplicated; letter; to choose; to select; bamboo strips used for writing (old)
(1) (See 簡にして要を得る) simplicity; brevity; (2) letter; note; correspondence; (3) bamboo writing strip (in ancient China); (surname) Kan
A tablet, memorandum; to abridge; appoint; examine; abrupt, concise, direct; to choose

簡約


简约

see styles
jiǎn yuē
    jian3 yue1
chien yüeh
 kanyaku
    かんやく
Brief and to the Point Scroll
sketchy; concise; abbreviated
(adj-na,adj-no,vs,n) conciseness; brevity; simplification

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