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Brief and to the Point

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

This Chinese proverb is a suggestion that is it 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.

Brevity: Fewer Words are Best

China shǎo shuō wéi jiā
Brevity: Fewer Words are Best Vertical Wall Scroll

Get to the point quickly with the fewest words possible is the suggestion of this Chinese proverb. But taking it deeper, there is a warning that using too many words may act to "tip your hat" or "show your hand" (to use two American idioms).

It can also be said that using many words does not make the message have more value.

This proverb is really about the art of brevity.

Now my only hope is that I did not use too many words to explain this proverb.

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Mandarin duǎn / duan3
Taiwan tuan
Japanese mijika / みじか    tan / たん
Chinese short; brief; to lack; weak point; fault
Japanese (pref,suf) short; brief; (1) (See 長・ちょう・2) fault; defect; weak point; (2) {music} (See 長・ちょう・4) minor; (personal name) Iyama; (personal name) Inoyama; (personal name) Inogo; (personal name) Inoko; (personal name) Inokai; (personal name) Igai; (personal name) Ikai



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Mandarin jiǎn míng è yào / jian3 ming2 e4 yao4
Taiwan chien ming o yao
Chinese brief and to the point (idiom); succinct


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Japanese kannishiteyouoeru / kannishiteyooeru / かんにしてようをえる Japanese (exp,v1) to be brief and to the point; to be succinct

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

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Brief and to the Point言簡意賅
yán jiǎn yì gāi
yan2 jian3 yi4 gai1
yan jian yi gai
yen chien i kai
Brevity: Fewer Words are Best少說為佳
shǎo shuō wéi jiā
shao3 shuo1 wei2 jia1
shao shuo wei jia
shao shuo wei chia
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