Freedom Liberty in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Freedom / Liberty

  2. Inner Freedom

  3. Free Spirit

  4. Free Will

  5. Live Free or Die


Freedom / Liberty

zì yóu
jiyuu
Freedom / Liberty Scroll

自由 is a common word to express the idea of freedom in both Chinese and Japanese.

自由 is the essence of "being free" but also acts as the suffix to create words like freestyle swimming, free trade, civil liberties, free will, freedom fighter, religious freedom, and liberal.

Inner Freedom

nèi xīn zì yóu
Inner Freedom Scroll

內心自由 means Inner Freedom in Chinese.

The first word, 内心, means innermost being, the mind within, or the heart within.

The second word, 自由, means freedom, free, or liberty.


There is more than one way to say inner freedom in Chinese. This version is the most common.

Inner Freedom

nèi zài zì yóu
Inner Freedom Scroll

內在自由 means Inner Freedom in Chinese.

The first word, 内在 means inner, internal, intrinsic, or innate.

The second word, 自由, means freedom, free, or liberty.

zì yóu jīng shén
Free Spirit Scroll

The first two characters mean freedom or liberty.

The second two characters mean spirit, heart, mind, or soul.

Together, this is a title that is very similar to the English term "free spirit".


See Also:  Freedom | Independence

ji yuu na sei shin
Free Spirit Scroll

The first two characters mean freedom or liberty.

The middle character is a connecting Hiragana which is needed for Japanese grammar.

The last two characters mean spirit, heart, mind, or soul.

Together, this is a title that is very similar to the English term "free spirit".


See Also:  Freedom | Independence

zì yóu yì zhì
jiyuu ishi
Free Will Scroll

This concept has existed for thousands of years that humans have the ability to understand right and wrong, then make a decision one way or the other (thus affecting their own fate).

Sources such as Confucius, Buddhist scriptures, the Qur'an and the Bible all address this idea.

As for the characters shown here, the first two mean free, freedom, or liberty. The last two simply mean "will".

Can be romanized from Japanese as jiyū-ishi, jiyuu-ishi, and sometimes jiyuu-ishii.
It's 자유의지 or jayuu-yiji in Korean, and zìyóu yìzhì in Chinese.


See Also:  Freedom | Strong Willed | Fate

Live Free or Die

Give me liberty or give me death

bú zì yóu wú nìng sǐ
Live Free or Die Scroll

不自由毋寧死 means, "Give me liberty or give me death", in Chinese.

不自由毋寧死 is also the best way to say, "Live free or die".

The characters break down this way:
不 = Not; none; without.
自由 = Freedom; liberty; freewill; self-determination.
毋寧 = Rather; would rather; rather be.
死 = Dead; death.

This will go nicely next to your, "Don't tread on me", flag. This phrase is known well enough in China that it's listed in a few dictionaries. Though I doubt you will find too many Chinese citizens willing to yell this on the steps of the capital in Beijing.


See Also:  Death Before Dishonor


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Freedom
Liberty
自由jiyuu / jiyuzì yóu / zi4 you2 / zi you / ziyoutzu yu / tzuyu
Inner Freedom內心自由
内心自由
nèi xīn zì yóu
nei4 xin1 zi4 you2
nei xin zi you
neixinziyou
nei hsin tzu yu
neihsintzuyu
Inner Freedom內在自由
内在自由
nèi zài zì yóu
nei4 zai4 zi4 you2
nei zai zi you
neizaiziyou
nei tsai tzu yu
neitsaitzuyu
Free Spirit自由精神zì yóu jīng shén
zi4 you2 jing1 shen2
zi you jing shen
ziyoujingshen
tzu yu ching shen
tzuyuchingshen
Free Spirit自由な精神ji yuu na sei shin
jiyuunaseishin
ji yu na sei shin
Free Will自由意志jiyuu ishi / jiyuuishi / jiyu ishizì yóu yì zhì
zi4 you2 yi4 zhi4
zi you yi zhi
ziyouyizhi
tzu yu i chih
tzuyuichih
Live Free or Die不自由毋寧死
不自由毋宁死
bú zì yóu wú nìng sǐ
bu2 zi4 you2 wu2 ning4 si3
bu zi you wu ning si
buziyouwuningsi
pu tzu yu wu ning ssu
putzuyuwuningssu
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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