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Great Expectations

China wàng
Japan bou / nozomi
Great Expectations

望 holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.

望 is one of those single characters that is vague but in that vagueness, in also means many things.

望 is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.

Great Aspirations / Ambition

China hóng hú zhī zhì
Great Aspirations / Ambition

This Chinese proverb implies that having great ambitions also means that others will not understand your great expectations and ideas.

Though the actual words come from a longer saying of Confucius which goes, "The little swallows living under the eaves wouldn't understand the lofty ambitions of a swan (who flies far and wide)."

This Confucius quote has led to this idiomatic expression in China that means "think big." What you'd really be saying is "The lofty ambitions of a swan."

Note that Chinese people sometimes refer to the little swallow, as one who does not "think big" but is, instead, stuck in a rut, or just leading a mundane life. Therefore, it's a compliment to be called a swan but not a good thing to be called a swallow.

Great Aspirations / Ambition

Japan tai shi wo idaku
Great Aspirations / Ambition

大志を抱 is a single Japanese word that kind of reads like a short proverb. It suggests that you should have "high aims," "ambitions," or "aspirations" in your life.

Boys be Ambitious

Quote from William S. Clark in Japan
Japan shou nen yo tai shi o ida ke
Boys be Ambitious

This was a sort of motto or proverb invoked by William S. Clark, after being hired by the Emperor of Japan in 1876 to establish a university in Hokkaido, Japan.

This phrase is famous across all generations of Japan since that time.


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Big Dream
Great Hope

Japan tai mou
Big Dream / Great Hope

大望 is one of a few ways to write "dream big" in Japanese.

大望 is a good title if you want that to inspire ambition or high aspirations. 大望 is also a way to say "great expectations."


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

厚望

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Mandarin hòu wàng / hou4 wang4
Taiwan hou wang
Chinese great hopes; great expectations

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重望

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Mandarin zhòng wàng / zhong4 wang4
Taiwan chung wang
Japanese shigemochi / しげもち
Chinese renowned; prestigious; great hopes; expectations
Japanese (personal name) Shigemochi

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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
Great Expectationsbou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
bo/nozomi
wàng / wang4 / wang
Great Aspirations
Ambition
鴻鵠之誌
鸿鹄之志
hóng hú zhī zhì
hong2 hu2 zhi1 zhi4
hong hu zhi zhi
honghuzhizhi
hung hu chih chih
hunghuchihchih
Great Aspirations
Ambition
大志を抱tai shi wo idaku
taishiwoidaku
Boys be Ambitious少年よ大志を抱けshou nen yo tai shi o ida ke
shounenyotaishioidake
sho nen yo tai shi o ida ke
shonenyotaishioidake
Big Dream
Great Hope
大望tai mou / taimou / tai mo / taimo
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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