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Hope in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Hope

  2. Big Dream...

  3. Great Expectations

  4. Desire

  5. Desire / Craving

  6. Desire / Wish / Aspiration

  7. Desire / Longing / Craving

  8. Looking Forward / Hoping


Hope

China xī wàng
Japan ki bou
Hope Vertical Wall Scroll

Besides "to hope" this also means "to wish for" or "to desire." It can also mean expectation or aspiration depending on context.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.


See Also:  Faith | Desire

Big Dream
Great Hope

Japan tai mou
Big Dream / Great Hope Vertical Wall Scroll

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."

Great Expectations

China wàng
Japan bou / nozomi
Great Expectations Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Desire

China kě wàng
Desire Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese word can mean desirous, wishful, or simply desire.

The first character means to thirst for [something], or to be thirsty. The second character means to hope for, to expect, to gaze (into the distance) or to look for something. The combined meaning of these two characters changes a bit but I think it's nice to know the individual meanings to give you a better understanding of where a word comes from.

Korean definitions of this word include craving, longing, and thirst for knowledge.

Desire / Craving

China yù wàng
Japan yokubou
Desire / Craving Vertical Wall Scroll

The first character of this word means desire, longing, hunger, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, craving, or wish. The second character means to hope for, ambition, to desire, to aspire, to expect, to gaze (into the distance) or to look for something.

Together, they create a word that means strong desire, while some might translate it as "lust."

Desire / Wish / Aspiration

China yuàn wàng
Japan gan bou
Desire / Wish / Aspiration Vertical Wall Scroll

願望 means desire, wish, or aspiration in Chinese and Japanese.

Desire / Longing / Craving

China
Japan yoku
Desire / Longing / Craving Vertical Wall Scroll

慾 means desire, longing, appetite, wish, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, avarice, and craving.

慾 is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.

The context in which this character is used, determines whether the meaning is good or bad. As a single character on a wall scroll, you get to decide what the definition is to you (hopefully more toward desire than greed).


Japanese DesirePlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of this character - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of desire.

Looking Forward / Hoping

China qǐ wàng
Japan kibou
Looking Forward / Hoping  Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese word can be translated as:
to hope; to look forward; looking forward to; hoping for.

The first character means to plan. The second can mean to hope; to expect; to gaze (into the distance); to look towards. Sometimes it can mean full moon.
Together, these characters create this word about hoping, wishing, looking forward, and dreaming about the future.

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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
Hope希望ki bou / kibou / ki bo / kiboxī wàng / xi1 wang4 / xi wang / xiwanghsi wang / hsiwang
Big Dream
Great Hope
大望tai mou / taimou / tai mo / taimo
Great Expectationsbou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
bo/nozomi
wàng / wang4 / wang
Desire渴望kě wàng / ke3 wang4 / ke wang / kewangk`o wang / kowang / ko wang
Desire
Craving
欲望yokubou / yokuboyù wàng / yu4 wang4 / yu wang / yuwangyü wang / yüwang
Desire
Wish
Aspiration
願望
愿望
gan bou / ganbou / gan bo / ganboyuàn wàng
yuan4 wang4
yuan wang
yuanwang
yüan wang
yüanwang
Desire
Longing
Craving

yokuyù / yu4 / yu
Looking Forward
Hoping
企望kibou / kiboqǐ wàng / qi3 wang4 / qi wang / qiwangch`i wang / chiwang / chi wang
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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