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10. Idea / Thought
想像 is the shortest word for imagine, visualize, or imagination.
It can also mean "to guess" (which is why I favor the 3-character version of imagination (just a third character is added to the end, which clarifies it).
想像力 is probably the best way to express "imagination" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
It literally means "your strength to imagine." As the last character means strength or ability, while the first two mean imagine or conceptualize. My Japanese dictionary defines this as, "The power of imagination." While my Korean dictionary says, "imaginative power."
This encompasses the idea of meditation.
It's also a term used to describe a deep form of day-dreaming, exploring one's imagination, the act of contemplating, or the idea of contemplation. 冥想 is often associated with Buddhism, however, the word "Zen" in Japanese (or "Chan" in Chinese) is probably more commonly used (or better known in the west).
See Also: Zen
Creativity is the power of imagination. It is discovering your own special talents. Daring to see things in new ways and find different ways to solve problems. With your creativity, you can bring something new into the world.
The first character means "to create" the second means "to make or build." Together they mean "creative." The third character means "strength." So altogether, these three characters are a word that means "strength of creativity" or sort of "creativity (is your) strength." This can also be translated as "ingenuity."
幻像 is a universal word for Illusion in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The first character means phantasm, vision, dream, illusion, apparition, or fantasy.
The second character means statue, picture, image, figure, portrait, shape, form, appearance, to be like, to resemble, to take after, to seem, or in rare/ancient context: an elephant.
Note that the first character can be written without the left-side radical in Chinese. This form is shown to the right. Both forms are acceptable in Chinese but the character shown to the right is more likely to be read as "elephant."
See Also: Reality
創造 means to create, to bring about, to produce or simply creative or creation.
The first character here means to create, Genesis, or origin.
The second means to make or build.
創意 is creative or creativity in Chinese characters, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
It can also refer to an original idea or originality.
This Chinese proverb speaks of exploring different styles and not being stuck in conventional thinking. It can also be translated as "not sticking to one pattern" or "not limited to one type (or style)." The most simple translation is "being creative," or "unbridled creativity." Some may also say this means, "not being stuck in a rut," in the context of a designer or artist.
If you literally translate this, the first two characters mean, "not stick to," or "not confine oneself to."
The second two characters mean, "one mode," "one pattern," "one form," "one style," or "one rule."
夢 is the very simple word for dreams in Chinese and Japanese.
It can also mean having a vision or simply an illusion.
意見 means idea, thought, opinion, or view in Japanese.
意見 also has a similar meaning in Chinese, just often used in China.
思想 means thought, thinking, or idea in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Sometimes it can mean ideology, depending on context.
This can refer to someone's personality - like saying, "he is a thinker."
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|想像||souzou / sozo||xiǎng xiàng|
|xiǎng xiàng lì|
xiang3 xiang4 li4
xiang xiang li
|hsiang hsiang li
|Meditation||冥想||mei sou / meisou / mei so / meiso||míng xiǎng|
|chuàng zào lì|
chuang4 zao4 li4
chuang zao li
|ch`uang tsao li
chuang tsao li
幻像 / 幻象
|gen zou / genzou / gen zo / genzo||huàn xiàng|
|sou zou / souzou / so zo / sozo||chuàng zào|
|sou i / soui / so i / soi||chuàng yì|
|Unbridled Creativity||不拘一格||bù jū yī gé|
bu4 ju1 yi1 ge2
bu ju yi ge
|pu chü i ko
|yume||mèng / meng4 / meng|
|意見||i ken / iken||yì jiàn / yi4 jian4 / yi jian / yijian||i chien / ichien|
|意念 / 意唸|
|yì niàn / yi4 nian4 / yi nian / yinian||i nien / inien|
|思想||shisou / shiso||sī xiǎng / si1 xiang3 / si xiang / sixiang||ssu hsiang / ssuhsiang|
|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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