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Inspiration in Chinese / Japanese...

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Inspiration

China líng gǎn
Japan reikan
Inspiration Vertical Wall Scroll

靈感 is the Chinese word that is the closest to hitting the mark for the English word inspiration.

In a more extended context, I have even seen this translated as "brain wave."

The first character means alert, departed soul, efficacious, quick, effective or intelligence.
The second character means to feel, to move, to touch or to affect.
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.

You could describe this word as, "the thought that pops into your head just before you patent the greatest widget ever invented, that everyone in the world will want."
At least, that's the idea.

This term can also mean "intelligent thought" if you were to translate it directly from each of these characters. If you are looking for inspiration or otherwise need to be inspired, this is the word for you.


霊When the first character was absorbed into Japanese from Chinese, an alternate form became the standard in Japan. The Kanji shown to the right is the form currently used in Japan. This is still considered an alternate form in China to this day. It's readable by both Chinese and Japanese people but if your audience is Japanese, I recommend the Kanji shown to the right - just click on that Kanji to order that version.


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your inspiration search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

感激

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Mandarin gǎn jī / gan3 ji1
Taiwan kan chi
Japanese kangeki / かんげき
Inspiration Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to be grateful; to appreciate; thankful
Japanese (noun/participle) deep emotion; impression; inspiration

靈感


灵感

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Mandarin líng gǎn / ling2 gan3
Taiwan ling kan
Japanese reikan
Chinese inspiration; insight; a burst of creativity in scientific or artistic endeavor
靈應 Spirit-response, efficacious as in response to prayer.

やる気

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Japanese yaruki / やるき
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Japanese willingness (e.g. to do something); eagerness; motivation; inspiration; determination; high aspirations

一息

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Mandarin yī xī / yi1 xi1
Taiwan i hsi
Japanese hitoiki / ひといき
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) one breath; pause; rest; (2) one go (i.e. in a short time); (3) small amount of effort
A breath, i.e. inspiration-cum-expiration; a rest, or cessation.

入伸

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Japanese nyuushin / nyushin / にゅうしん Japanese inspiration; genius; super-human skill

入神

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Mandarin rù shén / ru4 shen2
Taiwan ju shen
Japanese nyuushin / nyushin / にゅうしん
Chinese to be enthralled; to be entranced
Japanese inspiration; genius; super-human skill

吟行

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Japanese ginkou / ginko / ぎんこう Japanese (1) going to famous sightseeing spots, ruins, etc. seeking inspiration for waka or haiku; (2) reciting or composing poetry while strolling

啓発

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Japanese keihatsu / kehatsu / けいはつ Japanese (noun/participle) enlightenment; development; edification; public awareness; illumination; education; inspiration

感化

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Mandarin gǎn huà / gan3 hua4
Taiwan kan hua
Japanese kanka / かんか
Chinese corrective influence; to reform (a criminal); redemption (of a sinner); to influence (a malefactor to a better life); to guide sb back to the right path by repeated word and example
Japanese (noun/participle) influence; inspiration; reform; correction

感応

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Japanese kannou;kanou / kanno;kano / かんのう;かんおう Japanese (noun/participle) inspiration; divine response; sympathy; induction; (surname) Kannou; (surname) Kan'ou

感興

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Japanese kankyou / kankyo / かんきょう Japanese interest; fun; inspiration

泛ぶ

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Japanese ukabu / うかぶ Japanese (out-dated kanji) (Godan verb with "bu" ending) (1) to float; to be suspended; (2) to rise to surface; (3) to come to mind; to have inspiration

浮ぶ

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Japanese ukabu / うかぶ Japanese (Godan verb with "bu" ending) (1) to float; to be suspended; (2) to rise to surface; (3) to come to mind; to have inspiration

發想

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Mandarin fā xiǎng / fa1 xiang3
Taiwan fa hsiang
Chinese to come up with an idea; generation of ideas; inspiration

興會

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Mandarin xìng huì / xing4 hui4
Taiwan hsing hui
Chinese sudden inspiration; flash of insight; brainwave

触発

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Japanese shokuhatsu / しょくはつ Japanese (noun/participle) (1) detonation by contact; contact detonation; (2) touching off something; triggering; provocation; inspiration

詩心

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Japanese shishin / ししん Japanese poetic sentiment or inspiration; poetic inclination or taste; poem-composing mood; ability to appreciate poetry; (female given name) Utako

詩興

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Japanese shikyou / shikyo / しきょう Japanese poetic inspiration

阿吽

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Mandarin ā hōng / a1 hong1
Taiwan a hung
Japanese aun / あうん
Japanese (1) (kana only) Om (san:); Aun; syllable representing the primordial trinity of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma; (2) inspiration and expiration; respiration; alpha and omega
ahūṃ, the supposed foundation of all sounds and writing, 'a' being the open and 'hūṃ' the closed sound. 'A' is the seed of Vairocana, 'hūṃ' that of Vajrasattva, and both have other indications. 'A' represents the absolute, 'hūṃ' the particular, or phenomenal.

霊感

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Japanese reikan / rekan / れいかん Japanese (1) inspiration; afflatus; (2) ability to sense the supernatural (esp. ghosts, etc.)

靈機

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Mandarin líng jī / ling2 ji1
Taiwan ling chi
Chinese sudden inspiration; bright idea; clever trick

鼓吹

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Mandarin gǔ chuī / gu3 chui1
Taiwan ku ch`ui / ku chui
Japanese kosui / こすい
Chinese to agitate for; to enthusiastically promote
Japanese (noun/participle) inspiration; advocacy; encouragement

鼓舞

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Mandarin gǔ wǔ / gu3 wu3
Taiwan ku wu
Japanese kobu / こぶ
Chinese heartening (news); to boost (morale); CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (noun/participle) inspiration; encouragement

アウン

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Japanese aun / アウン Japanese (1) (kana only) Om (san:); Aun; syllable representing the primordial trinity of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma; (2) inspiration and expiration; respiration; alpha and omega

元ネタ

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Japanese motoneta / もとネタ Japanese inspiration (for); source (of); parody; mimicry; fake

感染力

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Mandarin gǎn rǎn lì / gan3 ran3 li4
Taiwan kan jan li
Japanese kansenryoku / かんせんりょく
Chinese inspiration; infectious (enthusiasm)
Japanese infectious capacity

泛かぶ

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Japanese ukabu / うかぶ Japanese (out-dated kanji) (Godan verb with "bu" ending) (1) to float; to be suspended; (2) to rise to surface; (3) to come to mind; to have inspiration

浮かぶ

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Japanese ukabu / うかぶ Japanese (Godan verb with "bu" ending) (1) to float; to be suspended; (2) to rise to surface; (3) to come to mind; to have inspiration

遣る気

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Japanese yaruki / やるき Japanese willingness (e.g. to do something); eagerness; motivation; inspiration; determination; high aspirations

阿うん

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Japanese aun / あうん Japanese (1) (kana only) Om (san:); Aun; syllable representing the primordial trinity of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma; (2) inspiration and expiration; respiration; alpha and omega

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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
Inspiration靈感
灵感
reikanlíng gǎn / ling2 gan3 / ling gan / lingganling kan / lingkan
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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