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Inspiration in Chinese / Japanese...

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 líng gǎn
Inspiration Scroll

靈感 is the Chinese word 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 intelligent.
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 translate it directly from each character. If you are looking for inspiration or 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...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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gǎn jī
    gan3 ji1
kan chi

More info & calligraphy:

to be grateful; to appreciate; thankful
(n,vs,vi) deep emotion; impression; inspiration



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líng gǎn
    ling2 gan3
ling kan

More info & calligraphy:

inspiration; insight; a burst of creativity in scientific or artistic endeavor
靈應 Spirit-response, efficacious as in response to prayer.


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More info & calligraphy:

willingness (e.g. to do something); eagerness; motivation; inspiration; determination; high aspirations


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yī xī
    yi1 xi1
i hsi
(1) one breath; (2) time of one breath; (3) pause; break; rest; breather; (4) (as 一息に) (doing in) one go; doing without stopping; (5) small amount of effort; a little more effort
A breath, i.e. inspiration-cum-expiration; a rest, or cessation.


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fǎng shēng
    fang3 sheng1
fang sheng
to design an artificial system, taking inspiration from a living organism; bionic; biomimetic


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 nyuushin / nyushin
inspiration; genius; super-human skill


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rù shén
    ru4 shen2
ju shen
 nyuushin / nyushin
to be enthralled; to be entranced
inspiration; genius; super-human skill


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 ginkou / ginko
(n,vs,vi) (1) going to scenic spots, ruins, etc. in search of inspiration for waka or haiku; (n,vs,vi) (2) reciting or composing poetry while walking


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 keihatsu / kehatsu
(noun, transitive verb) enlightenment; development; edification; public awareness; illumination; education; inspiration



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gǎn dòng
    gan3 dong4
kan tung
 kandou / kando
to move (sb); to touch (sb emotionally); moving
(n,vs,vi) being deeply moved emotionally; excitement; passion; inspiration; deep emotion; strong impression
to be moved [emotionally]


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gǎn huà
    gan3 hua4
kan hua
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
(noun, transitive verb) influence (on someone); inspiration


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 kannou; kanou / kanno; kano
    かんのう; かんおう
(n,vs,vi) (1) responsiveness; responding; sensitivity; sympathy; sympathizing; sympathising; (n,vs,vi) (2) divine response (e.g. to a prayer); (n,vs,vi) (3) divine inspiration; (n,vs,vi,adj-no) (4) induction (electromagnetism); inducing; (surname) Kannou


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 kankyou / kankyo
interest; fun; inspiration


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(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


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



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



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xìng huì
    xing4 hui4
hsing hui
sudden inspiration; flash of insight; brainwave


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(n,vs,vi) (1) detonation by contact; contact detonation; (noun, transitive verb) (2) touching off (something); triggering; sparking; provocation; inspiration


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


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 shijou / shijo
(1) poetic sentiment; (2) poetic interest; poetic inspiration


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 shikyou / shikyo
poetic inspiration


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(1) (kana only) flair; flash; (2) (kana only) insight; flash (of inspiration, wit, etc.); (3) (kana only) waving (e.g. of a flag in the wind)


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ā hóng
    a1 hong2
a hung
(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.


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



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líng jī
    ling2 ji1
ling chi
sudden inspiration; bright idea; clever trick


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gǔ wǔ
    gu3 wu3
ku wu
to inspire; to encourage; to hearten; to boost (morale)
(noun, transitive verb) encouragement; inspiration; rousing; stirring up; raising (e.g. morale)


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(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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(1) model; dummy; mock-up; (2) model (profession); fashion model; (3) model (of a vehicle, machine, etc.); version; (4) model (e.g. mathematical); (5) model (for a fictional character, place, etc.); inspiration; (6) {math} model (in model theory); (personal name) Modell


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inspiration (for); source (of); parody; mimicry; fake


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(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

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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
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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single-character wall scroll.
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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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