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Listen

China tīng
Japan chou / ki
Listen

聽 means to listen, hear, and obey (depending on context).

聽 is a stand-alone word in Chinese but is usually seen in compound words in Korean. Therefore, this title is best for a Chinese audience.

聴The ancient form of this character is shown in the upper left. However, there is a modern Japanese Kanji version shown to the right. If you want this modern Japanese version, please let us know when you place your order.

Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened,
Listen to One Side and be in the Dark

China jiān tīng zé míng, piān tīng zé àn
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark

A man named Wei Zheng lived between 580-643 AD. He was a noble and wise historian and minister in the court of the early Tang Dynasty.

The emperor once asked him, "What should an emperor do to understand the real-world situation and what makes an emperor out-of-touch with reality?"

Wei Zheng replied, "Listen to both sides and you will be enlightened; listen to only one side and you will be left in the dark."

Then Wei Zheng went on to site examples of leaders in history that were victorious after heeding both sides of the story, and other leaders that met their doom because they believed one-sided stories which often came from flattering lips.

Please note that there is an unwritten rule when the same character appears twice in the same phrase, the calligrapher will alter the appearance so that no two characters are exactly alike in the same piece. This calligraphy has two repeating characters that will be written differently than they appear here.

Listen with Open Mind

China xū jǐ yǐ tīng
Listen with Open Mind

虛己以聽 is a Chinese proverb that means to listen to the ideas of others with an open mind.

Listen to Your Heart / Follow Your Heart

China suí xīn ér xíng
Listen to Your Heart / Follow Your Heart

隨心而行 is the closest way to express this idea in Chinese. Literally translated, this phrase means, "Allow your heart to dictate your behavior" or "Let your heart guide your conduct" in Chinese. You could also translate this as "follow your heart." Or, with a bit of imagination, it could mean: "let your spirit be your guide."

Note that in some cases, "heart" can mean "mind," "soul" or even "spirit" in Chinese. In ancient China, it was thought that the big pumping organ in your chest was where your thoughts came from, or where your soul resides.
Ancient western thought followed a similar belief. Thus phrases like "I love you with all my heart" and "I give you my whole heart."

Follow Your Heart

Japan kimochi ni shitagau
Follow Your Heart

The first part of this Japanese proverb means, feeling, sensation, or mood. In this context, you could say it means your heart, as the whole proverb is suggesting that you follow the feelings that you have inside.
The second part suggests following, abiding by, or listening to this inner feeling.


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Characters

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Romanization
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Mandarin tīng / ting1
Taiwan t`ing / ting
Japanese chō
Chinese (literary pronunciation, still advocated in Taiwan) to rule; to sentence; to allow; to listen; to hear; to obey; a can (loanword from English "tin"); classifier for canned beverages
To hear, listen, hearken; listen to, obey; to listen very well
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虛己以聽

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Mandarin xū jǐ yǐ tīng / xu1 ji3 yi3 ting1
Taiwan hsü chi i t`ing / hsü chi i ting
Chinese to listen to the ideas of others with an open mind (idiom)
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Japanese ne / ね Japanese (particle) (1) indicates emphasis, agreement, request for confirmation, etc.; is it so; (interjection) (2) hey; come on; listen; (auxiliary adjective) (3) (colloquialism) not

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Mandarin/ yi1
Taiwan i
Japanese yori / より    yasushi / やすし    tsuguo / つぐお    aran / あらん    ayu / あゆ
Chinese to depend on; to comply with or listen to sb; according to; in the light of
Japanese (female given name) Yori; (given name) Yasushi; (personal name) Tsuguo; (personal name) Aran; (personal name) Ayu
To depend, rely on; dependent, conditioned; accord with; support

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Mandarin líng / ling2
Taiwan ling
Japanese rei / re / れい    satoru / さとる
Chinese to hear; to listen; to understand clearly
Japanese (given name) Rei; (given name) Satoru

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ねえ

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Japanese nee / ねえ Japanese (particle) (1) indicates emphasis, agreement, request for confirmation, etc.; is it so; (interjection) (2) hey; come on; listen; (auxiliary adjective) (3) (colloquialism) not

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ねね

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Japanese nene / ねね Japanese (interjection) (See ね・2) hey; listen; (female given name) Nene

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側耳


侧耳

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Mandarin cè ěr / ce4 er3
Taiwan ts`e erh / tse erh
Chinese to bend an ear (to); to listen

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傾耳


倾耳

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Mandarin qīng ěr / qing1 er3
Taiwan ch`ing erh / ching erh
Chinese to prick up one's ear; to listen attentively

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傾聽


倾听

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Mandarin qīng tīng / qing1 ting1
Taiwan ch`ing t`ing / ching ting
Japanese keichou / kecho / けいちょう
Chinese to listen attentively
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (noun/participle) listening closely

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動聽


动听

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Mandarin dòng tīng / dong4 ting1
Taiwan tung t`ing / tung ting
Chinese pleasant to listen to

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十戒

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Mandarin shí jiè / shi2 jie4
Taiwan shih chieh
Japanese jukkai / じゅっかい
Chinese the ten commandments (religion)
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) the 10 precepts; (2) Ten Commandments; Decalogue; Decalog; (surname) Jukkai
Śikṣāpada. The ten prohibitions (in Pāli form) consist of five commandments for the layman: (1) not to destroy life 不殺生 pāṇātipātāveramaṇi; (2) not to steal 不倫盜 adinnādānāver; (3) not to commit adultery 不婬慾 abrahmacaryaver.; (4) not to lie 不妄語musāvādāver.; (5) not to take intoxicating liquor 不飮酒 suramereyya-majjapamādaṭṭhānāver. Eight special commandments for laymen consist of the preceding five plus: (6) not to eat food out of regulated hours 不非時食 vikāla-bhojanāver.; (7) not to use garlands or perfumes 不著華鬘好香塗身 mālā- gandha-vilepana-dhāraṇa-maṇḍana-vibhūṣanaṭṭhānā; (8) not to sleep on high or broad beds (chastity) 不坐高廣大牀 uccāsayanā-mahāsayanā. The ten commandments for the monk are the preceding eight plus: (9) not to take part in singing, dancing, musical or theatrical performances, not to see or listen to such 不歌舞倡伎不往觀聽 nacca-gīta-vādita-visūkadassanāver.; (10) to refrain from acquiring uncoined or coined gold, or silver, or jewels 不得捉錢金銀寶物 jātarūpa-rajata-paṭīggahaṇāver. Under the Māhayāna these ten commands for the monk were changed, to accord with the new environment of the monk, to the following: not to kill, not to steal, to avoid all unchastity, not to lie, not to slander, not to insult, not to chatter, not to covet, not to give way to anger, to harbour no scepticism; ten precepts

徹す

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Japanese toosu / とおす Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to stick through; to force through; (2) to spread throughout; to thoroughly diffuse; (3) to make a path between two points; (4) to proceed in a logical manner; (5) to let pass; to allow through; (6) to lead (someone) into (a house, room, etc.); to show in; (7) to go through (a middleman); (8) to (look, listen) through (a window, wall, etc.); (9) to pass (a law, applicant, etc.); (10) to force to accept; to force agreement; (11) to continue (in a state); to persist in; (12) to do to the entirety of; to cover all of; to span the whole ...; (13) to do from beginning to end without a break; (14) to convey (one's ideas, etc.) to the other party; (15) to do to the end; to carry through; to complete

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必聴

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Japanese hicchou / hiccho / ひっちょう Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) must-listen

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愛聴

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Japanese aichou / aicho / あいちょう Japanese (noun/participle) loving listening to something; loving to listen to something

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拝聞

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Japanese haibun / はいぶん Japanese (noun/participle) hear; listen to

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掩耳

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Mandarin yǎn ěr / yan3 er3
Taiwan yen erh
Chinese to refuse to listen

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收聽


收听

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Mandarin shōu tīng / shou1 ting1
Taiwan shou t`ing / shou ting
Chinese to listen (to); to listen (in)

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来聴

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Japanese raichou / raicho / らいちょう Japanese (noun/participle) attendance; audience; coming to listen

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監聽

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Mandarin jiān tīng / jian1 ting1
Taiwan chien t`ing / chien ting
Chinese to monitor; to listen in; to eavesdrop

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細聽

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Mandarin xì tīng / xi4 ting1
Taiwan hsi t`ing / hsi ting
Chinese to listen carefully (for tiny sounds)

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聆聽

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Mandarin líng tīng / ling2 ting1
Taiwan ling t`ing / ling ting
Chinese to listen (respectfully)

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聞く

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Japanese kiku / きく Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to hear; (2) to listen (e.g. to music); (3) to ask; to enquire; to query; (4) to learn of; to hear about; (5) to follow (advice); to comply with; (6) to smell (esp. incense); to sample fragrance

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聴く

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Japanese kiku / きく Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to hear; (2) to listen (e.g. to music); (3) to ask; to enquire; to query; (4) to learn of; to hear about; (5) to follow (advice); to comply with; (6) to smell (esp. incense); to sample fragrance

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聽事

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Mandarin tīng shì / ting1 shi4
Taiwan t`ing shih / ting shih
Chinese to hold audience; to advise on state affairs; to administer state affairs; audience hall; to listen in

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聽信

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Mandarin tīng xìn / ting1 xin4
Taiwan t`ing hsin / ting hsin
Chinese to listen to information; to get the news; to believe what one hears

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聽取

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Mandarin tīng qǔ / ting1 qu3
Taiwan t`ing ch`ü / ting chü
Chinese to hear (news); to listen to

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聽從

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Mandarin tīng cóng / ting1 cong2
Taiwan t`ing ts`ung / ting tsung
Chinese to listen and obey; to comply with; to heed; to hearken

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聽書

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Mandarin tīng shū / ting1 shu1
Taiwan t`ing shu / ting shu
Chinese to listen to stories; to listen to performance of 說書|说书 storytelling

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聽聞


听闻

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Mandarin tīng wén / ting1 wen2
Taiwan t`ing wen / ting wen
Japanese chōmon
Chinese to listen; to hear what sb says; news one has heard
To hear; to hear and obey; to hear the dharma

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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
Listen
听 / 聴
chou / ki / cho / ki / cho/kitīng / ting1 / tingt`ing / ting
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, Listen to One Side and be in the Dark兼聽則明偏聽則暗
兼听则明偏听则暗
jiān tīng zé míng, piān tīng zé àn
jian1 ting1 ze2 ming2, pian1 ting1 ze2 an4
jian ting ze ming, pian ting ze an
chien t`ing tse ming, p`ien t`ing tse an
chien ting tse ming, pien ting tse an
Listen with Open Mind虛己以聽
虚己以听
xū jǐ yǐ tīng
xu1 ji3 yi3 ting1
xu ji yi ting
xujiyiting
hsü chi i t`ing
hsüchiiting
hsü chi i ting
Listen to Your Heart
Follow Your Heart
隨心而行
随心而行
suí xīn ér xíng
sui2 xin1 er2 xing2
sui xin er xing
suixinerxing
sui hsin erh hsing
suihsinerhhsing
Follow Your Heart気持ちに従うkimochi ni shitagau
kimochinishitagau
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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