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chou / ki
Listen Scroll

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

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

This is an ancient Chinese proverb about getting all the information from all sides so that you truly understand a situation.

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.

Wei Zheng

Wei Zheng

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

xū jǐ yǐ tīng
Listen with Open Mind Scroll

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

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

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

kimochi ni shitagau
Follow Your Heart Scroll

気持ちに従う is a Japanese phrase that means follow your heart.

The first part of this Japanese proverb means, feeling, sensation, or mood.

The second part suggests the following, abiding by, or listening to this inner feeling.

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.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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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
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
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
xū jǐ yǐ tīng
xu1 ji3 yi3 ting1
xu ji yi ting
hsü chi i t`ing
hsü chi i ting
Listen to Your Heart
Follow Your Heart
suí xīn ér xíng
sui2 xin1 er2 xing2
sui xin er xing
sui hsin erh hsing
Follow Your Heart気持ちに従うkimochi ni shitagau
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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Simple Dictionary Definition

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tìng / ting4
t`ing / ting
Follow Your Heart Scroll
(literary pronunciation, still advocated in Taiwan) to rule; to sentence; to allow
To hear, listen, hearken; listen to, obey; to listen very well



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xū jǐ yǐ tīng / xu1 ji3 yi3 ting1
hsü chi i t`ing / hsü chi i ting
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to listen to the ideas of others with an open mind (idiom)

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 na / な (particle) (1) (prohibitive; used with dictionary form verb) don't; (2) (imperative; used with masu stem verb) do; (interjection) (3) (See なあ) hey; listen; you; (particle) (4) (when seeking confirmation, for emphasis, etc.; used at sentence end) now, ...; well, ...; I tell you!; you know; (5) (used to express admiration, emotionality, etc.; used at sentence end) wow; ooh

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 ne / ね (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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/ yi1
 e / より
to depend on; to comply with or listen to sb; according to; in the light of
(female given name) Yori
To depend, rely on; dependent, conditioned; accord with; support

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líng / ling2
 rei / re / れい
to hear; to listen; to understand clearly
(given name) Rei


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



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



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



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



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


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shí jiè / shi2 jie4
shih chieh
 jikkai / じゅっかい
the ten commandments (religion)
(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


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


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


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


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yǎn ěr / yan3 er3
yen erh
to refuse to listen



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shōu tīng / shou1 ting1
shou t`ing / shou ting
to listen to (a radio broadcast)


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



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



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



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


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 kiku / きく (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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 kiku / きく (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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tīng shì / ting1 shi4
t`ing shih / ting shih
to hold audience; to advise on state affairs; to administer state affairs; audience hall; to listen in



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



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



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



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

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