The name Listen in Chinese / Japanese...

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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

兼聽則明偏聽則暗 is an ancient Chinese proverb about getting all the information from all sides so that you truly understand a situation.

Wei Zheng

Wei Zheng

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 cite 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 suggests 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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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to listen to; to hear; to heed; to obey; a can (loanword from English "tin"); classifier for canned beverages; to let be; to allow (Taiwan pr. [ting4]); (literary) to administer; to deal with (Taiwan pr. [ting4])
To hear, listen, hearken; listen to, obey.


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shí jiè
    shi2 jie4
shih chieh

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Ten Commandments
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.



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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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Listen with Open Mind
to listen to the ideas of others with an open mind (idiom)

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(particle) (1) (prohibitive; used with dictionary form verb) don't; (particle) (2) (imperative (from なさい); used with -masu stem of 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; (particle) (5) (used to express admiration, emotionality, etc.; used at sentence end) wow; ooh

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(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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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.

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 rei / re
(literary) to hear; to listen
(given name) Rei


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(interjection) (used to get the attention of one's equals or inferiors) hey; oi; come on; look; listen; (personal name) Kole; Kolle


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(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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(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
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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shǔ ěr
    shu3 er3
shu erh
listen with full attention


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(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
(noun - becomes adjective with の) must-listen


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 aichou / aicho
(noun, transitive verb) loving listening to something; loving to listen to something


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(noun, transitive verb) 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
(n,vs,vt,vi) attendance; audience; coming to listen



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yào tīng
    yao4 ting1
yao t`ing
    yao ting
to listen intently



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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 shǎn
    ling2 shan3
ling shan
to listen and comprehend



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


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(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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wén shēng
    wen2 sheng1
wen sheng
to listen to sounds


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(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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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 / 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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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.

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

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