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Motivation in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Motivation

  2. Enthusiasm / Passion for a Cause

  3. Passion for a Cause

  4. Enthusiasm

  5. Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart


China dòng lì
Japan douryoku
Motivation Vertical Wall Scroll

動力 can be used for motivation - it can also mean power / motion / propulsion / force. It can be anything internal or external that keeps you going.

動力 is the safest way to express motivation in Chinese. If your audience is Japanese, please see the other entry for motivation. 動力 is a word in Japanese and Korean but it means "motive power" or "kinetic energy" (without the motivation meaning that you are probably looking for).

See Also:  Enthusiasm | Passion


Japan yaruki
Motivation Vertical Wall Scroll

やる気 means motivation in Japanese. It also can be translated as willingness (e.g. to do something), eagerness, inspiration, determination, totally willing, fully motivated, and high aspirations.

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

See Also:  Enthusiasm | Passion


China dòng jī
Japan dou ki
Motivation Vertical Wall Scroll

動機 is a common word for motivation in Japanese and Korean.

In Chinese it can have some bad connotations - so it's safer if your target audience is Japanese or Korean.

Enthusiasm / Passion for a Cause

China qíng rè
Japan jou netsu
Enthusiasm / Passion for a Cause Vertical Wall Scroll

情熱 is the Japanese word that means enthusiasm, or "passion for a cause."

In some context, this could have a meaning of being extremely fond of something, or having fondness for a cause or person.

Can also be translated as passion, zeal, ardour, or fervor.

Note: 情熱 order is not natural in Chinese. However, a typical Chinese person can guess that this is a Japanese or Korean word and also understand the intended the meaning. This selection is best if your audience is Japanese or old-school Korean.

See Also:  Persistence | Devotion | Tenacity | Commitment

Passion for a Cause

China rè qíng
Japan netsujou
Passion for a Cause Vertical Wall Scroll

Depending on context, this word can mean "cordial," "enthusiastic," "passionate" or "passionately."

This version is sometimes used in Japanese but the character order is more common in Chinese and Korean Hanja. The meaning in Japanese for this Kanji order is "ardour" or "zeal" but rarely used in modern Japan. I suggest you choose a different version of "passion" if your audience is Japanese.

See Also:  Persistence | Devotion | Tenacity | Commitment


China rè qíng
Enthusiasm Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Korean word for enthusiasm can also be translated as "Passion for a cause."

Enthusiasm is being cheerful, happy, and full of spirit. It is doing something wholeheartedly and eagerly. When you are enthusiastic, you have a positive attitude.

In some context, this could have a meaning of being extremely fond of something or having a fondness for a cause or person.

This Chinese word can also be translated as "sincere and warm" or literally "warm sentiment / affection."

See Also:  Passion | Commitment | Tenacity | Happiness

Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart

Japan ki no tsuyo i
Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart  Vertical Wall Scroll

Here's the character breakdown of this Japanese title:
気 (ki) spirit; mind; heart; nature; motivation; intention; feelings; essence.
の (no) possessive particle.
強い (tsuyoi) strong; powerful; mighty; potent; resistant; resilient; durable.

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
douryoku / doryokudòng lì / dong4 li4 / dong li / donglitung li / tungli
dou ki / douki / do ki / dokidòng jī / dong4 ji1 / dong ji / dongjitung chi / tungchi
Passion for a Cause
jou netsu / jounetsu / jo netsu / jonetsuqíng rè / qing2 re4 / qing re / qingrech`ing je / chingje / ching je
Passion for a Cause熱情
netsujou / netsujorè qíng / re4 qing2 / re qing / reqingje ch`ing / jeching / je ching
rè qíng / re4 qing2 / re qing / reqingje ch`ing / jeching / je ching
Strong of Heart
ki no tsuyo i
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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