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Optimistic

China huò dá
Japan katsudatsu
Optimistic

Beyond optimistic, this word can also be defined as sanguine; magnanimous; open-minded; openhearted; broad-minded.

豁達 is appropriate if you are, or want to be, the kind of person who is not bothered by the little things or minor troubles of life. This signifies a person who always feels things will get better. 豁達 is great for the person who figuratively sees a window of opportunity opening even as a door closes.


While a valid word in Japanese, this is kind of antiquated, and not in common use in modern Japan.

Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

China lè tiān
Japan raku ten
Optimism / Happy With Your Fate

樂天 is about being optimistic and also making the best of whatever life throws at you.

樂天 / 楽天 is hard to define. One dictionary defines this as, "acceptance of fate and happy about it." There is one English word equivalent which is sanguinity or sanguinary.

You can also say that this means, "Be happy with whatever Heaven provides," or "Find happiness in whatever fate Heaven bestows upon you." 樂天 suggests being an optimist in life.

Note: 樂天 / 楽天 is sometimes a given name in China.


楽 Please note that Japanese tend to write the first character in a slightly-different form (as seen to the right). Let us know if you have a preference when you place your order.

Great Expectations

China wàng
Japan bou / nozomi
Great Expectations

望 holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.

望 is one of those single characters that is vague but in that vagueness, in also means many things.

望 is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

豁達

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Mandarin huò dá / huo4 da2
Taiwan huo ta
Japanese katsudatsu / かつだつ    kattatsu / かったつ
Chinese optimistic; sanguine; generous; magnanimous; open-minded
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) openhearted; frank; broad-minded
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呑気

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Japanese nonki / のんき Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) carefree; optimistic; careless; reckless; heedless; happy-go-lucky; easygoing; thoughtless

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好気

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Japanese kouki / koki / こうき Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) easygoing; optimistic; conceited

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暖気

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Japanese nonki / のんき    danki / だんき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) carefree; optimistic; careless; reckless; heedless; happy-go-lucky; easygoing; thoughtless; warmth; warm weather

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暢気

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Japanese nonki / のんき Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) carefree; optimistic; careless; reckless; heedless; happy-go-lucky; easygoing; thoughtless

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樂天


乐天

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Mandarin lè tiān / le4 tian1
Taiwan le t`ien / le tien
Japanese rakuten
Chinese carefree; happy-go-lucky; optimistic; Lotte (South Korean conglomerate)
deva musicians, see above; heavenly musicians
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樂觀

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Mandarin lè guān / le4 guan1
Taiwan le kuan
Chinese optimistic; hopeful

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甘い

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Japanese amai / あまい Japanese (adjective) (1) sweet-tasting; sweet; sugary; sugared; (2) fragrant (smelling); sweet (music); (3) lightly salted; light in salt; not spicy; (4) (See 甘く見る) naive; overly optimistic; soft on; generous; indulgent; easy-going; lenient; (5) half-hearted; not finished properly; (6) insufficient; not satisfactory; inadequate; loose; (7) mild; (8) (See 甘い言葉) tempting; enticing; luring

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看好

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Mandarin kàn hǎo / kan4 hao3
Taiwan k`an hao / kan hao
Chinese optimistic (about the outcome); bullish; to think highly of; to support

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開朗

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Mandarin kāi lǎng / kai1 lang3
Taiwan k`ai lang / kai lang
Chinese spacious and well-lit; open and clear; (of character) optimistic; cheerful; carefree

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いい気

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Japanese iiki / iki / いいき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) easygoing; optimistic; conceited

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のん気

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Japanese nonki / のんき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) carefree; optimistic; careless; reckless; heedless; happy-go-lucky; easygoing; thoughtless

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ノンキ

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Japanese nonki / ノンキ Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) carefree; optimistic; careless; reckless; heedless; happy-go-lucky; easygoing; thoughtless

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好い気

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Japanese iiki / iki / いいき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) easygoing; optimistic; conceited

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楽天的

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Japanese rakutenteki / らくてんてき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) optimistic

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楽天観

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Japanese rakutenkan / らくてんかん Japanese (ant: 厭世観) optimistic view of life; optimism

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楽観的

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Japanese rakkanteki / らっかんてき Japanese (adjectival noun) optimistic; hopeful

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楽観視

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Japanese rakkanshi / らっかんし Japanese (noun/participle) viewing optimistically; thinking optimistically; taking an optimistic view; looking on the bright side

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皮算用

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Japanese kawazanyou / kawazanyo / かわざんよう Japanese (See 取らぬ狸の皮算用) over-optimistic calculation; counting one's chickens before they're hatched

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能天気

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Japanese noutenki / notenki / のうてんき Japanese (adjectival noun) optimistic; thoughtless; carefree; insolent

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能転気

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Japanese noutenki / notenki / のうてんき Japanese (adjectival noun) optimistic; thoughtless; carefree; insolent

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脳天気

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Japanese noutenki / notenki / のうてんき Japanese (adjectival noun) optimistic; thoughtless; carefree; insolent

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ノー天気

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Japanese nootenki / ノーてんき Japanese (adjectival noun) optimistic; thoughtless; carefree; insolent

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高高興興

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Mandarin gāo gāo xìng xìng / gao1 gao1 xing4 xing4
Taiwan kao kao hsing hsing
Chinese cheerful and optimistic; in a good mood; gaily

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ヨミが甘い

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Japanese yomigaamai / yomigamai / ヨミがあまい Japanese (exp,adj-i) overly optimistic; misjudged; underestimated

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読みが甘い

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Japanese yomigaamai / yomigamai / よみがあまい Japanese (exp,adj-i) overly optimistic; misjudged; underestimated

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甘っちょろい

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Japanese amacchoroi / あまっちょろい Japanese (adjective) optimistic

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読みがあまい

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Japanese yomigaamai / yomigamai / よみがあまい Japanese (exp,adj-i) overly optimistic; misjudged; underestimated

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不管三七二十一

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Mandarin bù guǎn sān qī èr shí yī / bu4 guan3 san1 qi1 er4 shi2 yi1
Taiwan pu kuan san ch`i erh shih i / pu kuan san chi erh shih i
Chinese regardless of the consequences; recklessly relying on a hopelessly optimistic forecast

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好い気;いい気

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Japanese iiki / iki / いいき Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) easygoing; optimistic; conceited

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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
Optimistic豁達
豁达
katsudatsuhuò dá / huo4 da2 / huo da / huodahuo ta / huota
Optimism
Happy With Your Fate
樂天 / 楽天
乐天
raku ten / rakutenlè tiān / le4 tian1 / le tian / letianle t`ien / letien / le tien
Great Expectationsbou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
bo/nozomi
wàng / wang4 / wang
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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