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Promise in Chinese / Japanese...

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China fā shì
Promise Vertical Wall Scroll

發誓 means promise in Chinese, as in to vow, pledge, or swear to do or be something.


Japan shin yaku
Promise Vertical Wall Scroll

信約 means promise in Japanese, as in to vow, pledge, or swear to do or be something.


China chéng nuò
Japan shoudaku
Commitment Vertical Wall Scroll

承諾 embodies the idea commitment, but also means to make a big effort or undertaking a great task.

Commitment is caring deeply about something or someone. It is deciding carefully what you want to do, and then giving it 100%, holding nothing back. You give your all to a friendship, a task, or something you believe in. You finish what you start. You keep your promises.

In Chinese, this word directly means to undertake something or to make a promise to do something.

Outside of the commitment idea, this particular word can also mean approval, acceptance, consent, assent, acquiescence, or agreement depending on context (especially in Japanese and Korean). Therefore, this word is probably best if your audience is Chinese.

See Also:  Partnership | Hard Work | Dedication

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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Japanese shinyaku / しんやく
Commitment Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese vow; promise



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Mandarin chéng nuò / cheng2 nuo4
Taiwan ch`eng no / cheng no
Japanese shoudaku / shodaku / しょうだく
Commitment Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to promise; to undertake to do something; commitment
Japanese (noun/participle) consent; approval; acceptance; agreement; compliance

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Mandarin yuē // yāo / yue1 // yao1
Taiwan yüeh // yao
Japanese yaku / やく
Chinese to make an appointment; to invite; approximately; pact; treaty; to economize; to restrict; to reduce (a fraction); concise; to weigh in a balance or on a scale
Japanese (adverb) (1) approximately; about; (2) promise; (3) shortening; reduction; simplification; (4) {ling} (See 約音) contraction (in phonetics); (female given name) Yaku
Bind, restrain; agree, covenant; about; concerning...

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Mandarin/ xu3
Taiwan hsü
Japanese hoo / ほお    hoi / ほい    ho / ほ    shiu / しう    kou / ko / こう    ko / こ    kiyou / kiyo / きよう    kiyo / きよ    kyou / kyo / きょう    kyo / きょ    uen / うえん
Chinese to allow; to permit; to promise; to praise; somewhat; perhaps; surname Xu
Japanese (adverb) under (esp. influence or guidance); (particle) (1) (kana only) only; merely; nothing but; no more than; (2) (kana only) approximately; about; (3) (kana only) just (finished, etc.); (4) (kana only) as if to; (as though) about to; (5) (kana only) indicates emphasis; (6) (kana only) always; constantly; (particle) (1) (kana only) (colloquialism) approximately; about; (2) only; nothing but; (3) just (finished, etc.); (surname) Hoo; (surname) Hoi; (surname) Ho; (surname) Shiu; (surname) Kou; (surname) Ko; (surname) Kiyou; (surname) Kiyo; (surname) Kyou; (surname) Kyo; (surname) Uen
Grant, permit, admit, promise; very; to grant

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Mandarin nuò / nuo4
Taiwan no
Japanese daku / だく    o;u;se / お;う;せ
Chinese to consent; to promise; (literary) yes!
Japanese (1) agreement; assent; (n,n-pref,n-suf) (2) (abbreviation) (See 諾威・ノルウェー) Norway; (interjection) (archaism) yes; all right; OK; okay; (place-name) Nagi
To answer; promise; yes; translit. na, nya; to agree

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Mandarin lài / lai4
Taiwan lai
Japanese rai
Chinese to depend on; to hang on in a place; bad; to renege (on promise); to disclaim; to rat (on debts); rascally; to blame; to put the blame on; surname Lai
To rely upon, depend on; throw the burden on, repudiate.

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Mandarin jiàn / jian4
Taiwan chien
Japanese sen
Chinese to fulfill (a promise); to tread; to walk
to tread on


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Mandarin bǎo xiū / bao3 xiu1
Taiwan pao hsiu
Japanese hoshuu / hoshu / ほしゅう
Chinese to promise to keep something in good repair; guarantee; warranty
Japanese maintenance



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Mandarin yǔn nuò / yun3 nuo4
Taiwan yün no
Chinese to promise; to consent (to do something)



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Mandarin gōng yuē / gong1 yue1
Taiwan kung yüeh
Japanese kouyaku / koyaku / こうやく
Chinese convention (i.e. international agreement)
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) public commitment; public promise; campaign pledge; official vow


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Japanese zenyaku / ぜんやく Japanese previous engagement; previous promise


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Mandarin fǎn huǐ / fan3 hui3
Taiwan fan hui
Chinese to renege; to go back (on a deal); to back out (of a promise)


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Japanese kouyaku / koyaku / こうやく Japanese (noun/participle) verbal promise


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Japanese chinami / ちなみ Japanese (1) (See 因みに・ちなみに) association; link; connection; (2) pledge (esp. for marriage); promise



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Mandarin sù nuò / su4 nuo4
Taiwan su no
Chinese old promise; long-standing commitment


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Mandarin shī xìn / shi1 xin4
Taiwan shih hsin
Chinese to break a promise


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Japanese chigiri / ちぎり Japanese (1) pledge; vow; promise; (2) (of a man and woman) having sexual relations; having sexual intercourse; (3) destiny; fate; karma


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Japanese chigiru / ちぎる Japanese (Godan verb with "ru" ending) (1) to pledge; to vow; to promise; to swear; (2) to have sexual intercourse (esp. between husband and wife); to share a bed



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Mandarin jì nuò / ji4 nuo4
Taiwan chi no
Chinese a promise that can be realized


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Japanese mamoru / まもる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to protect; to guard; to defend; (2) to keep (i.e. a promise); to abide (by the rules); to observe; to obey; to follow



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Mandarin shí jiàn / shi2 jian4
Taiwan shih chien
Chinese practice; to put into practice; to live up to (a promise); to carry out (a project)



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Mandarin lǚ yuē / lu:3 yue1
Taiwan lü yüeh
Chinese to keep a promise; to honor an agreement


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Mandarin lǚ xíng / lu:3 xing2
Taiwan lü hsing
Japanese rikou / riko / りこう
Chinese to fulfill (one's obligations); to carry out (a task); to implement (an agreement); to perform
Japanese (noun/participle) performance (of a duty); fulfillment (of a promise); fulfilment; execution (of a contract); discharge; implementation


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Japanese yuukei / yuke / ゆうけい Japanese secret promise made to the gods


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Mandarin huǐ hūn / hui3 hun1
Taiwan hui hun
Chinese to break a promise of marriage



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Mandarin yìng chéng / ying4 cheng2
Taiwan ying ch`eng / ying cheng
Chinese to agree (to do something); to promise



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Mandarin yīng xǔ / ying1 xu3
Taiwan ying hsü
Japanese ōko
Chinese to promise; to allow



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Mandarin yìng nuò / ying4 nuo4
Taiwan ying no
Chinese to promise; to agree to do something


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Japanese mamoru / まもる Japanese (irregular kanji usage) (transitive verb) (1) to protect; to guard; to defend; (2) to keep (i.e. a promise); to abide (by the rules); to observe; to obey; to follow


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Mandarin chéng fù / cheng2 fu4
Taiwan ch`eng fu / cheng fu
Chinese to promise to pay

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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
fā shì / fa1 shi4 / fa shi / fashifa shih / fashih
Promise信約shin yaku / shinyaku
shoudaku / shodakuchéng nuò
cheng2 nuo4
cheng nuo
ch`eng no
cheng no
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