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Read / Reading

yuè dú
Read / Reading Scroll

This Chinese word clearly refers to the act of reading, or a suggestion to read (presumably books but could refer to any reading materials, or text).

Read Scroll

This Chinese character means to read. It can also refer to observing (the world, and learning from it), or gaining life experiences. 閱 is a good character to relay the idea of being "well read", which can include reading books, studying, and learning through experience.

The dictionary definition also includes: to inspect; to review; to peruse; to go through; to experience.

Technically, this is also a Japanese Kanji but it only used by some Japanese Buddhists (most of the population will not recognize it).

In both Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, this means: Examine, inspect, look over.

Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books

xíng wàn lǐ lù shèng dú wàn juǎn shū
Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books Scroll

This translates a few ways:
To travel ten-thousand miles beats reading ten-thousand books.
Better to travel ten thousand li than to read ten thousand books. (a "li" is an ancient Chinese mile)
Travelling thousands of miles is better than reading thousands of books.

No matter how you slice it, this Chinese proverb is claiming that experience is more profound and meaningful than what you can get from a book. Go do it! Don't just read about it.


xué shēng
Student Scroll

學生 is how to write "student" in Chinese, pre-WWII Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

If you are a "student of life", this might be an interesting wall scroll to hang in your reading room.

The first character means "study" or "learning".
The second character means "life" or "birth". Don't read too much into that second character, unless you decide that this means "the birth of studies" or "the life of learning". Everyone in China, Japan, (and those who can read Hanja in Korea) will just read this word with the meaning of "student".

If you put the character for "little" in front of this word, it becomes "elementary school student". Prefixed with "middle" it becomes "middle school student". Prefixed with "big" it becomes "university student" (though when these two characters for student are seen alone, it often suggests "university student"). The term "high school student" is written differently.

学There is a very common simplified version of the first character for this word. You will see this form in modern Japan and mainland China, Singapore, and other places. If you want this simplified version, please click on the character shown to the right instead of the "select and customize" button above.

Diligent Study Proverb

Drill a hole in the wall to get light to read by.
záo bì tōu guāng
Diligent Study Proverb Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "Bore a hole on the wall to make use of the neighbor's light to study".

鑿壁偷光 is a nice gift for a very studious person.

Kuang Heng was born during the Western Han period. He was very fond of reading ever since he was young. However, he could not go to school since his family was poor, and he had to borrow books from people to learn.

In order to borrow these books he normally did chores for people who had them. When he became older, he had to work in the field from sunrise to sunset since his family's financial situation did not get any better. Thus, he tried to study at night but he had no lamp.

One day, he noticed that there was light from the neighbor's house coming through a crack in the wall. This made him very happy, so he dug a larger hole from the crack and read in the light that shone through. This diligent study eventually made him an accomplished person.

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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
yuè dú / yue4 du2 / yue du / yueduyüeh tu / yüehtu
yuè / yue4 / yueyüeh
Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books行萬里路勝讀萬捲書
xíng wàn lǐ lù shèng dú wàn juǎn shū
xing2 wan4 li3 lu4 sheng4 du2 wan4 juan3 shu1
xing wan li lu sheng du wan juan shu
hsing wan li lu sheng tu wan chüan shu
gakuseixué shēng
xue2 sheng1
xue sheng
hsüeh sheng
Diligent Study Proverb鑿壁偷光
záo bì tōu guāng
zao2 bi4 tou1 guang1
zao bi tou guang
tsao pi t`ou kuang
tsao pi tou kuang
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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/ du2
Diligent Study Proverb Scroll
to read; to study; reading of word (i.e. pronunciation), similar to 拼音[pin1 yin1]
To read; a comma, full stop.



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yuè dú / yue4 du2
yüeh tu
Diligent Study Proverb Scroll
to read; reading


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 riido / rido / リード
Diligent Study Proverb Scroll
(noun/participle) (1) lead; leading; taking the lead; (2) lead (of a newspaper, etc.); lede; (3) lead (wire); (4) lead (e.g. dog); leash; (5) (sales) lead; prospective client; (6) reed (of a musical instrument); (7) {music} (See リート) lied (ger: Lied); German song, usually for solo voice and piano; (noun/participle) (8) read; reading; (place-name) Lead; Reade; Read; Reed; Ried


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shàng kǒu / shang4 kou3
shang k`ou / shang kou
 jouguchi / joguchi / じょうぐち
to be able to read aloud fluently; to be suitable (easy enough) for reading aloud
(place-name, surname) Jouguchi


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 hitsudoku / ひつどく (noun - becomes adjective with の) must-read; required reading


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 tsundoku / つんどく (noun/participle) (1) buying books and not reading them; stockpiling books; (2) books bought but not read



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dú pò / du2 po4
tu p`o / tu po
to read extensively and thoroughly; nonstandard pronunciation of a Chinese character, e.g. the reading [hao4] in 愛好|爱好[ai4 hao4] rather than the usual [hao3]



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zhuǎn jīng / zhuan3 jing1
chuan ching
To recite a scripture; to scan a scripture by reading the beginning, middle, and end of each chapter; cf. 轉大. To roll or unroll a scripture roll. To copy a scripture. 轉藏; 轉讀 are similar in meaning; to read the scriptures



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mén jīng / men2 jing1
men ching
The funeral service read at the house-door; scripture reading at the door


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 tsundoku / つんどく (noun/participle) (1) buying books and not reading them; stockpiling books; (2) books bought but not read


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 hitsudokusho / ひつどくしょ must-read (book); required reading


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 tsundoku / つんどく (noun/participle) (1) buying books and not reading them; stockpiling books; (2) books bought but not read


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 dokkairyoku / どっかいりょく reading comprehension; ability to read and understand


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yī mù shí háng / yi1 mu4 shi2 hang2
i mu shih hang
 ichimokujuugyou / ichimokujugyo / いちもくじゅうぎょう
ten lines at a glance (idiom); to read very rapidly
(yoji) outstanding reading ability; one glance, ten lines


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 saidokumoji / さいどくもじ (e.g. 将 is read as「まさに...んとす」) single kanji that is read twice (with different pronunciations) in the Japanese reading of Chinese texts


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 kanoou / kanoo / かんをおう (exp,v5u) to read volume by volume; to go on reading


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 hokkehakkou / hokkehakko / ほっけはっこう Buddhist service in which the eight scrolls of the Lotus Sutra are read one scroll at a time (one morning and one evening reading each day for four days with a different reciter each time)


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 yomikiru / よみきる (transitive verb) to finish reading; to read through


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 yomikiru / よみきる (transitive verb) to finish reading; to read through


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 yomiowaru / よみおわる (Godan verb with "ru" ending) to finish reading; to read through


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 ondeyomu / おんでよむ (exp,v5m) (See 音・おん・4) to read kanji using the "on" reading


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 yomiowaru / よみおわる (Godan verb with "ru" ending) to finish reading; to read through


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 yomiayamaru / よみあやまる (transitive verb) (1) to misread (a name, kanji, etc.); to read incorrectly; to mispronounce (when reading); (transitive verb) (2) to misread (a situation, trend, etc.); to misinterpret; to misjudge


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 yomikiru / よみきる (transitive verb) to finish reading; to read through


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 yomiawase / よみあわせ (1) (See 読み合わせる) reading out and comparing (e.g. proofs against a manuscript); (2) read-through (of a script)


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 yomiowaru / よみおわる (Godan verb with "ru" ending) to finish reading; to read through


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 yomiawaseru / よみあわせる (transitive verb) to read out and compare (e.g. proofs against a manuscript); to check (accounts, etc.) by reading aloud


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 tsundoku / つんどく (noun/participle) (1) buying books and not reading them; stockpiling books; tsundoku; (2) books bought but not read


see styles
 yomiageru / よみあげる (transitive verb) (1) to read out; to read aloud; to call out; (transitive verb) (2) to finish reading; to read through

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