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Read / Reading

yuè dú
Read / Reading Scroll

閱讀 is a Chinese word that refers to the act of reading or a suggestion to read (presumably books but could refer to any reading materials or text).

Read Scroll

閱 is a Chinese character that 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 only some Japanese Buddhists use it (most of the population will not recognize it).

In Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, this means examining, inspecting, and/or looking 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

行万里路胜读万卷书 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)
Traveling 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

鑿壁偷光 is a Chinese proverb that means “Bore a hole in the wall to make use of the neighbor's light to study.”

This is a nice gift for a very studious person.

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

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 improve. Thus, he tried to study at night, but he had no lamp.

One day, he noticed the 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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Read / Study
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

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Read / Reading
to read; reading


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



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kě dú
    ke3 du2
k`o tu
    ko tu
enjoyable to read; worth reading; readable; able to be read; legible; readable


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(noun - becomes adjective with の) must-read; required reading



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fàn dú
    fan4 du2
fan tu
(language education) to read swiftly, aiming to get the gist; extensive reading


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


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 shouran / shoran
(noun, transitive verb) (humble language) (used when asking someone to read something one has written) (your) reading (of my work)


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 shoudoku / shodoku
(noun, transitive verb) (used when asking someone to read something one has written) (See 笑覧) (your) reading (of my work)



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jīng dú
    jing1 du2
ching tu
to read carefully and thoroughly; intensive reading


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(transitive verb) (See 読む・6) to read (a kanji) with its native Japanese reading


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(transitive verb) (1) to read; (transitive verb) (2) to recite (e.g. a sutra); to chant; (transitive verb) (3) to predict; to guess; to forecast; to read (someone's thoughts); to see (e.g. into someone's heart); to divine; (transitive verb) (4) to decipher; (transitive verb) (5) (now mostly used in idioms) (See さばを読む) to count; to estimate; (transitive verb) (6) (also written as 訓む) (See 訓む) to read (a kanji) with its native Japanese reading



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


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must-read (book); required reading


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


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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
ten lines at a glance (idiom); to read very rapidly
(yoji) outstanding reading ability; one glance, ten lines


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(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
(exp,v5u) to read volume by volume; to go on reading


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 hokkehakkou / hokkehakko
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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(transitive verb) to finish reading; to read through


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(transitive verb) to finish reading; to read through


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(Godan verb with "ru" ending) to finish reading; to read through


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(exp,v5m) (See 音・おん・4) to read kanji using the "on" reading


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 kidokusuruu / kidokusuru
(noun/participle) (colloquialism) (See スルー・1) reading but not responding to a text message (in a chat application); leaving (someone) on read


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(Godan verb with "ru" ending) to finish reading; to read through


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(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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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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