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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.

yuè
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.

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).

xué shēng
gakusei
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.

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.




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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
Diligent Study Proverb鑿壁偷光
凿壁偷光
záo bì tōu guāng
zao2 bi4 tou1 guang1
zao bi tou guang
zaobitouguang
tsao pi t`ou kuang
tsaopitoukuang
tsao pi tou kuang
Read
yuè / yue4 / yueyüeh
Read
Reading
閱讀
阅读
yuè dú / yue4 du2 / yue du / yueduyüeh tu / yüehtu
Student學生
学生
gakuseixué shēng
xue2 sheng1
xue sheng
xuesheng
hsüeh sheng
hsüehsheng
Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books行萬里路勝讀萬捲書
行万里路胜读万卷书
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
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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    du2
tu
 doku
Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books Scroll
to read; to study; reading of word (i.e. pronunciation), similar to 拼音[pin1 yin1]
To read; a comma, full stop.

閱讀


阅读

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yuè dú
    yue4 du2
yüeh tu
Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books Scroll
to read; reading

リード

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 riido / rido
    リード
Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books 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

上口

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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

必読

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

泛讀


泛读

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

積読

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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

精讀


精读

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

讀破


读破

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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]

轉經


转经

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zhuǎn jīng
    zhuan3 jing1
chuan ching
 tengyō
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

門經


门经

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

つん読

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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

必読書

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

積ん読

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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

読解力

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

一目十行

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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

再読文字

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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

巻を追う

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

法華八講

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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)

読みきる

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

読み切る

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

読み終る

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

音で読む

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

読み終わる

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

Variations:
読み誤る
読誤る

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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

Variations:
読みきる
読み切る

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

Variations:
読み合わせ
読み合せ

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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)

Variations:
読み終わる
読み終る

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

Variations:
読み合わせる
読み合せる

see styles
 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

Variations:
積ん読(P)
積読
つん読

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

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