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  1. River
  2. Large River
  3. Yangtze River
  4. High Mountain Long River
  5. River of Literacy, Sea of Learning
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  8. No Limitations

River

China chuān
Japan kawa
River

川 means river or stream in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In Japanese, this can be a surname when pronounced as Sakigawa.

Large River

China jiāng
Japan kou
Large River

江 means large river in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. This generally refers to a river big enough that it's navigable by cargo boats, passenger boats, or small ships.

In Japanese, this can be a surname when pronounced as Minkou or just Kou.

Yangtze River

China yáng zǐ jiāng
Japan you su kou
Yangtze River

揚子江 is the title for the Yangzi or Yangtze River (in China).

Even though it's a Chinese place-name, this is also how the title is written in Japanese.

High Mountain Long River

China shān gāo shuǐ cháng
High Mountain Long River

This Chinese idiom means, "high as the mountain and long as the river." It figuratively means, "noble and far-reaching."


Not sure this is valid or commonly used in Korean. It probably was borrowed into Korean a few hundred years ago but is obscure now.

River of Literacy, Sea of Learning

China wén jiāng xué hǎi
River of Literacy, Sea of Learning

This Chinese proverb reads, "river of literacy, sea of learning"

This suggests that there is a lot to learn in the world, with an eternal amount of reading and things to study.

文江學海 is one way to translate the quote from Hippocrates, "ars longa, vita brevis," meaning, "it takes a long time to acquire and perfect one's expertise."


See Also:  Learning Is Eternal

The incompetent boat pilot
blames the river for his shortcomings

China bù huì chēng chuán lài hé wān
The incompetent boat pilot / blames the river for his shortcomings

This literally translates as: [One who] cannot steer the boat blames the bends in the river.

Figuratively, this means: One who is incompetent always tries to shift the blame elsewhere.
This is similar to the English idiom, "a poor workman/craftsman blames his tools."

One who walks by the river
may end up with wet feet

China cháng zài hé biān zǒu nǎ néng bù shī xié
One who walks by the river / may end up with wet feet

This is an old Chinese proverb that is sometimes compared to the English saying "Shit Happens."

It's a reflection that there are risks in life, and you should not be surprised when things don't go your way.

A secondary translation might be, "When walking by a river, often one cannot avoid wet shoes."

No Limitations

China màn lán
Japan man ran
No Limitations

漫瀾 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for, "Having no boundaries or limitations."

This literally talks of the vastness of an ocean or river.

Character breakdown:
漫 = free; unrestrained; to inundate; overflowing; boundless.
澜 = swelling water; large wave.

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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
Riverkawachuān / chuan1 / chuanch`uan / chuan
Large Riverkou / kojiāng / jiang1 / jiangchiang
Yangtze River揚子江
扬子江
you su kou / yousukou / yo su ko / yosukoyáng zǐ jiāng
yang2 zi3 jiang1
yang zi jiang
yangzijiang
yang tzu chiang
yangtzuchiang
High Mountain Long River山高水長
山高水长
shān gāo shuǐ cháng
shan1 gao1 shui3 chang2
shan gao shui chang
shangaoshuichang
shan kao shui ch`ang
shankaoshuichang
shan kao shui chang
River of Literacy, Sea of Learning文江學海
文江学海
wén jiāng xué hǎi
wen2 jiang1 xue2 hai3
wen jiang xue hai
wenjiangxuehai
wen chiang hsüeh hai
wenchianghsüehhai
The incompetent boat pilot
blames the river for his shortcomings
不會撐船賴河灣
不会撑船赖河湾
bù huì chēng chuán lài hé wān
bu4 hui4 cheng1 chuan2 lai4 he2 wan1
bu hui cheng chuan lai he wan
buhuichengchuanlaihewan
pu hui ch`eng ch`uan lai ho wan
puhuichengchuanlaihowan
pu hui cheng chuan lai ho wan
One who walks by the river
may end up with wet feet
常在河邊走哪能不濕鞋
常在河边走哪能不湿鞋
cháng zài hé biān zǒu nǎ néng bù shī xié
chang2 zai4 he2 bian1 zou3 na3 neng2 bu4 shi1 xie2
chang zai he bian zou na neng bu shi xie
ch`ang tsai ho pien tsou na neng pu shih hsieh
chang tsai ho pien tsou na neng pu shih hsieh
No Limitations漫瀾
漫澜
man ran / manranmàn lán / man4 lan2 / man lan / manlan
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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