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Self Reliance in Chinese / Japanese...

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zì shì
Self-Reliance Scroll

自恃 means self-reliance but is often used to mean self-confidence or the state of being self-assured.

Basically this means you can rely on yourself (with a slight suggestion that others can rely on you as well).

The first character means "oneself" while the second means "to rely upon".

See Also:  Confidence | Self-Confidence

Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart

zì zūn xīn
ji son shin
Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart Scroll

This Japanese and Korean word means "pride" or "self-respect".

The first Kanji/Hanja means oneself. The second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble or exalted. And the last Kanji/Hanja means heart, mind and/or spirit.

While these characters make sense and hold the same general meaning in Chinese, this is not a normal Chinese word. This selection should only be used if your audience is Japanese or Korean.

See Also:  Respect | Pride | Self-Reliance | Self-Control | Self-Discipline

Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself

do kuritsu do ppo
Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself Scroll

This Japanese proverb, Dokuritsu-Doppo, is an indication of your independence, self-reliance, standing on one's own two feet, or making one's own way in life.


dú lì
Independence Scroll

Besides meaning "to be independent", this can also mean "to stand alone", self-reliance or self-support.

独Modern Japanese use a simplified version of the first character of independence. it’s the same simplified version currently used in mainland China, so understood by most Chinese and all Japanese people. Click on the character to the right if you want the simplified/Japanese version.

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Self-Reliance自恃zì shì / zi4 shi4 / zi shi / zishitzu shih / tzushih
Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart
自尊心ji son shin
zì zūn xīn
zi4 zun1 xin1
zi zun xin
tzu tsun hsin
Standing by Oneself
Walking by Oneself
do kuritsu do ppo
do kuritsu do po
dokuritsudú lì / du2 li4 / du li / dulitu li / tuli
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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xìn / xin4
 shin / しん
Independence Scroll
letter; mail; CL:封[feng1]; to trust; to believe; to profess faith in; truthful; confidence; trust; at will; at random
(1) honesty; sincerity; fidelity; (2) trust; reliance; confidence; (3) (religious) faith; devotion; (counter) (4) counter for received messages; (female given name) Yuki
śraddhā. Faith; to believe; belief; faith regarded as the faculty of the mind which sees, appropriates, and trusts the things of religion; it joyfully trusts in the Buddha, in the pure virtue of the triratna and earthly and transcendental goodness; it is the cause of the pure life, and the solvent of doubt. Two forms are mentioned: (1) adhimukti, intuition, tr. by self-assured enlightenment. (2) śraddhā, faith through hearing or being taught. For the Awakening of Faith, Śraddhotpāda, v. 起信論.


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 dokuritsu / どくりつ (noun/participle) (1) independence; self-reliance; supporting oneself; being on one's own; (2) independence (e.g. of a nation); freedom; (3) separation; isolation


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zì shì / zi4 shi4
tzu shih
Independence Scroll
self-esteem; self-reliance; overconfident; conceited


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 dokkou / dokko / どっこう (noun/participle) going alone; self-reliance; (personal name) Tokuyuki


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 amae / あまえ (See 甘える・あまえる) lack of self-reliance; depending on others


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zì zhǔ / zi4 zhu3
tzu chu
 jishu / じしゅ
independent; to act for oneself; autonomous
(noun/participle) independence; autonomy; self-reliance


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zì lì / zi4 li4
tzu li
 jiritsu / じりつ
independent; self-reliant; self-sustaining; to stand on one's own feet; to support oneself
(n,vs,adj-no) independence; self-reliance


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 jiritsushin / じりつしん spirit of self-reliance; feeling of independence


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 dokuritsudoppo / どくりつどっぽ (noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) self-reliance; self-help


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 dokuritsudokkou / dokuritsudokko / どくりつどっこう (noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) self-reliance; acting according to one's own ideas and beliefs


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 dokuritsujison / どくりつじそん (yoji) independence and self-reliance


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zì lì gēng shēng / zi4 li4 geng1 sheng1
tzu li keng sheng
 jirikikousei / jirikikose / じりきこうせい
regeneration through one's own effort (idiom); self-reliance
(noun/participle) (yoji) working out one's salvation by own efforts; rehabilitating oneself by one's own efforts; rectifying one's ways of life without relying on others' help


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 jirikihongan / じりきほんがん (noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) salvation by one's own efforts; self-reliance


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 jidoujiritsushienshisetsu / jidojiritsushienshisetsu / じどうじりつしえんしせつ children's self-reliance support facility

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