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Self-Reliance in Chinese / Japanese...

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 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.

Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart

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

自尊心 is a Japanese and Korean word that 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


 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

Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself

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

獨立獨步 is a Japanese proverb that, Dokuritsu-Doppo, is an indication of independence, self-reliance, standing on one's own two feet, or making one's way in life.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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(n,vs,vi) (1) independence; self-reliance; supporting oneself; being on one's own; (n,vs,vi) (2) independence (e.g. of a nation); freedom; (n,vs,vi) (3) separation; isolation


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zì shì
    zi4 shi4
tzu shih

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self-esteem; self-reliance; overconfident; conceited


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(1) (kana only) (See 主体思想) Juche (North Korean political ideology) (kor:); self-reliance; (2) (kana only) Juche (North Korean calendar) (kor:)


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 doppo; dokuho(ok)
    どっぽ; どくほ(ok)
(n,vs,vi) (1) walking alone; walking without assistance; (n,vs,vi) (2) self-reliance; being independent; (can be adjective with の) (3) unique; matchless; unparalleled; unequaled; unrivaled; unchallenged; peerless; (given name) Doppo


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 dokkou / dokko
(n,vs,vi) (1) going alone; travelling alone; solitary journey; (n,vs,vi) (2) self-reliance; acting independently; doing by oneself; (personal name) Tokuyuki


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(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
independent; to act for oneself; autonomous
(noun/participle) independence; autonomy; self-reliance


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zì zhù
    zi4 zhu4
tzu chu
self-help; self-reliance; (given name) Jisuke


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zì lì
    zi4 li4
tzu li
independent; self-reliant; self-sustaining; to stand on one's own feet; to support oneself
(n,vs,vi,adj-no) independence; self-reliance; (given name) Yoritatsu


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spirit of self-reliance; feeling of independence


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(noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) self-reliance; self-help


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 dokuritsudokkou / dokuritsudokko
(noun - becomes adjective with の) self-reliance; acting according to one's own ideas and beliefs


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(yoji) independence and self-reliance


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zì lì gēng shēng
    zi4 li4 geng1 sheng1
tzu li keng sheng
 jirikikousei / jirikikose
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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(noun - becomes adjective with の) salvation by one's own efforts; self-reliance


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 jidoujiritsushienshisetsu / jidojiritsushienshisetsu
children's self-reliance support facility

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
dokuritsudú lì / du2 li4 / du li / dulitu li / tuli
Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart
自尊心ji son shin
zì zūn xīn
zi4 zun1 xin1
zi zun xin
tzu tsun hsin
Self-Reliance自恃zì shì / zi4 shi4 / zi shi / zishitzu shih / tzushih
Standing by Oneself
Walking by Oneself
do kuritsu do ppo
do kuritsu do po
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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