Sensei in Chinese / Japanese...

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Sensei / Master / Teacher / Mister

xiān shēng
sen sei
Sensei / Master / Teacher / Mister Scroll

先生 is sensei, which is associated in the west with a master or instructor of karate, aikido, judo, and other Japanese martial arts.

In reality, this is a term of respect for almost any professional or skilled person (doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc). In some cases, it is used for musicians and artists who have achieved a certain level of fame, skill, or accomplishment.

It should be noted that this is also a courtesy title in Chinese but more like calling someone "mister" or "gentleman". It doesn't really have the "master" or "teacher" meaning in Chinese - see our Chinese "Master / Sifu / Shi Fu" entry if your audience is Chinese.

In Korean Hanja, this means teacher, instructor, schoolmaster, or schoolmistress.

This entry is more for educational purposes. 先生 is kind of a strange thing to put on a wall scroll. It's a title that is used more orally to show respect, rather than something written in calligraphy. If you feel that it is appropriate in your circumstances, we are very willing to create a piece of sensei Japanese calligraphy artwork for you.

zhǐ dǎo yuán
Shidoin Scroll

指導員 means instructor, coach, or advisor.

指導員 is similar to Sensei, but not a typical choice for custom calligraphy.

shi dou shi
Shidoshi Scroll

A shidōshi or 士道師, translated directly, is a teacher of the chivalrous way or samurai code.

Practitioners from the Bujinkan school of martial arts use this term (in lieu of "sensei") for licensed teachers.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your sensei search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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 sensei / sense
(surname) Sensei


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 sensei / sense
(n,vs,vt,adj-no) head start; initiative; preemption



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xiān shèng
    xian1 sheng4
hsien sheng
 sensei / sense
ancient sage (esp. Confucius)
sages of yore


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xuān shì
    xuan1 shi4
hsüan shih
 sensei / sense
to swear an oath (of office); to make a vow
(noun, transitive verb) oath; abjuration; pledge


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 sensei / sense
(n,vs,adj-no) despotism; autocracy


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 sensei / sense
(See 専制政治) autocracy


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 sensei / sense
(n,vs,adj-no) despotism; autocracy



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qián shì
    qian2 shi4
ch`ien shih
    chien shih
to die


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 sensei / sense
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (obscure) (See 劣性・1) recessiveness


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 sensei / sense
(personal name) Sensei


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 sensei / sense
cicada singing


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xiá xī
    xia2 xi1
hsia hsi
 sensei / sense
Shaanxi; erroneous variant of 陝西|陕西 Shaanxi
(place-name) Shaanxi (China); Shensi



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shǎn xī
    shan3 xi1
shan hsi
 sensei / sense
Shaanxi province (Shensi) in northwest China, abbr. 陝|陕[Shan3] or 秦[Qin2], capital Xi'an 西安[Xi1 an1]
(place-name) Shaanxi (China); Shensi


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xuān zhèng yuàn
    xuan1 zheng4 yuan4
hsüan cheng yüan
 sensei in
Bureau of Religious Affairs


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 sensei / sense
(n,vs,adj-no) despotism; autocracy


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 senseitoiwareruhodonobakadenashi / sensetoiwareruhodonobakadenashi
(expression) (See 先生・せんせい・2) I don't fall for flattery; (I'm) not so stupid that being called "sensei" (makes me feel good)

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
先生sen sei / senseixiān shēng
xian1 sheng1
xian sheng
hsien sheng
shidouin / shidoinzhǐ dǎo yuán
zhi3 dao3 yuan2
zhi dao yuan
chih tao yüan
shi dou shi
shi do shi
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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Shidoshi Scroll
Shidoshi Scroll
Shidoshi Scroll
Shidoshi Scroll

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Shidoshi Vertical Portrait

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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

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

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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