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Shodan in Chinese / Japanese...

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sho dan
Shodan Scroll

This Japanese Kanji word literally means, "beginning degree". 初段 is the lowest black belt rank in Japanese martial arts and the game of Go.

The first Kanji means first, new, or beginning in Japanese.

Other ways to translate this title include, "lowest grade" or "first grade".

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)
Shodan初段sho dan / shodan

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 shodan / しょだん
Shodan Scroll
first rank in the senior class (in martial arts, go, etc.); lowest rank; one dan


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 shodan / しょだん (noun/participle) (1) judgement; judgment; (noun/participle) (2) carrying out a sentence (e.g. execution)



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shāng tán / shang1 tan2
shang t`an / shang tan
 shoudan / shodan / しょうだん
to confer; to discuss; to engage in talks
(noun/participle) business discussion; negotiation


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xiǎo duàn / xiao3 duan4
hsiao tuan
 shōdan / こだん
(surname) Kodan
minor classifications



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suǒ duàn / suo3 duan4
so tuan
that which is cut


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 shoudan / shodan / しょうだん (noun/participle) promotion



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zhèng duàn / zheng4 duan4
cheng tuan
correctly eliminating


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 shoudan / shodan / しょうだん (See 段落・1) paragraph



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xiào tán / xiao4 tan2
hsiao t`an / hsiao tan
 shoudan / shodan / しょうだん
object of ridicule; laughingstock; to laugh over something; to make light chat
(noun/participle) (1) pleasant chat; talking amiably; laughing over; (noun/participle) (2) (See 冗談・じょうだん) funny story; jest; joke



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zhàng duàn / zhang4 duan4
chang tuan
to eliminate hindrances



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sì zhèng duàn / si4 zheng4 duan4
ssu cheng tuan
 shi shōdan
four kinds of correct elimination



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jiàn suǒ duàn / jian4 suo3 duan4
chien so tuan
 ken shodan
eliminated in the path of seeing



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xiū dào suǒ duàn / xiu1 dao4 suo3 duan4
hsiu tao so tuan
 shudō shodan
(afflictions) eliminated in the path of cultivation



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jiàn xiū suǒ duàn / jian4 xiu1 suo3 duan4
chien hsiu so tuan
 kenshu shodan
[the afflictions] that are eliminated in the path of seeing and the path of cultivation



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jiàn suǒ duàn huò / jian4 suo3 duan4 huo4
chien so tuan huo
 ken shodan waku
afflictions that are eliminated in the path of seeing



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jiàn suǒ duàn fǎ / jian4 suo3 duan4 fa3
chien so tuan fa
 ken shodan
factors eliminated in the path of seeing



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jiàn dào suǒ duàn / jian4 dao4 suo3 duan4
chien tao so tuan
 kendō shodan
eliminated during the path of seeing



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zhū tán fú shòu / zhu1 tan2 fu2 shou4
chu t`an fu shou / chu tan fu shou
 shodan fukuju
may all patrons live long and prosper

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