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Smile in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Laugh / Smile

  2. Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile

  3. Happy Laughter

  4. Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs

  5. Happy

  6. Heaven Blesses the Diligent

  7. Live Laugh Love


Laugh / Smile

xiào
e / shou / wa
Laugh / Smile Scroll

笑 simply means to laugh or smile.

Notes: In some context, it can mean "ridicule" in Korean Hanja. 笑 is not often seen alone in Japanese, though it is understood.

Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile

An idiom for heart-to-heart communication
niān huá wēi xiào
nenge misho
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile Scroll

This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhist title relays the idea of "heart-to-heart communication", or "thought transference".

The literal translation is, "holding a flower and subtly smiling", or "the holding of a flower with a subtle smile". It is the visual act and emotion that communicates more volumes than words can say.

Happy Laughter

huān xiào
Happy Laughter Scroll

歡笑 translates as "happy laughter".

The first character means happy or happiness.
The second character means to laugh, laughter or smile.

Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs

dà xiào
taishou
Roar of Laughter / Big Laughs Scroll

This can be translated as "roar of laughter", "loud laughter", "hearty laugh" or "cachinnation".

The first character means big or great, and the second character means laugh or smile.

If you like humor, this is a great wall scroll to hang in your home.


See Also:  The Whole Room Rocks With Laughter

xīn
kin
Happy Scroll

欣 is the type of happiness that you feel on the inside. It is the feeling of being released and delighted as well as being in a state of contentment. 欣 is a more internal happiness that perhaps only shows by the smile on your face. It can also be translated as "to take pleasure in" or "to rejoice".

Note: 欣 is often used in compound words - especially in Korean Hanja.
As Japanese Kanji, this is so rare, that most Japanese people are not aware of its existence.


See Also:  Happiness

Heaven Blesses the Diligent

tiān dào chóu qín
Heaven Blesses the Diligent Scroll

This can be interpreted a few different ways:
God blesses those who work hard.
It is the way of Heaven to smile on the diligent.
God will reward those that are worthy.
Heaven blesses those who are diligent.

Whichever translation you like, a scroll like this on your wall may serve as a reminder to work hard because your diligence will pay off both in this life and the next.


Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.

Live Laugh Love

xiào ài shēng huó
Live Laugh Love Scroll

In English, the word order shown in the title is the most natural or popular. In Chinese, the natural order is a little different:

The first character means laugh (sometimes means smile).

The second character means love.

The last two characters mean "live" as in "to be alive" or "pursue life".

Please note: 笑愛生活 is not a normal phrase, in that it does not have a subject, verb, and object. It is a word list. Word lists are not common in Asian languages/grammar (at least not as normal as they are in English). We only added this entry because so many people requested it.

We put the characters in the order shown above, as it almost makes a single word with the meaning, "A life of laughter and love". It's a made-up word but it sounds good in Chinese.


We removed the Japanese pronunciation guide from this entry, as the professional Japanese translator deemed it "near nonsense" from a Japanese perspective. Choose this only if your audience is Chinese and you want the fewest-possible characters to express this idea.

In Korean, this would be 소애생활 or "so ae saeng hwar" but I have not confirmed that this makes sense in Korean.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Laugh
Smile
e / shou / wa
e / sho / wa
e / sho / wa
xiào / xiao4 / xiaohsiao
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile拈華微笑
拈华微笑
nenge misho
nengemisho
niān huá wēi xiào
nian1 hua2 wei1 xiao4
nian hua wei xiao
nianhuaweixiao
nien hua wei hsiao
nienhuaweihsiao
Happy Laughter歡笑
欢笑
huān xiào
huan1 xiao4
huan xiao
huanxiao
huan hsiao
huanhsiao
Roar of Laughter
Big Laughs
大笑taishou / taishodà xiào / da4 xiao4 / da xiao / daxiaota hsiao / tahsiao
Happykinxīn / xin1 / xinhsin
Heaven Blesses the Diligent天道酬勤tiān dào chóu qín
tian1 dao4 chou2 qin2
tian dao chou qin
tiandaochouqin
t`ien tao ch`ou ch`in
tientaochouchin
tien tao chou chin
Live Laugh Love笑愛生活
笑爱生活
xiào ài shēng huó
xiao4 ai4 sheng1 huo2
xiao ai sheng huo
xiaoaishenghuo
hsiao ai sheng huo
hsiaoaishenghuo
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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Live Laugh Love Scroll
Live Laugh Love Scroll
Live Laugh Love Scroll
Live Laugh Love Scroll


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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.

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