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China má què
Japan maa jan
Sparrow Vertical Wall Scroll

麻雀 is the common and specific name for a hemp sparrow bird in Chinese.

This was also the original name for the game known commonly as Mahjong. You will still see boxes of Mahjong tiles with the title 麻雀 for sparrow instead of the modern 麻將 in Southern China. This title is also used for Mahjong in Japan.


China què
Japan chie / suzume
Sparrow Vertical Wall Scroll

雀 is the shortest way to say small bird, or sparrow in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

In Chinese, this can also be a colloquial way to speak of a freckle.

In Japanese, it's a nickname for a talkative person - not a bad thing, as it can also be a knowledgeable person

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Mandarin què // qiāo / que4 // qiao1
Taiwan ch`üeh // ch`iao / chüeh // chiao
Japanese suzume(p);suzume / すずめ(P);スズメ
Sparrow Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese small bird; sparrow; also pr. [qiao3]; a freckle; lentigo
Japanese (1) tree sparrow (Passer montanus); (2) talkative person; knowledgeable person; (surname) Chie; (surname, female given name) Suzume; (surname) Jaku; (surname) Sasagi; (surname) Sasaki
a sparrow; a sparrow


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Mandarin má què / ma2 que4
Taiwan ma ch`üeh / ma chüeh
Japanese maajan(p);maajan(ik);maajan(ik) / majan(p);majan(ik);majan(ik) / マージャン(P);まーじゃん(ik);まあじゃん(ik)
Sparrow Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese sparrow; (dialect) mahjong
Japanese mahjong (chi:); mah-jongg

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Mandarin suí / sui2
Taiwan sui
Chinese sparrow; revolve; place name

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Mandarin yào / yao4
Taiwan yao
Japanese haitaka;hashitaka;hashibami;haitaka / はいたか;はしたか;はしばみ;ハイタカ
Chinese sparrow hawk; Accipiter nisus
Japanese (kana only) Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

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Mandarin zhān / zhan1
Taiwan chan
Chinese sparrow hawk; swift


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Japanese iesuzume;iesuzume / いえすずめ;イエスズメ Japanese (kana only) house sparrow (Passer domesticus)


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Japanese kansuzume / かんすずめ Japanese winter sparrow (said to be tasty and having healing properties); sparrow in winter


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Japanese bunchou / buncho / ぶんちょう Japanese Java sparrow; Java rice finch (Lonchura oryzivora, Padda oryzivora); (given name) Bunchou


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Mandarin shí què / shi2 que4
Taiwan shih ch`üeh / shih chüeh
Japanese sekijaku / せきじゃく
Chinese (bird species of China) rock sparrow (Petronia petronia)
Japanese (given name) Sekijaku


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Japanese jakura / じゃくら Japanese sparrow net


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Japanese koujaku / kojaku / こうじゃく Japanese (See 雀・1) tree sparrow (Passer montanus)


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Japanese suzume / スズメ Japanese (1) tree sparrow (Passer montanus); (2) talkative person; knowledgeable person; (female given name) Suzume


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Japanese nyuunaisuzume;nyuunaisuzume / nyunaisuzume;nyunaisuzume / にゅうないすずめ;ニュウナイスズメ Japanese (kana only) russet sparrow (Passer rutilans); cinnamon sparrow



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Mandarin jiā qiǎo r / jia1 qiao3 r5
Taiwan chia ch`iao r / chia chiao r
Chinese (coll.) sparrow


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Mandarin jiā má què / jia1 ma2 que4
Taiwan chia ma ch`üeh / chia ma chüeh
Chinese (bird species of China) house sparrow (Passer domesticus)


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Mandarin shān má què / shan1 ma2 que4
Taiwan shan ma ch`üeh / shan ma chüeh
Chinese (bird species of China) russet sparrow (Passer rutilans)



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Mandarin shù má què / shu4 ma2 que4
Taiwan shu ma ch`üeh / shu ma chüeh
Chinese (bird species of China) Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus)


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Japanese takenisuzume / たけにすずめ Japanese (expression) (1) (idiom) going well together; good combination; (2) family crest featuring a ring of bamboo with a sparrow in the middle; (3) design featuring bamboo and sparrows (motif in Japanese painting)



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Mandarin lǎo jiā zéi / lao3 jia1 zei2
Taiwan lao chia tsei
Chinese (dialect) sparrow



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Mandarin zhē zhā jiā / zhe1 zha1 jia1
Taiwan che cha chia
Japanese shataka
cāṭaka, a sparrow; the bird Cuculus melanoleucus, which is supposed only to drink falling rain.


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Japanese suzumenoko / すずめのこ Japanese sparrow chick (kigo)


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Japanese suzumenonamida / すずめのなみだ Japanese (exp,n) drop in the bucket; very small quantity; chicken feed; insignificant amount; sparrow tears



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Mandarin yàn què wū què / yan4 que4 wu1 que4
Taiwan yen ch`üeh wu ch`üeh / yen chüeh wu chüeh
Chinese lit. sparrow and swallow, crow and magpie; fig. any Tom, Dick or Harry; a bunch of nobodies



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Mandarin yàn què xiàng hè / yan4 que4 xiang4 he4
Taiwan yen ch`üeh hsiang ho / yen chüeh hsiang ho
Chinese lit. sparrow and swallow's congratulation (idiom); fig. to congratulate sb on completion of a building project; congratulations on your new house!


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Japanese enjakukoukoku / enjakukokoku / えんじゃくこうこく Japanese (expression) (yoji) How can a small bird (a sparrow, a petty person) understand the aspirations of a great bird (a phoenix); Only a hero can understand a hero


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Mandarin zhǎo wā hé què / zhao3 wa1 he2 que4
Taiwan chao wa ho ch`üeh / chao wa ho chüeh
Chinese (bird species of China) Java sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora)


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Mandarin jiě pōu má què / jie3 pou1 ma2 que4
Taiwan chieh p`ou ma ch`üeh / chieh pou ma chüeh
Chinese lit. to dissect a sparrow; fig. a preliminary test on a small sample



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Mandarin jiā líng pín jiā / jia1 ling2 pin2 jia1
Taiwan chia ling p`in chia / chia ling pin chia
Japanese karyoubinga / karyobinga / かりょうびんが
Japanese (Buddhist term) kalavinka (san:); imaginary bird in paradise that sings sweet notes
(迦陵伽) kalaviṅka. A bird described as having a melodious voice, found in the valleys of the Himalayas. M.W. says 'a sparrow'. It may be the kalandaka, or kokila, the cuckoo. It 'sings in the shell' before hatching out. Other forms are 迦陵頻伽鳥, 迦蘭伽 (or 迦蘭頻伽 or 迦毘伽 or迦毘頻伽); 迦毘伽 (or 迦毘伽羅); 迦尾羅; 羯羅尾羅; 羯毘伽羅 (or 鶡鵯伽羅), etc.


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Japanese monzenjakura / もんぜんじゃくら Japanese (yoji) (a house) looking deserted with few visitors; sparrow net in front of the gate


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Mandarin hēi xiōng má què / hei1 xiong1 ma2 que4
Taiwan hei hsiung ma ch`üeh / hei hsiung ma chüeh
Chinese (bird species of China) Spanish sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

Search for Sparrow in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Sparrow麻雀maa jan / maajan / ma jan / majanmá què / ma2 que4 / ma que / maquema ch`üeh / machüeh / ma chüeh
Sparrowchie / suzumequè / que4 / quech`üeh / chüeh

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