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The name Swallow in Chinese / Japanese...

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Great Aspirations / Ambition

 hóng hú zhī zhì
Great Aspirations / Ambition Scroll

鴻鵠之誌 is a Chinese proverb that implies that having grand ambitions also means that others will not understand your great expectations and ideas.

Though the actual words come from a longer saying of Confucius, which goes, “The little swallows living under the eaves wouldn't understand the lofty ambitions of a swan (who flies far and wide).”

This Confucius quote has led to this idiomatic expression in China that means “think big.” What you'd be saying is “The lofty ambitions of a swan.”

Note that Chinese people sometimes refer to the little swallow as one who does not “think big” but is, instead, stuck in a rut or just leading a mundane life. Therefore, it's a compliment to be called a swan but not a good thing to be called a swallow.

 yàn
 yasushi
 
Swallow Scroll

燕 is the single character for the swallow (bird).

If you are a zoologist, this can refer to birds of the family Hirundinidae. Sometimes used to refer to Hirundo rustica (the barn swallow).

燕 is also a surname in China that is romanized as Yan. In fact, there were also several different Yan kingdoms in the ancient history of China (which is the origin of the surname).




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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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yàn
    yan4
yen
 tsubame(p); tsubakurame(ok); tsubakura(ok); tsubakuro(ok); tsubame(p)
    つばめ(P); つばくらめ(ok); つばくら(ok); つばくろ(ok); ツバメ(P)

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Swallow
swallow (family Hirundinidae); old variant of 宴[yan4]
(1) (kana only) swallow (bird of the Hirundinidae family); martin; (2) barn swallow (Hirundo rustica); (3) (See 若い燕) younger man involved with an older woman; boy toy; (given name) Yasushi

呑込む

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 nomikomu
    のみこむ
(transitive verb) (1) to gulp down; to swallow deeply; (2) to understand; to take in; to catch on to; to learn; to digest; (3) to engulf; to swallow up; (4) to be filled with (people); to be crowded; (5) to hold back from saying something; to swallow (one's words)

飲込む

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 nomikomu
    のみこむ
(transitive verb) (1) to gulp down; to swallow deeply; (2) to understand; to take in; to catch on to; to learn; to digest; (3) to engulf; to swallow up; (4) to be filled with (people); to be crowded; (5) to hold back from saying something; to swallow (one's words)

のみ込む

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 nomikomu
    のみこむ
(transitive verb) (1) to gulp down; to swallow deeply; (2) to understand; to take in; to catch on to; to learn; to digest; (3) to engulf; to swallow up; (4) to be filled with (people); to be crowded; (5) to hold back from saying something; to swallow (one's words)

呑みこむ

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 nomikomu
    のみこむ
(transitive verb) (1) to gulp down; to swallow deeply; (2) to understand; to take in; to catch on to; to learn; to digest; (3) to engulf; to swallow up; (4) to be filled with (people); to be crowded; (5) to hold back from saying something; to swallow (one's words)

呑み込む

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 nomikomu
    のみこむ
(transitive verb) (1) to gulp down; to swallow deeply; (2) to understand; to take in; to catch on to; to learn; to digest; (3) to engulf; to swallow up; (4) to be filled with (people); to be crowded; (5) to hold back from saying something; to swallow (one's words)

飲みこむ

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 nomikomu
    のみこむ
(transitive verb) (1) to gulp down; to swallow deeply; (2) to understand; to take in; to catch on to; to learn; to digest; (3) to engulf; to swallow up; (4) to be filled with (people); to be crowded; (5) to hold back from saying something; to swallow (one's words)

飲み込む

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 nomikomu
    のみこむ
(transitive verb) (1) to gulp down; to swallow deeply; (2) to understand; to take in; to catch on to; to learn; to digest; (3) to engulf; to swallow up; (4) to be filled with (people); to be crowded; (5) to hold back from saying something; to swallow (one's words)

Variations:
飲み込む(P)
呑み込む
飲みこむ
呑みこむ
のみ込む
飲込む

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 nomikomu
    のみこむ
(transitive verb) (1) to swallow; to gulp down; (transitive verb) (2) to understand; to grasp; to take in; to catch on; to learn; (transitive verb) (3) to engulf; to swallow up; (transitive verb) (4) to be filled with (people); to contain; (transitive verb) (5) to swallow (one's words); to suppress (a yawn, tears, etc.); to stifle; to hold back

Variations:
飲み込む(P)
呑み込む
飲みこむ
呑みこむ
のみ込む
飲込む
呑込む

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 nomikomu
    のみこむ
(transitive verb) (1) to gulp down; to swallow deeply; (transitive verb) (2) to understand; to take in; to catch on to; to learn; to digest; (transitive verb) (3) to engulf; to swallow up; (transitive verb) (4) to be filled with (people); to be crowded; (transitive verb) (5) to hold back from saying something; to swallow (one's words)

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tūn
    tun1
t`un
    tun
 gon
to swallow; to take
to swallow

燕子

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yàn zi
    yan4 zi5
yen tzu
 enshi
    えんし
swallow
(rare) (See 燕・1) swallow

腰赤燕

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 koshiakatsubame
    こしあかつばめ
(1) red-rumped swallow (Hirundo daurica); (2) striated swallow (Hirundo striolata)

囫圇吞下


囫囵吞下

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hú lún tūn xià
    hu2 lun2 tun1 xia4
hu lun t`un hsia
    hu lun tun hsia
to swallow whole; (fig.) to swallow (lies etc)

Variations:
鵜呑みにする
鵜のみにする

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 unominisuru
    うのみにする
(exp,vs-i) (1) (idiom) to swallow (e.g. a story); to accept without questioning; (exp,vs-i) (2) to swallow (food term) whole; to gobble up; to gulp down

Variations:
燕返し
ツバメ返し
つばめ返し
燕返(sK)

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 tsubamegaeshi
    つばめがえし
(1) quickly reversed cut (sword technique); (2) {MA} swallow counter (judo technique); swallow flight reversal; (3) {mahj} swapping one's hand with the bottom row of the nearest wall (cheating technique); (4) {mahj} completing a hand with an opponent's discarded riichi tile

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    ta4
t`a
    ta
(literary) to drink; to swallow


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yàn
    yan4
yen
to swallow
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    fu4
fu
 buku
    ぶく
classifier for medicine: dose; Taiwan pr. [fu2]
(1) (archaism) (See 喪服) mourning clothes; (2) mourning; period of mourning; (surname) Fukusaki
Submit, serve; clothing, to wear; mourning; to swallow; a dose.

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yàn
    yan4
yen
variant of 燕[yan4], swallow

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yǐn
    yin3
yin
 on
variant of 飲|饮[yin3]
To drink, swallow; to water cattle.


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ěr
    er3
erh
 esa(p); e; esa
    えさ(P); え; エサ
pastry; food; to swallow; to lure; bait; lure
(1) (animal) feed; fodder; pet food; (2) bait; lure; enticement
food

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    yi3
i
a swallow (bird)

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    yi4
i
a swallow

乳燕

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rǔ yàn
    ru3 yan4
ju yen
baby swallow

併吞


并吞

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bìng tūn
    bing4 tun1
ping t`un
    ping tun
to swallow up; to annex; to merge

侵吞

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qīn tūn
    qin1 tun1
ch`in t`un
    chin tun
to annex; to swallow (up); to embezzle

包舉


包举

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bāo jǔ
    bao1 ju3
pao chü
to summarize; to swallow up; to annex; to merge

卷裹

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juǎn guǒ
    juan3 guo3
chüan kuo
to wrap up; (fig.) to envelop; to swallow up

吞噬

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tūn shì
    tun1 shi4
t`un shih
    tun shih
to swallow; to engulf; to gobble up

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Great Aspirations
Ambition
鴻鵠之誌
鸿鹄之志
hóng hú zhī zhì
hong2 hu2 zhi1 zhi4
hong hu zhi zhi
honghuzhizhi
hung hu chih chih
hunghuchihchih
Swallowyasushiyàn / yan4 / yanyen
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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