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Tenacious in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Tenacious / Tenacity

  2. Determination to Achieve / Will-Power

  3. Will-Power / Self-Control

  4. Persistence

  5. Patience / Perseverance

  6. Industrious / Hard Working

  7. Dedication

  8. Perseverance

  9. Determination

10. Relentless / Stubborn


Tenacious / Tenacity

wán qiáng
gan kyou
Tenacious / Tenacity Scroll

These two characters together mean "Tenacious", "Hard to Defeat", or "Dogged".

Alone, the first character means mischievous, obstinate or stubborn. But it loses some of the mischievous meaning when the second character is added.

The second character means strength, force, powerful or better.


See Also:  Determination | Dedication | Devotion | Never Give Up

Determination to Achieve / Will-Power

yì zhì
ishi
Determination to Achieve / Will-Power Scroll

This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese word means, "determination to achieve". It can also be translated as: will; willpower; determination; volition; intention; intent.

In Japanese, this can also be the given name Ishi.

Will-Power / Self-Control

yì zhì lì
ishi ryoku
Will-Power / Self-Control Scroll

意志力 is the form of will power or self-control is about having the determination or tenacity to keep going.

In Japanese, this is the power of will, strength of will, volition, intention, intent, or determination.

Persistence

gù zhí
koshuu
Persistence Scroll

固執 can also mean "opinionated" or "stubborn", in Chinese and Japanese but in the nicest way possible (still bad).

This just means "stubborn" in Korean (not a good scroll if your audience is Korean, in fact, we don't recommend this word at all). There are better ways to express this idea, such as tenacious or perseverance... ...see links below...


See Also:  Fortitude | Perseverance

Patience / Perseverance

rěn
nin
Patience / Perseverance Scroll

忍 contains the ideas of patience, equanimity, perseverance, forbearance, and endurance. Alone, this single character can be a bit ambiguous or flexible. It can also mean to endure, to bear, to put up with or to conceal. If you want to simply decide what this character means to you within the general meaning but keep it a mystery to others, this is a good choice.

If you want to be more direct, you may want to choose one of our other selections that mean perseverance or patience (you will see this character within those larger words/phrases).

There is a secondary meaning in Japanese, since this is the first character of the word ninja.

忍Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write it in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it's just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).


See Also:  Perseverance | Patience

Industrious / Hard Working

ài gǎng jìng yè
Industrious / Hard Working Scroll

Used to refer to someone who puts forth maximum effort and achieves much.

We might call this kind of person a "go-getter" in English.


See Also:  Dedication | Devotion

Dedication

Dedicated to One Thing
zhuān yòng
Dedication Scroll

專用 is the kind of dedication you might have to your job, or a person.

Trivia: It is the same word used as an adjective in front of the word for "network" to say "dedicated network" in Chinese.

Please note: While this is a word in Korean, the meaning is private or "exclusive use". So this is best if your audience is Chinese.


See Also:  Devotion | Passion | Commitment

Dedication

sennen
Dedication Scroll

専念 is the Japanese word for dedication.

It means "give undivided attention" or "devote oneself to (something)".

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


See Also:  Devotion | Passion | Commitment

Perseverance

jiān rèn bù bá
Perseverance Scroll

Perseverance is being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don't give up...you keep going. Like a strong ship in a storm, you don't become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.

The translation of this proverb literally means, "something so persistent or steadfast, that it is not uprootable / movable / surpassable".


See Also:   Devotion | Persistence | Indomitable

Determination

jué xīn
kesshin
Determination Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word holds the dictionary definition of "determination" but literally means, "determined heart".

The first character means "to determine" or "determined".

The second character means "heart", "mind" or "soul", so you can imagine that this form of "determination" partially means to put your heart into something. It can also be translated as resolve, resolution, or decision (as in a decision made and followed).


See Also:  Devotion | Passion | Dedication | Will-Power

Relentless / Stubborn

zhí niù
shitsu you
Relentless / Stubborn Scroll

執拗 means relentless or stubborn in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

It can also be translated as: willful; pigheaded; persistent; obstinate; tenacious; insistent; importunate; persevering.


This is a rather negative word. it’s really inappropriate for a wall scroll, so please don’t order this unless you really want to shock Asian people who see it.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Tenacious
Tenacity
頑強
顽强
gan kyou / gankyou / gan kyo / gankyowán qiáng
wan2 qiang2
wan qiang
wanqiang
wan ch`iang
wanchiang
wan chiang
Determination to Achieve
Will-Power
意志ishiyì zhì / yi4 zhi4 / yi zhi / yizhii chih / ichih
Will-Power
Self-Control
意志力ishi ryoku / ishiryokuyì zhì lì
yi4 zhi4 li4
yi zhi li
yizhili
i chih li
ichihli
Persistence固執
固执
koshuu / koshugù zhí / gu4 zhi2 / gu zhi / guzhiku chih / kuchih
Patience
Perseverance
ninrěn / ren3 / renjen
Industrious
Hard Working
愛崗敬業
爱岗敬业
ài gǎng jìng yè
ai4 gang3 jing4 ye4
ai gang jing ye
aigangjingye
ai kang ching yeh
aikangchingyeh
Dedication專用
专用
zhuān yòng
zhuan1 yong4
zhuan yong
zhuanyong
chuan yung
chuanyung
Dedication専唸
専念
sennen
Perseverance堅韌不拔
坚韧不拔
jiān rèn bù bá
jian1 ren4 bu4 ba2
jian ren bu ba
jianrenbuba
chien jen pu pa
chienjenpupa
Determination決心
决心
kesshin / keshinjué xīn / jue2 xin1 / jue xin / juexinchüeh hsin / chüehhsin
Relentless
Stubborn
執拗
执拗
shitsu you / shitsuyou / shitsu yo / shitsuyozhí niù / zhi2 niu4 / zhi niu / zhiniuchih niu / chihniu
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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Relentless / Stubborn Scroll
Relentless / Stubborn Scroll
Relentless / Stubborn Scroll
Relentless / Stubborn Scroll


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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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