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  1. The Middle Way

  2. English / Briton / Person from England

  3. Morera

  4. Beautiful Princess

  5. Strength and Honor

  6. Silent Warrior

  7. Serendipity / Nice Coincidence

  8. Serendipity / Chance Discovery

  9. Peace of Mind

10. Hapkido


The Middle Way

China zhōng dào
Japan chuu dou
The Middle Way Vertical Wall Scroll

In the most basic translation, this means road through the middle, or middle road.

The expanded meaning can be moderation, golden mean.

But if you are looking for this title, you are probably seeking the Buddhist definition, which is more complex.

中道 is the middle way or middle path of Buddhism. 中道 has various interpretations. In general, it denotes the mean between two extremes and has special reference to the mean between realism and nihilism, or eternal substantial existence and annihilation.

The Buddha teaches that one should not take things to extremes. Don't be extremely evil, and engage in debauchery and murder. But do not spend every waking out trying to be a perfect saint. Instead, take the middle path, try to help others, show loving kindness wherever you can, try not to do harm. If you do inadvertently harm another being, make amends if you can, and move on. Realize you are not perfect, but in time, a path of moderation lead toward proper living and enlightenment.

English / Briton / Person from England

China yīng guó rén
Japan ei koku jin
English / Briton / Person from England Vertical Wall Scroll

英國人 is the traditional Chinese and Japanese way to write British person, Briton, English person, Englishman, Englishwoman, etc.

In modern Japan, the middle character has been simplified making it 英国人. This same simplification is used in mainland China as well.

Morera

(second version)
China mò léi lā
Morera Vertical Wall Scroll

莫雷拉 is another way to transliterate Morera. This version is commonly used but the middle character has an "L" sound instead of an "R." These two sounds are often enterchanged in Asian languages. It's not a bad transliteration, it just sounds a bit like "Molela" instead of Morera.

Beautiful Princess

China měi lì de gōng zhǔ
Beautiful Princess Vertical Wall Scroll

美麗的公主 is how to write beautiful princess in Chinese. The first two characters mean feminine beauty, or rather a way to say beautiful that only applies to women. The middle character is just a connecting character. The last two characters mean princess.


See Also:  Queen

Strength and Honor

China lì liàng yǔ róng yù
Strength and Honor Vertical Wall Scroll

力量與榮譽 is, "strength and honor" in Chinese.

The first two characters are usually understood as (physical) strength but can also mean power or force.

The middle character is a connecting particle like, "and."

The last two characters are a way to say, honor but can also be understood as honorable reputation, honorary, or glory.

Silent Warrior

China chén mò de wǔ shì
Silent Warrior Vertical Wall Scroll

沉默的武士 is a way to write "silent warrior" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean "silent."

The middle character is a connecting or possessive particle.

The last two characters mean "warrior."

Serendipity / Nice Coincidence

Japan Su teki na guu zen
Serendipity / Nice Coincidence Vertical Wall Scroll

素敵な偶然 is a common way to express serendipity in Japanese.

The first two characters mean nice, lovely, dreamy, beautiful, great, fantastic, superb, or cool.

In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character that serves to connect these words/ideas together.

The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

Serendipity / Chance Discovery

Japan guuzen no hakken
Serendipity / Chance Discovery Vertical Wall Scroll

偶然の発見 is a way to express serendipity in Japanese. This title is more about discovery by chance like the melting candy bar in a Bell radar/communications laboratory that led to the invention of the microwave oven.

The first two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

In the middle is a possessive article that connects these words/ideas together.

The last two Kanji mean discovery, detection, or finding.

Peace of Mind

(five character version)
China nèi xīn de níng jìng
Peace of Mind Vertical Wall Scroll

內心的寧靜 is the longer way to express the idea of "peace of mind" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean heart or "innermost being."
The middle character is a connecting modifier.
The last two characters mean peace, tranquility, or serenity.

Some may also translate this as "inner peace" but I like our other inner-peace options for that idea.

This kind of makes sense in Korean but will have an archaic read - even by those who can understand Korean Hanja.

Hapkido

Korean Martial Art of re-directing force
China hé qì dào
Japan ai ki do
Hapkido Vertical Wall Scroll

Hapkido is a mostly-defensive martial art of Korea. It has some connection to Aikido of Japan. In fact, they are written with the same characters in both languages. However, it should be noted that the Korean Hanja characters shown here are the traditional Chinese form - but in modern Japan, the middle character was slightly simplified.
Note: You can consider this to be the older Japanese written form of Aikido. Titles on older books and signs about Aikido use this form.

The connection between Japanese Aikido and Korean Hapkido is a bit muddled in history. 合氣道 is probably due to the relationship between the two countries - especially during WWII when many Koreans became virtual slaves for the Japanese (many Koreans are still bitter about that, so many things were disassociated from having any Japanese origin).

Looking at the characters, the first means "union" or "harmony."
The second character means "universal energy" or "spirit."
The third means "way" or "method."
One way to translate this into English is "Harmonizing Energy Method." This makes since, as Hapkido has more to do with redirecting energy, rather that fighting with strength against strength.

More Hapkido info

More notes:
1. Sometimes Hapkido is Romanized as "hap ki do," "hapki-do" "hab gi do" or "hapgido."

2. Korean Hanja characters are actually Chinese characters that usually hold the same meaning in both languages. There was a time when these characters were the standard and only written form of Korean. The development of modern Korean Hangul characters is a somewhat recent event in the greater scope of history. There was a time when Chinese characters were the written form of many languages in places known in modern times as North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, and a significant portion of Malaysia. Even today, more people in the world can read Chinese characters than can read English.

3. While these Korean Hanja characters can be pronounced in Chinese, this word is not well-known in China and is not considered part of the Chinese lexicon.

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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
The Middle Way中道chuu dou / chuudou / chu do / chudozhōng dào
zhong1 dao4
zhong dao
zhongdao
chung tao
chungtao
English
Briton
Person from England
英國人
英国人
ei koku jin
eikokujin
yīng guó rén
ying1 guo2 ren2
ying guo ren
yingguoren
ying kuo jen
yingkuojen
Morera莫雷拉mò léi lā
mo4 lei2 la1
mo lei la
moleila
Beautiful Princess美麗的公主
美丽的公主
měi lì de gōng zhǔ
mei3 li4 de gong1 zhu3
mei li de gong zhu
meilidegongzhu
mei li te kung chu
meilitekungchu
Strength and Honor力量與榮譽
力量与荣誉
lì liàng yǔ róng yù
li4 liang4 yu3 rong2 yu4
li liang yu rong yu
liliangyurongyu
li liang yü jung yü
liliangyüjungyü
Silent Warrior沉默的武士chén mò de wǔ shì
chen2 mo4 de wu3 shi4
chen mo de wu shi
chenmodewushi
ch`en mo te wu shih
chenmotewushih
chen mo te wu shih
Serendipity
Nice Coincidence
素敵な偶然Su teki na guu zen
Sutekinaguuzen
Su teki na gu zen
Sutekinaguzen
Serendipity
Chance Discovery
偶然の発見guuzen no hakken
guuzennohakken
guzen no haken
guzennohaken
Peace of Mind內心的寧靜
内心的宁静
nèi xīn de níng jìng
nei4 xin1 de ning2 jing4
nei xin de ning jing
neixindeningjing
nei hsin te ning ching
neihsinteningching
Hapkido合氣道
合气道
ai ki do / aikidohé qì dào
he2 qi4 dao4
he qi dao
heqidao
ho ch`i tao
hochitao
ho chi tao
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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