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Wave in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Wave

  2. Big Wave

  3. The Way of the Wave

  4. Tsunami / Tidal Wave

  5. Storm

  6. Rain

  7. Storm / Windstorm

  8. Carry On, Undaunted

  9. Beau

10. No Limitations

11. Chung Do Kwan

12. Inspiration


nami
Wave Scroll

波 is the most simple way to express wave in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.

This single character means wave. In Japanese, this is pronounced "nami" which is the same "nami" as used in the word "tsunami" (harbor wave).

bō làng
harou
Wave Scroll

If you like to ride a surf board, and/or "The Way of the Wave" is your life, this could the scroll for you.

The additional meanings contained in these characters include ripple, storm, surge, breaker, wandering and unrestrained.

Big Wave

tāo
nami
Big Wave Scroll

濤 is the Chinese character for "Big Wave".

It suggests a wave unlike most, strong and powerful.

濤 is technically also a Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja but it's not commonly used in those Asian languages. Pronunciation in Japanese and Korean provided above for reference only. Just order this if your audience is Chinese.

The Way of the Wave

nami no michi
The Way of the Wave Scroll

波の道 is the simple way to write "The Way of the Wave" in Japanese.

I added this at the request of several customers. 波の道 is not a very common Japanese phrase.

波 = Wave
の = Of
道 = Way
The word order is the opposite of English. Most Japanese phrases that end in "の道" are translated to English as "The Way of..".

Technically, you could write "波道" as a shorter version of "The Way of the Wave". However, without context, 波道 can mean channel or suggest a path to redirect ocean flow.

The Way of the Wave

The Tao of the Waves
làng zhī dào
The Way of the Wave Scroll

浪之道 is a great title for a surfer whose lifestyle is entwined with the surf and waves.

This can be translated a few different ways:
The Way of the Wave
The Dao of the Wave
The Tao of the Waves
Note: Dao and Tao are the same character, just sometimes romanized differently.

Tsunami / Tidal Wave

tsunami
Tsunami / Tidal Wave Scroll

津波 is the most common way to write tsunami in Japanese.

This version should be considered "Japanese only", as it's very uncommon to see this version used in Chinese.


Note: Can also be the surname Tsuwa in Japanese.

Tsunami / Tidal Wave

hǎi xiào
tsunami
Tsunami / Tidal Wave Scroll

海嘯 is a common way to write tsunami in Japanese and Chinese (there's more than one way to write the same word).


Note: Can also be written as 津波, 海嘯 or 海啸.

Tsunami / Tidal Wave

jīn làng
tsunami
Tsunami / Tidal Wave Scroll

津浪 is another way to write tsunami in Japanese and Chinese (there's more than one way to write the same word).


Note: Can also be the surname Tsuha in Japanese.

fēng bào
Storm Scroll

風暴 is the Chinese word for storm.

If the meaning of storm is somehow important or significant to you, these are the characters you want.

The first character means wind, and the second means violent or sudden.


Note: This would be understood in Korean Hanja, however, Koreans would generally use these characters in reverse order.


See Also:  Rain

ame
Rain Scroll

雨 is how to write "rain" in Chinese. If rain is your name or has some significance to you in your life, this is the character you want.

If your name is Varṣā or Varsha, this is how you name translates into Chinese.


See Also:  Storm | Water

Storm / Windstorm

Best for Japanese audience
bào fēng
baku fuu / bou fuu / arashi
Storm / Windstorm Scroll

暴風 is the Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja word for storm (can also mean gale, tempest, typhoon, hurricane, gale, violent wind, or windstorm - especially in Korean and Chinese).

If the meaning of storm is somehow important or significant to you, these are the Kanji you want.

The first Kanji means violent or sudden. The second Kanji means wind.

This also means storm in Chinese but more in regards to a wind storm than a general storm. It's about the same for this word in Korean.


See Also:  Rain | Wind

Carry On, Undaunted

qián fù hòu jì
Carry On, Undaunted Scroll

This Chinese proverb figuratively means, "to advance dauntlessly in wave upon wave".

It suggests that you should or can carry on, and have the strength to keep going.

While this proverb is a little bit militaristic, it suggests that in spite of a fallen comrade (or perhaps a loved one), you should keep going and work towards the goal they intended.

Beau Scroll

波 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Beau.

This Chinese character means "wave".

No Limitations

màn lán
man ran
No Limitations Scroll

漫瀾 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for, "Having no boundaries or limitations".

This literally talks of the vastness of an ocean or river.

Character breakdown:
漫 = free; unrestrained; to inundate; overflowing; boundless.
澜 = swelling water; large wave.

Chung Do Kwan

Chung Do Kwan Scroll

靑濤館 is the Korean martial arts style, Chung Do Kwan, meaning, "Blue Wave School".

If you want this in modern Korean Hangul characters, click on the Hangul next to the Korean flag above instead of the button above.

Also Romanized as "Cheong Do Gwan" or "Ch'ŏng Do Kwan".

Inspiration

líng gǎn
reikan
Inspiration Scroll

靈感 is the Chinese word that is the closest to hitting the mark for the English word inspiration.

In a more extended context, I have even seen this translated as "brain wave".

The first character means alert, departed soul, efficacious, quick, effective or intelligence.
The second character means to feel, to move, to touch or to affect.
The combined meaning of these two characters changes a bit but I think it's nice to know the individual meanings to give you a better understanding of where a word comes from.

You could describe this word as, "the thought that pops into your head just before you patent the greatest widget ever invented, that everyone in the world will want".
At least, that's the idea.

This term can also mean "intelligent thought" if you were to translate it directly from each of these characters. If you are looking for inspiration or otherwise need to be inspired, this is the word for you.


霊When the first character was absorbed into Japanese from Chinese, an alternate form became the standard in Japan. The Kanji shown to the right is the form currently used in Japan. This is still considered an alternate form in China to this day. it’s readable by both Chinese and Japanese people but if your audience is Japanese, I recommend the Kanji shown to the right - just click on that Kanji to order that version.




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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
Wavenamibō / bo1 / bopo
Wave波浪harou / harobō làng / bo1 lang4 / bo lang / bolangpo lang / polang
Big Wave
namitāo / tao1 / taot`ao / tao
The Way of the Wave波の道nami no michi
naminomichi
The Way of the Wave浪之道làng zhī dào
lang4 zhi1 dao4
lang zhi dao
langzhidao
lang chih tao
langchihtao
Tsunami
Tidal Wave
津波tsunami
Tsunami
Tidal Wave
海嘯
海啸
tsunamihǎi xiào / hai3 xiao4 / hai xiao / haixiaohai hsiao / haihsiao
Tsunami
Tidal Wave
津浪tsunamijīn làng / jin1 lang4 / jin lang / jinlangchin lang / chinlang
Storm風暴
风暴
fēng bào / feng1 bao4 / feng bao / fengbaofeng pao / fengpao
Rainameyǔ / yu3 / yu
Storm
Windstorm
暴風
暴风
baku fuu / bou fuu / arashi
baku fu / bo fu / arashi
bakufu / bofu / arashi
bào fēng / bao4 feng1 / bao feng / baofengpao feng / paofeng
Carry On, Undaunted前赴後繼
前赴后继
qián fù hòu jì
qian2 fu4 hou4 ji4
qian fu hou ji
qianfuhouji
ch`ien fu hou chi
chienfuhouchi
chien fu hou chi
Beaubō / bo1 / bopo
No Limitations漫瀾
漫澜
man ran / manranmàn lán / man4 lan2 / man lan / manlan
Chung Do Kwan靑濤館
Inspiration靈感
灵感
reikanlíng gǎn / ling2 gan3 / ling gan / lingganling kan / lingkan
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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