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  1. Great Aspirations / Ambition
  2. Great Endeavor / To Strive
  3. Great Sea
  4. Great Britain
  5. Door of Great Wisdom
  6. Great Ambitions
  7. Daimyo / Great Name
  8. The Great Wall of China
  9. Great Lord / Tycoon
10. Heroic Spirit / Great Ambition
11. Great Expectations
12. Big Dream...

Great Aspirations / Ambition

China hóng hú zhī zhì
Great Aspirations / Ambition

This Chinese proverb implies that having great 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 really 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.

Great Aspirations / Ambition

Japan tai shi wo idaku
Great Aspirations / Ambition

大志を抱 is a single Japanese word that kind of reads like a short proverb. It suggests that you should have "high aims," "ambitions," or "aspirations" in your life.

Great Endeavor / To Strive

China nǔ lì
Japan doryoku
Great Endeavor / To Strive

努力 means great effort; to strive; to try hard; great effort; great exertion; great endeavor (endeavour); great effort; to strive.

This "striving endeavor" word is valid in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Great Sea

China dà yáng
Japan tai you
Great Sea

大洋 is a rarely-used word for ocean in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. 大洋 is here mostly for reference - please order a different ocean for your custom calligraphy wall scroll.

The first character means "big" or "great."
The second means "ocean" or "body of water" (it can sometimes mean "foreign" but not in this case).
The first character designates that you are talking about a great or huge body of water (certainly a major ocean and not a smaller sea).

Great Britain

Japan ei koku
Great Britain

英國 is Great Britain written in Japanese.

Great Britain

China dà bù liè diān
Great Britain

大不列顛 is the Chinese name for Great Britain


See Also:  England | United Kingdom | Scotland | Ireland | Europe

Door of Great Wisdom

China dà zhì huì mén
Japan dai chi e mon
Door of Great Wisdom

大智慧門 is the title for, "The Great Wisdom Door," or "The Gate to Great Wisdom."

This refers to a portal to all wisdom and knowledge in Buddhism.

Great Ambitions

Brave the wind and the waves
China chéng fēng pò làng
Great Ambitions

乘風破浪 is a Chinese proverb that represents having great ambitions.

The British might say "to plough through." Another way to understand it is, "surmount all difficulties and forge ahead courageously."

This can also be translated as, "braving the wind and waves," "to brave the wind and the billows," "to ride the wind and crest the waves," or "to be ambitious and unafraid."

Literally it reads: "ride (like a chariot) [the] wind [and] break/cleave/cut [the] waves," or "ride [the] wind [and] slash [through the] waves."

乘風破浪 is a great proverb to encourage yourself or someone else not to be afraid of problems or troubles, and when you have a dream just go for it.

There is an alternate version, 長風破浪, but 乘風破浪 is far more common.

Daimyo / Great Name

China dà míng
Japan dai myou
Daimyo / Great Name

大名 is the title Daimyō in Japanese, which means "lord" or "great name."

This has the same meaning in Chinese of "great name," "your distinguished name." In ancient Japan, this referred to a feudal lord.

Also sometimes romanized from Japanese as Daimio, Daimyou, Oomiyou, or Oomyou.

The Great Wall of China

Japan ban ri no chou jou
The Great Wall of China

万里の長城 is the Japanese name for the Great Wall of China.

The Great Wall of China

China cháng chéng
Japan chou jou
The Great Wall of China

長城 is the Chinese name for the Great Wall. Built at the northern border of China to protect from Mongol attack.


Notes:
In Japanese, this can be a surname Nagaki. Japanese often use a longer title for the Great Wall of China.
In Korean, this refers to Changsŏng (a city in Changsŏng-kun county, Chŏllanam-to province).

Great Lord / Tycoon

Japan tai kun
Great Lord / Tycoon

大君 is the Japanese word Taikun. It's defined directly as liege, lord, or an alternate title for a shogunate.

The sound of this Japanese word entered the English lexicon by the 1800's but took the spelling of "tycoon." Even President Lincoln was referred to as a Tycoon in the 1860's.

In Japan, this is still understood to be "Great Lord" or "Big Boss." In America, it means, "Bill Gates" and "Warren Buffet."

Heroic Spirit / Great Ambition

China xióng xīn
Japan yuushin
Heroic Spirit / Great Ambition

雄心 is the Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji for great ambition, lofty aspiration, or heroic spirit.

Great Expectations

China wàng
Japan bou / nozomi
Great Expectations

望 holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.

望 is one of those single characters that is vague but in that vagueness, in also means many things.

望 is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.

Big Dream
Great Hope

Japan tai mou
Big Dream / Great Hope

大望 is one of a few ways to write "dream big" in Japanese.

大望 is a good title if you want that to inspire ambition or high aspirations. 大望 is also a way to say "great expectations."

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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
Great Aspirations
Ambition
大志を抱tai shi wo idaku
taishiwoidaku
Great Endeavor
To Strive
努力doryoku / doryokunǔ lì / nu3 li4 / nu li / nuli
Great Sea大洋tai you / taiyou / tai yo / taiyodà yáng / da4 yang2 / da yang / dayangta yang / tayang
Great Britain英國
英国
ei koku / eikoku
Great Britain大不列顛
大不列颠
dà bù liè diān
da4 bu4 lie4 dian1
da bu lie dian
dabuliedian
ta pu lieh tien
tapuliehtien
Door of Great Wisdom大智慧門
大智慧门
dai chi e mon
daichiemon
dà zhì huì mén
da4 zhi4 hui4 men2
da zhi hui men
dazhihuimen
ta chih hui men
tachihhuimen
Great Ambitions乘風破浪
乘风破浪
chéng fēng pò làng
cheng2 feng1 po4 lang4
cheng feng po lang
chengfengpolang
ch`eng feng p`o lang
chengfengpolang
cheng feng po lang
Daimyo
Great Name
大名dai myou / daimyou / dai myo / daimyodà míng / da4 ming2 / da ming / damingta ming / taming
The Great Wall of China万里の長城ban ri no chou jou
banrinochoujou
ban ri no cho jo
banrinochojo
The Great Wall of China長城
长城
chou jou / choujou / cho jo / chojocháng chéng
chang2 cheng2
chang cheng
changcheng
ch`ang ch`eng
changcheng
chang cheng
Great Lord
Tycoon
大君tai kun / taikun
Heroic Spirit
Great Ambition
雄心yuushin / yushinxióng xīn
xiong2 xin1
xiong xin
xiongxin
hsiung hsin
hsiunghsin
Great Expectationsbou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
bo/nozomi
wàng / wang4 / wang
Big Dream
Great Hope
大望tai mou / taimou / tai mo / taimo
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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