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Self-Reliance

China zì shì
Self-Reliance

自恃 means self-reliance but is often used to mean self-confidence or the state of being self-assured.

Basically this means you can rely on yourself (with a slight suggestion that others can rely on you as well).

The first character means "oneself" while the second means "to rely upon."


See Also:  Confidence | Self-Confidence

Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart

China zì zūn xīn
Japan ji son shin
Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart

This Japanese and Korean word means "pride" or "self-respect."

The first Kanji/Hanja means oneself. The second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble or exalted. And the last Kanji/Hanja means heart, mind and/or spirit.


While these characters make sense and hold the same general meaning in Chinese, this is not a normal Chinese word. This selection should only be used if your audience is Japanese or Korean.


See Also:  Respect | Pride | Self-Reliance | Self-Control | Self-Discipline

Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself

Japan do kuritsu do ppo
Standing by Oneself / Walking by Oneself

This Japanese proverb, Dokuritsu-Doppo, is an indication of your independence, self-reliance, standing on one's own two feet, or making one's own way in life.

Independence

China dú lì
Japan dokuritsu
Independence

Besides meaning "to be independent," this can also mean "to stand alone," self-reliance or self-support.


独Modern Japanese use a simplified version of the first character of independence. It's the same simplified version currently used in mainland China, so understood by most Chinese and all Japanese people. Click on the character to the right if you want the simplified/Japanese version.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin xìn / xin4
Taiwan hsin
Japanese shin / しん
Chinese letter; mail; CL:封[feng1]; to trust; to believe; to profess faith in; truthful; confidence; trust; at will; at random
Japanese (adv,n) (1) honesty; fidelity; (2) trust; reliance; (3) (religious) faith; (counter) (4) counter for received messages; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Michi; (female given name) Makoto; (personal name) Noburu; (personal name) Nobutsugu; (surname) Nobutaka; (personal name) Nobuji; (surname) Nobusaki; (personal name) Nobukatsu; (female given name) Nobu; (personal name) Shinji; (surname, female given name) Shin; (female given name) Shino; (female given name) Akira
śraddhā. Faith; to believe; belief; faith regarded as the faculty of the mind which sees, appropriates, and trusts the things of religion; it joyfully trusts in the Buddha, in the pure virtue of the triratna and earthly and transcendental goodness; it is the cause of the pure life, and the solvent of doubt. Two forms are mentioned: (1) adhimukti, intuition, tr. by self-assured enlightenment. (2) śraddhā, faith through hearing or being taught. For the Awakening of Faith, Śraddhotpāda, v. 起信論.
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Believe / Faith / Trust

自恃

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Mandarin zì shì / zi4 shi4
Taiwan tzu shih
Chinese self-esteem; self-reliance; overconfident; conceited
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独行

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Japanese dokkou / dokko / どっこう Japanese (noun/participle) going alone; self-reliance; (personal name) Tokuyuki

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甘え

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Japanese amae / あまえ Japanese (See 甘える・あまえる) lack of self-reliance; depending on others

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自立

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Mandarin zì lì / zi4 li4
Taiwan tzu li
Japanese jiritsu / じりつ
Chinese independent; self-reliant; self-sustaining; to stand on one's own feet; to support oneself
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) independence; self-reliance
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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自立心

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Japanese jiritsushin / じりつしん Japanese spirit of self-reliance; feeling of independence

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独立独歩

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Japanese dokuritsudoppo / どくりつどっぽ Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) self-reliance; self-help

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独立独行

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Japanese dokuritsudokkou / dokuritsudokko / どくりつどっこう Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) self-reliance; acting according to one's own ideas and beliefs

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独立自存

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Japanese dokuritsujison / どくりつじそん Japanese (yoji) independence and self-reliance

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自力更生

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Mandarin zì lì gēng shēng / zi4 li4 geng1 sheng1
Taiwan tzu li keng sheng
Japanese jirikikousei / jirikikose / じりきこうせい
Chinese regeneration through one's own effort (idiom); self-reliance
Japanese (noun/participle) (yoji) working out one's salvation by own efforts; rehabilitating oneself by one's own efforts; rectifying one's ways of life without relying on others' help

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自力本願

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Japanese jirikihongan / じりきほんがん Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) salvation by one's own efforts; self-reliance

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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
Self-Reliance自恃zì shì / zi4 shi4 / zi shi / zishitzu shih / tzushih
Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart
自尊心ji son shin
jisonshin
zì zūn xīn
zi4 zun1 xin1
zi zun xin
zizunxin
tzu tsun hsin
tzutsunhsin
Standing by Oneself
Walking by Oneself
獨立獨步
独立独步
do kuritsu do ppo
dokuritsudoppo
do kuritsu do po
dokuritsudopo
Independence獨立
独立
dokuritsudú lì / du2 li4 / du li / dulitu li / tuli
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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