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Strive in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Great Endeavor / To Strive
  2. Strive / Struggle
  3. Always Striving for Inner Strength
  4. Seeking Truth
  5. Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

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.

Strive / Struggle

China fèn dòu
Strive / Struggle

奮鬥 / 奮斗 means strive (as in to put great effort into something or a cause). It can also be translated as struggle.


斗 The second character of this word can also be written as shown to the right. Yes. it's very different. If you want this alternate version, just let us know when you place your order (in the special instructions).

Strive / Struggle

Japan fun tou
Strive / Struggle

奮闘 / 奮鬥 is the Japanese version of a word that means strive (as in to put great effort into something or a cause). It can also be translated as struggle. There's a very similar version used in Chinese with same meaning.

Always Striving for Inner Strength

China zì qiáng bú xī
Always Striving for Inner Strength

This proverb or idiom suggests that the pursuit self-improvement is eternal. It can also be a suggestion to strive unremittingly in life.

The first two characters mean inner-strength with the idea of self-improvement. The last two characters mean "never rest" or "striving without giving up."

Some will translate these four characters as, "Exert and strive hard without any let up."

Seeking Truth

China qiú dào
Japan gu dou
Seeking Truth

求道 means seeking for truth, or to seek (practice for, strive for) enlightenment.

求道 is used mostly in a Buddhist context, so some non-Buddhists may not recognize it.

Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

China zì qiáng
Inner Strength / Self-Improvement

自強 is the kind of inner-strength that applies to a person who has will-power and can inspire themselves to do great things.

自強 can also be the creed of a person that always pursues self-improvement.

Other translations: self-strengthening, striving for improvement, self-improvement, strive to become stronger, and self-renewal.

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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 Endeavor
To Strive
努力doryoku / doryokunǔ lì / nu3 li4 / nu li / nuli
Strive
Struggle
奮鬥 / 奮斗
奋斗 / 奋鬥
fèn dòu / fen4 dou4 / fen dou / fendoufen tou / fentou
Strive
Struggle
奮闘 / 奮鬥
奋斗 / 奋鬥
fun tou / funtou / fun to / funto
Always Striving for Inner Strength自強不息
自强不息
zì qiáng bú xī
zi4 qiang2 bu2 xi1
zi qiang bu xi
ziqiangbuxi
tzu ch`iang pu hsi
tzuchiangpuhsi
tzu chiang pu hsi
Seeking Truth求道gu dou / gudou / gu do / gudoqiú dào / qiu2 dao4 / qiu dao / qiudaoch`iu tao / chiutao / chiu tao
Inner Strength
Self-Improvement
自強
自强
zì qiáng / zi4 qiang2 / zi qiang / ziqiangtzu ch`iang / tzuchiang / tzu chiang
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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.


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