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The name Ability in Chinese / Japanese...

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Ability to Adapt

 ouhen nouryoku
Ability to Adapt Scroll

応変能力 is “the ability to take proper steps to meet the situation,” “the ability to adapt oneself to the requirement of the moment,” “the ability to adapt to circumstances,” or “adapt and overcome,” in Japanese Kanji.

Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

Ability is more important than looks

 bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice Scroll

不管黑猫白猫能捉着老鼠的就是好猫 literally translates as: It doesn't matter [if a] cat [is] black [or] white, [as long as it] can catch mice, it's a good cat.

This proverb was either composed or made famous by Deng XiaoPing in 1961 when he exclaimed, “I don't care if it's a white cat or a black cat. It's a good cat so long as it catches mice” when his critics pointed out that his ideas were Capitalistic (free market). The response was meant to say, “It does not matter if it's Communist or Capitalist, as long as it works.”

This is a Chinese proverb that can be used to suggest one should disregard looks or a person's race, as long as they can do the job. It can also be used as a metaphor for many other situations.

Deng XiaoPing probably saved China from collapse (as the Soviet Union experienced). He changed China’s economy from pure Communism to a hybrid where the free market (Capitalism) is encouraged. More about Deng XiaoPing

Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger

Undiscovered persons of exceptional ability

 cáng lóng wò hǔ
Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger Scroll

The meaning of 藏龍臥虎 is that both the tiger and dragon have amazing talents, but if they are out of view, you may not have discovered them.

This old Chinese idiom/proverb is appropriate for someone with an amazing ability that keeps that ability hidden.

You might think this title is in reverse, but actually, this is the original Chinese proverb.
The movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, popularized this alternate version.

Leadership / Ability to Lead

Leadership / Ability to Lead Scroll

指導力 is the Japanese word for “Leadership.”

This refers to the ability to lead (or, with certain adjectives added, the lack of ability to lead).

Strength / Ability

 lì liàng
 riki ryou
Strength / Ability Scroll

力量 is a general strength term.

It can refer to mental or physical strength (depending on context). 力量 can also be used to describe strength in terms of capability, capacity, ability, and even tact. Some may translate this as power or force.

These search terms might be related to Ability:

Control of Power

Determination to Achieve / Will-Power

Energy / Capability

Geisha of Unequaled Talent

Girl Power / Woman Power

Great Power

Juggernaut / Absolute Power

Perseverance / Will-Power

Power / Strength

Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient

Power of Understanding and Wisdom

Psychic Power

Self-Discipline / Will-Power

Skill Acquired Through Hard Training

The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger

Will-Power / Self-Control

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Power / Strength
power; force; strength; ability; strenuously
(suffix) strength; power; proficiency; ability; (given name) Riki
bala; power, strength, of which there are several categories: 二力 power of choice and of practice; 三力 the power of Buddha; of meditation (samādhi) and of practice. 五力 pañcabala, the five powers of faith, zeal, memory (or remembering), meditation, and wisdom. 六力 A child's power is in crying; a woman's in resentment; a king's in domineering; an arhat's in zeal (or progress); a Buddha's in mercy; and a bhikṣu's in endurance (of despite) . 十力 q.v. The ten powers of Buddhas and bodhisattvas.

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 nou / no

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can; to be able to; might possibly; ability; (physics) energy
(1) talent; gift; function; (2) noh (theatre); (surname) Nozaki
śak. Able to, can; capability, power.


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lì liang
    li4 liang5
li liang
 rikiryou / rikiryo

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Strength / Ability
power; force; strength
(1) ability; capacity; capability; talent; (2) physical strength


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cái zhì
    cai2 zhi4
ts`ai chih
    tsai chih
ability and wisdom
wit and intelligence; (surname) Saitomo
exceptional ability and intelligence



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jiāo lóng
    jiao1 long2
chiao lung
 kouryuu / koryu

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Water Dragon / Rain Dragon
legendary dragon with the ability to control rain and floods
(1) mizuchi; mythical dragon-like beast, believed to ascend to the heavens through rain; (2) unfulfilled genius; dormant talent; (given name) Kōryū


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 paaku / paku
{vidg} perk; special ability; (personal name) Park; Parke; Perk


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 shidouryoku / shidoryoku

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Leadership / Ability to Lead
leadership skill; leadership ability


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chāo néng lì
    chao1 neng2 li4
ch`ao neng li
    chao neng li
 chounouryoku / chonoryoku

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Supernatural Energy
superpower; superhuman power
(1) extra-sensory perception; ESP; psi; psychic ability; (2) psychokinesis; PK



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qiān lǜ yī dé
    qian1 lu:4 yi1 de2
ch`ien lü i te
    chien lü i te
 senryoittoku; senryonoittoku
    せんりょいっとく; せんりょのいっとく
a thousand tries leads to one success (idiom, humble expr.); Even without any notable ability on my part, I may still get it right sometimes by good luck.
(expression) (yoji) even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea


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 ouhennouryoku / ohennoryoku

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Ability to Adapt
ability to take proper steps to meet the situation; ability to adapt oneself to (the requirement of) the moment

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tool; device; utensil; equipment; instrument; talent; ability; to possess; to have; to provide; to furnish; to state; classifier for devices, coffins, dead bodies
(1) tool; means; (2) ingredients (added to soup, rice, etc.); (counter) (3) counter for sets of armor, utensils, furniture, etc.; (female given name) Tomo
All; complete; to present; implements; translit. gh.

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device; tool; utensil; CL:臺|台[tai2]
(n,n-suf) (1) device; instrument; (n,n-suf) (2) vessel; container; (3) ability; capacity; calibre; caliber; (given name) Utsuwa
A vessel, utensil, tool.

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hand; (formal) to hold; person engaged in certain types of work; person skilled in certain types of work; personal(ly); convenient; classifier for skill; CL:雙|双[shuang1],隻|只[zhi1]
(1) (occ. pronounced た when a prefix) (See お手・おて・1) hand; arm; (2) (colloquialism) (See お手・おて・3) forepaw; foreleg; (3) handle; (4) hand; worker; help; (5) trouble; care; effort; (6) means; way; trick; move; technique; workmanship; (7) hand; handwriting; (8) kind; type; sort; (9) (See 手に入る) one's hands; one's possession; (10) (See 手に余る) ability to cope; (11) hand (of cards); (12) (See 山の手・1) direction; (n,n-suf,ctr) (13) move (in go, shogi, etc.); (surname) Tezaki
pāṇī; hasta; kara; hand, arm.

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ability; talent; sb of a certain type; a capable individual; then and only then; just now; (before an expression of quantity) only
(1) ability; gift; talent; aptitude; genius; (2) sai; traditional unit of volume, approx. 1.8 ml; (given name) Mitsu

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 tou / to
to throw (something in a specific direction: ball, javelin, grenade etc); to cast (a ballot); to cast (a glance, a shadow etc); to put in (money for investment, a coin to operate a slot machine); to send (a letter, a manuscript etc); to throw oneself into (a river, a well etc to commit suicide); to go to; to seek refuge; to place oneself into the hands of; (coll.) to rinse (clothes) in water
(1) {baseb} pitching ability; (counter) (2) {sports} counter for throws (of a javelin, bowling ball, etc.); (counter) (3) {fish} counter for casts (of a line)
To cast, throw into, surrender, tender.

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material; timber; ability; aptitude; a capable individual; coffin (old)
(n,n-suf) (1) wood; lumber; timber; (2) (raw) material; stuff; (3) talent; ability; capable person; (personal name) Motoki

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 sei / se
essence; extract; vitality; energy; semen; sperm; mythical goblin spirit; highly perfected; elite; the pick of something; proficient (refined ability); extremely (fine); selected rice (archaic)
(1) spirit; sprite; nymph; (2) energy; vigor (vigour); strength; (3) fine details; (4) (See 精液) semen; (given name) Makoto
Cleaned rice, freed from the husk, pure; essential, essence, germinating principle, spirit; fine, best, finest.

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wrist; (squid, starfish etc) arm
(1) arm; (2) skill; efforts; ability; (place-name) Ude
[upper] arm

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a legendary dragon with the ability to control rain and floods; see also 蛟龍|蛟龙[jiao1 long2]
mizuchi; mythical dragon-like beast

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(literary) ability and wisdom; scheme; stratagem

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(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) barefoot; (suffix noun) (2) superior to (a professional, etc. in ability or achievement); (given name) Sen

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limited (of talent or ability); (archaic) solid wheel (without spokes)

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 ryou / ryo
capacity; quantity; amount; to estimate; abbr. for 量詞|量词[liang4 ci2], classifier (in Chinese grammar); measure word
(n,n-suf) (1) quantity; amount; volume; capacity; portion (of food); (2) (See 度量・1) generosity; magnanimity; tolerance; (3) pramana (means by which one gains accurate and valid knowledge; in Indian philosophy); (surname, female given name) Ryō
pramāṇa. Measure, capacity, length, ability; to measure, deliberate; a syllogism in logic, v. 比量. A syllogism, consisting of 宗 pratijñā, proposition; 因 hetu, reason; 喩 udāharaṇa, example; but the syllogism varies in the number of its avayava, or members. There are other divisions from 2 to 6, e.g. 現量 and 比量 direct or sense inferences, and comparative or logical inferences; to these are added 聖教量 arguments based on authority; 譬喩量 analogy; 義准 postulation, or general assent; and 無體 negation, or non-existence.



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sān xì
    san1 xi4
san hsi
The three refined, or subtle conceptions, in contrast with the 六麤 cruder or common concepts, in the Awakening of Faith 起信論. The three are 無明業相 "ignorance", or the unenlightened condition, considered as in primal action, the stirring of the perceptive faculty; 能見相 ability to perceive phenomena; perceptive faculties; 境界相 the object perceived, or the empirical world. The first is associated with the 體corpus or substance, the second and third with function, but both must have co-existence, e.g. water and waves. v. 六麤.



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shàng dá
    shang4 da2
shang ta
 joutatsu / jotatsu
to reach the higher authorities
(n,vs,vi) (1) improvement (e.g. in skill, ability); advance; progress; (n,vs,vt,vi) (2) (See 上通) (ant: 下達) communication of opinions of the general populace to those of high rank; (given name) Jōtatsu


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èr gēn
    er4 gen1
erh ken
The two "roots" or natural powers. (1) (a) 利根 keen, able (in the religion); (b) 鈍根 dull. (2) (a) 正根; 勝義根The power or ability which uses the sense organs to discern the truth; (b) 扶根; 扶 (or浮) 塵根the sense organs 五根 as aids. (3) The male and female sexual organs.



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jì liǎng
    ji4 liang3
chi liang
 giryou / giryo
trick; scheme; ploy; skill
ability; competency; talent; skill; capacity


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 ginou / gino
(irregular kanji usage) technical skill; ability; capacity


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xìn xíng
    xin4 xing2
hsin hsing
(surname, given name) Nobuyuki
Believing action; faith and practice. Action resulting from faith in another's teaching, in contrast with 法行 action resulting from direct apprehension of the doctrine; the former is found among the 鈍根, i.e. those of inferior ability, the latter among the 利根, i.e. the mentally acute.


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(1) work; labor; labour; (2) achievement; performance; ability; talent; (3) salary; income; earnings; (4) action; activity; workings; function; operation; movement; motion; (5) {ling} (also written as 活) conjugation; inflection

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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
Ability to Adapt応変能力ouhen nouryoku
ohen noryoku
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice不管黑貓白貓能捉著老鼠的就是好貓
bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
bu4 guan3 hei1 mao1 bai2 mao1 neng2 zhuo1 zhe lao3 shu3 de jiu4 shi4 hao3 mao3
bu guan hei mao bai mao neng zhuo zhe lao shu de jiu shi hao mao
pu kuan hei mao pai mao neng cho che lao shu te chiu shih hao mao
Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger藏龍臥虎
cáng lóng wò hǔ
cang2 long2 wo4 hu3
cang long wo hu
ts`ang lung wo hu
tsang lung wo hu
Ability to Lead
力量riki ryou / rikiryou / riki ryolì liàng / li4 liang4 / li liang / liliang
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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