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User Topic: Help to read this Chinese?
UKgirl
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Default  Posted: 6:10 AM, April 1st (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Mr UKg was given (gift) two large rice paper paintings while he was in China. We don't know what they mean. DS19 has a friend who had an inkling and said that the pure writing one meant that Mr UKg was held in high esteem. Or something. The other is (apparently) quite valuable and has a lot of meanings within the picture. But again, we don't know what the writing means. I've just picked them up from the framers.

I feel a bit cheeky asking here, but can anyone help?


D-Day: 30 July 2006 LTA: 5yrs
Me, BS, 57 y/o Him, WS, 58 y/o
MOW, pathetic ex-fiancee.
3 grown boys and one 19 y/o
I don't consider myself married anymore.
There are some words once spoken split the world in two. Before you say them and after.

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itainteasy
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Default  Posted: 7:59 AM, April 1st (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have no idea what they say, but they are certainly beautiful.

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UKgirl
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Default  Posted: 3:01 AM, April 2nd (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Bumping this in the hope that someone can read this for me. I don't know where to start on the internet - the only thing I have come up with is one character probably meaning longevity, so I assume the other three are some kind of good wishes; luck, fortune, love, health, that sort of thing.

The other painting is (apparently) "in the style of" a famous painter from about 200 years ago. That's all we know on that one. Everything in it has meaning.

Thanks!


D-Day: 30 July 2006 LTA: 5yrs
Me, BS, 57 y/o Him, WS, 58 y/o
MOW, pathetic ex-fiancee.
3 grown boys and one 19 y/o
I don't consider myself married anymore.
There are some words once spoken split the world in two. Before you say them and after.

Posts: 3475 | Registered: Nov 2007 | From: UK
Cally60
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Default  Posted: 4:36 AM, April 2nd (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The paintings are indeed lovely. It must be very frustrating not to know what the symbols mean. (I've looked at your thread several times, because even I would love to know!) I think there are SI members who speak at least some Chinese, so I hope they might be able to help once they see your message. Though would the script on the paintings perhaps be more difficult to read than print?

If no one here can help, there is a very good online Languages forum at:

http://forum.wordreference.com/

It has many native speaker contributors. I've just checked and they have a section for Chinese. So if no one here is able to help you, perhaps you'd be able to find a contributor there who could. I'm not sure whether they allow photos (I know they don't allow audio or video) but if not, perhaps you could post your photos on a photo site and then post a link? Or perhaps you could simply explain the situation as you have here, and ask for advice or help?

Actually, I'm sure that Google would bring up lots of other places online where you'd be able to find help from people who are bilingual. (For example, there are loads of Silicon Valley residents who speak both languages fluently.)


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Holly-Isis
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Default  Posted: 5:47 AM, April 2nd (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Try asking here:
http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com

It's mainly tattoos but I've seen other objects posted there. From the sounds of the latest entries, it sounds like he's getting bored with the same tat mistakes and might like seeing something new.

Also, PM Amazonia. I know she speaks Chinese. Not sure how well she reads it.

[This message edited by Holly-Isis at 5:55 AM, April 2nd (Wednesday)]


"Being in love" first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. *CS Lewis*

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Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 7:02 AM, April 2nd (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I used to read (and write) but I've lost it. Especially with the calligraphy - and these look like poetry, so a totally different grammatical structure from spoken Mandarin. Poetry in Chinese is very symbolic, so hard to translate even if you're a native speaker.

I would PM TCD. She reads more than I do.


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"Let's face it, life is a crap shoot." -Sad in AZ

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UnexpectedSong
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The first one has something to do with books and music (it's actually the word for "instrument" - a poetic way of saying "music").

The others are too stylized for me. Kind of like reading calligraphic cursive Shakesperean English.


WW(SA)
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UnexpectedSong
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Default  Posted: 8:50 AM, April 2nd (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The second one is something about "the person who (works for - "strive"?) book ("wisdom") ... (Something)."


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UnexpectedSong
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Default  Posted: 9:15 AM, April 2nd (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I think the second one is (from right to left):

Listen instrument read book (good for) person (something...)

Ama - do you concur?

Basically, music and studying molds the scholar.


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TattoodChinaDoll
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Music and reading are the most enjoyable things in life.


I usually tell people things say crazy white man.


Me (BW): 32
WH: 34 TimeToManUp
Married: 11 years, together 16 years
3 daughters: 9, 5, 3, and and 2 angel babies (2013 and 2014)
D-Day: 12/21/2011
Confronted him: 12/22/2011


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UKgirl
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Default  Posted: 8:01 AM, April 3rd (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks TCD.

Someone from work suggested the artist enjoyed playing instruments and reading and was eager for the leisured life.

So we've got the gist of it now. Thanks. We'll enjoy the other painting as just that. A nice painting!


D-Day: 30 July 2006 LTA: 5yrs
Me, BS, 57 y/o Him, WS, 58 y/o
MOW, pathetic ex-fiancee.
3 grown boys and one 19 y/o
I don't consider myself married anymore.
There are some words once spoken split the world in two. Before you say them and after.

Posts: 3475 | Registered: Nov 2007 | From: UK
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