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Chinese Tattoo Meanings: Short Phrases, Sayings, Awesome Words

Updated on June 29, 2011

More people choose Chinese or Asian tattoos as body decoration. What appeal to them the most are the awesome tattoo meanings. Short phrases, sayings and words are really memorable. Although free Chinese translation is handy and easy to use, they create many problems. To get the most meaningful tattoos, hire a Chinese translation expert or professional translator.

Great Tattoo Meaning - Short Chinese Sayings

Short quote tattoo in 4 chinese characters
Short quote tattoo in 4 chinese characters

Awesome Tattoo Meanings - Short Phrases, Sayings

Today, the biggest ink trend is phrases tattoo. People are infatuated with meaningful sayings, proverbs, Buddhist quotes, religious phrases and cultural expressions. Chinese experts have great tattoo ideas. They can help you select a memorable saying that speaks your mind; an expression of eternal truth.......and many more. Express yourself with awesome ancient phrases. Choose a tattoo meaning that is sexy, cool, mysterious, inspirational, enchanting, philosophical, or motivating. You have unlimited choices. Remember! hire someone who is a Chinese translation expert.

Chinese Tattoo Phrases

  1. Destiny Phrase - The world is my home
  2. Memory Phrase - Sweet memories are like raindrops
  3. Love Phrase - Love at first sight
  4. Beauty Phrase - Beauty comes from with
  5. Perseverance Phrase - Fearless after repeated setbacks
  6. Wisdom Phrase - Fewer words are best

Chinese Tattoo - Right Saying, Right Translation, Right Meaning

Chinese is an elusive language in that you need to follow its rules to render the right meanings. Otherwise, your tattoo meanings or phrases would fall apart. Some words like ‘life’, ‘passion’, ‘freedom’ must be translated to two Chinese symbols. People find this confusing. To them, one word for one symbol, isn’t that right? They ask me if they should choose one of the two symbols. My answer is No. You need to use both Chinese symbols to convey the right meaning. Your online translation or other free language programs do not guarantee accuracy of your tattoo phrases. They ignore context and relevancy. Even worse, they can ruin your otherwise awesome word or thoughtful phrases.

Chinese Tattoo Meanings, Short Phrases

Tattoo word meaning: prosperity, luck www.nganfineart.com
Tattoo word meaning: prosperity, luck www.nganfineart.com
Tattoo word meanings: serenity, nature www.alpinebutterfly.org
Tattoo word meanings: serenity, nature www.alpinebutterfly.org

Funny Chinese Tattoo Meanings - Free Translation

Free Chinese translation is a popular tool that people use to get tattoo meanings. With online translation, they can find Chinese words and meaningful phrases for their tattoos. Many people love zodiac symbols and animal designs. Suppose you find the word for your zodiac sign ‘chicken’. You are excited and ready to ink. However, the word ‘chicken’ alone has little meaning. Worse than that, this Chinese symbol relates primarily to food (i.e, chicken soup, chicken stock, or KFC fried chicken). To a Chinese literate person, this zodiac tattoo is more funny than meaningful. You will not impress anyone. Unfortunately, your free translation does not tell you this. This is precisely the problems with automatic word generator and dictionary. An expert or professional translator would add the word like "cute" or "adorable" to the animal symbols. This is crucial because it gives a proper context and meaning to your zodiac tattoo.

Chinese Tattoo Words - Awesome Meaning

Word meaning: life & passion
Word meaning: life & passion

Best Tattoo Meaning - Professional Translation

Chinese tattoos gone wrong is the consequences of free translation. Automatic word generator, Chinese font or internet downloads can be problematic. To get great meanings and custom phrases tattoo, seek help from a Chinese expert. Get professional translation.

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      Blueice_kumi777@yahoo.com 7 years ago

      i don't know the meaning of image(http://media.share.ovi.com/m1/s/2152/b6818304b2eb4... anybody help

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      Connie Ho 7 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      Hi, it means something in abundance, prosperity, like that. It is a phrase for good luck. It is written in Chinese seal script calligraphy style. Nice pic, cheers.

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      Christina 7 years ago

      I was wondering if someone could help me with the translation of Timber Wolf to traditional Chinese. Every on line translator I've tried has given me ??? I want to be sure that this is correct. Any and all help would be appreciated. Thank you. =)

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      Connie Ho 7 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      This a name translation. Online translator gives you translation based on the sound/pronunciation. It does not care the meaning since they are automatic. You should consider translation based on sound + meanings. For example Timber can mean strength/perseverance like wood. Wolf means proactive/progressive. Your online help won't give you that perfect meaning. Only the human translator will. Best translation is by a person, check www.nganfineart.com They have a good guide, cheers.

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      nelya 6 years ago

      can you help me to find out the meaning of the hieroglyphs

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      Connie Ho 6 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      Hi Neyya, sorry know nothing about it.

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      James 6 years ago

      Hello Connie.

      May i ask what the first picture on this hub says?

      also would you know a chinese tatto that me and my sister could get together preferbly a family phrase or quotation thank-you so much :) x James

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      Connie Ho 6 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      James, the meaning is family first. For people who cherish their family, this seems very popular. It was created by www.nganfineart.com You can check it with their designer.

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      Descartes 6 years ago from grand prairie

      My worry would always be that I wouldn't for sure what the Chinese Tattoo really means, so it is nice to have a few links here to help out.

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      Connie Ho 6 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      Thanks Descartes you are right

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      Ellie 5 years ago

      Hello :) I have seen a tattoo that looks like this: ? ?

      I know what these symbols are called and what they mean, but I do not know what might be the meaning of this tattoo. Can you please help me? Thank you :)

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      Imperio 5 years ago

      Hi Connie,

      Can you please help me? My boyfriend has a tattoo with 2 chinese symbols. I asked what the symbols mean and he answered that they are the first letter of his name and surname. I searched in google and I discovered that the symbols are: "wén" and "g?ng". I also learned the meanings of both symbols, but I can not understand what these symbols mean together. I wander why he lied to me.

      Thank you very much.

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      Imperio 5 years ago

      P.S.: The second symbol is "gong" whith a macron(a straight line over the letter) "o" .

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      Victoria 5 years ago

      Hello, I really love the first back tattoo, but have no clue what it means.

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      angel aditi 5 years ago

      Hi.. :) I am planning on getting a tattoo in chinese.. I want it to mean "family first".. Could u please help me out? Is this right? family first - ???? (Ji?tíng dì y?)

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      Christian 5 years ago

      Hi i would like to know how to write the name Briana in chinese can some one pls help thank you

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