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China gān qián
Japan ken
Qian Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be the Chinese ancient surname Gan or current surname Qian. In Japanese, it can be the surname Nukui, Susumu, Ken, Kan, Kawaki, Kawai, Inute, or Inui.

The meaning of this character varies a lot depending on context. These meanings include dry, clean, foster, adoptive, heaven, male, masculine, enduring, or continual.

The "Gan" version of this character was converted to Simplified Chinese as 干 in 1965. However, the "Qian" pronunciation is not associated with 干. Though to add to the confusion, there is an unrelated Simplified Chinese character 千 that romanizes as "Qian" and is also a surname.


China qiān
Qian Vertical Wall Scroll

韆 can be a Chinese surname, Qian.

The meaning of this character can be thousand, a large quantity, or a swing.


China qián
Japan sen
Money Vertical Wall Scroll

錢 is the simplest way to say "money" in Chinese.

It can also mean cash, coins, or currency. It's also a surname, Qian, in China.

銭 This also means coins in old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji (though they use a slightly alternate form in Japan as seen to the right). In both Japan and Korea, this can simply mean "one cent."

金 On the left side of this character is a radical which means "gold" (or metal depending on context).

戋 戔 On the right are two repeated radicals which currently mean "small" or "narrow" but used to kind of mean "tools" or "weapon."

It's a bit of a stretch but you could suggest that money = "gold weapons" or "gold tools" in Chinese. Many Chinese people would argue otherwise depending on what they know of or the way they understand the etymology of the right side radical. I've seen some who say it means "industrialized gold" but I take that to mean "raw gold turned into coins."

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin gān // qián / gan1 // qian2
Taiwan kan // ch`ien / kan // chien
Japanese ken / けん
Chinese dry; clean; in vain; dried food; foster; adoptive; to ignore; surname Gan; one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing heaven; male principle; ☰; ancient Chinese compass point: 315° (northwest); surname Qian
Japanese qian (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: heaven, northwest); (surname) Nukui; (male given name) Tsutomu; (personal name) Takeshi; (given name) Susumu; (surname, given name) Ken; (surname, given name) Kan; (surname) Kawaki; (surname) Kawai; (surname) Inute; (surname, female given name) Inui
Dry, dried up, clean; heaven, male, masculine, enduring, continual. Translit. gan and h.

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese see 鞦韆|秋千[qiu1 qian1]
Japanese See:



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Mandarin qián wèi / qian2 wei4
Taiwan ch`ien wei / chien wei
Japanese zenei / zene / ぜんえい
Chinese advanced guard; vanguard; avant-garde; forward (soccer position)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) advance guard; vanguard; (2) avant-garde (e.g. music); (surname) Maee


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Mandarin bào qiàn / bao4 qian4
Taiwan pao ch`ien / pao chien
Money Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to be sorry; to feel apologetic; sorry!



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Mandarin qiān gōng / qian1 gong1
Taiwan ch`ien kung / chien kung
Chinese polite and modest



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Mandarin qiān/ qian1 xu1
Taiwan ch`ien hsü / chien hsü
Chinese modest; self-effacing; to make modest remarks



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Mandarin qiān xùn / qian1 xun4
Taiwan ch`ien hsün / chien hsün
Japanese kenson / けんそん
Chinese humble; modest; unpretentious; modesty
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no,vs) humble; humility; modesty; being humble


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Mandarin qiān lǐ yǎn / qian1 li3 yan3
Taiwan ch`ien li yen / chien li yen
Japanese senrigan / せんりがん
Money Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese clairvoyance
Japanese clairvoyance

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Mandarin xián // qián / xian2 // qian2
Taiwan hsien // ch`ien / hsien // chien
Chinese a kind of vegetable; a variety of grass; nettle

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Mandarin gān // qián / gan1 // qian2
Taiwan kan // ch`ien / kan // chien
Chinese old variant of 乾|干[gan1]; old variant of 乾[qian2]
Japanese See:

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Mandarin gān // qián / gan1 // qian2
Taiwan kan // ch`ien / kan // chien
Chinese variant of 乾|干[gan1]; variant of 乾[qian2]
Japanese See:

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese sen / せん
Chinese thousand (banker's anti-fraud numeral)
Japanese (numeric) 1,000; thousand; (given name) Sen; (given name) Shigeru

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Mandarin qiàn / qian4
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese (old) like; as

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Mandarin qiàn / qian4
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese sen / せん
Chinese pretty; winsome; to ask for sb's help; son-in-law (old)
Japanese (adjective) (archaism) good-looking; attractive

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Mandarin qiàn / qian4
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese servant

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese sen
Chinese all

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Mandarin qiān/ qian1 ke4
Taiwan ch`ien k`o / chien ko
Chinese kilogram (old); single-character equivalent of 千克[qian1 ke4]

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Mandarin qián / qian2
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese mae / まえ    zen / ぜん
Chinese front; forward; ahead; first; top (followed by a number); future; ago; before; BC (e.g. 前293年); former; formerly
Japanese (n-adv,n-t,suf) (1) (See 前・ぜん・3) ago; before (some event); previously; (minutes) to (the hour); (2) in front (of); before (e.g. the house); (3) head (of a line); front (e.g. of a bus); fore part; (4) in the presence of; (5) (See 人前・にんまえ) helping; portion; (6) privates; private parts; (prefix noun) (1) the last (i.e. immediately preceding) (e.g. "the last mayor"); previous; one-time; former; (2) (before the name of an era) pre- (e.g. "premodern"); (adj-no,n) (3) (See 前・まえ・1) before; earlier; (personal name) Misaki; (surname) Maehama; (surname) Maezaki; (surname) Maesaki; (surname) Mae; (surname) Zen; (surname) Sen; (surname) Susume; (surname) Susumu; (surname, given name) Saki
pūrva. Before; former, previous; in front.

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese chi / ち    sen / せん
Money Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese thousand
Japanese (numeric) 1,000; thousand; (female given name) Yuki; (surname) Chiyon; (surname) Chitabi; (surname) Chi; (surname) Senno; (personal name) Senji; (surname) Senzaki; (surname, female given name) Sen; (surname) U
sahasra. A thousand.

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Mandarin qiàn / qian4
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese pouch; hold; content

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Mandarin sú // qiān / su2 // qian1
Taiwan su // ch`ien / su // chien
Chinese old variant of 俗[su2]; a field of three li; old variant of 阡[qian1]

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Mandarin qiàn / qian4
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese sen
Chinese moat around a city
a moat [around a castle]

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Mandarin qián / qian2
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese planet Venus in the morning

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese name of a mountain

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Mandarin qián / qian2
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese character used in place names

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Mandarin qiàn // kǎn / qian4 // kan3
Taiwan ch`ien // k`an / chien // kan
Chinese to inlay; to embed; see 赤嵌樓|赤嵌楼[Chi4 kan3 lou2]

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese flat; level

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Chinese fault; transgression

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Mandarin qiè // qiàn / qie4 // qian4
Taiwan ch`ieh // ch`ien / chieh // chien
Chinese contented; dissatisfied

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Mandarin qiān / qian1
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese ken
Chinese stingy
matsara; lobha; grudging, sparing, stingy, avaricious; stinginess, parsimony

Search for Qian in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
kengān qián
gan1 / qian2
gan / qian
kan ch`ien
kan chien
qiān / qian1 / qianch`ien / chien
Money錢 / 銭
senqián / qian2 / qianch`ien / chien
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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