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13:47 Jun 18, 2001
English to Chinese translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: eternal life
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na1,--ッネ 2,--ッぃΥ 3,--ネぃρFrancis Fine
nayong3 sheng1 永 生
naッ ネlaotzu



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ッ ネ

This word is pronounced as "yong sheng". It is the word used for the Biblically phrase "eternal life" (if this is what you have in mind).

    The Bible (Chinese version)
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yong3 sheng1 永 生

This is taken from the bible: for example, in Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -- " 因 为 罪 的 工 价 乃 是 死: 惟 有 神 的 恩 赐, 在 我 们 的 主 耶 稣 基 督 里, 乃 是 永 生。"

Essentially, it is a combination of two phrases that means forever (yong3yuan3 永 远) and life (sheng1ming4 生 命).

    Passages of the Bible like John 3:15, Rom 6:23
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1,--ッネ 2,--ッぃΥ 3,--ネぃρ

1. chialiang has given this answer. It is excellent,admirable and cannot be improved upon. Particularly if you are using the term or phrase along this line.

2. "yong chui bu xiu ッぃΥ" is much more Chinese and has little or no religious connotation. The word "life" is dropped altogether. The emphasis is on the first word "yong ッ" which means "forever," and the third and fourth words combined. "bu xiu ぃΥ" meaning "not rotten," and in an extended sense, "immortal." The second word "chui " means "pass on, pass down." The literal translation would be "will forever be passed down as immortal."

3. This phrase is traditionally Chinese. Yound find it in Chinese history and folklore. Many emperors, particulary the First Emperor of Chin (or Qin)dynasty, wanted to secure a medical preparation that could make him live forever. This very phrase has been used to define or describe this dream drug. The four characters (chang sheng bu lao ネぃρ) literally mean long-life-not-old. It was a day-dream and a "practical joke." Nothing religious at all.

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