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燕 is the single-character for the swallow (bird).

If you are a zoologist, this can refer to birds of the family Hirundinidae. Sometimes used to refer to Hirundo rustica (the barn swallow).

燕 is also a surname in China that romanizes as Yan. In fact, there were also several different Yan kingdoms in the ancient history of China (which is the origin of the surname).

Great Aspirations / Ambition

hóng hú zhī zhì
Great Aspirations / Ambition Scroll

This Chinese proverb implies that having great ambitions also means that others will not understand your great expectations and ideas.

Though the actual words come from a longer saying of Confucius which goes, "The little swallows living under the eaves wouldn't understand the lofty ambitions of a swan (who flies far and wide)".

This Confucius quote has led to this idiomatic expression in China that means "think big". What you'd really be saying is "The lofty ambitions of a swan".

Note that Chinese people sometimes refer to the little swallow, as one who does not "think big" but is, instead, stuck in a rut, or just leading a mundane life. Therefore, it's a compliment to be called a swan but not a good thing to be called a swallow.

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Swallowyasushiyàn / yan4 / yanyen
Great Aspirations
hóng hú zhī zhì
hong2 hu2 zhi1 zhi4
hong hu zhi zhi
hung hu chih chih
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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yàn / yan4
 tsubame(p);tsubakurame(ok);tsubakura(ok);tsubakuro(ok);tsubame(p) / つばめ(P);つばくらめ(ok);つばくら(ok);つばくろ(ok);ツバメ(P)
Great Aspirations / Ambition Scroll
swallow (family Hirundinidae); old variant of 宴[yan4]
(1) (kana only) swallow (bird of the Hirundinidae family); martin; (2) barn swallow (Hirundo rustica); (3) (See 若い燕) younger man involved with an older woman; boy toy; (given name) Yasushi

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tūn / tun1
t`un / tun
to swallow; to take
to swallow; to swallow

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xiā / xia1
suck, swallow, drink

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/ ta4
t`a / ta
to drink; to swallow

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yàn / yan4
to swallow

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/ fu4
 buku / ぶく
classifier for medicine: dose; Taiwan pr. [fu2]
(1) (archaism) (See 喪服) mourning clothes; (2) mourning; period of mourning; (surname) Fukusaki
Submit, serve; clothing, to wear; mourning; to swallow; a dose.

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yàn / yan4
variant of 燕, swallow

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yǐn / yin3
variant of 飲|饮[yin3]
To drink, swallow; to water cattle; to drink

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ěr / er3
 esa(p);e;esa / えさ(P);え;エサ
pastry; food; to swallow; to lure; bait; lure
(1) (animal) feed; fodder; pet food; (2) bait; lure; enticement

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/ yi3
a swallow (bird)

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/ yi4
a swallow


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rǔ yàn / ru3 yan4
ju yen
baby swallow



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bìng tūn / bing4 tun1
ping t`un / ping tun
to swallow up; to annex; to merge


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qīn tūn / qin1 tun1
ch`in t`un / chin tun
to annex; to swallow (up); to embezzle



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bāo jǔ / bao1 ju3
pao chü
to summarize; to swallow up; to annex; to merge


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juǎn guǒ / juan3 guo3
chüan kuo
to wrap up; (fig.) to envelop; to swallow up


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tūn shì / tun1 shi4
t`un shih / tun shih
to swallow; to engulf; to gobble up



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tūn yàn / tun1 yan4
t`un yen / tun yen
to swallow; to gulp


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tūn fú / tun1 fu2
t`un fu / tun fu
to swallow; to take (medicine)



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tūn mò / tun1 mo4
t`un mo / tun mo
to embezzle; to swallow up; to engulf


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tūn jīng / tun1 jing1
t`un ching / tun ching
to swallow semen



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tūn shēng / tun1 sheng1
t`un sheng / tun sheng
to swallow one's cries


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 nomu / のむ (transitive verb) (1) to drink; to gulp; to swallow; to take (medicine); (2) to smoke (tobacco); (3) to engulf; to overwhelm; (4) to keep down; to suppress; (5) to accept (e.g. demand, condition); (6) to make light of; to conceal



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qiāng dào / qiang1 dao4
ch`iang tao / chiang tao
to choke on (food etc); to swallow the wrong way



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yàn xià / yan4 xia4
yen hsia
 enge / えんげ    enka / えんか
to swallow; to suppress
(n,vs,adj-no) (act of) swallowing; deglutition


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jiā yàn / jia1 yan4
chia yen
(bird species of China) barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)


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yáng yàn / yang2 yan4
yang yen
(bird species of China) Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)


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 enji / えんじ (obscure) swallow chick


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yàn zi / yan4 zi5
yen tzu
 enshi / えんし
(obscure) (See 燕・1) swallow


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 tsubametobi;tsubametobi / つばめとび;ツバメトビ (kana only) swallow-tailed kite (Elanoides forficatus)

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