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111 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 27 March 2007 05:49PM

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Comment author: [deleted] 09 January 2012 01:06:55AM 4 points [-]

強くなりたい is how it is written in Japanese.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 09 January 2012 01:44:23AM 0 points [-]

Is there a way that uses fewer characters? (Presumably more complex ones). Apologies for my lack of knowledge.

Comment author: [deleted] 09 January 2012 01:52:20AM *  3 points [-]

No. These are verb endings and can't be written as Kanji. (Well, you could use 強く成りたい, but that's weird and doesn't buy you anything.)

Edit: Maybe use a different expression? 一生懸命 (i'shou kenmei) is closely related and denser.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 09 January 2012 02:43:53AM *  1 point [-]

Thanks. :)

For context, I had the idea of making an artistic representation of the phrase as a symbolic reminder (partly inspired by Jeffreyssai's symbols ). So ideally I'd use as dense a representation as possible.

Comment author: thomblake 25 January 2012 03:34:45PM 0 points [-]

You could always just go with 強 - it just represents "strength" (in Chinese / Japanese) but if you're looking for a symbolic reminder it should be sufficient, and a single Kanji is often used for symbolic purposes.