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人生 and 生命

Postby high666 » Wed 01.26.2011 6:59 pm

Hi,

can anyone please explain the difference between 人生 and 生命 ? And maybe use it in a sentence with examples so I can really understand?

Also, can they both make sense alone, ie on a wallpaper for your computer?

Thanks , sorry for my bad english
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Re: 人生 and 生命

Postby chikara » Wed 01.26.2011 8:37 pm

TJPへようこそ  :)

人生 (じんせい) means a person's life, from birth (conception?) to death, where as 生命 (せいめい) means the thing that distinguishes animate objects from inanimate objects.

In English we use "life" in both cases, for example;

"Mother Teresa lived a good life." Life = 人生
"It's life Jim, but not as we know it." Life = 生命

Some more examples;
Life is sweet - 人生は楽しい
Is there life on Mars - 火星には生命が存在しますか

They are both nouns so they make as much sense on their own as any other noun. Is this for a tattoo? :think:
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Re: 人生 and 生命

Postby high666 » Wed 01.26.2011 9:03 pm

wow, thank you for such a great answer! I really hope to become as good as you in japanese one day!

No, not for a tattoo, I have a neat wallpaper on my computer, and there's a great spot for a kanji, and I'm just trying to think what I would like to put there.


btw, the site looks great! i've been here since 2006 off and on, and I can say I LOVE the new look!


thank you again, keep up the great work! =D
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Re: 人生 and 生命

Postby chikara » Wed 01.26.2011 9:34 pm

high666 wrote:.... thank you for such a great answer! .....

どういたしまして :)

There is another word, 生き (いき) which means living or being alive from the verb 生きる (いきる), to live, which is also the title of a movie by famous Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Being one kanji and one hiragana though it may not look as impressive as 人生.
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