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salix
Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:30:41 AM
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Hi,

We received this lovely banner as a present from a former employee. Unfortunately, we do not speak Chinese and are unable to translate it. Can anyone please help?

https://imgur.com/a/iVLMBRG



Thank you! Angel

HedgeWizard
Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 4:52:45 AM

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Chinese calligraphic works and plaques are usually written from right to left and the style of the characters can be unintelligible. The largest four characters mean "God rewards diligence". To the left are the date of the writing, the writer's signature and his/her seals. As a gift, it is an expression of best wishes. In this case this person thinks you are hardworking people and wishes you to be blessed and rewarded.
grassplate
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 5:46:22 AM

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salix wrote:
Hi,

We received this lovely banner as a present from a former employee. Unfortunately, we do not speak Chinese and are unable to translate it. Can anyone please help?

https://imgur.com/a/iVLMBRG



Thank you! Angel



From right to left, the 4 characters are 天道酬勤, each of them literally / individually meaning: God/heaven, Way/Pattern, Reward, Diligence/Hard working.

Of course we usually don't interpret these sorts of phrase by individual characters and instead shall appreciate them combined. This is a Chinese saying which can be basically translated as "It's the divine codex to reward the hard-working".

This good-wish banner conveys two layers of connotations: 1) the receiver of it is perceived to be hard-working; 2) the hard-working people are going to enjoy the well deserved success.

So, enjoy it. :)
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