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棒頭出孝子箸頭出忤逆 literally translates as:
A stick (or switch) produces filial sons; chopsticks produce disobedient [ones].
Figuratively, this means:
Strict discipline produces dutiful children, whereas indulgence produces disobedient ones.
This proverb is very similar to this English proverb:
“Spare the rod and spoil the child.”
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|luó dé / luo2 de2 / luo de / luode||lo te / lote|
|Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child||棒頭出孝子箸頭出忤逆||bàng tóu chū xiào zǐ zhù tóu chū wǔ nì|
bang4 tou2 chu1 xiao4 zi3 zhu4 tou2 chu1 wu3 ni4
bang tou chu xiao zi zhu tou chu wu ni
|pang t`ou ch`u hsiao tzu chu t`ou ch`u wu ni
pang tou chu hsiao tzu chu tou chu wu ni
|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.
Some people may refer to this entry as Rod Kanji, Rod Characters, Rod in Mandarin Chinese, Rod Characters, Rod in Chinese Writing, Rod in Japanese Writing, Rod in Asian Writing, Rod Ideograms, Chinese Rod symbols, Rod Hieroglyphics, Rod Glyphs, Rod in Chinese Letters, Rod Hanzi, Rod in Japanese Kanji, Rod Pictograms, Rod in the Chinese Written-Language, or Rod in the Japanese Written-Language.