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Love

China ài
Japan ai
Love

愛 is a very universal character. It means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

愛 is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west, and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

愛 can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you." But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.


It's very common for couples to say "I love you" in Chinese. However, in Japanese, "love" is not a term used very often. In fact, a person is more likely to say "I like you" rather than "I love you" in Japanese. So this word is well-known but seldom spoken.


More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship."

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.


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Adorable / Cute / Lovely

Japan ka wai i
Adorable / Cute / Lovely

This Japanese word means cute, adorable, charming, lovely, or pretty.

Depending on context, it can also mean dear, precious, darling, pet, cute little, or tiny.

Big Brother / Elder Brother

China ā xiōng
Japan akei
Big Brother / Elder Brother

阿兄 is a Chinese and Japanese title for elder brother.

阿兄 is an honorific title, like saying, "my dear brother." I nice way to pay tribute to your big brother, or older brother on your wall.

Younger Sister

China mèi
Japan mai / imouto
Younger Sister

妹 is the single-character for younger sister.

In colloquial Japanese speech, this can be a way to say, darling, dear, honey, or my betrothed (only used when referring to a woman).

In Japanese, this can be the female given name Mai.

In Chinese, you will generally see this used in double form, "妹妹" or "mei mei" when referring to a younger sister.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin mèi / mei4
Taiwan mei
Japanese imouto / imoto いもうと
 imo いも
Chinese younger sister
Japanese (humble language) younger sister; (1) (archaism) (familiar language) darling (only of a woman); dear; honey; my betrothed; (2) (archaism) one's sister; (3) (archaism) (familiar language) (feminine speech) friend; (female given name) Mai; (surname) Sezaki; (place-name) Se; (place-name) Imoto
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愛子


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Mandarin ài zǐ / ai4 zi3
Taiwan ai tzu
Japanese yoshiko よしこ
 megumiko めぐみこ
 manami まなみ
 manako まなこ
 mako まこ
 naruko なるこ
 tsuneko つねこ
 chikako ちかこ
 kanako かなこ
 itoko いとこ
 ayashi あやし
 ako あこ
 akiko あきこ
 aisu あいす
 aiko あいこ
Chinese beloved son
Japanese beloved child; dear child; (female given name) Yoshiko; (female given name) Megumiko; (female given name) Manami; (female given name) Manako; (female given name) Mako; (female given name) Naruko; (female given name) Tsuneko; (female given name) Chikako; (female given name) Kanako; (female given name) Itoko; (place-name, surname) Ayashi; (female given name) Ako; (female given name) Akiko; (female given name) Aisu; (female given name) Aiko
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親切

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Mandarin qīn qiè / qin1 qie4
Taiwan ch`in ch`ieh / chin chieh
Japanese shinsetsu しんせつ
Chinese amiable; cordial; close and dear; familiar
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) kindness; gentleness
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Kindness / Caring

阿兄

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Mandarin ā xiōng / a1 xiong1
Taiwan a hsiung
Japanese akei / ake あけい
Chinese elder brother
Japanese elder brother; my dear brother
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Big Brother / Elder Brother

可愛い

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Japanese kawayui かわゆい
 kawaii / kawai かわいい
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (adjective) (1) (kana only) cute; adorable; charming; lovely; pretty; (2) (kana only) dear; precious; darling; pet; (3) (kana only) cute little; tiny; (ateji / phonetic) (adjective) (1) (kana only) cute; adorable; charming; lovely; pretty; (2) (kana only) dear; precious; darling; pet; (3) (kana only) cute little; tiny
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Adorable / Cute / Lovely

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Japanese ma
Japanese (adverb) (1) just (e.g. "just wait here"); come now; now, now; (2) tolerably; passably; moderately; reasonably; fairly; rather; somewhat; (3) well...; I think...; it would seem...; you might say...; Hmmm, I guess so...; (interjection) (4) (feminine speech) oh!; oh dear!; oh, my!; wow!; goodness gracious!; good heavens!

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Mandarin ài // āi / ai4 // ai1
Taiwan ai
Chinese alas; oh dear; interjection or grunt of agreement or recognition (e.g. yes, it's me!); to sigh

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Mandarin/ fu1
Taiwan fu
Japanese pu
 furukatsuto ふるかつと
 furi ふり
 fu
 osachi おさち
Chinese (classical) this, that; he, she, they; (exclamatory final particle); (initial particle, introduces an opinion); husband; man; manual worker; conscripted laborer (old)
Japanese (1) (archaism) my dear; dear; honey; (2) (kana only) garnish (esp. one served with sashimi); (3) (kana only) embellishment; (1) (archaism) that; (2) (archaism) he; she; that person; husband; (n-pref,n-suf,n) (1) male; man; (2) (archaism) husband; (surname) Pu; (personal name) Furukatsuto; (personal name) Furi; (surname) Fu; (personal name) Osachi
A man; a sage, officer, hero; a husband, mate; a fellow; a particle, i. e. for, so, etc.

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Mandarin xiǎo / xiao3
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese shou / sho しょう
 ko
 guゎー ぐゎー
 o
Chinese small; tiny; few; young
Japanese (n,n-pref) (1) smallness; small item; (2) (See 小の月) short month (i.e. having fewer than 31 days); (3) (abbreviation) (See 小学校) elementary school; (4) younger or inferior (of two items or people with the same name); (5) (archaism) unit of field area (approx. 400 sq m); (prefix) (1) (See 小皿) small; little; slight; (2) (See 小半日,弱・じゃく・1) slightly less than; just about; (3) (See こざっぱり) somewhat; somehow; (4) (See 小役人) minor (sometimes derogatory); petty; (suffix) (rkb:) small; little; dear (figurative sense); (prefix) (1) (See 小川) small; narrow; (2) (See 小野) familiar prefix; (3) (See 小暗い) slightly; a bit; (surname) Hamako; (female given name) Chiisa; (given name) Shoukei; (personal name) Shouka; (surname) Shou; (surname) Sazaki; (surname) Koyanagi; (personal name) Komine; (personal name) Kofuku; (surname) Kohama; (surname) Kodzuru; (surname) Kotaka; (surname) Kosugi; (personal name) Koshio; (personal name) Kogayu; (personal name) Kogai; (personal name) Kokatsu; (personal name) Kousu; (place-name) Ko; (surname) Oy
Small, little; mean, petty; inferior.

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Japanese toushuu / toshu とうしゅう
 suzaki すざき
 susaki すさき
 shuu / shu しゅう
 shima しま
 kuni くに
 atsumu あつむ
Chinese prefecture; (old) province; (old) administrative division; state (e.g. of US); oblast (Russia); canton (Switzerland)
Japanese sandbank; sandbar; (n,n-suf) (1) state; province; county; oblast; department (of ancient China); (2) continent; (suffix) (3) (archaism) dear; (given name) Toushuu; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (personal name) Shuu; (female given name) Shima; (personal name) Kuni; (personal name) Atsumu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin qīn / qin1
Taiwan ch`in / chin
Japanese shin しん
Chinese parents-in-law of one's offspring; parent; one's own (flesh and blood); relative; related; marriage; bride; close; intimate; in person; first-hand; in favor of; pro-; to kiss; (Internet slang) dear
Japanese (1) intimacy; closeness; friendliness; (2) close relative; (prefix noun) (3) (See 親米,親アラブ) pro- (e.g. pro-American, pro-Japanese, etc.); (personal name) Yoshimi; (surname) Chikara; (female given name) Chikashi; (female given name) Chika; (personal name) Shinji; (personal name) Shin; (surname) Oyazaki
Personally related, own, intimate; family; a wife, marriage; feeling of intimacy

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Mandarin guì / gui4
Taiwan kuei
Japanese muchi むち
 ki
Chinese expensive; noble; precious; (honorific) your
Japanese (n,n-suf) (honorific or respectful language) (archaism) lord; god; goddess; honorific title for deities (and high-ranking people); (suffix) (See 兄貴・1) honorific, familiar suffix; (given name) Motomu; (given name) Tadashi; (male given name) Takashi; (surname, female given name) Taka; (surname) Kisaki; (personal name) Ki; (given name) Ateshi
Honourable, dear, precious; valuable

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はて

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Japanese hate はて
Japanese (interjection) (1) Dear me!; Good gracious!; (2) well ... (used before sentences expressing a doubt); let me see; now ...

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まあ

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Japanese maa / ma まあ
Japanese (adverb) (1) just (e.g. "just wait here"); come now; now, now; (2) tolerably; passably; moderately; reasonably; fairly; rather; somewhat; (3) well...; I think...; it would seem...; you might say...; Hmmm, I guess so...; (interjection) (4) (feminine speech) oh!; oh dear!; oh, my!; wow!; goodness gracious!; good heavens!

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やや

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Japanese yaya やや
Japanese (interjection) Oh!; Oh my!; Dear me!; (female given name) Yaya

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やれ

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Japanese yare やれ
Japanese (interjection) oh!; ah!; oh dear!; dear me!; thank God!

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仁兄

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Mandarin rén xiōng / ren2 xiong1
Taiwan jen hsiung
Japanese jinkei / jinke じんけい
Chinese (honorific written address) My dear friend
Japanese (pn,adj-no) (honorific or respectful language) (familiar language) (epistolary term in reference to a male) you

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仁弟

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Mandarin rén dì / ren2 di4
Taiwan jen ti
Chinese (honorific written address to younger man) My dear young friend

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大切

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Japanese taisetsu(p);taisechi(ok) たいせつ(P);たいせち(ok)
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) important; necessary; indispensable; (2) beloved; precious; dear; cherished; valuable; (3) (usu. adverb, as ~に) careful; (place-name, surname) Oogiri; (place-name) Ookiri

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復啓

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Japanese fukukei;fukkei / fukuke;fukke ふくけい;ふっけい
Japanese (salutation of a formal letter of response) Dear Sir or Madam, in reply to your letter ...

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急啓

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Japanese kyuukei / kyuke きゅうけい
Japanese (opening formula of an urgent letter) Dear Sir or Madam

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拝呈

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Japanese haitei / haite はいてい
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) presenting; presentation; (2) (honorific or respectful language) (salutation of a formal letter) Dear (so and so); Dear Sir; Dear Madam; To Whom It May Concern

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拝啓

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Japanese haikei / haike はいけい
Japanese (letters beginning with this typically end with 敬具) Dear (so and so); Dear Sir; Dear Madam; To Whom It May Concern

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拝復

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Japanese haifuku はいふく
Japanese (int,n) (salutation of a formal letter of response) Dear Sir or Madam, in reply to your letter ...

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看倌

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Mandarin kàn guān / kan4 guan1
Taiwan k`an kuan / kan kuan
Chinese dear reader; dear listener

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看官

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Mandarin kàn guān / kan4 guan1
Taiwan k`an kuan / kan kuan
Chinese dear reader; dear listener

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粛啓

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Japanese shukukei;shukkei / shukuke;shukke しゅくけい;しゅっけい
Japanese (interjection) (honorific or respectful language) (See 謹啓) Dear (name)

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親愛


亲爱

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Mandarin qīn ài / qin1 ai4
Taiwan ch`in ai / chin ai
Japanese shinai しんあい
Chinese dear; beloved; darling
Japanese (1) deep affection; (adjectival noun) (2) (often in the opening of a letter as 親愛なる) dear; beloved; (given name) Shin'ai
To love, beloved.

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親親

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Mandarin qīn qīn / qin1 qin1
Taiwan ch`in ch`in / chin chin
Chinese dear one; to kiss; friendly

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諸兄

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Japanese shokei / shoke しょけい
Japanese dear friends; (all of) you or those men; (surname) Moroe

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Love
aiài / ai4 / ai
Adorable
Cute
Lovely
可愛い
可爱い
ka wai i / kawaii
Big Brother
Elder Brother
阿兄akeiā xiōng / a1 xiong1 / a xiong / axionga hsiung / ahsiung
Younger Sistermai / imouto
mai / imoto
mai/imoto
mèi / mei4 / mei
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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