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Forgiven in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Begging Forgiveness
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Please Forgive Me
  4. God Forgive Me
  5. Please Forgive Me
  6. Forgive
  7. Mercy / Compassion / Love
  8. Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself
  9. Forgive Me of My Sins
10. Forgive
11. Forgive and Forget
12. Compassion
13. Forgive
14. Forgive and Forget
15. Forgive Yourself
16. Sorry / Apology


Begging Forgiveness

China ráo shù
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This Chinese word is a kind of forgiveness that you would beg for like a servant begging a master. This can also be the forgiveness that a person would beg from the king or God.

This word suggests that this is forgiveness for something really bad (a terrible crime or sin).

Forgiveness (from the top down)

China róng shè
Japan you sha
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This is the kind of forgiveness that a king might give to his subjects for crimes or wrong-doings. This is a rather high-level forgiveness. Meaning that it goes from a higher level to lower (not the reverse).

Alone, the first character can mean "to bear", "to allow" and/or "to tolerate", and the second can mean "to forgive", "to pardon" and/or "to excuse".

When you put both characters together, you get forgiveness, pardon, mercy, leniency, or going easy (on someone).


See Also...  Benevolence

Forgiveness

China shù
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This character means forgive, show mercy, absolve, or excuse in Chinese and Korean Hanja (though mostly used in compound words in Korean).

This character incorporates the pictogram of a heart at the bottom, and a woman and a mouth at the top. The heart portion has the most significance, as it is suggested that it is the heart's nature to forgive.
In Asian culture, as with most other cultures, forgiveness is an act of benevolence and altruism. In forgiving, you put yourself in someone else's shoes and show them the kindness that you would want them to show you. Confucius referred to this quality as "human-heartedness".

Please Forgive Me

China qíng yuán liàng
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If you are looking for forgiveness, this is what you would say to ask/beg for it.


Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese people - but you can bend the rules if you want in the west.

God Forgive Me

Japanese only
Japan kami sama o yuru shi wo
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This is how to write, "God Forgive Me", in Japanese. There is an essence humble begging or "please" implied in this phrase.

Please Forgive Me

Japanese only
Japan oyurushi wo
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This is how to write, "Please Forgive Me", in Japanese. Often, Japanese Christians will add "God" (Kamisama) in front of this.

Forgive

Deep heartfelt forgiveness
China kuān shù
Japan kan jo
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This two-character word of Chinese origin means forgive or forgiveness. This is a deep kind of forgiveness from the bottom of your heart.

In a religious context, this is the kind of forgiveness that you beg God for and that God grants you.

In Korean Hanja, this can also be defined as forbearance or leniency.

In Japanese Kanji, beyond forgiveness, this can also mean magnanimity or generosity.

While we don't actively recommend Asian tattoos, this would be the forgiveness title which is best for a tattoo in most cases.


寛 Note: The first character can also be written in the form shown to the right (especially in Japanese). If you have a preference, please let us know in the "special instructions" when you place your order.

Mercy / Compassion / Love

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Japan ji
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This is the simplest way to express the idea of compassion. It can also mean love for your fellow humans, humanity, or living creatures. Sometimes this is extended to mean charity.

This term is often used with Buddhist or Christian context. The concept was also spoken of by Laozi (Lao Tzu) in the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching).

This Chinese character is understood in Japanese, but is usually used in compound words (not seen alone). Also used in Korean Hanja, so it's very universal.


See Also...  Mercy | Benevolence | Kindness

Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself

Japan ware o yuru su
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This is how to write "forgive yourself" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean, "regarding myself".

The last two characters mean, "to forgive", "to excuse (from)", "to pardon", "to release", "to let off", "to permit", "to allow", and/or "to approve".

Forgive Me of My Sins

China yuán liàng wǒ de zuì niè
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This is a religious phrase, which means exactly what the title suggests.


See Also...  Christian

Forgive

China yuán liàng
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This two-character word means "forgive" in Chinese. It can also be defined as "to pardon" or "to excuse". This is kind of a general forgiveness.

Forgive and Forget

China lüè è jì yuán qíng
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This Chinese proverb means, "to overlook past faults", or "forgive and forget".

It's more literally, "Abridge or make small the scars from your past emotions". Basically, you should let it go.

The character breakdown:
略 (lüè) abbreviation; omission; abridge.
跡 (jī) ruins; scar; traces.
原 (yuán) former.
情 (qíng) feeling; emotion.

Compassion

China tóng qíng
Japan dou jou
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Compassion is caring and understanding someone is hurt or troubled (even if you don't know them). It is wanting to help, even if all you can do is listen and say kind words. You forgive mistakes. You are a friend when someone needs a friend.

These same two characters contain this meaning of compassion and sympathy in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, which makes this word universal.


See Also...  Love | Caring | Kindness

Forgive

China liàng
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This single character means "forgive" in Chinese. In Korean, this kind of means forgive, but also has slightly different definitions of consider, excuse, faithful, believe.

Forgive and Forget

Confucian Proverb
China bú niàn jiù è
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This Chinese proverb comes from the Analects of Confucius. It can be translated as, "Do not recall old grievances", or more simply as, "Forgive and forget".

The character breakdown:
不 (bù) not; no; don't.
念 (niàn) read aloud.
舊 (jiù) old; former.
惡 (è) wicked deeds; grievances; sins.

Forgive and Forget

Water Under the Bridge
Japan mizu ni naga su
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This is a Japanese proverb which suggests that "water continues to flow". It's similar to our English phrase, "Water under the bridge". The perceived meaning is, "Forgive and forget".

I have also seen this translated as, "Don't cry over spilled milk".

Forgive Yourself

China yuán liàng zì jǐ
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This is how to write "forgive yourself" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean, "to excuse", "to forgive", or "to pardon".

The last two characters mean, "self" (reflexive pronoun), "yourself", or "oneself".

Sorry / Apology

China duì bù qǐ
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This is how Chinese people say "I'm sorry", "pardon me", or "forgive me".

This is the most common phrase to apologize for everything from bumping into someone to breaking someone's heart. Basically, it's used in the same way we use "sorry" for many situations.


Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese people - but you can bend the rules if you want in the west.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

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Confucius
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With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Begging Forgiveness饶恕
饒恕
n/aráo shù
rao shu
jao shu
rao2 shu4
raoshu
Forgiveness (from the top down)容赦
容赦
you sha
yousha
yo sha
róng shè
rong she
jung she
rong2 she4
rongshe
Forgiveness
n/ashù
shu
shu4
Please Forgive Me请原谅
請原諒
n/aqíng yuán liàng
qing yuan liang
ch`ing yüan liang
qing2 yuan2 liang4
qingyuanliang
chingyüanliang
ching yüan liang
God Forgive Me神様お許しを
神様お許しを
kami sama o yuru shi wo
kamisamaoyurushiwo
n/a
Please Forgive Meお許しを
お許しを
oyurushi wo
oyurushiwo
n/a
Forgive宽恕
寬恕 / 寛恕
kan jo
kanjo
kuān shù
kuan shu
k`uan shu
kuan1 shu4
kuanshu
kuanshu
kuan shu
Mercy / Compassion / Love
ji
ci
tz`u
ci2
tzu
tzu
Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself我を許す
我を許す
ware o yuru su
wareoyurusu
n/a
Forgive Me of My Sins原谅我的罪孽
原諒我的罪孽
n/ayuán liàng wǒ de zuì niè
yuan liang wo de zui nie
yüan liang wo te tsui nieh
yuan2 liang4 wo3 de zui4 nie4
yuanliangwodezuinie
Forgive原谅
原諒
n/ayuán liàng
yuan liang
yüan liang
yuan2 liang4
yuanliang
Forgive and Forget略迹原情
略跡原情
n/alüè è jì yuán qíng
lve e ji yuan qing
o chi yüan ch`ing
lve4 e4 ji4 yuan2 qing2
lveejiyuanqing
ochiyüanching
o chi yüan ching
Compassion同情
同情
dou jou
doujou
do jo
tóng qíng
tong qing
t`ung ch`ing
tong2 qing2
tongqing
tungching
tung ching
Forgive
n/aliàng
liang
liang4
Forgive and Forget不念旧恶
不念舊惡
n/abú niàn jiù è
bu nian jiu e
pu nien chiu o
bu2 nian4 jiu4 e4
bunianjiue
Forgive and Forget水に流す
水に流す
mizu ni naga su
mizuninagasu
n/a
Forgive Yourself原谅自己
原諒自己
n/ayuán liàng zì jǐ
yuan liang zi ji
yüan liang tzu chi
yuan2 liang4 zi4 ji3
yuanliangziji
Sorry / Apology对不起
對不起
n/aduì bù qǐ
dui bu qi
tui pu ch`i
dui4 bu4 qi3
duibuqi
tuipuchi
tui pu chi

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "forgiven" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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