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  1. Forgiveness
  2. Begging Forgiveness
  3. Please Forgive Me
  4. God Forgive Me
  5. Forgive
  6. Forgive Yourself
  7. Forgive and Forget
  8. Forgive Me of My Sins
  9. Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself


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".

Forgiveness (from the top down)

China róng shè
Japan you sha
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<mark>Forgiveness</mark> (from the top down)

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

Begging Forgiveness

China ráo shù
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Begging <mark>Forgiveness</mark>

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).

Please Forgive Me

China qíng yuán liàng
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Please Forgive Me

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.

Please Forgive Me

Japan oyurushi wo
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Please Forgive Me

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

God Forgive Me

Japan kami sama o yuru shi wo
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God Forgive Me

This is how to write, "God Forgive Me", in Japanese. There is an essence humble begging or "please" implied in this phrase.

Forgive

China liàng
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Forgive

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

China yuán liàng
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Forgive

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

Deep heartfelt forgiveness
China kuān shù
Japan kan jo
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Forgive

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.

Forgive Yourself

China yuán liàng zì jǐ
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Forgive Yourself

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".

Forgive and Forget

China lüè è jì yuán qíng
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Forgive and Forget

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.

Forgive and Forget

Confucian Proverb
China bú niàn jiù è
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Forgive and Forget

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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Forgive and Forget

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 Me of My Sins

China yuán liàng wǒ de zuì niè
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Forgive Me of My Sins

This is a religious phrase, which means exactly what the title suggests.


See Also...  Christian

Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself

Japan ware o yuru su
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Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself

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".


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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.




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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
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Forgiveness
n/ashù
shu
shu4
Forgiveness (from the top down)容赦
容赦
you sha
yousha
yo sha
róng shè
rong she
jung she
rong2 she4
rongshe
Begging Forgiveness饶恕
饒恕
n/aráo shù
rao shu
jao shu
rao2 shu4
raoshu
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
Please Forgive Meお許しを
お許しを
oyurushi wo
oyurushiwo
n/a
God Forgive Me神様お許しを
神様お許しを
kami sama o yuru shi wo
kamisamaoyurushiwo
n/a
Forgive
n/aliàng
liang
liang4
Forgive原谅
原諒
n/ayuán liàng
yuan liang
yüan liang
yuan2 liang4
yuanliang
Forgive宽恕
寬恕 / 寛恕
kan jo
kanjo
kuān shù
kuan shu
k`uan shu
kuan1 shu4
kuanshu
kuanshu
kuan shu
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
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
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 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 Yourself / Release Yourself我を許す
我を許す
ware o yuru su
wareoyurusu
n/a

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