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  1. Friend / Friendship
  2. Friend
  3. Friendship
  4. Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever
  5. Eternal Friendship...
  6. Christian Friend
  7. Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend
  8. Sworn Friend / Ally
  9. Best Friends / Closest Friend
10. Soul Mates
11. True Friend
12. Best Love / Most Sincere Love

Friend / Friendship

China yǒu
Japan tomo
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This is the simplest way to express the idea of friends or friendship in Chinese.

It can mean friend, companion, or pal in Japanese. In Korean, it can mean friend, companion, or associate.

This single character is open to interpretation, so it can mean different things to different people (not necessarily a bad thing, as you can decide what it means to you). If you want a more concisely-defined word, you should probably pick one of our multi-character friendship-related words.

Friend / Friendship

China péng
Japan tomo
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This is a simple way to say friend, companion, comrade, or pal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, or old Korean Hanja.

This is a very short form, so a longer two-character word for friendship might be better.

Note: In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yukari.


Japan tomo dachi
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This is the most common way to say "friend" in Japanese.


China yǒu yì
Japan yuugi
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Can also be defined as companionship or fellowship. This word is common in Chinese and Korean Hanja but seldom used in Japanese anymore.

See Also:  Partnership


China yǒu qíng
Japan yuujou
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Can also be translated as "camaraderie" or "fellowship." But this character combination is only used commonly in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.

Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever

China yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
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This is exactly what the title suggests. This means friends that are eternal or a friendship that will last forever - you will remain the best of friends as long as you live.

The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.

The middle character links the words (it's a possessive article).

The last two characters represent friendship, or simply "friends."

Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever

Japan ei en no yuu
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The first two characters mean eternal, eternity, perpetuity, forever, immortality, and permanence.

The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "Love, of the eternal kind."

The last character is "friend" or "Friendship."

Christian Friend

China jiào yǒu
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Depending on context, this word can mean Christian or "friend of the same religion." While technically it could be any religion, this is used mostly within the Christian faith. You can also translate this as "Christian friend" and in some cases "Church member."

Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend

China zhì yǒu
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This one way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "honest" or "most sincere." The second character means "friend" or "friends" (plural forms work differently in Chinese).

See Also:  Soulmates

Sworn Friend / Ally

China méng yǒu
Japan meiyuu
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This means a sworn friend or ally. If you stand on the same side of an issue with someone, and perhaps fight for the same cause together, this is the term you would use to describe such a partner.

There may not be a personal relationship, as this term is also used to describe whole countries that make a coalition, or fight against a common enemy.

This would be most appropriate if you are a high-level military officer, giving this wall scroll to an officer of another country as you join forces together, and go to war.

Best Friends / Closest Friend

China zhì yǒu
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This one way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "most," "extreme" or "best."
The second character means "friend" or "friends" (plural forms work differently in China).

Can also be translated as "close friend" or "most intimate friend."

See Also:  Soulmates

Soul Mates

Japan tamashii no tomo
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This is one of a few ways to write "Soul Mates" in Japanese.

The first Kanji means soul, spirit, ghost, immortal soul, the mind, or conscious mind. From Sanskrit it's Vijñāna.

The middle character is a Japanese Hiragana connecting or possessive article that links the two ideas together.

The last Kanji means friends or friendship.

True Friend

China gòu péng you
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This is a colloquial title in Chinese meaning, "to be a true friend."

True Friend

Japan shinnotomo
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This is "true friend" in Japanese.

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

China zhì ài
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This can mean the best love or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.

See Also:  I Love You

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.

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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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Friend / Friendship tomoyǒu / you3 / you yu
Friend / Friendship tomopéng / peng2 / peng p`eng / peng
Friend 友達
tomo dachi / tomodachi
Friendship 友誼
yuugi / yugiyǒu yì / you3 yi4 / you yi / youyi yu i / yui
Friendship 友情yuujou / yujoyǒu qíng / you3 qing2 / you qing / youqing yu ch`ing / yuching / yu ching
Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever 永遠的朋友
yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
yong3 yuan3 de peng2 you3
yong yuan de peng you
yung yüan te p`eng yu
yung yüan te peng yu
Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever
永遠の友ei en no yuu
ei en no yu
Christian Friend 教友jiào yǒu / jiao4 you3 / jiao you / jiaoyou chiao yu / chiaoyu
Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend 摯友
zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyou chih yu / chihyu
Sworn Friend / Ally 盟友meiyuu / meiyuméng yǒu / meng2 you3 / meng you / mengyou meng yu / mengyu
Best Friends / Closest Friend 至友zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyou chih yu / chihyu
Soul Mates 魂の友tamashii no tomo
tamashi no tomo
True Friend 夠朋友
gòu péng you
gou4 peng2 you5
gou peng you
kou p`eng yu
kou peng yu
True Friend 真の友shinnotomo
Best Love / Most Sincere Love 至愛
zhì ài / zhi4 ai4 / zhi ai / zhiai chih ai / chihai

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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