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7. Christian Friend
8. Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend
9. Sworn Friend / Ally
10. Best Friends / Closest Friend
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14. True Friend
15. Best Love / Most Sincere Love
17. Five Codes of Tang Soo Do
18. Be Like Water
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 characters 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.
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 2-character word for friendship might be better.
Note: In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yukari.
Can also be translated as "camaraderie" or "fellowship". But this character combination is only used commonly in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.
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".
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".
This Chinese/Japanese word can also be defined as "amity", "friendly", and "outgoing".
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".
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
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.
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
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.
This is the Japanese way to say "best friend".
The first character can mean "relative" or sometimes "parents". The second character means "friend". Think about the close relationship that Japanese people have with their parents and relatives, and this starts to mean "close friends".
Some Japanese-English dictionaries also translate this as "bosom friend", "old friend", "intimate friend", "buddy", "crony" or "chum".
Note that in Chinese, this has the meaning of "relatives and friends". It's a good meaning in Chinese, but it's not quite the same as "best friends".
This an alternate way to say best friend in Chinese.
The first character can mean "most", "extreme" or "best". The second character means "making friends" or "building friendship". There's sort of a suggestion with the second character that fate caused you to intersect in life and become friends (that character can mean intersection in some context).
This can also mean "most intimate friend", "very good friend of long standing", or "closest friend".
See Also... Soulmates
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
This Japanese word means the best love, beloved, 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.
It's a little strange, but this would be the character which means "best" or "extreme" in Chinese and Korean. The problem is, this is seldom used alone. It's mostly used in combination with other characters to make words like "best friend", "best food", and "best love".
We do not recommend this character for a wall scroll. It's better if you find a more specific term that fits your circumstances.
Note: This can be pronounced in Japanese, and has similar meaning, but it is rarely if ever used in modern Japanese.
These are the five codes of Tang Soo Do. I suggest you have this arranged in five columns when you get to the options page for your custom calligraphy wall scroll.
Here's my translations of each of the five codes:
國家忠誠 Be loyal to your country.
父母孝道 In regards to parents, behave in a filial way.
朋友有信 Be faithful in friendship.
殺生有擇 When fighting for life and death, make noble choices.
臨戰無退 No retreat in battle.
Note: "Tang Soo Do" is actually 唐手道. It's 당수도 in Korean Hangul. It can also be romanized as "Tangsudo" or "Dangsudo".
This is a short quote from a much longer statement by Bruce Lee. He was summarizing how people should be flexible to all circumstances/attacks/situations. At the end, he exclaims, "Be like water my friend". This is the, "Be like water" part alone, since that seems to be what most people want.
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)
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.
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.
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
|Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Friend / Friendship||友|
|Friend / Friendship||朋|
|Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever||永远的朋友|
|n/a||yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu|
yong yuan de peng you
yung yüan te p`eng yu
|yong3 yuan3 de peng2 you3|
yung yüan te peng yu
|ei en no yuu|
ei en no yu
|Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend||挚友|
|Sworn Friend / Ally||盟友|
|Best Friends / Closest Friend||至友|
|tamashii no tomo|
tamashi no tomo
|Best Friends / Buddies||亲友|
|n/a||gòu péng you|
gou peng you
kou p`eng yu
|gou4 peng2 you5|
kou peng yu
|Best Love / Most Sincere Love||至爱|
|Best Love / Most Sincere Love||最愛|
|Five Codes of Tang Soo Do||国家忠诚父母孝道朋友有信杀生有择临战无退|
|n/a||guó jiā zhōng chéng fù mǔ xiào dào péng yǒu yǒu xìn shā shēng yǒu zé lín zhàn wú tuì|
guo jia zhong cheng fu mu xiao dao peng you you xin sha sheng you ze lin zhan wu tui
kuo chia chung ch`eng fu mu hsiao tao p`eng yu yu hsin sha sheng yu tse lin chan wu t`ui
|guo2 jia1 zhong1 cheng2 fu4 mu3 xiao4 dao4 peng2 you3 you3 xin4 sha1 sheng1 you3 ze2 lin2 zhan4 wu2 tui4|
kuo chia chung cheng fu mu hsiao tao peng yu yu hsin sha sheng yu tse lin chan wu tui
|Be Like Water||象水一样|
|n/a||xiàng shuǐ yí yàng|
xiang shui yi yang
hsiang shui i yang
|xiang4 shui3 yi2 yang4|
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