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Friend in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Friend / Friendship
  2. Friend
  3. Friendship
  4. Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever
  5. Eternal Friendship...
  6. Friendliness
  7. Christian Friend
  8. Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend
  9. Sworn Friend / Ally
10. Best Friends / Closest Friend
11. Soul Mates
12. Best Friends / Buddies
13. Best Friends
14. True Friend
15. Best Love / Most Sincere Love
16. Best
17. Five Codes of Tang Soo Do
18. Be Like Water


Friend / Friendship

Single Character
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 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.

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 2-character word for friendship might be better.

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

Friend

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

Friendship

Chinese and Korean
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

Friendship

Japanese and Korean
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

Chinese
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

Japanese
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".

Friendliness

China yǒu hǎo
Japan yuukou
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This Chinese/Japanese word can also be defined as "amity", "friendly", and "outgoing".

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

Japanese only
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.

Best Friends / Buddies

China qīn yǒu
Japan shin yuu
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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".

Best Friends

China zhì jiāo
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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

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

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

Japanese Only
Japan sai ai
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This Japanese word means 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.

Best

China zhì
Japan shi
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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.

Five Codes of Tang Soo Do

China guó jiā zhōng chéng fù mǔ xiào dào péng yǒu yǒu xìn shā shēng yǒu zé lín zhàn wú tuì
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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".

Be Like Water

Quote from Bruce Lee
China xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
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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.


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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
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Friend / Friendship
tomoyǒu
you
yu
you3
Friend / Friendship
tomopéng
peng
p`eng
peng2
peng
peng
Friend友达
友達
tomo dachi
tomodachi
n/a
Friendship友谊
友誼
yuugi
yugi
yǒu yì
you yi
yu i
you3 yi4
youyi
Friendship友情
友情
yuujou
yujo
yǒu qíng
you qing
yu ch`ing
you3 qing2
youqing
yuching
yu ching
Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever永远的朋友
永遠的朋友
n/ayǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
yong yuan de peng you
yung yüan te p`eng yu
yong3 yuan3 de peng2 you3
yongyuandepengyou
yungyüantepengyu
yung yüan te peng yu
Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever
永遠の友
永遠の友
ei en no yuu
eiennoyuu
ei en no yu
n/a
Friendliness友好
友好
yuukou
yuko
yǒu hǎo
you hao
yu hao
you3 hao3
youhao
Christian Friend教友
教友
n/ajiào yǒu
jiao you
chiao yu
jiao4 you3
jiaoyou
Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend挚友
摯友
n/azhì yǒu
zhi you
chih yu
zhi4 you3
zhiyou
Sworn Friend / Ally盟友
盟友
meiyuu
meiyu
méng yǒu
meng you
meng yu
meng2 you3
mengyou
Best Friends / Closest Friend至友
至友
n/azhì yǒu
zhi you
chih yu
zhi4 you3
zhiyou
Soul Mates魂の友
魂の友
tamashii no tomo
tamashiinotomo
tamashi no tomo
n/a
Best Friends / Buddies亲友
親友
shin yuu
shinyuu
shin yu
qīn yǒu
qin you
ch`in yu
qin1 you3
qinyou
chinyu
chin yu
Best Friends至交
至交
n/azhì jiāo
zhi jiao
chih chiao
zhi4 jiao1
zhijiao
True Friend够朋友
夠朋友
n/agòu péng you
gou peng you
kou p`eng yu
gou4 peng2 you5
goupengyou
koupengyu
kou peng yu
True Friend真の友
真の友
shinnotomon/a
Best Love / Most Sincere Love至爱
至愛
n/azhì ài
zhi ai
chih ai
zhi4 ai4
zhiai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love最愛
最愛
sai ai
saiai
n/a
Best
shizhì
zhi
chih
zhi4
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
國家忠誠父母孝道朋友有信殺生有擇臨戰無退
n/aguó 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
象水一樣
n/axiàng shuǐ yí yàng
xiang shui yi yang
hsiang shui i yang
xiang4 shui3 yi2 yang4
xiangshuiyiyang

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 "friend" 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.

Some people may refer to this entry as Friend Kanji, Friend Characters, Friend in Mandarin Chinese, Friend Characters, Friend in Chinese Writing, Friend in Japanese Writing, Friend in Asian Writing, Friend Ideograms, Chinese Friend symbols, Friend Hieroglyphics, Friend Glyphs, Friend in Chinese Letters, Friend Hanzi, Friend in Japanese Kanji, Friend Pictograms, Friend in the Chinese Written-Language, or Friend in the Japanese Written-Language.

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