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Friendship in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Friendship
  2. Friend / Friendship
  3. Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever
  4. Eternal Friendship...
  5. Soul Mates
  6. Best Friends
  7. Friendliness
  8. Best Friends / Closest Friend
  9. Friend
10. Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend
11. Five Codes of Tang Soo Do


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 | Friendliness

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.

Friend / Friendship

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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.


See Also...  Best Friends | Friendly

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.

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".


See Also...  Best Friends

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

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

Friendliness

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

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

Friend

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


See Also...  Best Friends | Friendly

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

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".


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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.
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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
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
Friend / Friendship
tomoyǒu
you
yu
you3
Friend / Friendship
tomopéng
peng
p`eng
peng2
peng
peng
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
Soul Mates魂の友
魂の友
tamashii no tomo
tamashiinotomo
tamashi no tomo
n/a
Best Friends至交
至交
n/azhì jiāo
zhi jiao
chih chiao
zhi4 jiao1
zhijiao
Friendliness友好
友好
yuukou
yuko
yǒu hǎo
you hao
yu hao
you3 hao3
youhao
Best Friends / Closest Friend至友
至友
n/azhì yǒu
zhi you
chih yu
zhi4 you3
zhiyou
Friend友达
友達
tomo dachi
tomodachi
n/a
Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend挚友
摯友
n/azhì yǒu
zhi you
chih yu
zhi4 you3
zhiyou
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

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