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Grandparents in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Honor for Ancestors
  2. Grandfather
  3. Grandma / Grandmother
  4. Loving Grandfather
  5. Dear Grandfather
  6. Loving Grandfather
  7. Dear Grandfather
  8. Loving Grandfather
  9. Dear Grandfather
10. Loving Grandfather
11. Dear Grandfather
12. Loving Grandmother
13. Dear Grandmother
14. Loving Grandmother
15. Dear Grandmother
16. Loving Grandmother
17. Dear Grandmother
18. Loving Grandmother
19. Dear Grandmother
20. Loving Grandfather
21. Dear Grandfather
22. Loving Grandmother
23. Dear Grandmother

Honor for Ancestors

China zǔ xiān chóng bài
Japan so sen suu hai
Honor for Ancestors

祖先崇拜 means "Appreciation and honor of your ancestors." This can refer to anyone from your grandparents and beyond.

The first two characters mean ancestors or forefathers.

The last two characters mean adore, worship, adoration, or admiration.

祖先崇拜 is the kind of wall scroll that a filial son or daughter in China or Japan would hang to honor their ancestors who paved the way for the new generation.


拝Japanese use a slight variation on the last Kanji. If you want this specifically Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image to the right (instead of the button above). Note that Japanese people would easily be able to identify the original Chinese form of that Kanji anyway.

They also have a similar phrase in old Korean but the first two characters are reversed - just let me know if you want that version when you place your order.

Grandfather

China zǔ fù
Japan so fu
Grandfather

祖父 is a title for grandfather in Japanese. In Chinese, this is specifically paternal grandfather.

This title alone is not normal for a calligraphy wall scroll.

Grandma / Grandmother

Japan so bo
Grandma / Grandmother

祖母 is a generic Japanese title for grandmother.

Note: 祖母 is an uncommon title for a wall scroll.

Loving Grandfather

Maternal (Northern China)
China cí xiáng de lǎo ye
Loving Grandfather

慈祥的老爺 is what you would call your maternal grandfather (mother's father) in Northern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Dear Grandfather

Maternal (Northern China)
China qín ài de lǎo ye
Dear Grandfather

親愛的姥爺 is what you would call your maternal grandfather (mother's father) in Northern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Loving Grandfather

Maternal (Southern China - Informal)
China cí xiáng de wài gōng
Loving Grandfather

慈祥的外公 is "Loving Grandfather" using an informal way to call your maternal grandfather (mother's father) in Southern China.

Dear Grandfather

Maternal (Southern China - Informal)
China qín ài de wài gōng
Dear Grandfather

親愛的外公 is an informal way to call your maternal grandfather (mother's father) in Southern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Loving Grandfather

Paternal (Northern China)
China cí xiáng de yé ye
Loving Grandfather

慈祥的爺爺 is "Loving Grandfather" using the most common way for people in Northern China to refer to their father's father (paternal grandfather).

Dear Grandfather

Paternal (Northern China)
China qín ài de yé ye
Dear Grandfather

親愛的爺爺 is the most common way for people in Northern China to refer to their father's father (paternal grandfather) with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Loving Grandfather

Paternal (Southern China)
China cí xiáng de zǔ fù
Loving Grandfather

慈祥的祖父 is "Loving Grandfather" in the way people in Southern China call their father's father (paternal grandfather).

Dear Grandfather

Paternal (Southern China)
China qín ài de zǔ fù
Dear Grandfather

親愛的祖父 is the how people in Southern China call their father's father (paternal grandfather) with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Loving Grandmother

Maternal (Northern China)
China cí xiáng de lǎo lao
Loving Grandmother

慈祥的姥姥 is "Loving Grandmother" in the common way to refer to your mother's mother (maternal grandmother) in Northern China.

Dear Grandmother

Maternal (Northern China)
China qín ài de lǎo lao
Dear Grandmother

親愛的姥姥 is the common way to refer to your mother's mother (maternal grandmother) in Northern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Loving Grandmother

Maternal (Southern China)
China cí xiáng de wài pó
Loving Grandmother

慈祥的外婆 is "Loving Grandmother" in a common way to refer to your mother's mother (maternal grandmother) in Southern China.

Dear Grandmother

Maternal (Southern China)
China qín ài de wài pó
Dear Grandmother

親愛的外婆 is a common way to refer to your mother's mother (maternal grandmother) in Southern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Loving Grandmother

Paternal (Northern China)
China cí xiáng de nǎi nai
Loving Grandmother

慈祥的奶奶 is "Loving Grandmother" in probably the most common way to refer to your father's mother (paternal grandmother) in northern China.

Dear Grandmother

Paternal (Northern China)
China qín ài de nǎi nai
Dear Grandmother

親愛的奶奶 is probably the most common way to refer to your father's mother (paternal grandmother) in northern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Loving Grandmother

Paternal (Southern China)
China cí xiáng de zǔ mǔ
Loving Grandmother

慈祥的祖母 is "Loving Grandmother" in the most common way to refer to your father's mother (paternal grandmother) in Southern China.

Dear Grandmother

Paternal (Southern China)
China qín ài de zǔ mǔ
Dear Grandmother

The most common way to refer to your father's mother (paternal grandmother) in Southern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Loving Grandfather

Maternal (Southern China)
China cí xiáng de wài zǔ fù
Loving Grandfather

This is "Loving Grandfather" in the formal way that people in Southern China usually call their mother's father (maternal grandfather).

Dear Grandfather

Maternal (Southern China)
China qín ài de wài zǔ fù
Dear Grandfather

This is the formal way that people in Southern China usually call their mother's father (maternal grandfather) with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

Loving Grandmother

Maternal (Southern China - formal)
China cí xiáng de wài zǔ mǔ
Loving Grandmother

This is "Loving Grandmother" in the formal way to refer to your mother's mother (maternal grandmother) in Southern China.

Dear Grandmother

Maternal (Southern China - formal)
China qín ài de wài zǔ mǔ
Dear Grandmother

The formal way to refer to your mother's mother (maternal grandmother) in Southern China with the adjective/title "Dear" on the front.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Honor for Ancestors祖先崇拜
祖先崇拜 / 祖先崇拝
so sen suu hai
sosensuuhai
so sen su hai
sosensuhai
zǔ xiān chóng bài
zu3 xian1 chong2 bai4
zu xian chong bai
zuxianchongbai
tsu hsien ch`ung pai
tsuhsienchungpai
tsu hsien chung pai
Grandfather祖父so fu / sofuzǔ fù / zu3 fu4 / zu fu / zufutsu fu / tsufu
Grandma
Grandmother
祖母so bo / sobo
Loving Grandfather慈祥的老爺
慈祥的老爷
cí xiáng de lǎo ye
ci2 xiang2 de lao3 ye
ci xiang de lao ye
cixiangdelaoye
tz`u hsiang te lao yeh
tzuhsiangtelaoyeh
tzu hsiang te lao yeh
Dear Grandfather親愛的姥爺
亲爱的姥爷
qín ài de lǎo ye
qin2 ai4 de lao3 ye
qin ai de lao ye
qinaidelaoye
ch`in ai te lao yeh
chinaitelaoyeh
chin ai te lao yeh
Loving Grandfather慈祥的外公cí xiáng de wài gōng
ci2 xiang2 de wai4 gong1
ci xiang de wai gong
cixiangdewaigong
tz`u hsiang te wai kung
tzuhsiangtewaikung
tzu hsiang te wai kung
Dear Grandfather親愛的外公
亲爱的外公
qín ài de wài gōng
qin2 ai4 de wai4 gong1
qin ai de wai gong
qinaidewaigong
ch`in ai te wai kung
chinaitewaikung
chin ai te wai kung
Loving Grandfather慈祥的爺爺
慈祥的爷爷
cí xiáng de yé ye
ci2 xiang2 de ye2 ye
ci xiang de ye ye
cixiangdeyeye
tz`u hsiang te yeh yeh
tzuhsiangteyehyeh
tzu hsiang te yeh yeh
Dear Grandfather親愛的爺爺
亲爱的爷爷
qín ài de yé ye
qin2 ai4 de ye2 ye
qin ai de ye ye
qinaideyeye
ch`in ai te yeh yeh
chinaiteyehyeh
chin ai te yeh yeh
Loving Grandfather慈祥的祖父cí xiáng de zǔ fù
ci2 xiang2 de zu3 fu4
ci xiang de zu fu
cixiangdezufu
tz`u hsiang te tsu fu
tzuhsiangtetsufu
tzu hsiang te tsu fu
Dear Grandfather親愛的祖父
亲爱的祖父
qín ài de zǔ fù
qin2 ai4 de zu3 fu4
qin ai de zu fu
qinaidezufu
ch`in ai te tsu fu
chinaitetsufu
chin ai te tsu fu
Loving Grandmother慈祥的姥姥cí xiáng de lǎo lao
ci2 xiang2 de lao3 lao
ci xiang de lao lao
cixiangdelaolao
tz`u hsiang te lao lao
tzuhsiangtelaolao
tzu hsiang te lao lao
Dear Grandmother親愛的姥姥
亲爱的姥姥
qín ài de lǎo lao
qin2 ai4 de lao3 lao
qin ai de lao lao
qinaidelaolao
ch`in ai te lao lao
chinaitelaolao
chin ai te lao lao
Loving Grandmother慈祥的外婆cí xiáng de wài pó
ci2 xiang2 de wai4 po2
ci xiang de wai po
cixiangdewaipo
tz`u hsiang te wai p`o
tzuhsiangtewaipo
tzu hsiang te wai po
Dear Grandmother親愛的外婆
亲爱的外婆
qín ài de wài pó
qin2 ai4 de wai4 po2
qin ai de wai po
qinaidewaipo
ch`in ai te wai p`o
chinaitewaipo
chin ai te wai po
Loving Grandmother慈祥的奶奶cí xiáng de nǎi nai
ci2 xiang2 de nai3 nai
ci xiang de nai nai
cixiangdenainai
tz`u hsiang te nai nai
tzuhsiangtenainai
tzu hsiang te nai nai
Dear Grandmother親愛的奶奶
亲爱的奶奶
qín ài de nǎi nai
qin2 ai4 de nai3 nai
qin ai de nai nai
qinaidenainai
ch`in ai te nai nai
chinaitenainai
chin ai te nai nai
Loving Grandmother慈祥的祖母cí xiáng de zǔ mǔ
ci2 xiang2 de zu3 mu3
ci xiang de zu mu
cixiangdezumu
tz`u hsiang te tsu mu
tzuhsiangtetsumu
tzu hsiang te tsu mu
Dear Grandmother親愛的祖母
亲爱的祖母
qín ài de zǔ mǔ
qin2 ai4 de zu3 mu3
qin ai de zu mu
qinaidezumu
ch`in ai te tsu mu
chinaitetsumu
chin ai te tsu mu
Loving Grandfather慈祥的外祖父cí xiáng de wài zǔ fù
ci2 xiang2 de wai4 zu3 fu4
ci xiang de wai zu fu
cixiangdewaizufu
tz`u hsiang te wai tsu fu
tzuhsiangtewaitsufu
tzu hsiang te wai tsu fu
Dear Grandfather親愛的外祖父
亲爱的外祖父
qín ài de wài zǔ fù
qin2 ai4 de wai4 zu3 fu4
qin ai de wai zu fu
qinaidewaizufu
ch`in ai te wai tsu fu
chinaitewaitsufu
chin ai te wai tsu fu
Loving Grandmother慈祥的外祖母cí xiáng de wài zǔ mǔ
ci2 xiang2 de wai4 zu3 mu3
ci xiang de wai zu mu
cixiangdewaizumu
tz`u hsiang te wai tsu mu
tzuhsiangtewaitsumu
tzu hsiang te wai tsu mu
Dear Grandmother親愛的外祖母
亲爱的外祖母
qín ài de wài zǔ mǔ
qin2 ai4 de wai4 zu3 mu3
qin ai de wai zu mu
qinaidewaizumu
ch`in ai te wai tsu mu
chinaitewaitsumu
chin ai te wai tsu mu
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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