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I Love You in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

  1. I Love You
  2. Love
  3. Eternal Love
  4. Best Love / Most Sincere Love
  5. True Love
  6. Love and Honor
  7. Eternal Love / Love Eternally
  8. Forever Love
  9. Best Love / Most Sincere Love
10. Adoring Love
11. Passionate Love...
12. Eternal Love
13. Love and Affection
14. Love Forever / Love Eternally
15. Love and Honor
16. Mind, Body and Spirit
17. I Want You
18. I Need You
19. Listen to Your Heart / Follow Your Heart
20. Love and Honor
21. My True Love
22. One Love


I Love You

China wǒ ài nǐ
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This directly translates as "I love you" from English to Chinese characters. This "I love you" phrase is very commonly-used between lovers in China.

Note: While the Japanese language uses the same characters, this phrase would not be spoken - it's kind of taboo in Japan. A man might tell a woman that he likes her with the phrase "Watashi wa anata ga suki-desu" (I regarding you have liking). If your audience is Japanese, avoid this "I love you" phrase. If you need something special, we have a Japanese translator on call.

I Love You

Japanese only
Japan ai shi te ru
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It's very uncommon (some will say taboo) to say, "I love you" in Japanese culture. It's especially awkward for a man to tell a woman this in Japanese. Everyone is more likely to say "Watashi wa anata ga suki desu" or "I like you" (literally, "I regarding you, have like".

If you have to say, "I love you" in Japanese, this selection of Kanji and Hiragana shown to the left is the way.

Love

China ài
Japan ai
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This is a very universal character. It means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

This is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west, and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

This character can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you". But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.


It's very common for couples to say "I love you" in Chinese. However, in Japanese, "love" is not a term used very often. In fact, a person is more likely to say "I like you" rather than "I love you" in Japanese. So this word is well-known, but seldom spoken.


More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner, but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship".

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.


See Also...   Caring | Benevolence | Friendliness | Double Happiness Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

Eternal Love

Japanese
Japan ei en no ai
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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 "love".

Cultural note: Most of the time, it is taboo to use the word "love" in Japanese. For instance, a Japanese man will say, "I like you", rather than, "I love you", to his spouse/girlfriend. However, this entry for eternal love is acceptable because of the way it is composed.

This entry is only appropriate if your audience is Japanese. We also have a Chinese version of this phrase.

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.

True Love

China zhēn ài
Japan shinai
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This is literally "True Love" in Chinese.

The first character means "real", "true" and "genuine". The second character means "love" and "affection".

During the customization of your calligraphy wall scroll, there is a place to add an inscription. You might want that inscription to be your names in Chinese down the side of your wall scroll, or perhaps just below these two main characters (just $9 extra). A nice gift to celebrate an anniversary or marriage!

Love and Honor

...2 character version
China qíng yì
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This means to love and honor in Chinese. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first character suggests emotions, passion, heart, humanity, sympathy, and feelings.

In this context, the second character means to honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly). That second character can also be translated as "obligation", as in the obligation a husband and wife have to love each other even through difficult times.

In the context outside of a couple's relationship, this word can mean "comradeship".

Japanese may see this more as "humanity and justice" than "love and honor". It's probably best if your target is Chinese.


This is the short and sweet form, there is also a longer poetic form (you can find it here: Love and Honor if it's not on the page you are currently viewing).


See Also...  Love And Honor

Eternal Love / Love Eternally

China ài yǒng héng
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The first character here means "love"

The last two mean eternal, eternally, everlasting, and/or perpetual.

This is the shortest way to express the idea of "love eternally" in Chinese.


See Also...  Love Forever

Forever Love

China yǒng yuǎn de ài
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The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.

The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "The forever kind of love".

The last character is "love".


See Also...  Eternal Love Always

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.

Adoring Love

China ài mù
Japan ai bou
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The best kind of love to have I suppose. This word has the well-know character for love. But the second character modifies and/or reinforces the meaning to become adore, adoring love, or to love and adore.

I say that I suppose this is the best kind of love because adoring someone is fine, until you are in the shoes of the Prince of the Kingdom of Wu. This Prince adored a certain beautiful woman (Xi Shi) so much that he neglected his duties, and soon let the kingdom fall into ruins.

Passionate Love
Ardent Love and Devotion

China rè ài
Japan netsu ai
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This means love passionately, ardent love, devotion, adoration. The literal meaning is "hot love", as the first character means heat, fervent, hot and warm. Sometimes it can mean fever, restless, or zeal. The second character is, of course, love. If you adore and are devoted to someone with all your love, this is the title for you.

Eternal Love

China yǒng héng de ài
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The first two characters mean eternal, eternally, everlasting, and/or perpetual.

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

The last character is "love".

This version is best if your audience is Chinese. We also have a Japanese version of this entry.


See Also...  Forever Love | Eternal Love (japanese)

Love and Affection

China ài qíng
Japan aijou
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This is a universal word in Japanese, Korean and Chinese which means love and affection. Some may translate this as "love between a man and a woman". Depending on context, it can mean utter devotion or favorite.

Love Forever / Love Eternally

China ài yǒng yuǎn
Japan ai ei en
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The first character here means "love".

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

This is the shortest and most universal way to express this idea in Chinese and Japanese.

Japanese note: This sound more like a title than a phrase in Japanese (if that makes any sense). This is a great title for a romantic book, title of a movie, name of a perfume, or even a name for a store.


See Also...  Eternal Love | Forever Love

Love and Honor

...four character version
China shēn qíng hòu yì
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This means to love and honor. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first two characters suggest deep love or deep emotions, passion, and feelings.
The last two characters mean generous justice or thick honor (the third character is an adjective that means generous or thick). It just means that you will honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly).


This is the longer four-character version, there is also a short and sweet two character version.


See Also...  Love And Honor

Mind, Body and Spirit

China shēn xīn líng
Japan mi shin rei
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This is probably the best way to express the idea of "Body, Mind and Spirit" in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. We are actually using the word for "heart" here because for thousands of years, the heart was thought to be the place where your thoughts, feelings and emotions came from. We do something similar in the west when we say "warm-hearted" or "I love you with all of my heart". In this context, heart = mind in Asian language and culture.

The very literal translation of these three characters is "body, heart & spirit" which could also be interpreted as "body mind & soul".

We have arranged these characters in this order because it simply "feels" like the proper order in the Chinese language. Word lists like this are not so common for calligraphy artwork, so we have to be careful to put them in the most natural order. It should be noted that this is not a common title in Asia, nor is it considered an actual phrase (as it lacks a clear subject, verb, and object).


霊In Japanese Kanji, they use an alternate form of the character for soul or spirit. If you want this using the Japanese alternate, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above.

Japanese disclaimer: This is not a natural phrase/list in Japanese. While not totally-natural in Chinese, this word list is best if your audience is Chinese.

I Want You

Japanese
Japan ho shi i
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Some people like to say, "I love you", if you want to say "I want you", here it is in Japanese...

This can be read as "I want you" or as a single word, "wanted", "wished for", "in need of", or "desired".

I Need You

China wǒ xū yào nǐ
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Some people like to say, "I love you", but others might want to say "I need you". That is what this phrase is all about.

The first character means "I". The second and third create a compound word that means "need" and "want" at the same time. The last character means "you".

I Need You

Japanese
Japan ana ta ga hitsu you
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Some people like to say, "I love you", but others might want to say "I need you". This is "I need you" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "You".

The middle character is a connecting particle. In this case, it more or less means "are".

The last two characters mean necessary, needed, essential, indispensable, or necessity.

The "I" in the title is implied. Effectively this means "I need you".

Listen to Your Heart / Follow Your Heart

China suí xīn ér xíng
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This is the closest way to express this idea in Chinese. Literally translated, this phrase means, "Allow your heart to dictate your behavior" or "Let your heart guide your conduct" in Chinese. You could also translate this as "follow your heart". Or, with a bit of imagination, it could mean: "let your spirit be your guide".

Note that in some cases, "heart" can mean "mind", "soul" or even "spirit" in Chinese. In ancient China, it was thought that the big pumping organ in your chest was where your thoughts came from, or where your soul resides.
Ancient western thought followed a similar belief. Thus phrases like "I love you with all my heart" and "I give you my whole heart".

Love and Honor

Japanese
Japan ai to homa re
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This means to love and honor in Japanese.

The first Kanji is literally "love".
The second character just acts to connect the ideas like "and" or "with".
The last two Kanji mean "honor" or "honour". This is the kind of honor that suggests you are praising or admiring someone.


See Also...  Love And Honor

Love and Honor

Japanese only
Japan ai to keii
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This is a Japanese phrase that means "Love and Honor" or "Love and Respect". There's a few ways to express this idea in Japanese, so you may see other versions used.

My True Love

China wǒ xīn zhēn ài
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This is a slightly poetic way to express this sentiment to someone.

The meaning is "My True Love" but the characters directly translate as "I/Me/My Heart/Mind True/Real Love".

Note that Chinese grammar and construction are different, so this sounds very eloquent and artsy in Chinese.
In Korean Hanja, the third character should be written differently, just let me know when you place your order if you want that version - it will still make sense in Chinese. This phrase makes sense in Korean, but not commonly used.

My True Love

Japan shin jitsu no ai
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This means "true love" or "genuine affection" in Japanese.

The first two Kanji mean true, real, genuine, or authentic.
The third Kanji is a connecting possessive article.
The last character is love or affection.

One Love

China yí fèn ài
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This means "one love". This is not referring to a person, but the emotion of love. It's like saying "A piece of love" or "One unit of love". There's not a perfect way to express a singular love, which is probably what you were searching for.

One Love

Japanese
Japan hito tsu no ai
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This is how to write "One Love" in Japanese.


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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.




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.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
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Beautiful
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Best Love
Bird
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Bless and Protect
Blessing
Blessings
Blossom
Bodhi Tree
Brotherly Love
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Confucius
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Death Before Dishonor
Dharma
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Dream
Elizabeth
Ensosymbol
Eternal
Eternal Life
Eternal Love
Family
Family First
Fight
Fire
Flowers
Forest
Forever
Forgiveness
Ghost
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold Fish
Golden
Good Luck
Grace
Grace from Heaven
Great
Guan Gong
Happiness
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Harmony
Horse
I Need You
Iron Fist
Jesus
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Koi Fish
Life Energy Spiritual
Life is A Journey
Lina
Live for Today
Longevity
Lotus
Love Forever
Love of My Life
Love You Forever
Luck
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Miss You
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Mother
Mother and Son
My True Love
Never Give Up Japanese
Nick
One True Love
Passionate Love
Peace of Mind
Phil
Plum
Pure
Reason
Respect
Roxanne
Russell
Sakura
Scorpio
Sister Love
Sisterly Love
Snake
Speed
Spirit of Dragon
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Strength Courage
Strength Power
Strong Hearted
Strong Woman
Sword
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The Saint
Tiger
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Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang

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See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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
I Love You我爱你
我愛你
n/awǒ ài nǐ
wo ai ni
wo3 ai4 ni3
woaini
I Love You愛してる
愛してる
ai shi te ru
aishiteru
n/a
Love
aiài
ai
ai4
Eternal Love (Japanese)永遠の愛
永遠の愛
ei en no ai
eiennoai
n/a
Best Love / Most Sincere Love至爱
至愛
n/azhì ài
zhi ai
chih ai
zhi4 ai4
zhiai
True Love真爱
真愛
shinaizhēn ài
zhen ai
chen ai
zhen1 ai4
zhenai
Love and Honor情义
情義
n/aqíng yì
qing yi
ch`ing i
qing2 yi4
qingyi
chingi
ching i
Eternal Love / Love Eternally爱永恒
愛永恆
n/aài yǒng héng
ai yong heng
ai yung heng
ai4 yong3 heng2
aiyongheng
Forever Love永远的爱
永遠的愛
n/ayǒng yuǎn de ài
yong yuan de ai
yung yüan te ai
yong3 yuan3 de ai4
yongyuandeai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love最愛
最愛
sai ai
saiai
n/a
Adoring Love爱慕
愛慕
ai bou
aibou
ai bo
ài mù
ai mu
ai4 mu4
aimu
Passionate Love
Ardent Love and Devotion
热爱
熱愛
netsu ai
netsuai
rè ài
re ai
je ai
re4 ai4
reai
Eternal Love永恒的爱
永恆的愛
n/ayǒng héng de ài
yong heng de ai
yung heng te ai
yong3 heng2 de ai4
yonghengdeai
Love and Affection爱情
愛情
aijou
aijo
ài qíng
ai qing
ai ch`ing
ai4 qing2
aiqing
aiching
ai ching
Love Forever / Love Eternally爱永远
愛永遠
ai ei en
aieien
ài yǒng yuǎn
ai yong yuan
ai yung yüan
ai4 yong3 yuan3
aiyongyuan
Love and Honor深情厚义
深情厚義
n/ashēn qíng hòu yì
shen qing hou yi
shen ch`ing hou i
shen1 qing2 hou4 yi4
shenqinghouyi
shenchinghoui
shen ching hou i
Mind, Body and Spirit身心灵
身心靈 / 身心霊
mi shin rei
mishinrei
shēn xīn líng
shen xin ling
shen hsin ling
shen1 xin1 ling2
shenxinling
I Want You欲しい
欲しい
ho shi i
hoshii
n/a
I Need You我需要你
我需要你
n/awǒ xū yào nǐ
wo xu yao ni
wo hsü yao ni
wo3 xu1 yao4 ni3
woxuyaoni
I Need You貴方が必要
貴方が必要
ana ta ga hitsu you
anatagahitsuyou
ana ta ga hitsu yo
n/a
Listen to Your Heart / Follow Your Heart随心而行
隨心而行
n/asuí xīn ér xíng
sui xin er xing
sui hsin erh hsing
sui2 xin1 er2 xing2
suixinerxing
Love and Honor愛と誉れ
愛と譽れ
ai to homa re
aitohomare
n/a
Love and Honor愛と敬意
愛と敬意
ai to keii
aitokeii
ai to kei
n/a
My True Love我心真爱
我心真愛
n/awǒ xīn zhēn ài
wo xin zhen ai
wo hsin chen ai
wo3 xin1 zhen1 ai4
woxinzhenai
My True Love真実の愛
真実の愛
shin jitsu no ai
shinjitsunoai
n/a
One Love一份爱
一份愛
n/ayí fèn ài
yi fen ai
i fen ai
yi2 fen4 ai4
yifenai
One Love一つの愛
一つの愛
hito tsu no ai
hitotsunoai
n/a

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 "i love you" 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.

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