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  1. Immortal / Immortality
  2. Immortal
  3. Eternal Life / Everlasting Life...
  4. Longevity / Long Life
  5. Longevity / Long Life Wishes
  6. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering
  7. Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity
  8. Peach / Peaches
  9. Banzai / Wansui
10. Banzai
11. Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless
12. Eternity / Always and Forever
13. Eternal Life / Future Life
14. Eternal / Eternity
15. Three Souls
16. Forever Family
17. Forever Love
18. Forever In My Heart
19. Eternal Love
20. Eternal Friendship...
21. Crane
22. Five Red Bats
23. Blessings on this Home
24. Love Forever / Love Eternally
25. Forever Young / Long Life
26. Soul Mates
27. Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever


Immortal / Immortality

China bù xiǔ
Japan fukyuu
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<mark>Immortal</mark> / <mark>Immortal</mark>ity

This means immortal or immortality in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

The literal translation is "without decay" or "never rotting". Basically this title speaks of something or someone who never dies and thus never rots or decays.

This can also be translated as everlasting, eternal or imperishable.

Immortal

China xiān
Japan sento / sen
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<mark>Immortal</mark>

This character means immortal (as in a being or person).

In some context, it can mean hermit, ascetic, man of the hills, or wizard. The Buddha is often put in this category.

In Chinese mythology and folklore, there is a famous group of eight immortals (八仙).

The 楞嚴經 (Śūraṅgama Sūtra) speaks of many kinds of immortals including: walkers on the earth, fliers, wanderers at will, into space, into the deva heavens, transforming themselves into any form, etc.

Eternal Life / Everlasting Life
Immortality

China yǒng shēng
Japan eisei
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Eternal Life / Everlasting Life<br><mark>Immortal</mark>ity

These are the last two words from John 3:16 in the Chinese Union Bible.
Although not specifically Christian, this is the way to express ever-lasting life or eternal life in Chinese.
In Japanese this can either mean eternal life or immortality.


See Also...  Eternity | Rebirth | Reincarnation

Longevity / Long Life

China shòu
Japan ju / kotobuki
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Longevity / Long Life

Can be defined as "long life" or "longevity" in the simplest form.


Japanese LongevityPlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of this character - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version.

Longevity / Long Life

China cháng shòu
Japan chouju
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Longevity / Long Life

Used as a noun, this word means "longevity" or "the ability to live long". It can also be an adjective meaning "long lived".


Japanese LongevityPlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of the second character of longevity - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of this two-character longevity calligraphy.

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

A wish for a long and prosperous life
China fú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān
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Longevity / Long Life Wishes

This is a phrase that means "May you have good fortune as great as the eastern oceans, and may your life last as long as the southern mountains".

In ancient Chinese mythology, the eastern oceans and southern mountains are where God resides (basically it is the same as saying "heaven"). So it's like saying, "May your good fortune and life be as vast as the heavens".

There is also a longer, 14-character version of this phrase. Also, this can be cut into two scrolls (with half the phrase on each side - great for hanging on either side of a doorway). Just let me know if you'd like a special version (there is an additional cost).

Longevity / Long Life Wishes

Japan nan zan no jyu
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Longevity / Long Life Wishes

This is a wish for long life for someone. The first part of this Japanese phrase is, "Nan Zan", which literally means "south mountain". This mountain is one of good wishes, good fortune, and prosperity. The title is often used as a salutation of good wishes.

The third Kanji is just a connector, and the last Kanji means long life or longevity.

I guess you could translate this phrase as "May your life be as long as Nan Zan is tall".

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering

China huò dé yǒng shēng de yào shí shì xiān yào huó dé jīng cǎi
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The key to <mark>immortal</mark>ity is first living a life worth remembering

This is a famous quote from Bruce Lee. However, when quoted, he was speaking in English. So this is a translation of his English quote into Chinese. Since Bruce spoke both Chinese and English, his quotes sometimes go both ways.

Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity

China bù qì bù chóu huó dào bái tóu
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Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity

This Chinese proverb means, "Without anger or worry, you will have a long life, until after all your hair is white".

It more literally reads, "Don't get angry or worried [and you will] live [long] till [all your] hair [becomes] white".

Peach / Peaches

China táo
Japan momo
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Peach / Peaches

This means peach or peaches (Prunus persica) in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

In Chinese culture, the peach represents longevity or long life.

This can also be the Japanese surname, Momosaki.

Banzai / Wansui

Old Japanese / Traditional Chinese & Korean
China wàn suì
Japan banzai / manzai
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Banzai / Wansui

We've made two almost identical entries for this word. This is the traditional Chinese, Korean Hanja, and ancient Japanese way to write banzai. In modern times, the first character was simplified in Japan and China. So you might want to select the other entry for more universal readability.

While it has become a popular if not an odd thing to scream as you jump out of an airplane (preferably with a parachute attached), banzai is actually a very old Asian way to say "hooray". The Japanese word "banzai" comes from the Chinese word "wan sui" which means "The age of 10,000 years". It is actually a wish that the Emperor or the Empire live that long.

Imagine long ago as the Emperor made a rare public appearance. This is what all of the people would yell to their leader in respect.

So if you like is as a hooray, or you want to wish someone that they live for 10,000 years, this is the calligraphy for you.

Other translations include: Cheers! (not the drinking kind), hurrah!, long live [name]!, congratulations!

To other things with banzai in their names; I am still waiting for the promised sequel to Buckaroo Banzai.

Notes: Sometimes people confuse banzai with bonsai. A bonsai is a miniature tree. They have nothing to do with each other. Further, bonzai is not a word at all - although it would make a great name for a calcium supplement for older people.

Banzai

Modern Japanese Version
China wàn suì
Japan banzai
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Banzai

We've made two almost identical entries for this word. This is the modern Japanese way to write banzai. In the last century, the first character was simplified in Japan and China. The new generation will expect it to be written this way, but the old generation can still read the more traditional form. You must make your own determination as to what version is best for you. If your audience is mostly Japanese, I suggest this form.

While it has become a popular if not an odd thing to scream as you jump out of an airplane (preferably with a parachute attached), banzai is actually a very old Asian way to say "hooray". The Japanese word "banzai" comes from the Chinese word "wan sui" which means "The age of 10,000 years". It is actually a wish that the Emperor or the Empire live that long.

Imagine long ago as the Emperor made a rare public appearance. This is what all of the people would yell to their leader in respect.

So if you like is as a hooray, or you want to wish someone that they live for 10,000 years, this is the calligraphy for you.

To other things with banzai in their names; I am still waiting for the promised sequel to Buckaroo Banzai.

Other translations: hurrah, long life, congratulations, cheers, live long.

Notes: Sometimes people confuse banzai with bonsai. A bonsai is a miniature tree. They have nothing to do with each other. Further, bonzai is not a word at all - although it would make a great name for a calcium supplement for older people.

Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless

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China wú qióng
Japan mu kyuu
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Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless

This is the Chinese and Korean word meaning infinity, eternity, infinitude, infinite or endless.

Literally, this means "without (ever becoming) exhausted / poor", and in that context, can mean "inexhaustible" or "boundless", but this is usually read as "without end". Some extended definitions include eternity, infinitude, or immortality.

In some contexts it can mean "immortality".

The first character means "never" or "not". The second means "exhausted", "finished", or "ending".

Note: This is a Japanese word, but rarely used in modern Japan.

Eternity / Always and Forever

China yǒng yuǎn
Japan ei-en
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Eternity / Always and Forever

This is the Chinese, Korean and Japanese word for "forever".

If we take this word apart, the first character means "always", "forever" or "perpetual". While the second character means "far" or "distant".

Eternal Life / Future Life

China lái shì
Japan rai-se
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Eternal Life / Future Life

This word can be used in many different ways. It is often used to express the next life (life in heaven or wherever your soul is bound for). So it does have a religious overtone. However, it can also be used to express your life in the future - perhaps during your present lifetime. It can also be translated as "the next world", "the next generation", "the time that is to come", "otherworld", or simply "posterity".


See Also...  Eternity | Rebirth | Reincarnation

Eternal / Eternity

China yǒng héng
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Eternal / Eternity

This is the Chinese word for eternity.
The first character means always, forever and perpetual. The second character holds the meaning of permanent. Together, they create a word that means eternal, eternally or infinite time.

Three Souls

China sān hún
Japan san tamashi
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Three Souls

This is a Daoist / Taoist term, "three immortal souls".

Forever Family

China yǒng yuǎn de jiā
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Forever Family

This is a special phrase that we composed for a "family by adoption" or "adoptive family".

It's the dream of every orphan and foster child to be formally adopted and find their "forever family".

The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence. The third character connects this idea with the last character which means "family" and/or "home".


See Also...  Family

Forever Love

China yǒng yuǎn de ài
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Forever Love

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

Forever In My Heart

Japan ei en ni watashi no kokoro no naka ni
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Forever In My Heart

This means, "forever in my heart" or "always in my heart" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
永遠 (eien) eternity; perpetuity; immortality; permanence.
に (ni) indicates location of a person or thing.
私の (watashi no) my; mine.
心の中 (kokoro no naka) the middle of one's mind; the midst of one's heart.
に (ni) indicates location of a person or thing (makes this "in" the middle of one's heart).


Note: There's more than one way to say "Forever in My Heart" in Japanese, so you'll find another version in our database. This is the very verbose version.

Eternal Love

Japan ei en no ai
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Eternal Love

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.

Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever

Japan ei en no yuu
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Eternal Friendship<br>Friends Forever

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

Crane

Graceful bird of longevity
China
Japan tsuru
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Crane

This is a famous bird of China. Known in China to be a very spiritual creature, the crane is a symbol of both longevity, and the journey of souls and spirits of ancestors.

Note: This character can mean crane or stork in Japanese.

Five Red Bats

China hóng wǔ fú
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Five Red Bats

This is kind of a play on words in Chinese because of some homophones.

The first thing you need to know is that the word for bat, 蝠, sounds exactly like the word for good fortune, 福. Thus, bats are often associated with good luck and good fortune in Chinese culture.

Five bats (五福 / 五蝠) means "five fortunes" referring to luck, prosperity, wealth, happiness, and longevity.

The word red, 红, has the same sound as 宏 meaning vast, great, or magnificent. Therefore a red bat means "vast fortune".

Altogether, five red bats represents vast reaches of the five fortunes.

Blessings on this Home

China wǔ fú lín mén
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Blessings on this Home

This literally means, "five good-fortunes arrive [at the] door". It is understood to mean, "may the five blessings descend upon this home".

These blessing are known in ancient China to be: longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and a natural death (living to old age). This is one of several auspicious sayings you might hear during Chinese New Years.

Love Forever / Love Eternally

China ài yǒng yuǎn
Japan ai ei en
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Love Forever / Love Eternally

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

Forever Young / Long Life

Japan fu rou chou ju
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Forever Young / Long Life

This Japanese phrase means "perpetual youth and longevity". It contains the ideas of never getting old and eternal life.

Soul Mates

Japan tamashii no tomo
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Soul Mates

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.

Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever

China yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
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Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever

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".


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

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Chad
Champion
Chance
Chicken
Christ
Comes Around
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Death Before Surrender
Destiny
Determination to Achieve
Determined
Devil
Diamond
Diligence
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Dragonfly
Eagle
Elements
Empty
Failure is Not An Option
Faith
Faith Love Hope
Family Bond
Family First and Forever
Fate
Fear No Evil
Fierce
Fire
Forever
Forgiven
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Four Noble Truths
Free Spirit
Geisha
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Live for the Day
Live for Today
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Lost Soul
Love
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Love Eternally
Love Without Reason
Love Yourself First
Mann
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Mommy
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Music
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Roar of the Lioness
Scorpion
Seize the Day
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Spirit of a Fighter
Strength
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Water
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Zen Kanji

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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
Immortal / Immortality不朽
不朽
fukyuu
fukyu
bù xiǔ
bu xiu
pu hsiu
bu4 xiu3
buxiu
Immortal
sento / senxiān
xian
hsien
xian1
Eternal Life / Everlasting Life / Immortality永生
永生
eiseiyǒng shēng
yong sheng
yung sheng
yong3 sheng1
yongsheng
Longevity / Long Life寿
ju / kotobukishòu
shou
shou4
Longevity / Long Life长寿
長壽
chouju
choju
cháng shòu
chang shou
ch`ang shou
chang2 shou4
changshou
changshou
chang shou
Longevity / Long Life Wishes福如东海寿比南山
福如東海壽比南山
n/afú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān
fu ru dong hai shou bi nan shan
fu ju tung hai shou pi nan shan
fu2 ru2 dong1 hai3 shou4 bi3 nan2 shan1
furudonghaishoubinanshan
Longevity / Long Life Wishes南山之寿
南山之壽
nan zan no jyu
nanzannojyu
n/a
The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering获得永生的钥匙是先要活得精彩
獲得永生的鑰匙是先要活得精彩
n/ahuò dé yǒng shēng de yào shí shì xiān yào huó dé jīng cǎi
huo de yong sheng de yao shi shi xian yao huo de jing cai
huo te yung sheng te yao shih shih hsien yao huo te ching ts`ai
huo4 de2 yong3 sheng1 de yao4 shi2 shi4 xian1 yao4 huo2 de2 jing1 cai3
huo te yung sheng te yao shih shih hsien yao huo te ching tsai
Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity不气不愁活到白头
不氣不愁活到白頭
n/abù qì bù chóu huó dào bái tóu
bu qi bu chou huo dao bai tou
pu ch`i pu ch`ou huo tao pai t`ou
bu4 qi4 bu4 chou2 huo2 dao4 bai2 tou2
buqibuchouhuodaobaitou
puchipuchouhuotaopaitou
pu chi pu chou huo tao pai tou
Peach / Peaches
momotáo
tao
t`ao
tao2
tao
tao
Banzai / Wansui万岁
萬歲
banzai / manzaiwàn suì
wan sui
wan4 sui4
wansui
Banzai万岁
萬歲
banzaiwàn suì
wan sui
wan4 sui4
wansui
Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless无穷
無窮
mu kyuu
mukyuu
mu kyu
wú qióng
wu qiong
wu ch`iung
wu2 qiong2
wuqiong
wuchiung
wu chiung
Eternity / Always and Forever永远
永遠
ei-enyǒng yuǎn
yong yuan
yung yüan
yong3 yuan3
yongyuan
Eternal Life / Future Life来世
來世
rai-selái shì
lai shi
lai shih
lai2 shi4
laishi
Eternal / Eternity永恒
永恆
n/ayǒng héng
yong heng
yung heng
yong3 heng2
yongheng
Three Souls三魂
三魂
san tamashi
santamashi
sān hún
san hun
san1 hun2
sanhun
Forever Family永远的家
永遠的家
n/ayǒng yuǎn de jiā
yong yuan de jia
yung yüan te chia
yong3 yuan3 de jia1
yongyuandejia
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
Forever In My Heart永遠に私の心の中に
永遠に私の心の中に
ei en ni watashi no kokoro no naka nin/a
Eternal Love永遠の愛
永遠の愛
ei en no ai
eiennoai
n/a
Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever
永遠の友
永遠の友
ei en no yuu
eiennoyuu
ei en no yu
n/a
Crane
tsuru
he
ho
he4
Five Red Bats红五蝠
紅五蝠
n/ahóng wǔ fú
hong wu fu
hung wu fu
hong2 wu3 fu2
hongwufu
Blessings on this Home五福临门
五福臨門
n/awǔ fú lín mén
wu fu lin men
wu3 fu2 lin2 men2
wufulinmen
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
Forever Young / Long Life不老長寿
不老長壽
fu rou chou ju
furouchouju
fu ro cho ju
n/a
Soul Mates魂の友
魂の友
tamashii no tomo
tamashiinotomo
tamashi no tomo
n/a
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

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