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  1. Immortal
  2. Immortal / Immortality
  3. Eternal Life / Everlasting Life...
  4. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering
  5. Longevity / Long Life
  6. Longevity / Long Life Wishes
  7. Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless
  8. Eternity / Always and Forever
  9. Eternal Life / Future Life
10. Eternal / Eternity
11. Love Forever / Love Eternally
12. Soul Mates
13. Forever Family
14. Forever In My Heart
15. Eternal Friendship...
16. Eternal Love
17. Forever Love
18. Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever
19. Guan Yu
20. Three Souls


Immortal

China xiān
Japan sento / sen
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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.

Immortal / Immortality

China bù xiǔ
Japan fukyuu
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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.

Eternal Life / Everlasting Life
Immortality

China yǒng shēng
Japan eisei
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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

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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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.

Longevity / Long Life

China cháng shòu
Japan chouju
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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

China shòu
Japan ju / kotobuki
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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 Wishes

A wish for a long and prosperous life
China fú rú dōng hǎi shòu bǐ nán shān
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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

Japanese
Japan nan zan no jyu
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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".

Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless

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China wú qióng
Japan mu kyuu
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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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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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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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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.

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

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.

Forever Family

China yǒng yuǎn de jiā
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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 In My Heart

Japanese
Japan ei en ni watashi no kokoro no naka ni
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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 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

Eternal Love

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.

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

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".

Guan Yu

China guān yǔ
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This is the name Guan Yu, Army General for the Kingdom of Shu. He is also known as Guan Gong (like saying Duke Guan or Sir Guan)

He was immortalized in the novel, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms".

He was a fearsome fighter, also famous for his virtue and loyalty. He is worshipped by some modern-day soldiers and has the title "Warrior Saint" in China. Some believe he offers safety and protection for military servicemen.

Guan Yu lived until 219 A.D.

Three Souls

China sān hún
Japan san tamashi
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This is a Daoist / Taoist term, "three immortal souls".


Check dictionary for immortal


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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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Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Immortal
sento / senxiān
xian
hsien
xian1
Immortal / Immortality不朽
不朽
fukyuu
fukyu
bù xiǔ
bu xiu
pu hsiu
bu4 xiu3
buxiu
Eternal Life / Everlasting Life / Immortality永生
永生
eiseiyǒng shēng
yong sheng
yung sheng
yong3 sheng1
yongsheng
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
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寿
ju / kotobukishòu
shou
shou4
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
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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
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
Soul Mates魂の友
魂の友
tamashii no tomo
tamashiinotomo
tamashi no tomo
n/a
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 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 Friendship
Friends Forever
永遠の友
永遠の友
ei en no yuu
eiennoyuu
ei en no yu
n/a
Eternal Love永遠の愛
永遠の愛
ei en no ai
eiennoai
n/a
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
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
Guan Yu关羽
關羽
n/aguān yǔ
guan yu
kuan yü
guan1 yu3
guanyu
Three Souls三魂
三魂
san tamashi
santamashi
sān hún
san hun
san1 hun2
sanhun

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