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Love in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Love
  2. Mercy / Compassion / Love
  3. Eternal Love / Love Eternally
  4. Love Forever / Love Eternally
  5. Eternal Love
  6. Forever Love
  7. Adoring Love
  8. Passionate Love...
  9. Infinite Love
10. Love and Affection
11. True Love
12. I Love You
13. Love and Devotion
14. Love Without Reason
15. Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect
16. Together Forever in Love
17. Unconditional Love


Love

China ài
Japan ai
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<mark>Love</mark>

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

Mercy / Compassion / Love

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Japan ji
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Mercy / Compassion / <mark>Love</mark>

This is the simplest way to express the idea of compassion. It can also mean love for your fellow humans, humanity, or living creatures. Sometimes this is extended to mean charity.

This term is often used with Buddhist or Christian context. The concept was also spoken of by Laozi (Lao Tzu) in the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching).

This Chinese character is understood in Japanese, but is usually used in compound words (not seen alone). Also used in Korean Hanja, so it's very universal.


See Also...  Mercy | Benevolence | Forgiveness | Kindness

Eternal Love / Love Eternally

China ài yǒng héng
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Eternal <mark>Love</mark> / <mark>Love</mark> Eternally

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.

Love Forever / Love Eternally

China ài yǒng yuǎn
Japan ai ei en
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<mark>Love</mark> Forever / <mark>Love</mark> 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.

Eternal Love

China yǒng héng de ài
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Eternal <mark>Love</mark>

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.

Eternal Love

Japan ei en no ai
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Eternal <mark>Love</mark>

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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Forever <mark>Love</mark>

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".

Adoring Love

China ài mù
Japan ai bou
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Adoring <mark>Love</mark>

This means "adoring love" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

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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Passionate <mark>Love</mark><br>Ardent <mark>Love</mark> and Devotion

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.

Infinite Love

China wú xiàn ài
Japan mu gen ai
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Infinite <mark>Love</mark>

This is the Chinese and Japanese title meaning infinite love, unlimited love, or unbounded love.

The first character means never, not, or like a prefix "un-".

The second means limited, restricted, or bound.

The third means love or affection.

Love and Affection

China ài qíng
Japan aijou
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<mark>Love</mark> and Affection

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.

True Love

China zhēn ài
Japan shinai
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True <mark>Love</mark>

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!

I Love You

China wǒ ài nǐ
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I <mark>Love</mark> You

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

Japan ai shi te ru
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I <mark>Love</mark> You

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 and Devotion

China cí ài
Japan jiai
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<mark>Love</mark> and Devotion

This title refers to the kind of love and devotion you might have to your children, or any loved one. This especially applied to your children, but could also be any member of your family - spouse, etc.

This can also be translated as affection, kindness, love, to love affectionately.

This is also used in Buddhist context with the same meaning.

In Japanese, this can also be a female given name romanized as Yasue.

Love Without Reason

China ài ér wú yóu
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<mark>Love</mark> Without Reason

This is how to write "love without reason" in Mandarin Chinese (using proper grammar, etc).

This is not a commonly-used, nor ancient phrase in Chinese.

Love Without Reason

Japan ai ni ri yuu wa na i
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<mark>Love</mark> Without Reason

This Japanese phrase means, "love without reason", or "love doesn't need a reason". It's a pretty cool phrase in Japanese

Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect

China ài jìng
Japan aikei / aikyou
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<mark>Love</mark> and Respect / Kindness and Respect

This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title can mean, "love and respect", "kindness and respect", "to love with reverence", "charm", "amiability", "winsomeness", "courtesy", or "ingratiating behavior".


Note: The wide-ranging definitions show that this word is a bit ambiguous without the context of being used in a sentence.

Together Forever in Love

China yǒng yuǎn ài zài yī qǐ
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Together Forever in <mark>Love</mark>

This is "together forever in love" in Chinese.

It's a nice phrase if you're a couple who plans to stay together and make your love last as long as you live.

Unconditional Love

China wú tiáo jiàn de ài
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Unconditional <mark>Love</mark>

This is a common way to write "unconditional love" in Chinese.

Unconditional Love

Japan mu jou ken no ai
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Unconditional <mark>Love</mark>

This is a common way to write "unconditional love" in Japanese.


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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
Love
aiài
ai
ai4
Mercy / Compassion / Love
ji
ci
tz`u
ci2
tzu
tzu
Eternal Love / Love Eternally爱永恒
愛永恆
n/aài yǒng héng
ai yong heng
ai yung heng
ai4 yong3 heng2
aiyongheng
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
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
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
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
Infinite Love无限爱
無限愛
mu gen ai
mugenai
wú xiàn ài
wu xian ai
wu hsien ai
wu2 xian4 ai4
wuxianai
Love and Affection爱情
愛情
aijou
aijo
ài qíng
ai qing
ai ch`ing
ai4 qing2
aiqing
aiching
ai ching
True Love真爱
真愛
shinaizhēn ài
zhen ai
chen ai
zhen1 ai4
zhenai
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 and Devotion慈爱
慈愛
jiaicí ài
ci ai
tz`u ai
ci2 ai4
ciai
tzuai
tzu ai
Love Without Reason爱而无由
愛而無由
n/aài ér wú yóu
ai er wu you
ai erh wu yu
ai4 er2 wu2 you2
aierwuyou
Love Without Reason愛に理由は無い
愛に理由は無い
ai ni ri yuu wa na i
ainiriyuuwanai
ai ni ri yu wa na i
n/a
Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect爱敬
愛敬
aikei / aikyou
aikei / aikyo
ài jìng
ai jing
ai ching
ai4 jing4
aijing
Together Forever in Love永远爱在一起
永遠愛在一起
n/ayǒng yuǎn ài zài yī qǐ
yong yuan ai zai yi qi
yung yüan ai tsai i ch`i
yong3 yuan3 ai4 zai4 yi1 qi3
yongyuanaizaiyiqi
yungyüanaitsaiichi
yung yüan ai tsai i chi
Unconditional Love无条件的爱
無條件的愛
n/awú tiáo jiàn de ài
wu tiao jian de ai
wu t`iao chien te ai
wu2 tiao2 jian4 de ai4
wutiaojiandeai
wutiaochienteai
wu tiao chien te ai
Unconditional Love無条件の愛
無條件の愛
mu jou ken no ai
mujoukennoai
mu jo ken no ai
n/a

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