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  1. Love
  2. Eternal Love / Love Eternally
  3. Passionate Love...
  4. Love Forever / Love Eternally
  5. Eternal Love
  6. Forever Love
  7. Eternal Love
  8. True Love
  9. Infinite Love
10. Adoring Love
11. Love and Affection
12. I Love You
13. Universal Love
14. Love the House and Its Crow
15. Greatest Love
16. Love and Devotion
17. Divine Love
18. A Mother’s Love
19. I Love You
20. Together Forever in Love
21. Love Without Reason
22. Unconditional Love
23. Pure Love / Junai
24. Love Without Reason
25. Mercy / Compassion / Love
26. Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect


Love

China ài
Japan ai
Love Wall Scroll

愛 is a very universal character. It means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

愛 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 / Love Eternally

China ài yǒng héng
Eternal Love / Love Eternally Wall Scroll

The first character here means "love"

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

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

Passionate Love
Ardent Love and Devotion

China rè ài
Japan netsu ai
Passionate Love / Ardent Love and Devotion Wall Scroll

熱愛 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.

Love Forever / Love Eternally

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

The first character here means "love."

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

愛永遠 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). 愛永遠 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
Eternal Love Wall Scroll

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.

Forever Love

China yǒng yuǎn de ài
Forever Love Wall Scroll

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."

Eternal Love

Japan ei en no ai
Eternal Love Wall Scroll

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.

True Love

China zhēn ài
Japan shinai
True Love Wall Scroll

真愛 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!

Infinite Love

China wú xiàn ài
Japan mu gen ai
Infinite Love Wall Scroll

無限愛 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.

Adoring Love

China ài mù
Japan ai bou
Adoring Love Wall Scroll

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

I suppose this is the best kind of love to have. This word has the well-known character for love. But the second character modifies and reinforces the meaning to become adore, adoring love, or to love and adore.

Ancient Chinese warning: 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.

Love and Affection

China ài qíng
Japan aijou
Love and Affection Wall Scroll

愛情 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.

I Love You

China wǒ ài nǐ
I Love You Wall Scroll

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.

Universal Love

China jiān ài
Universal Love Wall Scroll

兼愛 is a Chinese word that means "universal love," principle advocated by philosopher Mozi (墨子), stressing that people should care for everyone equally.

Love the House and Its Crow

China ài wū jí wū
Love the House and Its Crow Wall Scroll

愛屋及烏 is the Chinese idiom, “Love the house and its crow”.

It speaks to the fact that if you are involved an a relationship with somebody, you are also in a relationship with everyone connected to that person. In English, we say, “Love me, love my dog”.

Greatest Love

China zuì wěi dà de ài
Greatest Love Wall Scroll

最偉大的愛 means "the greatest love," in Chinese.

Keeping in mind that Chinese is different than English, the first character is like "-est" or adding "the most" as a modifier to the next word.
The 2nd and 3rd characters are a word meaning great, mighty, and/or large.
The 4th is a possessive article.
The last is the character for love.

When you put it all together, you get a phrase that means, the greatest love, the biggest love, or the mightiest love.

Love and Devotion

China cí ài
Japan jiai
Love and Devotion Wall Scroll

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.

慈愛 is also used in a Buddhist context with the same meaning.

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

Divine Love

Japan kami no ai
Divine Love Wall Scroll

神の愛 is "divine love" in Japanese.

You could also translate as "God's Love."

A Mother’s Love

China mǔ ài
A Mother’s Love Wall Scroll

母愛 is a way to write a mother's love in Chinese.

Breaking down the characters:
母 means mother.
愛 means love.

I Love You

Japan ai shi te ru
I Love You Wall Scroll

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.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Together Forever in Love

China yǒng yuǎn ài zài yī qǐ
Together Forever in Love Wall Scroll

永遠愛在一起 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.

Love Without Reason

Japan ai ni ri yuu wa na i
Love Without Reason Wall Scroll

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


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Unconditional Love

China wú tiáo jiàn de ài
Unconditional Love Wall Scroll

無條件的愛 is a common way to write "unconditional love" in Chinese.

Unconditional Love

Japan mu jou ken no ai
Unconditional Love Wall Scroll

無條件の愛 is a common way to write "unconditional love" in Japanese.

Pure Love / Junai

Japan jun ai
Pure Love / Junai Wall Scroll

純愛 is a Japanese word that means pure love.

純愛 is also a variety of female given names in Japan with these romanizations: Pyua; Hiroe; Sumie; Jun'ai; Ayame; Ayane.

Love Without Reason

China ài ér wú yóu
Love Without Reason Wall Scroll

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

愛而無由 is not a commonly used, nor ancient phrase in Chinese.

Mercy / Compassion / Love

China
Japan ji
Mercy / Compassion / Love Wall Scroll

慈 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).

慈 is considered the direct translation of the Sanskrit word मैत्री (maitrī) Pali word मेत्ता (mettā). In this context, it means benevolence, loving-kindness, and good will.

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


See Also:  Mercy | Benevolence | Forgiveness | Kindness

Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect

China ài jìng
Japan aikei / aikyou
Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect Wall Scroll

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.




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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
Love
aiài / ai4 / ai
Eternal Love
Love Eternally
愛永恆
爱永恒
ài yǒng héng
ai4 yong3 heng2
ai yong heng
aiyongheng
ai yung heng
aiyungheng
Passionate Love
Ardent Love and Devotion
熱愛
热爱
netsu ai / netsuairè ài / re4 ai4 / re ai / reai je ai / jeai
Love Forever
Love Eternally
愛永遠
爱永远
ai ei en / aieienài yǒng yuǎn
ai4 yong3 yuan3
ai yong yuan
aiyongyuan
ai yung yüan
aiyungyüan
Eternal Love 永恆的愛
永恒的爱
yǒng héng de ài
yong3 heng2 de ai4
yong heng de ai
yonghengdeai
yung heng te ai
yunghengteai
Forever Love 永遠的愛
永远的爱
yǒng yuǎn de ài
yong3 yuan3 de ai4
yong yuan de ai
yongyuandeai
yung yüan te ai
yungyüanteai
Eternal Love 永遠の愛ei en no ai
eiennoai
True Love 真愛
真爱
shinaizhēn ài / zhen1 ai4 / zhen ai / zhenai chen ai / chenai
Infinite Love 無限愛
无限爱
mu gen ai / mugenaiwú xiàn ài
wu2 xian4 ai4
wu xian ai
wuxianai
wu hsien ai
wuhsienai
Adoring Love 愛慕
爱慕
ai bou / aibou / ai bo / aiboài mù / ai4 mu4 / ai mu / aimu
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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