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China měi rén yú

美人魚 is the Chinese word for mermaid.

It literally means "beautiful human fish."

Mermaid / Merman

China rén yú
Japan nin gyo
Mermaid / Merman

人魚 is the Japanese Kanji, Korean Hanja and Chinese word for "merman" or "mermaid."

It literally means "human fish."

人魚 is a non-gender-specific or unisex word in all three languages.

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Mandarin rén yú / ren2 yu2
Taiwan jen yü
Japanese ningyo にんぎょ
Chinese mermaid; dugong; sea cow; manatee; giant salamander
Japanese mermaid; merman; (female given name) Hitona; (female given name) Ningyo
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Mandarin měi rén yú / mei3 ren2 yu2
Taiwan mei jen yü
Chinese mermaid
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Mandarin jiāo rén / jiao1 ren2
Taiwan chiao jen
Chinese mermaid

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Mandarin rén yú xiǎo jie / ren2 yu2 xiao3 jie5
Taiwan jen yü hsiao chieh
Chinese mermaid; the Little Mermaid

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Japanese maameido / mamedo マーメイド
Japanese mermaid

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Japanese maameedo / mameedo マーメード
Japanese mermaid

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Japanese maameido(p);maameedo / mamedo(p);mameedo マーメイド(P);マーメード
Japanese mermaid

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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
měi rén yú
mei3 ren2 yu2
mei ren yu
mei jen yü
nin gyo / ningyorén yú / ren2 yu2 / ren yu / renyujen yü / jenyü
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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