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  1. Respect / Honor / Esteem
  2. Self-Respect / Self-Esteem
  3. Prideful Mind...
  4. Love and Respect
  5. Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect
  6. Respect
  7. Respect out of fear is never genuine...
  8. Respect and Loyalty
  9. Pride
10. The Five Tenets of Confucius
11. Pillars of Marriage
12. Courtesy / Politeness
13. Courtesy / Etiquette

Respect / Honor / Esteem

China zūn jìng
Japan sonkei
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<mark>Respect</mark> / Honor / Esteem

This is how to express the ideas of respect, honor, reverence, esteem, nobility, and sometimes the state of being noble, all in one word. Most of the time this is used in the form of "giving respect", but depending on context, it can suggest that you should try to be "worthy of respect".

Although pronounced differently, the Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are the same across these languages. This is an indication that this word is very old, and crosses many barriers and cultures in the Orient (East Asia).

Self-Respect / Self-Esteem

China zì zūn
Japan jison
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Self-<mark>Respect</mark> / Self-Esteem

This word means self-respect or self-esteem in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can also mean "pride in oneself".

Note: Japanese sometimes put the character for heart after these two. However, this two-character word is universal between all three languages (which is often better since more than a third of the world's population can read this version as a native word).

Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart

China zì zūn xīn
Japan ji son shin
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Prideful Mind<br>Self-<mark>Respect</mark>ing Heart

This Japanese and Korean word means "pride" or "self-respect".

The first Kanji/Hanja means oneself. The second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble or exalted. And the last Kanji/Hanja means heart, mind and/or spirit.

While these characters make sense and hold the same general meaning in Chinese, this is not a normal Chinese word. This selection should only be used if your audience is Japanese or Korean.

See Also...  Pride | Self-Reliance | Self-Control | Self-Discipline

Love and Respect

Love each other and show mutual respect
China xiāng ài hù jìng
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Love and <mark>Respect</mark>

This is a nice way to say "Love and Respect" in Chinese.

This proverb is about the mutual exchange of love and respect within a good relationship.

The first two characters create a word that means, "to love each other" or "mutual love".

The third character means mutual, interlocking, or in some contexts "to dovetail" (as in the way joints are made in fine furniture).

The last character means, "to respect", "to venerate", "to salute", "reverence", or simply "respect".

Love and Respect

China jìng ài
Japan kei ai
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Love and <mark>Respect</mark>

This is the short and sweet way to say "love and respect" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Besides "respect and love", this could be translated as, "respect and affection", "Reverence and love", or "reverent love".

In Japanese, this can also be the personal name Yoshinari.

Love and Respect

Love and respect each other
China xiāng jìng xiāng ài
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Love and <mark>Respect</mark>

This is an old Chinese proverb that suggests love and respect go together and are to be exchanged between people (especially couples).

The first two characters mean, "exchanging respect" or "mutual respect".

The last two characters create a word that means, "to love each other" or "mutual love".

You'll notice that the first and third characters are the same. So you can read this literally as something like "Exchange respect, exchange love" or "Mutual respect, mutual love". In English, we'd probably just say, "Mutual love and respect". Grammar differs in every language - So while the literal translation might sound a bit awkward in English, this phrase is very natural in Chinese.

Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect

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

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.


Can also be a sign of gratitude
Japan rei
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We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.

This is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.

This character can also be translated as propriety, good manners, politeness, rite, worship or an expression of gratitude.

Chinese RespectPlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of the character for respect - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Traditional Chinese version.

This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also...  Confucius

Respect out of fear is never genuine
Reverence out of respect is never false

China dǎ pà de rén shì jiǎ de jìng pà de rén shì zhēn de
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<mark>Respect</mark> out of fear is never genuine<br>Reverence out of <mark>respect</mark> is never false

This is a proverb that seems to be aimed at world leaders or others in power. Perhaps a suggestion to avoid the practice of "fear mongering" opting instead for a policy of benevolence and justice.

An example: When the Bush administration told Pakistan they could either join America in the "war on terror", or expect some bombs to be coming their way, Bush gained this kind of "less-than-genuine respect" from Pakistanis.
Leaders in places like North Korea and even Saudi Arabia reap the same bogus respect from their own citizens.

Note that calligraphers do not like to repeat the same characters in exactly the same way in the same piece of artwork. So expect the characters that are repeated to be written in different forms in the real artwork (unlike the way they are displayed to the left).

Respect and Loyalty

China zūn jìng zhōng chéng
Japan son kei chu sei
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<mark>Respect</mark> and Loyalty

This is a custom word list scroll created at the special request of a customer.
This is a word list (not a normal Chinese or Japanese phrase).
Please contact me before deciding to purchase this phrase.


China zì zūn
HK chi juen
Japan jison
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This word can mean "pride", "self-respect" or "self-esteem". The first character means "oneself" and the second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble, exalted, honorable or simply "pride".

I have also seen this two-character word translated as "amour propre", self-regard, and self-pride.

This word is universal between Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja written languages. It may also be understood in old Vietnamese (they once used Chinese characters as well).

The Five Tenets of Confucius

The Five Cardinal Rules / Virtues of Confucius
China rén yì lǐ zhì xìn
Japan jin gi rei tomo nobu
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The Five Tenets of Confucius

These are the core of Confucius philosophy. Simply stated they are:
benevolence / charity
justice / rectitude
courtesy / politeness / tact
wisdom / knowledge
fidelity / trust / sincerity

Many of these concepts can be found in various religious teachings. Though it should be clearly understood that Confucianism is not a religion, but should instead be considered a moral code for a proper and civilized society.

This title is also labeled, "5 Confucian virtues".

礼 If you order this from the Japanese calligrapher, expect the middle Kanji to be written in a more simple form (as seen to the right). This can also be romanized as "jin gi rei satoshi shin" in Japanese. Not all Japanese will recognize this as Confucian tenets, but they will know all the meanings of the characters.

See Also...  Confucius Teachings | Ethics

Pillars of Marriage

Respect / Loyalty / Honesty
China zūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí
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Pillars of Marriage

These are the pillars of marriage (at least they are for some - if you have a different set of pillars and want them on a wall scroll, just post a custom phrase request on our forum).

This is actually a "word list", consisting of "Respect/Loyalty/Honesty". Word lists are not as common in Chinese as they are in English, but leaving that concern behind, this has a good meaning.

If you want to customize it more, add an inscription with your wedding date or names (just a small extra fee for translation).

Note: Because these are three separate words, the calligrapher may be inclined to leave a small space between each two-character word. Let us know if you have any preference when you place your order.

Courtesy / Politeness

China lǐ mào
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Courtesy / Politeness

Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected. Greet people pleasantly. Bring courtesy home. Your family needs it most of all. Courtesy helps life to go smoothly.

If you put the words "fēi cháng bù" in front of this, it is like adding "very much not". It's a great insult in China, as nobody wants to be called "extremely discourteous" or "very much impolite".

See Also...  Kindness

Courtesy / Etiquette

China lǐ yì
Japan rei gi
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Courtesy / Etiquette

In Japanese, this word means "manners", "courtesy" or "etiquette".

This also clearly means etiquette in Chinese, though the first Japanese Kanji has been "modernized" and happens to be the same as the modern Simplified Chinese version. Therefore this word will be understood by both Japanese and Chinese people, but best if your audience is mostly Japanese (Chinese people would generally prefer the ancient Traditional Chinese version).

See Also...  Kindness

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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Respect / Honor / Esteem尊敬
sonkeizūn jìng
zun jing
tsun ching
zun1 jing4
Self-Respect / Self-Esteem自尊
jisonzì zūn
zi zun
tzu tsun
zi4 zun1
Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart
ji son shin
zì zūn xīn
zi zun xin
tzu tsun hsin
zi4 zun1 xin1
Love and Respect相爱互敬
n/axiāng ài hù jìng
xiang ai hu jing
hsiang ai hu ching
xiang1 ai4 hu4 jing4
Love and Respect敬爱
kei ai
jìng ài
jing ai
ching ai
jing4 ai4
Love and Respect相亲相爱
n/axiāng jìng xiāng ài
xiang jing xiang ai
hsiang ching hsiang ai
xiang1 jing4 xiang1 ai4
Love and Respect / Kindness and Respect爱敬
aikei / aikyou
aikei / aikyo
ài jìng
ai jing
ai ching
ai4 jing4
Respect (Japanese / Simplified version)
Respect out of fear is never genuine
Reverence out of respect is never false
n/adǎ pà de rén shì jiǎ de jìng pà de rén shì zhēn de
da pa de ren shi jia de jing pa de ren shi zhen de
ta p`a te jen shih chia te ching p`a te jen shih chen te
da3 pa4 de ren2 shi4 jia3 de jing4 pa4 de ren2 shi4 zhen1 de
ta pa te jen shih chia te ching pa te jen shih chen te
Respect and Loyalty尊敬忠诚
son kei chu sei
zūn jìng zhōng chéng
zun jing zhong cheng
tsun ching chung ch`eng
zun1 jing4 zhong1 cheng2
tsun ching chung cheng
jisonzì zūn
zi zun
tzu tsun
zi4 zun1
The Five Tenets of Confucius仁义礼智信
jin gi rei tomo nobu
rén yì lǐ zhì xìn
ren yi li zhi xin
jen i li chih hsin
ren2 yi4 li3 zhi4 xin4
Pillars of Marriage尊重忠诚诚实
n/azūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí
zun zhong zhong cheng cheng shi
tsun chung chung ch`eng ch`eng shih
zun1 zhong4 zhong1 cheng2 cheng2 shi2
tsun chung chung cheng cheng shih
Courtesy / Politeness礼貌
n/alǐ mào
li mao
li3 mao4
Courtesy / Etiquette礼仪
礼儀 / 禮儀
rei gi
lǐ yì
li yi
li i
li3 yi4

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