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Son in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. No one knows a son better than the father
  2. My Son
  3. First Born Son
  4. Mother and Son
  5. Son
  6. Father and Son
  7. Beloved Son
  8. God Son / God Child
  9. Bond
10. Baby

No one knows a son better than the father

China zhī zǐ mò ruò fù
No one knows a son better than the father

This can be translated as "No one knows a son better than his father."

This idiom is based on the idea that after spending many years together, family members know everything about each other. Better than anyone else, a father knows the qualities and shortcomings of his son.

If you are looking for something about "father and son," this is probably the best selection.

知子莫若父 is the original proverb (very old) but others have been composed about various combinations of mothers, sons, daughters, and fathers.

My Son

China wǒ ér
My Son

This simply means "my son" in Chinese.

The first character means, my, mind, me, or I (it's possessive in this case).

The second character means son (or baby).

Note: 我兒 is a very unusual title for a calligraphy wall scroll.

First Born Son

China zhǎng nán
Japan chounan
First Born Son

長男 is a Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for eldest son (may be the only son), first born son.

This can also be the Japanese personal name "Nobuo."

Mother and Son

China mǔ zǐ
Japan bo shi
Mother and Son

This simply means "mother and son," or the essence of the relationship and bond between mother and son.

母子 is really a single word that expresses this idea (showing how important or significant this bond is).

母子 is not the most common choice for a wall scroll, it is acceptable if you feel this term is important to you.


See Also:  Mother and Daughter

Son

Japan musuko
Son

息子 is "my son" in Japanese.

Technically, the "my" part is implied.

Father and Son

Japan chichi musuko
Father and Son

父息子 is "father and son" in Japanese.

Father and Son

China fù yù zǐ
Father and Son

父與子 is the simple term for "Father and Son." However, we like some of our other tribute phrases to fathers better than this one.

Beloved Son

China ài zǐ
Japan manago / aiko / yoshiko
Beloved Son

愛子 means "beloved son" in Chinese and Japanese. While it could refer to a child in general (in Japanese), it's usually reserved or expected to be a title for a male child (in Chinese).

This can also be a given name in Japanese romanized as Aiko or Yoshiko.

God Son / God Child

China jiào zǐ
God Son / God Child

教子 is the title for a child in which you have a sworn duty to raise, should the child's parents die. This title suggests that it's talking about a son (male child) but this title is universal, and can simply mean God Child (with no gender specified).

Bond

China bàn
Japan kizuna
Bond

This Kanji represents a bond, as in the bond between mother and daughter, father and son, family ties, or a family bond.

絆 is the kind of character that says, no matter what happens (difficult times), we have this bond that cannot be broken.

If you go to the Japanese dictionary, the definition is: bonds (between people); (emotional) ties; relationship; connection; link; tether; fetters.



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This Kanji is best if your audience is Japanese. While this is also a Chinese character, it has a completely different meaning in Chinese (it means to hinder or stumble in Chinese). It's a very rare character in Korean Hanja but does mean bond in Korean (used in Korean words for certain kinds of glue and sticking plaster).

Baby

China bǎo bao
Baby

寶寶 is how Chinese people express "baby."

The word is composed of the same character twice, and therefore literally means "double precious" or "double treasure."

This would be a nice wall scroll to put either inside or by the door of your baby's room (not on the door, as wall scrolls swing around wildly when hung on doors that open and close a lot).

Baby

Japan nyuu ji
Baby

This a common two-Kanji way to write "baby" in Japanese. This can also be translated as "infant" or "suckling baby."

Baby

Japan akan bou
Baby

This one way that Japanese people express "baby."

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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
No one knows a son better than the father知子莫若父zhī zǐ mò ruò fù
zhi1 zi3 mo4 ruo4 fu4
zhi zi mo ruo fu
zhizimoruofu
chih tzu mo jo fu
chihtzumojofu
My Son我兒
我儿
wǒ ér / wo3 er2 / wo er / woerwo erh / woerh
First Born Son長男
长男
chounan / chonanzhǎng nán
zhang3 nan2
zhang nan
zhangnan
chang nan
changnan
Mother and Son母子bo shi / boshimǔ zǐ / mu3 zi3 / mu zi / muzimu tzu / mutzu
Son息子musuko
Father and Son父息子chichi musuko
chichimusuko
Father and Son父與子
父与子
fù yù zǐ
fu4 yu4 zi3
fu yu zi
fuyuzi
fu yü tzu
fuyützu
Beloved Son愛子
爱子
manago / aiko / yoshikoài zǐ / ai4 zi3 / ai zi / aiziai tzu / aitzu
God Son
God Child
教子jiào zǐ / jiao4 zi3 / jiao zi / jiaozichiao tzu / chiaotzu
Bond
kizunabàn / ban4 / banpan
Baby寶寶
宝宝
bǎo bao / bao3 bao / bao bao / baobaopao pao / paopao
Baby乳児nyuu ji / nyuuji / nyu ji / nyuji
Baby赤ん坊akan bou / akanbou / akan bo / akanbo
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 nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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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