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  1. True / Real / Genuine
  2. Sincere / True Sincerity
  3. True to Yourself
  4. To thine own self be true
  5. ...And this above all to thine own self be true.
  6. Dream Come True / Enjoy Success
  7. True Heart
  8. My True Love
  9. True Friend
10. True Love
11. True Victory is Victory Over Oneself
12. True Religion / Buddha Truth
13. Be True to Yourself
14. True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence
15. Honesty
16. Honesty / Fidelity
17. Shin Buddhism


True / Real / Genuine

China zhēn
Japan shin / makoto
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This is a simple way to express the idea that something is real, true, truth or genuine.

Occasionally, this character is used to refer to a Buddhist sect that originated in the 13th century.

This character is commonly used as a compound with other characters to create ideas like "true love".


There are two ways to write this character, shown here is the most common way in China, however, a slight stroke variation is used in Korean Hanja. If you want that version, just let us know when you place your order.


See Also...  Honesty

Sincere / True Sincerity

China zhēn chéng
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This is the true essence of sincerity. It takes strength of personality to be truly sincere without over-doing it. Speaking of strength, this is probably the strongest way to convey the idea of sincerity in the Chinese language without over-doing it.

The first character literally means true, real, and genuine. While the second character means sincere and honest.


See Also...  Love | Honor

True to Yourself

China zuò zhēn shí de zì jǐ
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This means, "true to yourself" in Chinese.

This is just a one-word difference from "be true to yourself".


Note: This is more a western-style phrase or idea, so it's not that common to see this in Chinese.

To thine own self be true

Japanese only
Japan onore ni chuujitsu nare
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This is "...to thine own self be true" in Japanese.

This is a small portion of the classic line from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

...And this above all to thine own self be true.

Line from Shakespeare's Hamlet
China yóu qí yào jǐn de nǐ bì xū duì nǐ zì jǐ zhōng shí
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This is the classic translation of a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet into Chinese.

Dream Come True / Enjoy Success

China dé zhì
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This Chinese word means to accomplish one's ambition, a dream come true, or to enjoy your success.

True Heart

China zhēn xīn
Japan mago koro
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While these two characters literally read as "true heart" or "genuine heart", the understood meaning is sincerity, devotion, sincere, or heartfelt. Some will extend the meaning to be like, "true love". Basically, it's the idea of doing something or treating someone with genuine feelings.

This is valid and has the same meaning in both Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji.

Note: While not too common, this can be the female given name "Mami" in Japanese.

My True Love

China wǒ xīn zhēn ài
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This is a slightly poetic way to express this sentiment to someone.

The meaning is "My True Love" but the characters directly translate as "I/Me/My Heart/Mind True/Real Love".

Note that Chinese grammar and construction are different, so this sounds very eloquent and artsy in Chinese.
In Korean Hanja, the third character should be written differently, just let me know when you place your order if you want that version - it will still make sense in Chinese. This phrase makes sense in Korean, but not commonly used.

My True Love

Japan shin jitsu no ai
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This means "true love" or "genuine affection" in Japanese.

The first two Kanji mean true, real, genuine, or authentic.
The third Kanji is a connecting possessive article.
The last character is love or affection.

True Friend

China gòu péng you
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This is a colloquial title in Chinese meaning, "to be a true friend".

True Friend

Japan shinnotomo
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This is "true friend" in Japanese.

True Love

China zhēn ài
Japan shinai
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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!

True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

Japan masa katsu a gatsu
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This proverb is often translated as, "True victory is victory over oneself".

However, literally, Kanji by Kanji, it means, "True victory [is] my/self victory".

My Japanese friends rate this very highly for a wall scroll.


See Also...  Know Thy Enemy Know Thyself

True Religion / Buddha Truth

The way of the truth
China shí dào
Japan jitsu dou
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This Buddhist title means, "The true way", "The true religion", "The way of the truth", or "The absolute Buddha-truth".

Be True to Yourself

China zuò zhēn shí de zì jǐ
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This means, "be true to yourself" in Chinese.


Note: This is more a western-style phrase or idea, so it's not that common to see this in Chinese.

Be True to Yourself

Japan jibun jishin ni chuujitsu de aru
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This is, "be true to yourself" in Japanese.

You could also translate this as "be true to oneself".

True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence

Buddhist Term
China zhēn kōng miào yǒu
Japan shin kuu myou u
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According to Soothill this is:
The true void is the mysteriously existing; truly void, or immaterial, yet transcendentally existing.

This is the state of being absolutely nonexistent after removing all errant worldly influences. This is achieved when all forms of existence is seen for their real nature.


This is a complex Buddhist concept. Feel free to add to the conversation about this concept here: Asian Forum: Shinku Myou

Honesty

China shí
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This character means real, true, honest, or solid. It is one of several ways to express the idea of truth.

Note: In some context, this can carry extended meanings of reality, actuality, really, sincerity, or substance.


See Also...  Truth | Trust | Justice

Honesty / Fidelity

China xìn
Japan shin
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This is another character that expresses the idea of honesty. It can also mean truth, faith, believe in, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.

Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although "makoto" is probably more common/popular.

Note: In some context, this character can mean letter; news or envoy. However, alone, it will generally be read with the honesty-meaning.


See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also...  Loyalty Trustworthiness Trustworthy

Shin Buddhism

True Pure Land Buddhism
Japan jou do shin shuu
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Known in the west as "Shin Buddhism", this is a school of Japanese "Pure Land Buddhism". This form is also known as "True Pure Land Buddhism" or "Jodoshinshu" (jōdoshinshū).

If you are looking for this title, you probably already know the rest of the story.


See Also...  Pure Land Buddhism


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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
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
True / Real / Genuine
真 or 眞
shin / makotozhēn
zhen
chen
zhen1
Sincere / True Sincerity真诚
真誠
n/azhēn chéng
zhen cheng
chen ch`eng
zhen1 cheng2
zhencheng
chencheng
chen cheng
True to Yourself真实的自己
真實的自己
n/azuò zhēn shí de zì jǐ
zhen shi de zi ji
chen shih te tzu chi
zhen1 shi2 de zi4 ji3
zhenshideziji
To thine own self be true己に忠実なれ
己に忠実なれ
onore ni chuujitsu nare
onorenichuujitsunare
onore ni chujitsu nare
n/a
...And this above all to thine own self be true.尤其要紧的你必须对你自己忠实
尤其要緊的你必須對你自己忠實
n/ayóu qí yào jǐn de nǐ bì xū duì nǐ zì jǐ zhōng shí
you qi yao jin de ni bi xu dui ni zi ji zhong shi
yu ch`i yao chin te ni pi hsü tui ni tzu chi chung shih
you2 qi2 yao4 jin3 de ni3 bi4 xu1 dui4 ni3 zi4 ji3 zhong1 shi2
yu chi yao chin te ni pi hsü tui ni tzu chi chung shih
Dream Come True / Enjoy Success得志
得誌
n/adé zhì
de zhi
te chih
de2 zhi4
dezhi
True Heart真心
真心
mago koro
magokoro
zhēn xīn
zhen xin
chen hsin
zhen1 xin1
zhenxin
My True Love我心真爱
我心真愛
n/awǒ xīn zhēn ài
wo xin zhen ai
wo hsin chen ai
wo3 xin1 zhen1 ai4
woxinzhenai
My True Love真実の愛
真実の愛
shin jitsu no ai
shinjitsunoai
n/a
True Friend够朋友
夠朋友
n/agòu péng you
gou peng you
kou p`eng yu
gou4 peng2 you5
goupengyou
koupengyu
kou peng yu
True Friend真の友
真の友
shinnotomon/a
True Love真爱
真愛
shinaizhēn ài
zhen ai
chen ai
zhen1 ai4
zhenai
True Victory is Victory Over Oneself正胜吾胜
正勝吾勝
masa katsu a gatsu
masakatsuagatsu
n/a
True Religion / Buddha Truth实道
實道
jitsu dou
jitsudou
jitsu do
shí dào
shi dao
shih tao
shi2 dao4
shidao
Be True to Yourself做真实的自己
做真實的自己
n/azuò zhēn shí de zì jǐ
zuo zhen shi de zi ji
tso chen shih te tzu chi
zuo4 zhen1 shi2 de zi4 ji3
zuozhenshideziji
Be True to Yourself自分自身に忠実である
自分自身に忠実である
jibun jishin ni chuujitsu de aru
jibun jishin ni chujitsu de aru
n/a
True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence眞空妙有
眞空妙有
shin kuu myou u
shinkuumyouu
shin ku myo u
zhēn kōng miào yǒu
zhen kong miao you
chen k`ung miao yu
zhen1 kong1 miao4 you3
zhenkongmiaoyou
chenkungmiaoyu
chen kung miao yu
Honesty
n/ashí
shi
shih
shi2
Honesty / Fidelity
shinxìn
xin
hsin
xin4
Shin Buddhism浄土真宗
jou do shin shuu
joudoshinshuu
jo do shin shu
n/a

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "true" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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