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Can also be translated as "camaraderie" or "fellowship".
But this character combination is only used commonly in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.
友 is the simplest way to express the idea of friends or friendship in Chinese.
It can mean friend, companion, or pal in Japanese. In Korean, it can mean friend, companion, or associate.
This single character is open to interpretation, so it can mean different things to different people (not necessarily a bad thing, as you can decide what it means to you). If you want a more concisely-defined word, you should probably pick one of our multi-character friendship-related words.
朋 is a simple way to say friend, companion, comrade, or pal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, or old Korean Hanja.
朋 is a very short form, so a longer two-character word for friendship might be better.
Note: In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yukari.
永遠的朋友 means friends that are eternal or a friendship that will last forever - you will remain the best of friends as long as you live.
The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.
The middle character links the words (it's a possessive article).
The last two characters represent friendship, or simply "friends".
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 "friend" or "Friendship".
See Also: Best Friends
魂の友 is one of a few ways to write "Soul Mates" in Japanese.
The first Kanji means soul, spirit, ghost, immortal soul, the mind, or conscious mind. From Sanskrit it's Vijñāna.
The middle character is a Japanese Hiragana connecting or possessive article that links the two ideas together.
The last Kanji means friends or friendship.
This an alternate way to say best friend in Chinese.
The first character can mean "most", "extreme" or "best". The second character means "making friends" or "building friendship". There's sort of a suggestion with the second character that fate caused you to intersect in life and become friends (that character can mean intersection in some context).
This can also mean "most intimate friend", "very good friend of long standing", or "closest friend".
This one way to say best friend in Chinese.
The first character can mean "most", "extreme" or "best".
The second character means "friend" or "friends" (plural forms work differently in China).
Can also be translated as "close friend" or "most intimate friend".
親友 is the Japanese way to say "best friend".
The first character can mean "relative" or sometimes "parents". The second character means "friend". Think about the close relationship that Japanese people have with their parents and relatives, and this starts to mean "close friends".
Some Japanese-English dictionaries also translate this as "bosom friend", "old friend", "intimate friend", "buddy", "crony" or "chum".
Note that in Chinese, this has the meaning of "relatives and friends". It's a good meaning in Chinese but it's not quite the same as "best friends".
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|yuugi / yugi||yǒu yì / you3 yi4 / you yi / youyi||yu i / yui|
|Friendship||友情||yuujou / yujo||yǒu qíng / you3 qing2 / you qing / youqing||yu ch`ing / yuching / yu ching|
|友||tomo||yǒu / you3 / you||yu|
|朋||tomo||péng / peng2 / peng||p`eng / peng|
|yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu|
yong3 yuan3 de peng2 you3
yong yuan de peng you
|yung yüan te p`eng yu
yung yüan te peng yu
|永遠の友||ei en no yuu|
ei en no yu
|Soul Mates||魂の友||tamashii no tomo|
tamashi no tomo
|Best Friends||至交||zhì jiāo / zhi4 jiao1 / zhi jiao / zhijiao||chih chiao / chihchiao|
|至友||zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyou||chih yu / chihyu|
|Most Sincere Friend|
|zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyou||chih yu / chihyu|
|shin yuu / shinyuu / shin yu / shinyu||qīn yǒu / qin1 you3 / qin you / qinyou||ch`in yu / chinyu / chin yu|
|Extremely Good Friends||莫逆の友||bakugyakunotomo|
|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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