Alone in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Alone / Solitary Existence

  2. Alone / A Lone Person

  3. Alone with only your shadow for company

  4. I Miss You

  5. Desire / Longing / Craving

  6. Lonely


Alone / Solitary Existence

dú jū
dokkyo
Alone / Solitary Existence Scroll

獨居 is a Chinese word that can be translated as to live alone, to live a solitary existence, solitude, solitary life, dwelling alone.

You might use a word like this in regards to a hermit.


独 In modern Japan, and Simplified Chinese, they use the version of the first character shown to the right. If you want this version please click on the character to the right instead of the button above.

Alone / A Lone Person

dú zì yì rén
Alone / A Lone Person Scroll

獨自一人 means "alone" in the context of a person by himself/herself.


See Also:  I Miss You

Alone / A Lone Person

dokuji
Alone / A Lone Person Scroll

獨自 is a Japanese word that means "alone" in the context of a person by himself/herself.

This can be translated as individual, solo, on one's own, or by oneself.


See Also:  I Miss You

Alone with only your shadow for company

qióng qióng jié lì xíng yǐng xiāng diào
Alone with only your shadow for company Scroll

煢煢孑立形影相吊 is a Chinese proverb about the state of being as alone as you possibly can be.

It can be translated as, "Alone with only your shadow for comfort/company".


See Also:  I Miss You

wǒ xiǎng nǐ
I Miss You Scroll

我想你 is the Chinese way to say "I miss you".

It is said in the same word order in both English and Chinese.

Desire / Longing / Craving

yoku
Desire / Longing / Craving Scroll

慾 means desire, longing, appetite, wish, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, avarice, and craving.

慾 is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.

The context in which this character is used, determines whether the meaning is good or bad. As a single character on a wall scroll, you get to decide what the definition is to you (hopefully more toward desire than greed).


Japanese DesirePlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of this character - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of desire.

gū dú
ko doku
Lonely Scroll

孤獨 means lonely, solitude, loneliness, and lonesome.
In some context, it can mean reclusive, isolation, single or solo.

孤獨 is a Japanese word but not a good selection for a wall scroll.
In Chinese, this will relay a rather sad feeling to anyone who reads this calligraphy on your wall.


独The version shown to the left is the Traditional Chinese and ancient Japanese version. In modern Japan and China they often use a different more simplified version of the second character (as shown to the right). If you want this Japanese/Simplified version, please click on the character shown to the right instead of the button above.


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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
Alone
Solitary Existence
獨居
独居
dokkyo / dokyodú jū / du2 ju1 / du ju / dujutu chü / tuchü
Alone
A Lone Person
獨自一人
独自一人
dú zì yì rén
du2 zi4 yi4 ren2
du zi yi ren
duziyiren
tu tzu i jen
tutzuijen
Alone
A Lone Person
獨自
独自
dokuji
Alone with only your shadow for company煢煢孑立形影相吊
茕茕孑立形影相吊
qióng qióng jié lì xíng yǐng xiāng diào
qiong2 qiong2 jie2 li4 xing2 ying3 xiang1 diao4
qiong qiong jie li xing ying xiang diao
ch`iung ch`iung chieh li hsing ying hsiang tiao
chiung chiung chieh li hsing ying hsiang tiao
I Miss You我想你wǒ xiǎng nǐ
wo3 xiang3 ni3
wo xiang ni
woxiangni
wo hsiang ni
wohsiangni
Desire
Longing
Craving

yokuyù / yu4 / yu
Lonely孤獨
孤独
ko doku / kodokugū dú / gu1 du2 / gu du / guduku tu / kutu
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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