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  1. Best
  2. Best Love / Most Sincere Love
  3. Best / Number One
  4. Best Friends
  5. Simply the Best
  6. Best Friends / Buddies
  7. Best Friends / Closest Friend
  8. Best Love / Most Sincere Love
  9. Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend

Best

China zhì
Japan shi
Best

It's a little strange but this would be the character which means "best" or "extreme" in Chinese and Korean. The problem is, this is seldom used alone. It's mostly used in combination with other characters to make words like "best friend," "best food," and "best love."

We do not recommend this character for a wall scroll. It's better if you find a more specific term that fits your circumstances.

Note: This can be pronounced in Japanese, and has similar meaning but it is rarely if ever used in modern Japanese.

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

China zhì ài
Best Love / Most Sincere Love

至愛 can mean the best love or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.


See Also:  I Love You

Best / Number One

Japan ichi ban
Best / Number One

一番 is often used to mean "best" or "the best" in Japanese. It actually means "number one" in Japanese.

Best Friends

China zhì jiāo
Best Friends

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."


See Also:  Friendship | Soulmates

Simply the Best

Supreme / Highest
China zuì gāo
Japan sai kou
Simply the Best

最高 means highest level, supreme, top, the most, or the best. Depending on context, it can mean the most expensive or highest quality.

Best Friends / Buddies

China qīn yǒu
Japan shin yuu
Best Friends / Buddies

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."

Best Friends / Closest Friend

China zhì yǒu
Best Friends / 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."


See Also:  Friendship | Soulmates

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

Japan moai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love

This Japanese word means the best love, beloved, or most sincere love of your life. This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend. It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.

Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend

China zhì yǒu
Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend

This one way to say best friend in Chinese.

The first character can mean "honest" or "most sincere." The second character means "friend" or "friends" (plural forms work differently in Chinese).


See Also:  Friendship | Soulmates

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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
Bestshizhì / zhi4 / zhichih
Best Love
Most Sincere Love
至愛
至爱
zhì ài / zhi4 ai4 / zhi ai / zhiaichih ai / chihai
Best
Number One
一番ichi ban / ichiban
Best Friends至交zhì jiāo / zhi4 jiao1 / zhi jiao / zhijiaochih chiao / chihchiao
Simply the Best最高sai kou / saikou / sai ko / saikozuì gāo / zui4 gao1 / zui gao / zuigaotsui kao / tsuikao
Best Friends
Buddies
親友
亲友
shin yuu / shinyuu / shin yu / shinyuqīn yǒu / qin1 you3 / qin you / qinyouch`in yu / chinyu / chin yu
Best Friends
Closest Friend
至友zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyouchih yu / chihyu
Best Love
Most Sincere Love
最愛moai
Most Sincere Friend
Honest Friend
Real Friend
Best Friend
摯友
挚友
zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyouchih yu / chihyu
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

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
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.

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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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