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  1. Big Brother / Elder Brother
  2. Wise Younger Brother
  3. Big Brother
  4. Brother and Sister
  5. Brothers
  6. Blood Brothers
  7. Brotherly and Sisterly Love
  8. Brothers and Sisters
  9. Impartial and Fair to the...
10. Fraternity

Big Brother / Elder Brother

China ā xiōng
Japan akei
Big Brother / Elder Brother

阿兄 is a Chinese and Japanese title for elder brother.

阿兄 is an honorific title, like saying, "my dear brother." I nice way to pay tribute to your big brother, or older brother on your wall.

Wise Younger Brother

China xián dì
Japan ken tei
Wise Younger Brother

賢弟 is an honorific title for a little brother.

This can be translated as: worthy little brother; wise younger brother. This can also be a polite reference to another's younger brother, or to your junior or subordinate.

Big Brother

China lǎo dà gē
Big Brother

老大哥 is how to write "big brother" in Chinese. It literally means "respected big brother."


This does not have the same idiomatic meaning in Chinese as it does in English regarding government surveillance etc.

Brother and Sister

Japan keishi / kyoudai
Brother and Sister

兄姉 means, "brother and sister," in Japanese.

There's not a perfect way to say it in calligraphy but this is probably the best way.

Brothers

China xiōng dì
Japan kyou dai
Brothers

兄弟 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title for brothers.

Some notes: It's kind of an uncommon title for a wall scroll.
In Chinese, this is usually understood as brothers. In Japanese, it can extend to mean "brothers and sisters" or siblings.

Blood Brothers

China xuè xiōng dì
Japan chi kyou dai
Blood Brothers

血兄弟 means "Blood Brothers" in Chinese and Japanese.

Brotherly and Sisterly Love

China shǒu zú qíng
Brotherly and Sisterly Love

手足情 is the love between siblings. When you love, protect, care for, and have a deep bond that only brothers or sisters can.

The actual translation is "Hand and Foot" but it is said the relationship between brothers or sisters is like that of hands and feet. They belong together, and complete the body. Even though this says "hand and foot," it will always be read with the brotherly and sisterly love meaning in Chinese.

Note: During the past 20 years, the "One child policy" in China is slowly making this term obsolete.

Brothers and Sisters

Japan go kyou dai
Brothers and Sisters

御兄弟 is a Japanese honorific title for brothers and sisters or siblings.

Please note: It's kind of an uncommon title for a wall scroll.

Impartial and Fair to the
Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World

China yí shì tóng rén
Japan isshidoujin
Impartial and Fair to the / Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World

一視同仁 is how to write "universal benevolence." 一視同仁 is also how to express the idea that you see all people the same.

If you are kind and charitable to all people, this is the best way to state that virtue. It is the essence of being impartial to all mankind, regardless of social standing, background, race, sex, etc. You do not judge others but rather you see them eye to eye on the same level with you.


See Also:  Benevolence | Compassion | Equality | Justice | Right Decision | Selflessness | Work Unselfishly for the Common

Fraternity

University Brotherhood / House
China xiōng dì huì
Fraternity

兄弟會 is the word in Chinese for a college fraternity or some other kind of fraternal order. Literally, these characters mean "Elder brother younger brother association." The last character can also be translated as a group, union, gathering, assembly, meeting, or conference.

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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
Big Brother
Elder Brother
阿兄akeiā xiōng / a1 xiong1 / a xiong / axionga hsiung / ahsiung
Wise Younger Brother賢弟
贤弟
ken tei / kenteixián dì / xian2 di4 / xian di / xiandihsien ti / hsienti
Big Brother老大哥lǎo dà gē
lao3 da4 ge1
lao da ge
laodage
lao ta ko
laotako
Brother and Sister兄姉keishi / kyoudai
keishi / kyodai
keishi/kyodai
Brothers兄弟kyou dai / kyoudai / kyo dai / kyodaixiōng dì / xiong1 di4 / xiong di / xiongdihsiung ti / hsiungti
Blood Brothers血兄弟chi kyou dai
chikyoudai
chi kyo dai
chikyodai
xuè xiōng dì
xue4 xiong1 di4
xue xiong di
xuexiongdi
hsüeh hsiung ti
hsüehhsiungti
Brotherly and Sisterly Love手足情shǒu zú qíng
shou3 zu2 qing2
shou zu qing
shouzuqing
shou tsu ch`ing
shoutsuching
shou tsu ching
Brothers and Sisters御兄弟go kyou dai
gokyoudai
go kyo dai
gokyodai
Impartial and Fair to the
Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World
一視同仁
一视同仁
isshidoujin
ishidojin
yí shì tóng rén
yi2 shi4 tong2 ren2
yi shi tong ren
yishitongren
i shih t`ung jen
ishihtungjen
i shih tung jen
Fraternity兄弟會
兄弟会
xiōng dì huì
xiong1 di4 hui4
xiong di hui
xiongdihui
hsiung ti hui
hsiungtihui
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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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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