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Dear in Chinese / Japanese...

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ài
ai
Love Vertical Wall Scroll

愛 universally means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

愛 is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

愛 can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you." But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.


More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship."

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.


See Also:  I Love You | Caring | Benevolence | Friendliness | Double Happiness Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

Adorable / Cute / Lovely

ka wai i
Adorable / Cute / Lovely Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means cute, adorable, charming, lovely, or pretty.

Depending on context, it can also mean dear, precious, darling, pet, cute little, or tiny.

Big Brother / Elder Brother

ā xiōng
akei
Big Brother / Elder Brother Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Younger Sister

mèi
mai / imouto
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll

妹 is the single-character for younger sister.

In colloquial Japanese speech, this can be a way to say, darling, dear, honey, or my betrothed (only used when referring to a woman).

In Japanese, this can be the female given name Mai.

In Chinese, you will generally see this used in double form, "妹妹" or "mei mei" when referring to a younger sister.

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

愛子


爱子

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ài zǐ / ai4 zi3
ai tzu
 yoshiko / よしこ
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
beloved son
beloved child; dear child; (female given name) Yoshiko

秘蔵

see styles
 hizou / hizo / ひぞう
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
(n,vs,adj-no) treasuring; cherishing; prizing; holding dear

親切


亲切

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qīn qiè / qin1 qie4
ch`in ch`ieh / chin chieh
 shinsetsu / しんせつ
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
amiable; cordial; close and dear; familiar
(noun or adjectival noun) kindness; gentleness

阿兄

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ā xiōng / a1 xiong1
a hsiung
 akei / ake / あけい
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
elder brother
elder brother; my dear brother

可愛い

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 kawayui / かわゆい    kawaii / kawai / かわいい
Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
(ateji / phonetic) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (adjective) (1) (kana only) cute; adorable; charming; lovely; pretty; (2) (kana only) dear; precious; darling; pet; (3) (kana only) cute little; tiny; (ateji / phonetic) (adjective) (1) (kana only) cute; adorable; charming; lovely; pretty; (2) (kana only) dear; precious; darling; pet; (3) (kana only) cute little; tiny

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 ma / ま (adverb) (1) just (e.g. "just wait here"); come now; now, now; (2) tolerably; passably; moderately; reasonably; fairly; rather; somewhat; (3) well...; I think...; it would seem...; you might say...; Hmmm, I guess so...; (interjection) (4) (feminine speech) oh!; oh dear!; oh, my!; wow!; goodness gracious!; good heavens!

see styles
ài / ai4
ai
alas; oh dear

see styles
/ fu1
fu
 fu / ぷ
(classical) this, that; he, she, they; (exclamatory final particle); (initial particle, introduces an opinion)
(1) (archaism) my dear; dear; honey; (2) (kana only) garnish (esp. one served with sashimi); (3) (kana only) embellishment; (1) (archaism) that; (2) (archaism) he; she; that person; husband; (n-pref,n-suf,n) (1) male; man; (2) (archaism) husband; (surname) Pu
A man; a sage, officer, hero; a husband, mate; a fellow; a particle, i. e. for, so, etc.

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zhōu / zhou1
chou
 shū / とうしゅう
prefecture; (old) province; (old) administrative division; state (e.g. of US); oblast (Russia); canton (Switzerland)
sandbank; sandbar; (n,n-suf) (1) state; province; county; oblast; department (of ancient China); (2) continent; (suffix) (3) (archaism) dear; (given name) Toushuu
a region


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guì / gui4
kuei
 ki / むち
expensive; noble; precious; (honorific) your
(n,n-suf) (honorific or respectful language) (archaism) lord; god; goddess; honorific title for deities (and high-ranking people); (given name) Motomu
Honourable, dear, precious; valuable

はて

see styles
 hate / はて (interjection) (1) Dear me!; Good gracious!; (2) well ... (used before sentences expressing a doubt); let me see; now ...

まあ

see styles
 maa / ma / まあ (adverb) (1) just (e.g. "just wait here"); come now; now, now; (2) tolerably; passably; moderately; reasonably; fairly; rather; somewhat; (3) well...; I think...; it would seem...; you might say...; Hmmm, I guess so...; (interjection) (4) (feminine speech) oh!; oh dear!; oh, my!; wow!; goodness gracious!; good heavens!

やや

see styles
 yaya / やや (interjection) Oh!; Oh my!; Dear me!; (female given name) Yaya

やれ

see styles
 yare / やれ (interjection) oh!; ah!; oh dear!; dear me!; thank God!

仁兄

see styles
rén xiōng / ren2 xiong1
jen hsiung
 jinkei / jinke / じんけい
(honorific written address) My dear friend
(pronoun) (honorific or respectful language) (familiar language) (epistolary term in reference to a male) you

仁弟

see styles
rén dì / ren2 di4
jen ti
(honorific written address to younger man) My dear young friend

問候


问候

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wèn hòu / wen4 hou4
wen hou
to give one's respects; to send a greeting; (fig.) (coll.) to make offensive reference to (somebody dear to the person to whom one is speaking)

大切

see styles
 taisetsu(p);taisechi(ok) / たいせつ(P);たいせち(ok) (noun or adjectival noun) (1) important; necessary; indispensable; (2) beloved; precious; dear; cherished; valuable; (3) (usu. adverb, as ~に) careful; (place-name, surname) Oogiri

座下

see styles
 zaka / ざか (1) nearby (one's seat); (by) one's side; (expression) (2) (epistolary style; after the name of the recipient) Dear (Mr.-Mrs.)

復啓

see styles
 fukukei;fukkei / fukuke;fukke / ふくけい;ふっけい (salutation of a formal letter of response) Dear Sir or Madam, in reply to your letter ...

急啓

see styles
 kyuukei / kyuke / きゅうけい (opening formula of an urgent letter) Dear Sir or Madam

拝呈

see styles
 haitei / haite / はいてい (noun/participle) (1) presenting; presentation; (2) (honorific or respectful language) (salutation of a formal letter) Dear (so and so); Dear Sir; Dear Madam; To Whom It May Concern

拝啓

see styles
 haikei / haike / はいけい (letters beginning with this typically end with 敬具) Dear (so and so); Dear Sir; Dear Madam; To Whom It May Concern

拝復

see styles
 haifuku / はいふく (int,n) (salutation of a formal letter of response) Dear Sir or Madam, in reply to your letter ...

看倌

see styles
kàn guān / kan4 guan1
k`an kuan / kan kuan
dear reader; dear listener

看官

see styles
kàn guān / kan4 guan1
k`an kuan / kan kuan
dear reader; dear listener

粛啓

see styles
 shukukei;shukkei / shukuke;shukke / しゅくけい;しゅっけい (interjection) (honorific or respectful language) (See 謹啓) Dear (name)

親愛


亲爱

see styles
qīn ài / qin1 ai4
ch`in ai / chin ai
 shinai / しんあい
dear; beloved; darling
(1) deep affection; (adjectival noun) (2) (often in the opening of a letter as 親愛なる) dear; beloved; (given name) Shin'ai
To love, beloved; to love

親親


亲亲

see styles
qīn qīn / qin1 qin1
ch`in ch`in / chin chin
dear one; to kiss; friendly

諸兄

see styles
 shokei / shoke / しょけい dear friends; (all of) you or those men; (surname) Moroe

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Younger Sister Vertical Wall Scroll
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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
Love
aiài / ai4 / ai
Adorable
Cute
Lovely
可愛い
可爱い
ka wai i / kawaii
Big Brother
Elder Brother
阿兄akeiā xiōng / a1 xiong1 / a xiong / axionga hsiung / ahsiung
Younger Sistermai / imouto
mai / imoto
mai / imoto
mèi / mei4 / mei
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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