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Dear in Chinese / Japanese...

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ài
ai
Love 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 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 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 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.


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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