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Friend in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Friend

  2. Friend / Friendship

  3. Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend

  4. Christian Friend

  5. Best Friends / Closest Friend

  6. True Friend

  7. Friend / Friendship

  8. Sworn Friend / Ally

  9. Eternal Friendship...

10. Friendship

11. Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever

12. Best Love / Most Sincere Love

13. Soul Mates


Friend

Japan tomo dachi
Friend Vertical Wall Scroll

友達 is the most common way to say "friend" in Japanese.

Friend / Friendship

China yǒu
Japan tomo
Friend / Friendship Vertical Wall Scroll

友 is the simplest way to express the idea of friends or friendship in Chinese.

It can mean friend, companion, or pal in Japanese. In Korean, it can mean friend, companion, or associate.

This single character is open to interpretation, so it can mean different things to different people (not necessarily a bad thing, as you can decide what it means to you). If you want a more concisely-defined word, you should probably pick one of our multi-character friendship-related words.

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

China zhì yǒu
Most Sincere Friend / Honest Friend / Real Friend / Best Friend Vertical Wall Scroll

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:  Soulmates

Christian Friend

China jiào yǒu
Christian Friend Vertical Wall Scroll

Depending on context, this word can mean Christian or "friend of the same religion." While technically it could be any religion, this is used mostly within the Christian faith. You can also translate this as "Christian friend" and in some cases "Church member."

Best Friends / Closest Friend

China zhì yǒu
Best Friends / Closest Friend Vertical Wall Scroll

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:  Soulmates

True Friend

Japan shinnotomo
True Friend Vertical Wall Scroll

真の友 is "true friend" in Japanese.

True Friend

China gòu péng you
True Friend Vertical Wall Scroll

夠朋友 is a colloquial title in Chinese meaning, "to be a true friend."

Friend / Friendship

China péng
Japan tomo
Friend / Friendship Vertical Wall Scroll

朋 is a simple way to say friend, companion, comrade, or pal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, or old Korean Hanja.

朋 is a very short form, so a longer two-character word for friendship might be better.

Note: In Japanese, this can also be the female given name, Yukari.

Sworn Friend / Ally

China méng yǒu
Japan meiyuu
Sworn Friend / Ally Vertical Wall Scroll

盟友 means a sworn friend or ally. If you stand on the same side of an issue with someone, and perhaps fight for the same cause together, this is the term you would use to describe such a partner.

There may not be a personal relationship, as this term is also used to describe whole countries that make a coalition, or fight against a common enemy.

This would be most appropriate if you are a high-level military officer, giving this wall scroll to an officer of another country as you join forces together, and go to war.

Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever

Japan ei en no yuu
Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever Vertical Wall Scroll

The first two characters mean eternal, eternity, perpetuity, forever, immortality, and permanence.

The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "Love, of the eternal kind."

The last character is "friend" or "Friendship."

Friendship

China yǒu yì
Japan yuugi
Friendship Vertical Wall Scroll

Can also be defined as companionship or fellowship. 友誼 is common in Chinese and Korean Hanja but seldom used in Japanese anymore.


See Also:  Partnership

Friendship

China yǒu qíng
Japan yuujou
Friendship Vertical Wall Scroll

Can also be translated as "camaraderie" or "fellowship." But this character combination is only used commonly in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.

Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever

China yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever Vertical Wall Scroll

永遠的朋友 is exactly what the title suggests. 永遠的朋友 means friends that are eternal or a friendship that will last forever - you will remain the best of friends as long as you live.

The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.

The middle character links the words (it's a possessive article).

The last two characters represent friendship, or simply "friends."

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

China zhì ài
Best Love / Most Sincere Love Vertical Wall Scroll

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

Soul Mates

Japan tamashii no tomo
Soul Mates Vertical Wall Scroll

魂の友 is one of a few ways to write "Soul Mates" in Japanese.

The first Kanji means soul, spirit, ghost, immortal soul, the mind, or conscious mind. From Sanskrit it's Vijñāna.

The middle character is a Japanese Hiragana connecting or possessive article that links the two ideas together.

The last Kanji means friends or friendship.

Search for Friend in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Friend友達
友达
tomo dachi / tomodachi
Friend
Friendship
tomoyǒu / you3 / youyu
Most Sincere Friend
Honest Friend
Real Friend
Best Friend
摯友
挚友
zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyouchih yu / chihyu
Christian Friend教友jiào yǒu / jiao4 you3 / jiao you / jiaoyouchiao yu / chiaoyu
Best Friends
Closest Friend
至友zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyouchih yu / chihyu
True Friend真の友shinnotomo
True Friend夠朋友
够朋友
gòu péng you
gou4 peng2 you5
gou peng you
goupengyou
kou p`eng yu
koupengyu
kou peng yu
Friend
Friendship
tomopéng / peng2 / pengp`eng / peng
Sworn Friend
Ally
盟友meiyuu / meiyuméng yǒu / meng2 you3 / meng you / mengyoumeng yu / mengyu
Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever
永遠の友ei en no yuu
eiennoyuu
ei en no yu
eiennoyu
Friendship友誼
友谊
yuugi / yugiyǒu yì / you3 yi4 / you yi / youyiyu i / yui
Friendship友情yuujou / yujoyǒu qíng / you3 qing2 / you qing / youqingyu ch`ing / yuching / yu ching
Eternal Friendship
Friends Forever
永遠的朋友
永远的朋友
yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu
yong3 yuan3 de peng2 you3
yong yuan de peng you
yongyuandepengyou
yung yüan te p`eng yu
yungyüantepengyu
yung yüan te peng yu
Best Love
Most Sincere Love
至愛
至爱
zhì ài / zhi4 ai4 / zhi ai / zhiaichih ai / chihai
Soul Mates魂の友tamashii no tomo
tamashiinotomo
tamashi no tomo
tamashinotomo
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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