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. Mentor: Teacher and Friend

  9. Sworn Friend / Ally

10. Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever

11. Best Friends / Buddies

12. Best Friends

13. Best Love / Most Sincere Love

14. Compassion

15. Yujin

16. Be Like Water

17. Best Love / Most Sincere Love

18. Best


tomo dachi
Friend Scroll

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

Friend / Friendship

yǒu
tomo
Friend / Friendship 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

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

jiào yǒu
Christian Friend Scroll

Depending on context, 教友 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

zhì yǒu
Best Friends / Closest Friend 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

shinnotomo
True Friend Scroll

真の友 is "true friend" in Japanese.

gòu péng you
True Friend Scroll

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

Friend / Friendship

péng
tomo
Friend / Friendship 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.

Mentor: Teacher and Friend

liáng shī yì yǒu
Mentor: Teacher and Friend Scroll

良師益友 is a Chinese proverb or word that means good teacher and helpful friend.

In the most simple translation, these 4 characters mean mentor.

Sworn Friend / Ally

méng yǒu
meiyuu
Sworn Friend / Ally 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

ei en no yuu
Eternal Friendship / Friends Forever 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".

Best Friends / Buddies

qīn yǒu
shin yuu
Best Friends / Buddies Scroll

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

zhì jiāo
Best Friends Scroll

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:  Soulmates

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

zhì ài
Best Love / Most Sincere Love 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

tóng qíng
dou jou
Compassion Scroll

These two characters mean compassion and sympathy in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, which makes this word universal.

Compassion is caring and understanding someone is hurt or troubled (even if you don't know them). It is wanting to help, even if all you can do is listen and say kind words. You forgive mistakes. You are a friend when someone needs a friend.


See Also:  Caring | Kindness

yǒu rén
yuuto / yuujin / tomohito
Yujin Scroll

友人 is a less-common way to write "friend" in Chinese and Japanese.

友人 is also a given name Yuujin or Yujin, or another romanization for the given name Tomohito.

Be Like Water

xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
Be Like Water Scroll

像水一樣 is a short quote from a much longer statement by Bruce Lee.

He was summarizing how people should be flexible to all circumstances, attacks, or situations. At the end, he exclaims, "Be like water my friend". 像水一樣 is the, "Be like water" part alone, since that seems to be what most people want.

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

moai
Best Love / Most Sincere Love Scroll

最愛 is a Japanese word that 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.

zhì
shi
Best Scroll

It's a little strange as calligraphy, but 至 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".

I 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.


These search terms might be related to Friend:

Ally

Alone / a Lone Person

Alone / Solitary Existence

Alone With Only Your Shadow for Company

Buddy

Lonely

Lonely Soul / Lost Soul

Lonely Soul / Solitary

Sworn Friend / Ally

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
Mentor: Teacher and Friend良師益友
良师益友
liáng shī yì yǒu
liang2 shi1 yi4 you3
liang shi yi you
liangshiyiyou
liang shih i yu
liangshihiyu
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
Best Friends
Buddies
親友
亲友
shin yuu / shinyuu / shin yuqīn yǒu / qin1 you3 / qin you / qinyouch`in yu / chinyu / chin yu
Best Friends至交zhì jiāo / zhi4 jiao1 / zhi jiao / zhijiaochih chiao / chihchiao
Best Love
Most Sincere Love
至愛
至爱
zhì ài / zhi4 ai4 / zhi ai / zhiaichih ai / chihai
Compassion同情dou jou / doujou / do jotóng qíng
tong2 qing2
tong qing
tongqing
t`ung ch`ing
tungching
tung ching
Yujin友人yuuto / yuujin / tomohito
yuto / yujin / tomohito
yǒu rén / you3 ren2 / you ren / yourenyu jen / yujen
Be Like Water像水一樣xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
xiang4 shui3 yi2 yang4
xiang shui yi yang
xiangshuiyiyang
hsiang shui i yang
hsiangshuiiyang
Best Love
Most Sincere Love
最愛moai
Bestshizhì / zhi4 / zhichih
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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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.

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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