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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.
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
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."
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
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.
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.
Can also be translated as "camaraderie" or "fellowship."
But this character combination is only used commonly in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.
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."
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
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.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|tomo dachi / tomodachi|
|友||tomo||yǒu / you3 / you||yu|
|Most Sincere Friend|
|zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyou||chih yu / chihyu|
|Christian Friend||教友||jiào yǒu / jiao4 you3 / jiao you / jiaoyou||chiao yu / chiaoyu|
|至友||zhì yǒu / zhi4 you3 / zhi you / zhiyou||chih yu / chihyu|
|gòu péng you|
gou4 peng2 you5
gou peng you
|kou p`eng yu
kou peng yu
|朋||tomo||péng / peng2 / peng||p`eng / peng|
|盟友||meiyuu / meiyu||méng yǒu / meng2 you3 / meng you / mengyou||meng yu / mengyu|
|永遠の友||ei en no yuu|
ei en no yu
|yuugi / yugi||yǒu yì / you3 yi4 / you yi / youyi||yu i / yui|
|Friendship||友情||yuujou / yujo||yǒu qíng / you3 qing2 / you qing / youqing||yu ch`ing / yuching / yu ching|
|yǒng yuǎn de péng yǒu|
yong3 yuan3 de peng2 you3
yong yuan de peng you
|yung yüan te p`eng yu
yung yüan te peng yu
Most Sincere Love
|zhì ài / zhi4 ai4 / zhi ai / zhiai||chih ai / chihai|
|Soul Mates||魂の友||tamashii no tomo|
tamashi no tomo
|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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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
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.
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.
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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