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Sadness Sorrow in Chinese / Japanese...

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Sadness / Sorrow

bēi āi
hi ai
Sadness / Sorrow Scroll

悲哀 means grieved, sorrowful, sorrow, grief, and sadness in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

In the Buddhist context, it suggests the kind feeling in your heart toward others (as the result of feeling sorrow).

Note: This is a strange selection for a calligraphy wall scroll.

Sadness / Sorrow

bēi shāng
hi shou
Sadness / Sorrow Scroll

悲傷 means, "sadness", "sorrowful", or "grief" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

Note: This will be seen as strange on a wall scroll by Chinese and Japanese people.

Sorrow / Feeling Sorry

wàn xí
Sorrow / Feeling Sorry Scroll

This Chinese word means, "to feel sorry for a person over something that should have happened".

Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese people.

Sorry / Feel Apologetic / Regret

bào qiàn
Sorry / Feel Apologetic / Regret Scroll

抱歉 is the feeling of being or feeling sorry or apologetic.

Basically the idea of being regretful. Not quite the same thing as sorrow.

Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese people - but you can bend the rules if you want in the west.

Sorry / Apologetic / Repent / Regret

hòu huǐ
kou kai / go ke
Sorry / Apologetic / Repent / Regret Scroll

後悔 is the feeling of being or feeling repentant, apologetic, and regret.

後悔 is not sorrow.

This term is often used in the context of Buddhism and other religions.

Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people - but you can bend the rules if you want in the west.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
悲哀hi ai / hiaibēi āi / bei1 ai1 / bei ai / beiaipei ai / peiai
hi shou / hishou / hi sho / hishobēi shāng
bei1 shang1
bei shang
pei shang
Feeling Sorry
惋惜wàn xí / wan4 xi2 / wan xi / wanxiwan hsi / wanhsi
Feel Apologetic
抱歉bào qiàn / bao4 qian4 / bao qian / baoqianpao ch`ien / paochien / pao chien
後悔kou kai / go ke
koukai / goke
ko kai / go ke
kokai / goke
hòu huǐ / hou4 hui3 / hou hui / houhui
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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Simple Dictionary Definition


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bēi āi / bei1 ai1
pei ai
 hiai / ひあい
Sorry / Apologetic / Repent / Regret Scroll
grieved; sorrowful
sorrow; grief; sadness

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bēi / bei1
 hi / ひ
sad; sadness; sorrow; grief
{Buddh} karuna (compassion)
karuṇā; kṛpā. Sympathy, pity for another in distress and the desire to help him, sad.


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āi chóu / ai1 chou2
ai ch`ou / ai chou
 aishuu / aishu / あいしゅう
sorrow; sadness; distressed; sorrowful
pathos; sorrow; grief


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bēi tòng / bei1 tong4
pei t`ung / pei tung
 hitsuu / hitsu / ひつう
grieved; sorrowful
(n,adj-na,adj-no) grief; sorrow; extreme sadness; heartbreak


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 kanashisa / かなしさ sadness; sorrow; grief


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 kanashimi / かなしみ sadness; sorrow; grief


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 kanashisa / かなしさ sadness; sorrow; grief


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 kanashimi / かなしみ sadness; sorrow; grief


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 kanashimi / かなしみ (1) sadness; sorrow; grief; (2) (archaism) affection; love



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àn rán xiāo hún / an4 ran2 xiao1 hun2
an jan hsiao hun
overwhelming sadness (idiom); sorrow at parting



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zěn yī gè chóu zì liǎo dé / zen3 yi1 ge4 chou2 zi4 liao3 de2
tsen i ko ch`ou tzu liao te / tsen i ko chou tzu liao te
(last line of the poem 聲聲慢|声声慢[Sheng1 sheng1 Man4] by Song poet Li Qingzhao 李清照[Li3 Qing1 zhao4]); how can it be expressed in one word, "sorrow"?; how can words express such sadness?


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 kanashisa / かなしさ sadness; sorrow; grief


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 kanashimi / かなしみ (1) sadness; sorrow; grief; (2) (愛しみ only) (archaism) affection; love

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