Chinese Symbols for Words Translated --


What are the Chinese symbols for words like Love, Peace, Friendship, Strength, and Dragon? In case you're wondering, you've come to the right place.:-)

I've put together a list of Chinese symbols for words and categorized them according to type. These words were selected as they’re among the most searched Chinese symbols on the internet.

Some of my children's book readers have sent me pictures of these Chinese symbols or charcaters and asked me what they mean. So, I decided to start this section to highlight how some of the most searched for Chinese symbols evolve, what they mean and how they are used.

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Many Chinese symbols for words written in calligraphic style have auspicious meanings like "good fortune", "strength", "happiness" and "long life" are featured on Chinese scrolls, paintings, jewelry and decorative items for the home.

Because of their artistic value, Chinese calligraphy add an air of refinement to the person or home.

As such, Chinese characters or Kanji, are increasingly popular as body tattoos. Celebrities like Julia Roberts ("Erin Brockervich") and Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy the Vampire") spot Chinese character tattoos.

Kanji are Chinese characters used in the Japanese language. Mostly, Kanji symbols are the same as Chinese symbols for words in the Chinese language but there are differences.

On to the Chinese characters...

  • For each character I’ve traced its development from "picture writing" to its modern (simplified) form.

    It’s interesting to see how the original word meanings were formed from pictures. (The one on the left is the oldest form of the written character.)

  • I’ve included common Chinese phrases in which the symbol is featured.
  • And lastly, I’ve also indicated the auspicious meanings associated with the symbol.

Click on the Chinese symbols for words below to read a description.