Four Chinese Symbols that can mean love include: 愛, 情, 戀, 親. Each can have slightly different connotations and can be used with other Chinese symbols to refine their meaning.
Like many Chinese symbols that deal with emotions and feelings the usual Chinese symbol for love 愛 contains the symbol for heart 心. This character tends to denote love that isn't based in passion (but could include it).
Another symbol for love is 情 which has connotations of emotion or passion. It too contains the symbol for heart but in a slightly different form 忄.
A symbol for love that has overtones of passion but also romance is 戀. This symbol for love is also associated with meanings like "long for", "yearn for", "miss", or "feel attached to".
The symbol 親 can also be used to mean love. It also means intimate, personal or personally, close relatives (parents) and to kiss.
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Looking at the symbol 愛 which is pronounced ai4, this symbol can be broken down from top to bottom for its input spelling.
The top part ⺥ is represented by the letter b which normally represents the symbol for moon 月.
The part below, 冖 is also represented by the letter b.
Directly below that is the symbol for heart, 心 which is represented by the letter p (Remember, it's a pump).
The bottom most portion 夂 by itself has the code he but since it is the final element in love then only the final letter is used for the 又 portion, and that is e.
And so the input code for the symbol for love is:
Concepts or words that contain this symbol include:
愛心 which means compassion or kindness. The symbol on the right is the Chinese symbol for heart 心 which is pronounced xin1.
愛憎 means love and hate with the character on the right, 憎 (which is pronounced zeng1) meaning detest or hate.
愛情 means the love between a man and woman.
愛惜 means cherish or respect (or love) with the character on the right 惜 meaning cherish, regret, pity or rue. It is pronounced xi1.
愛戀 means to be in love with, and the character on the right is the character for love, long for, yearn or miss.
相愛 means to love each other or be in love. The character on the left means mutual or together and is pronouced xiang1.
So lets look at the character that ties more closely to the idea of passion or passionate love 情. How do you input this Chinese symbol? Breaking it down from left to right, the first part of the character on the left 忄is a version of the symbol for heart 心. It is represented with the letter p. (I generally remember this by with the association that the heart is a pump, hence p for heart which is a pump.)
The right side is made up of an upper and lower part and is perhaps one of my favorite Chinese symbol elements. By itself 青 is the Chinese symbol for green or blue or young. The top part of the chaaracter is made up of 扌at the top and 一 at the bottom while the bottom most part is simply the element for moon 月 which is entered with a b. Hence the code:
This character is pronounced qing1.
Words (or perhaps concepts) that relate to love and that contain this Chinese symbol include:
情腸 means a loving heart. The second character in this word, 腸 can mean intestine, sausage or, more relevantly, emotions. It's pronounced chang2
情愛 means love and contains two characters that by themselves can mean love.
情慾 means passion or desire. The symbol on the right, 慾 can mean: lust, desire, longing. It's pronounced yu4.
情海 means sea of love with the symbol on the right being the Chinese symbol for sea or ocean. It's pronounced hai3.
The phrase 情場失意 can be taken to mean Frustrated in the arena of love. 場 is arena or park or market place (chang3), 失 is lose, miss or fail (shi1) and 意 can mean willing, meaning, mood (yi4) among other things.
By itself this symbol, 戀 can mean love or to be in love. It's top part starts with 糸 and ends with this same element. The first and last elements for this part are input with v and f. The bottom part is 心 which is entered with a p.
It's pronounced lian4.
戀母情結 means Oedipus complex. The second character is the symbol for mother.
戀慕 means to pine for. The second symbol has connotations of yearning.
戀奸情熱 means passionate (and illicit) love affair. The second symbol means illicit.
戀人 means weetheart or lover. The second symbol is the character for person.
戀愛 means romantic love.
The Chinese symbol 親 can be broken down from left to right. The left most part, 亲 can be typed independently with the code yt for the top 立 element and then d for the bottom 木 element.. As the first part in the character only the first and last elements are used however. For the right part 見 the top 目 shape is entered with bu. The bottom legs 丿 and 乚 are entered with h and u respectively. Since this could be considered the final element and the total number of elements in the cangjie code cannot be greater than five, only the final element from these two strokes is used, the u. The symbol 親 is pronounced qin1 or qing4 and its code is thus:
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