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Just a simple question, which one has the closest meaning of soulmate, 運命の人 or 心の友? Are they interchangeable in Japanese?

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運命の人 is used exclusively to refer to a romantic partner or (future) spouse with a lifelong bond with you. 心の友 is used to refer to a close friend, typically of the same sex, as the kanji suggests. They are not interchangeable at all in Japanese.

運命の人 is a relatively common phrase. On the other hand, 心の友 is rare except that a manga character ジャイアン uses this often. When I hear 心の友, I can't help recalling the character, and I believe many native Japanese speakers are like me. See image search results for 心の友. Some online glossaries define this as a ジャイアン語 ("Jaian-ese") term.

  • Is there anything you're aware of involving 意気投合? Like maybe 意気投合の者 or something? – istrasci Apr 5 '17 at 15:39
  • @istrasci I don't think so. It's almost always used as a (suru-)verb. – naruto Apr 6 '17 at 15:44
  • Thank you very much @naruto. I first heard 心の友 from Itsuwa Mayumi (五輪 真弓) song. Now I also recall hearing it too from Jaian-Doraemon as you mentioned. – Yuuta Takanashi Apr 7 '17 at 3:47

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