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An American in China

Little Little in China- Naming in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 10, 2010

In China the way to call a friend is either by repeating their last name, or to call them “little” and then their first name. For instance, if a person has the name Li Dong, with Li being the family name, you can call him Li Li (only if you are a good friend). Alternatively you can use the term xiao, which means little, (pronounced show , like shower) and call them Xiao Li, or little Li.
This convention, however , should only be used with good friends.

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