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  1. Bruce Lee
  2. Lee-Ella
  3. Lee
  4. Be Like Water


Bruce Lee

China lǐ xiǎo lóng
Japan bu ruu su ri
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Bruce LeeMany people have no idea that Bruce Lee had a "real" Chinese name. In mainland China and Hong Kong he is known as "Li Xiao-Long". He kept his family name pronunciation (Li = Lee). This is a common family name that also means "plum".

His given name "Xiao-Long" literally means "little dragon". This is why you often see the character for dragon associated with Bruce Lee on various posters etc.

For a pronunciation lesson, the "X" in Romanized Chinese is pronounced like a "sh" sound but with your tongue at the bottom of your mouth. The vowel sound in "Long" is like the English "oh", not like the "ah" sound in the English word "long".

If you are a big Bruce Lee fan, you should know this information, and you should have this wall scroll hanging in your room or martial arts studio.

Note: Japanese use these same exact Chinese characters / Kanji to write Bruce Lee's real name (with different pronunciation - which is a bit like how the name "Bruce Lee" sounds in English).


See Also...  Kung Fu | Marital Arts

Lee-Ella

China lǐ ài lā
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This is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Lee'Ella.

Lee

Japanese Katakana
Japan rii
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This is the name Lee written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).


This name is written in Katakana, a specifically-Japanese character set.
This selection MUST be written by our Japanese master calligrapher
(sorry, no standard calligraphy service/pricing for this selection).

Lee

feminine name
China
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This is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the feminine western name Lee.

This character means "pretty" or "beautiful".


Note: This can sometimes be used as a female given name in China. It is not the only given name that sounds like Lee or Li in China. For instance, this is a completely different character than the one used for Bruce Lee's name.

Lee

feminine name
China
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This is an alternate transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the feminine western name Lee.

This character means "jasmine", as in the flower.


Note: This can sometimes be used as a female given name in China. It is not the only given name that sounds like Lee or Li in China.

Lee

masculine name
China
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This is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the masculine western name Lee.

This character means "power" or "strength".


Note: This can sometimes be used as a male given name in China. It is not the only given name that sounds like Lee or Li in China.

Lee

masculine name
China
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This is an alternate transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the masculine western name Lee.

This character means "reason", "logic" or sometimes, "science".


Note: This can sometimes be used as a male given name in China. It is not the only given name that sounds like Lee or Li in China.

Be Like Water

Quote from Bruce Lee
China xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
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This is a short quote from a much longer statement by Bruce Lee. He was summarizing how people should be flexible to all circumstances/attacks/situations. At the end, he exclaims, "Be like water my friend". This is the, "Be like water" part alone, since that seems to be what most people want.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bruce Lee李小龙
李小龍
bu ruu su ri
buruusuri
bu ru su ri
lǐ xiǎo lóng
li xiao long
li hsiao lung
li3 xiao3 long2
lixiaolong
Lee-Ella李艾拉
李艾拉
n/alǐ ài lā
li ai la
li3 ai4 la1
liaila
Leeリーrii
ri
n/a
Lee
n/a
li
li4
Lee
n/a
li
li4
Lee
n/a
li
li4
Lee
n/a
li
li3
Be Like Water象水一样
象水一樣
n/axiàng shuǐ yí yàng
xiang shui yi yang
hsiang shui i yang
xiang4 shui3 yi2 yang4
xiangshuiyiyang

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