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Lee in Chinese / Japanese...

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


Lee

masculine name
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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

feminine name
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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 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.

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

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).

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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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Autumn
Ba Gua Zhang
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Best Love
Bird
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Brad
Brotherly Love
Buddha
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Confucius
Debbie
Deborah
Dignity
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Empress
Eternal
Eternal Love
Faith in God
Family
Family Home
Fight
Fish
Flower
Flowers
Flying Tiger
Forest
Forever
Forever in My Heart
Gemma
George
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold Fish
Golden
Good Luck
Great
Great Ambitions
Great Expectations
Guan Gong
Happy
Hawk
Health
Healthy Living
Heather
I Love Mother
I Love You
I Need You
Koi Fish
Life Energy Spiritual
Life is A Journey
Live for Today
Longevity
Lotus
Love and Hate
Love Forever
Love of My Life
Love With All My Heart
Love You Forever
Luck
Marie
Metal
Military
Money
Mother
Mother and Son
Never Give Up Japanese
One Life One Chance
One True Love
Pain
Passionate Love
Phil
Plum
Reason
Relax
Religious
Respect
Roxanne
Scorpio
Sister
Sophie
Speed
Spiritual Soul Mates
Steve
Strong Heart
Strong Hearted
Taekwondo
Taijutsu
Tao Te Ching
The Saint
Tiger
Trust
Victory
Virtue
Warrior
Wealth
Wind
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Woman
Wu Wei
Year of the Dragon
Yvonne
Zen Buddhism

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Lee
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li
li4
Lee
n/a
li
li4
Lee
n/a
li
li4
Lee
n/a
li
li3
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リーrii
ri
n/a
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

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "lee" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

Some people may refer to this entry as Lee Kanji, Lee Characters, Lee in Mandarin Chinese, Lee Characters, Lee in Chinese Writing, Lee in Japanese Writing, Lee in Asian Writing, Lee Ideograms, Chinese Lee symbols, Lee Hieroglyphics, Lee Glyphs, Lee in Chinese Letters, Lee Hanzi, Lee in Japanese Kanji, Lee Pictograms, Lee in the Chinese Written-Language, or Lee in the Japanese Written-Language.

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