The Name Lee-ella in Japanese/Chinese on a Custom-Made Wall Scroll.

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  1. Lee-Ella

  2. Ella

  3. Lee

  4. Hailey-Lee

  5. Bruce Lee

  6. Ella

  7. Jeet Kune Do

  8. Kung Fu / Gong Fu

  9. Lee

10. Lee / Plum

11. Little Dragon


lǐ ài lā
Lee-Ella Scroll

李艾拉 is the name Lee'Ella in Chinese (Mandarin).

rii era
Lee-Ella Scroll

リーエラ is the name Lee-Ella in Japanese (Katakana).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

era
Ella Scroll

エラ is the name Ella in Japanese.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

rii
Lee Scroll

リー is the name Lee in Japanese.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

heirii rii
Hailey-Lee Scroll

ヘーリーリー is the name Hailey-Lee in Japanese (Katakana).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

lǐ xiǎo lóng
bu ruu su ri
Bruce Lee Scroll

李小龍 is the real full name of Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee Many people have no idea that Bruce Lee had a “real” Chinese name. In Mandarin and Cantonese, he is known as “Lǐ XiǎoLóng” and “Léi SíuLùng” respectively.

He kept his family name pronunciation (Li = Lee). 李 is a common family name that also means “plum.”

His given name 小龍 (Xiao-Long), literally means “little dragon.” 李小龍 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 Mandarin 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 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 | Martial Arts

ài lā
Ella Scroll

艾拉 is the name Ella in Chinese (Mandarin).

Jeet Kune Do

jié quán dào
jeet kune do
sekken dou
Jeet Kune Do Scroll

In Cantonese, 截拳道 is Jeet Kune Do. Often it is explained as the “Way of the Intercepting Fist.”

截拳道 is a martial art style founded by Bruce Lee.

The first character means to cut off or sever.
The second character is a fist.
The last character means way or method.


See Also:  Bruce Lee

Kung Fu / Gong Fu

gōng fu
gung fu
kan fu / ku fu
Kung Fu / Gong Fu Scroll

功夫 or Kung Fu is one of the most famous types of martial arts in the world - and not just because of Bruce Lee.

Some translate the meaning as “Accomplishment by Great Effort.” I think this is partially true, but directly translated, it literally means “Merit/Achievement/Accomplishment Man.” The word “fu” can sometimes mean “husband” or “porter,” but in this case, it can only mean “man.” However, few in China will think “man” when they hear the word “Gong Fu” spoken.

This term is also used for things other than martial arts. In fact, it's used to refer to a person with excellent skills in crafts that require a lot of effort to master, such as cooking, tea ceremonies, and calligraphy.

What a lot of people don't know is that the spelling of “Kung Fu” was actually taken from the old Wade Giles form of Romanization. Using this method, the sounds of the English “G” and “K” were both written as “K” and an apostrophe after the “K” told you it was supposed to sound like a “G.” Nobody in the west knew this rule, so most people pronounce it with a “K-sound.” And so, Gong Fu will always be Kung Fu for most westerners.

Also, just to educate you a little more, the “O” in “Gong” has a sound like the English word “oh.”

The popular Chinese dish “Kung Pao Chicken” suffers from the same problem. It should actually be “Gong Bao Chicken.”

Historical note: Many will claim that Kung Fu was invented by the monks of the Shaolin monastery. This fact is argued in both directions by scholars of Chinese history. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that the Shaolin Monks brought the original fame to Kung Fu many generations ago.


Japanese note: While most Japanese martial artists will recognize these characters, Katakana is more often used to approximate the pronunciation of "Kung Fu" with "カンフー." Some will argue as to whether this should be considered a Japanese word at all.


See Also:  Bruce Lee

Lee Scroll

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

麗 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 Scroll

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

莉 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 Scroll

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

力 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 Scroll

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

理 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.

lee
ri / sumomo
Lee / Plum Scroll

This is the most common Chinese character which sounds like “Lee” or “Li” and is used as a surname / family name in China.

李 actually means “Plum.” So it's really Mr. Plum and Mrs. Plum if you translated the name instead of romanizing.

This is not the only character in Chinese that can be romanized as “Lee” or “Li.” If your family name is “Lee” or “Li” please be sure this is the correct character before you order this scroll (look at your grandparents' Chinese passports or other documents if you are an ABC and are trying to create a heritage wall scroll).

Famous people with this surname include Bruce Lee (Li Xiao-Long), Minister Li Peng, and famous Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai. In Korea, this is the original character for a surname that romanizes as “Yi.”


Note: This also one version of Lee that is a common Korean surname. However, it’s often romanized as "Yi" and sometimes as "Ri" or "Rhee."

Little Dragon

xiǎo lóng
Little Dragon Scroll

小龍 literally means “little dragon” or “young dragon.”

小龍 is often used as a given name in Chinese.

In fact, Bruce Lee's real given name is “Little Dragon.”


See Also:  Bruce Lee


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Lee-Ella李艾拉lǐ ài lā
li3 ai4 la1
li ai la
liaila
Lee-Ellaリーエラrii era / riiera / ri era
Ellaエラera
Leeリーrii / ri
Hailey-Leeヘーリーリーheirii rii / heiriirii / heiri ri
Bruce Lee李小龍
李小龙
bu ruu su ri
buruusuri
bu ru su ri
lǐ xiǎo lóng
li3 xiao3 long2
li xiao long
lixiaolong
li hsiao lung
lihsiaolung
Ella艾拉ài lā / ai4 la1 / ai la / aila
Jeet Kune Do截拳道sekken dou / sekkendou / seken dojié quán dào
jie2 quan2 dao4
jie quan dao
jiequandao
chieh ch`üan tao
chiehchüantao
chieh chüan tao
Kung Fu
Gong Fu
功夫kan fu / ku fu
kanfu / kufu
gōng fu / gong1 fu / gong fu / gongfukung fu / kungfu
Lee
lì / li4 / li
Leelì / li4 / li
Leelì / li4 / li
Leelǐ / li3 / li
Lee
Plum
ri / sumomolǐ / li3 / li
Little Dragon小龍
小龙
xiǎo lóng
xiao3 long2
xiao long
xiaolong
hsiao lung
hsiaolung
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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