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Vincent
Jan 2nd, 2005, 11:48 AM
Hello Everyone. I am creating this thread because Miss Li has been a new star here, and I would love to tell you some little things about Chinese culture, when we type or read the other's name, we always do the family name first. Otherwise, it would be a bit weird. ;)


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jimbo mack
Jan 2nd, 2005, 11:55 AM
but other cultures dont address the surnames first, so i'll stick to na li thanks

Vincent
Jan 2nd, 2005, 11:58 AM
hehee That's why I said it would be better, it's not a must! :D

Experimentee
Jan 2nd, 2005, 01:35 PM
I know that it is supposed to be last name first, but I like saying all names from around the world the same so I guess I write Na Li because its how most cultures have it.
I have a Chinese name too but I write it the Western way with surname last bc its easier to avoid confusion.

DearSeles
Jan 2nd, 2005, 01:37 PM
Thanks for this topic; As China's culture, "Lina" is the correctly, but "Nali" is also welcomed;

Chunchun
Jan 2nd, 2005, 01:54 PM
:wazzup: :angel:

moby
Jan 2nd, 2005, 01:58 PM
I'd prefer Li Na too.
I'm Chinese myself, and the first time I saw Na Li, I got confused and thought her surname was Na... which was strange because Na is not actually a very common surname

Mattographer
Jan 2nd, 2005, 01:59 PM
Na Li

silverwhite
Jan 2nd, 2005, 02:08 PM
but other cultures dont address the surnames first, so i'll stick to na li thanks

You don't see us Chinese calling Steffi Graf Graf Steffi do you? ;)

pav
Jan 2nd, 2005, 05:01 PM
Should We say Li Na or Na Li?
just depends on how culturely correct We wish to be
if We did it to those coming from the west
would they take it as a jest?

Would Capriati Jennifer take a name switch in Her stride
or would it it insult Her family pride?
how would that one go?
specially with grumpy old Stefano

We could call call Masha Sharapova Maria
now that would sound a little bit queer
Yuri would become an even more angry man
and may stick His own Head in a nearby trash can

Europeans visited China many years ago
to show them the correct way to go
the said "Listen here You Chinese chap
We won't have this back the front name calling crap!"

They aways jumped boots first into a nation
that beat them by thousands of years to have civilisation

I think I'll stick down here in the south Pacific
where Our needs aren't quite so specific
a beautiful woolly Lady We call a Ewe
I think that can be reversed ,don't You?
and They are often heard calling each other Baa Baa
well We can put either name in front ,so there You are!

Ravsieg
Jan 2nd, 2005, 09:52 PM
I put all like most world does.. sorry I'm disrespecing your culture but it's a question of pattern :D It avoids confusion in my mind

coudy.guo
Jan 2nd, 2005, 11:41 PM
her first name is LI

We call her name is LI NA

Rafe306
Jan 2nd, 2005, 11:50 PM
how about we make a nickname for her lol..like "Na Na" hehe

Hachiko
Jan 2nd, 2005, 11:55 PM
I thought her name was Na Li?

Gallofa
Jan 3rd, 2005, 12:05 AM
I tend to get confused, last names and first names sound similar to me, so I find it hard to distinguish which is the family name... Last year one of my chinese friends explained to me that calling someone by their family name was the right thing to do, so for example, in the case of Li Na, calling her Na would be too familiar, only good friends and family would call her Na, everyone else would just call her Li, or Li Na, is that right?

xin_hui
Jan 3rd, 2005, 12:27 AM
i will continue calling her Li Na, just as i call zheng jie the same way....coz i'm a chinese:)

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Jan 3rd, 2005, 12:36 AM
Does it really matter??? whichever way you say it.. we still know who you are talking about

mboyle
Jan 3rd, 2005, 02:21 AM
I'll call her whatever she calls herself. Who am I to tell her the way she does it is wrong?:o (sounds a bit preposterous, no?:o )

JenFan75
Jan 3rd, 2005, 03:21 AM
I think Na Li is a little better.

Drake1980
Jan 3rd, 2005, 03:33 AM
I prefer Na li as well!!!!!!!!!!!! :banana:

ashwu
Jan 3rd, 2005, 03:44 AM
li na, pls

moby
Jan 3rd, 2005, 04:09 AM
You don't see us Chinese calling Steffi Graf Graf Steffi do you? ;)
Precisely. And some cultures don't have surnames too, like Muslims, some Indians, and Burmese just to name a few. Should we call everyone by their first names only? (actually isn't that what we do on WTA :p )

Hence, we should just follow whatever culture/ethnicity that player belongs to. In this case, I believe Li Na would be appropriate.

Vincent
Jan 3rd, 2005, 07:01 AM
I tend to get confused, last names and first names sound similar to me, so I find it hard to distinguish which is the family name... Last year one of my chinese friends explained to me that calling someone by their family name was the right thing to do, so for example, in the case of Li Na, calling her Na would be too familiar, only good friends and family would call her Na, everyone else would just call her Li, or Li Na, is that right?You are so right. :D



~Kirilenko#1fan~, you are not disrespecting, I never say calling her Na Li is a kind of disrespecting, and I should thank you for reading this post and accept this little culture thing. I am not forcing any of you to call her Li Na!

Crazy Canuck
Jan 3rd, 2005, 07:19 AM
Thanks for the information, I had no idea :)

madjoe
Jan 3rd, 2005, 10:11 AM
Chinese people's name are always much shorter than people from the other countries,so you'd better call their full name,otherwise there will be much confusions,'coz we share the same last name with severel millions fellowmen together,and put the firstname ahead sounds quite uneasy too.

so you guys can call them Li na,Zheng jie,Yan zi,Sun tiantian,Li ting,Peng shuai,Liu nannan will be much kind.Anyway,thanks for supporting them as well as me. :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :bounce: :bounce:

sartrista7
Jan 3rd, 2005, 10:35 AM
I think Na Li is a little better.

:retard:

The way things work in this world is that you don't call someone something because you feel like it. You call them by the name they call themselves.

Many people here have a lot to learn about other cultures, and things like... interacting with other people.