How to say small in Chinese: Xiǎo


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How to say small in Chinese: Xiǎo

Learning Chinese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say small in Chinese: Xiǎo
Say it out loud: “Shyao

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Some more helpful words in our Chinese Size/Amount category:

enough – Gòule  (Go Luh)
extra large – Chāo Dà  (Chao Da)
large – Dà  (Da)
less – Shǎo Yīdiǎn  (Shao Ee Dyan)
medium – Zhōng  (Jong)
more / plus – Duō Yīdiǎn / Jiā  (Dwo Ee Dyan / Jya)
small – Xiǎo  (Shyao)

And here’s how to say small in other languages!

Arabic–Sagheer  (sa geer)
Chinese–Xiǎo  (Shyao)
Croatian–mali  (mah lee)
Czech–malé  (mahl eh)
Finnish–pieni  (pe eh ni)
French–Petit  (puh tee)
German–klein  (kline)
Italian–piccolo  (pee koh low)
Japanese–Sumōru (Chiisai)  (Soo Mall (Chee Sai))
Korean–So  (So)
Polish–mały  (ma' ly)
Portuguese–Pequeno  (peh ken oo)
Russian–malen'kiy  (mah leen keey)
Spanish–pequeño  (pay kain yo)
Swahili–ndogo  (n doh go)
Thai–Lek  (lek)
Turkish–küçük  (koo chuk)
Vietnamese–Nhỏ  (Nyuh)

"small" (Xiǎo), medium, large are the standard measurements of almost everything including meals and drinks in the Chinese culture. Now that you have learnt how to say "small" (Xiǎo), learn the translation of medium and large through our instant access to the Chinese Language Set.


Fred Bane
Biography: Fred Bane is a media producer and translator living in Nanjing China. Since graduating with a BA in International Relations from American University in 2007, Fred has lived in Vietnam and then China, where he received a Masters in Ethnography from Nanjing University in 2012. Fred currently works for a non-profit organization involved in education and cultural exchange, and moonlights as a Chinese-English medical translator.
Born: Portland, Oregon, USA
Location: Nanjing, China
Website : Ameson Education and Culture Exchange Foundation

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