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一、用户Augustus Chen的答复

“小姐姐” is defined as a female person, usually older than you, who’s somewhat mature but also young and cute at the same time. This concept is non-existent in English and therefore impossible to express without explaining in detail.


Any translation you see is surely to some degree inaccurate. “Cute girl” or “hot chick” would be oversimplication, although you could use those if the context does not require you to be too accurate.


二、用户Yulin SHI的答复

Traditionally, he could call her “Lady”, which literally means young girl from a respectable family. However this phrase has a much popular meaning of “prostitute” (and more terribly often means that of lower class), and shall no longer be used.


“姑娘”/“小姑娘” or “女孩”/“女孩子”(“girl”)could be another possible usage, but lack of respect in Chinese culture, also a bit of alienation. Interestingly, I noticed that nowadays when refer to a girl, young female tend to use “姑娘” more, while young male tend to use “女孩子” more often, though there is no clear rule or explanation for this. I am not sure if this conclusion is correct. Also, the second phrase usually could not be used second personally, I mean face to face.


三、用户Billy R. Kingston的答复

Literally, it means ‘little older sister’. But it is used more and more often on social media in China. It means ‘pretty girl’, probably older than the speaker, probably not. Meanwhile, “小哥哥” meaning ‘little older brother’ or ‘handsome boy’ is also popular on line.


四、用户David Reardon的答复

Actually, it could be translated as ‘younger older sister’. For example, my late dad had two older sisters and Catherine was the younger of the two. Therefore, she was his younger older sister which, as Kevin Mei has pointed out, is an oxymoron but perfectly acceptable in this instance. Also, as Billy Kingston has pointed out, it is used to mean a pretty young girl.

实际上,它可以翻译成“年青的姐姐”。例如,我已故的父亲有两个姐姐,而凯瑟琳是两个中较年青的。所以,她就是他妹妹,正如倪匡凯所指出的,这是一个对立,但在这个比如中是完全可以接受的。其他,正如比利·金斯顿(Billy Kingston)指出的那样,这是一个年青美丽的女孩。

Likewise, 小哥哥 would be translated as younger older brother or handsome young man.




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