"...the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." 1 Nephi 3:7
I have been reading your story with interest and am so glad Jie Jie is settling so well with you. I also have a daughter from Yugan, adopted in October 2009, who has just turned 2. All the books I have, including a book my older daughter has for learning Mandarin, spell big sister as "Jie Jie". Very best wishes to you and your darling daughter.
Chinese is not an alphabetic language. "jie" is not a word but only a sound. "Jie" can be a unisex name depending on its writing form. "洁" is a commone girl's name. meaning: pure & innocent. "杰" is a common boy's name, Meaning: outstanding, heroic. these 2 Chinese charactors are both pronounced "jie", exactly same pronunciation as "big sisiter", but in very different writing forms. little boys or girls by the name of "Jie" usually are called "Jie-jie" by their loved ones, its a nickname just like Johnny for John.
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