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Choosing a Chinese name for my online profile

Hi all. I started a Chinese thread on a forum, and now I don't know how to introduce myself. I thought of giving myself a Chinese name, but I don't really know how.

My profile name there is Alot, based on http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html.

The names I've thought of so far was something like 多毛 (a lot of hair) or 多毛貓 (something like hairy cat, since the Alot says MEOW in one of the pannels). However, I read on a blog http://blog.tutorming.com/mandarin-chinese-learning-tips/how-to-choose-a-chinese-name that you should also choose a common surname so it will be recognizable as a name.

I then chose 李毛貓, also because it sounds a bit like "halimaw", which means "beast" in my local language. I like this, but I'm not sure if there's enough word play like in the English name. Would like to get some feedback.

April 29, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/Eme842772

You REALLY should read VastOcean 's commentary: 'Choosing a Chinese name': https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26980753 and @silverfroststorm 's comment, and @OstenCramer 's are also good additions to the same blog post

[btw: Hyperbole And a Half was one of my favorite blogs back then, I really love to read her stories]

January 19, 2019
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