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Q: how do you address an older female employee in chinese?

i'm writing an email to a potential female employer (she's a director of xx). i'm not sure what i should call her 'a yi' or what in professional setting. thanks!

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Call her XIaojie! It means miss i think. But yeah you don't want to call her an a yi that's for people that clean and take care of your kids. Just call her Xiaojie which means miss. It should be polite enough. 

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I just asked my 18yr old and he said you put the family name then Jing Li
Jing is a flat tone and Li has a falling riseing tone
hope this helps

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I would stick to her name. Ayi you are calling her old or degrading her to a servant like position. Xiaojie you may come accorss as condescending or facetious.

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned this. You can also take her name (usually her family name like Chen) and add a jie to it if you have worked together for more than a couple weeks. Chen Jie for example is not condescending and shows that you admire her and/or respect her. However it's slightly informal. (But don't forget that's how the Guangxi train works! wink)

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