In the audio course Pimsleur Mandarin III an expression is taught which you can say when giving someone a gift. The expression itself is unclear to me, which one of these is it?

  • yī diǎnr shǎo yì sī
  • yī diǎnr xiǎo yì sī
  • or something else?

Searching online I couldn't find any reference/usage of this expression. Is it a common expression to use?

  • 小意思 means a "small token" (of gratitude, etc.) Normally, you don't need to put a whole sentence around it. When you hand over a gift or someone makes a compliment about a gift you offered, you can use this expression to "downplay" the value, it conveys the notion of politeness. – imrek May 29 '16 at 10:49

The character before 意思 should be 小. Notice that 小 has a connotation of size that 少 lacks; 少 is an indication of quantity. Moreover, 小意思 readily appears in dictionaries; 少意思 does not.

Otherwise, the overall construction (一点儿小意思) makes sense to me, and does appear in some online results. For example, Zdic.net gives:


There is no 儿 affixed to the 点, but to the best of my knowledge, this discrepancy is not important.

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