My Chinese name—which I am supposedly meant to use at all times with Chinese people—is Ma Lei (third tone, rising falling, on both syllables). Ma is apparently the family name of the host family I’ll be staying with, whom I’ll meet on Monday. I looked it up in my Chinese dictionary: it means “horse.” I have been told that Lei is something about a flower bud, but I cannot confirm this.
Horse Flower-bud. Maybe HFB for short.
In related news, Chinese is hard.
In unrelated news, I have new friends who can also quote Newsies. This pleases me.