The phrase a little is used in English to mean “a small amount.” This phrase can be used with both nouns and verbs.
We use a little before a non-countable noun to mean “a small amount of noun”:
- Do you have a little time to chat today?
- Jack had a little red wine and then fell asleep.
- I need a little information about your English classes.
We also use a little after a verb to mean “a small amount of action”
- We talked a little, then left the café.
- Jack drank a little water before falling asleep.
- I try to exercise a little every day.