Don’t be caught out when you meet someone new and want to know their name—but don’t know how to ask. Knowing the basic greetings are very important if you seriously want to progress as a student of Chinese.

In this Podcast you will learn:

1. How to ask other people’s names

2. How to tell people your name

3. On what occasions people will ask your last name instead of your full name

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

1. 你叫什么名字?:What is your name?

2. 我叫(你的名字):My name is(your name)

3. 请问你(您)贵姓:Your last name, please?

4. 免贵姓():My last name is()-formal way

5. 我姓(): My last name is () – casual way Chinese cultural note: it’s common on occasions such as in formal receptions for people to just ask your last name in Chinese instead of your full name, to be polite.

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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