When you meet someone for the first time, more than likely they will ask you your name. Be ready to tell them, and politely ask what their name is. A great way to get to know more people!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to ask someone’s name

(2) To reply if someone asks your name

Dialogue: Wang Na and Li Gang meet each other for the first time at an event. Let’s see how they greet and ask each other’s names and then answer with their own name.

A- 你好!我叫王娜。你叫什么?Nǐ hǎo! Wǒ jiào wáng nà. Nǐ jiào shénme?

     My name is Wang Na. What is your name?

B-哦,你好!我叫李刚。我……是第一次来。nǐ hǎo! Wǒ jiào lǐgāng. Wǒ……shì dì yī cì lái.   

    Oh, my name is Li Gang. It’s my first time to come here.

A- 呵呵,其实我也是。Hēhē, qíshí wǒ yěshì.

     Ha, ha. In fact, me too.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

你好:Hello

我叫:My name is

王娜:Wang Na (Chinese Name). (Wang is a popular family name in China)

李刚:Li Gang (Chinese Name). (Li is also a popular family name in China)

其实:in fact

我也是:me too

Grammar note: 我叫:My name is

You can use this expression to tell someone your name; it’s a short version for 我的名字叫:

Please note that, in China, the correct order is the family name first, and then given name second.

Eg. 李刚。Li is family name and Gang is given name. It’s the opposite to the way of saying names in English.

Cultural note:

(1) In Chinese, it’s not common for people to say “Nice to meet you” after an introduction, except on some formal occasions. People might say “幸会” which means “Honoured to meet you”, although it’s not commonly used in a casual meeting.

(2) In China, do not call older people their actual name. It’s considered not 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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