CN101 (2022 Spring) Chinese Names
Unlike English, the order of Chinese name is to put the Family Name first, and then comes with the Given Name. Modern Chinese names consist of a monosyllabic surname pronounced as xìng (姓) , followed by a mono- or disyllabic personal name pronounced as míng (名). The Hundred Family Surnames (Chinese: 百家姓; pinyin: Bǎijiāxìng) is a classic Chinese text composed of common Chinese surnames. The book was composed in the early Song Dynasty (960-1279). It initially contained 411 surnames, and was later expanded to 504.
Click on the audio link above to practice your Chinese name pronunciation, then click on each Chinese character in the right column below to practice character writing (aligned with the Full Name below). If there is no stroke order link for any word in your name, you can copy the word to this link here to get the correct stroke order. You can also copy and paste your Chinese name into this link to get the meaning of your name.
The following basic greetings apply to all situations when we meet someone for the first time. We always say "你好 Nǐ hǎo" first, and then introduce our names. “How about You 你呢 Nǐ ne ? " is then added to ask the name of the person you are greeting.
Four-Tone Practice using your Chinese Name
The following video will guide you to complete your L0 Speaking Assignment task, "Four-Tone Practice using your Chinese Name". In the exercise, we used an example of the name of a character in our textbook, 高文中 (Gāo wénzhōng). You can then replace it with your name to complete this specific task.