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INTRODUCTION
Amber:
[......] and welcome to ChineseClass101.com. I am Amber.
Victor:
[....] I am Victor.
Amber:
This is our Absolute Beginners Series, Season 1, and this is Lesson 1. The lesson is about meeting people and it`s entitled "What`s your name?".
Victor:
[......]
Amber:
Yep. Very important high frequency for first meetings, of course.
Victor:
Yep. We start out a lesson to help you make friends right away.
Amber:
Yeah, and we going to teach you how to greet someone in Chinese.
Victor:
Yes, very important and very easy in Chinese actually. Also how to tell them your name, as well as asking theirs.
Amber:
That`s right. And this can be no small feat, you know, because Chinese names are really different than Western names.
Victor:
Right.
Amber:
So.. But we have this lesson, so there is no fear, you can understand it all by the end. So in this lesson you`ll learn how to greet someone and ask their name and tell them your name.
Victor:
This conversation takes place on a first meeting.
Amber:
Yes, and it`s between two strangers meeting for the first time. But before we listen to the conversation we just want to remind everybody about our website: ChineseClass101.com. You can go there and comment and ask questions.
Victor:
Yep.
Amber:
So it`s your first lesson you definitely can have some questions so make sure to come visit us there at the site and leave us a comment or question we will get back to you with the answers.
Victor:
[......]
Amber:
Yeah. Ok, for now let`s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUES
A:
你好。
B:
你好,你叫什么名字?
A:
我叫张林。
B:
我叫王小芳。
English Host:
One more time, a little slower.
A:
你好。
B:
你好,你叫什么名字?
A:
我叫张林。
B:
我叫王小芳。
English Host:
One more time with the English.
A:
你好。
Amber:
Hello.
B:
你好,你叫什么名字?
Amber:
Hello, what's your name?
A:
我叫张林。
Amber:
I'm Zhang Lin.
B:
我叫王小芳。
Amber:
I'm Wang Xiaofang.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Amber:
So what is your Chinese name, Victor?
Victor:
[......].
Amber:
Sounds good, sounds very handsome.
Victor:
[.....] How about you Amber?
Amber:
I’m 字安.
Victor:
Oh, OK.
Amber:
It was specially chosen by my friend. Although I've changed it like 3 or 4 times. But it`s a fake name so I can do that.
Victor:
And of course everyone needs a Chinese name when they are learning Chinese. No ‘Ambers’ allowed! Right?
Amber:
[.....] But let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson first.
VOCAB LIST
Victor:
你好 [natural native speed]
Amber:
hello
Victor:
你好 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor:
你好 [natural native speed]
Next:
Victor:
你 [natural native speed]
Amber:
you
Victor:
你 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor:
你 [natural native speed]
Next:
Victor:
叫 [natural native speed]
Amber:
to call
Victor:
叫 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor:
叫 [natural native speed]
Next:
Victor:
甚麼 [natural native speed]
Amber:
what
Victor:
甚麼 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor:
甚麼 [natural native speed]
Next:
Victor:
名字 [natural native speed]
Amber:
name
Victor:
名字 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor:
名字 [natural native speed]
Next:
Victor:
我 [natural native speed]
Amber:
I, me
Victor:
我 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor:
我 [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Amber:
[.....]. Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of these words and phrases in the lesson today. So, well where else to start but at the very beginning. So that is our basic Chinese greeting or Chinese "hello", which is, of course, what we heard first in the dialog.
Victor:
你好. So, [Nǐ] is a third tone, [hǎo] is also third tone. But because of the tone change [......] you can hear [Nǐ] as a second tone. So 你好 and it means "you good".
Amber:
Yeah, I mean this greeting is really good, because it actually teaches us 2 words in one as [.........]
Victor:
Yes, 你 is the word for ‘you’and ‘好’ is the word for ‘good’.
Amber:
Great! So, I think it`s pretty sweet that in Chinese when you say "hello" you literally saying to the person‘you good’.
Victor:
‘you good’
Amber:
So, Victor, can you use this 你好 any time like indiscriminately with everyone?
Victor:
Yes, definitely you can use 你好 in pretty much any situation. [.....] one other version you may hear, which is for more formal settings.
Amber:
Ahh, like if you wanna show extra respect, maybe with an elderly person, or someone in authority?
Victor:
Exactly. And you would use the formal word for "you" which is almost the same as 你. It`s
您.
Amber:
您, which is actually second tone.
Victor:
Right.
Amber:
Amber:
So in a more formal setting you might hear ‘您好’ instead of ‘ni hao’.
Victor:
Exactly.
Amber:
And next, we hear the response to 你好, which is also 你好!
Victor:
Very easy. And next, what would be better to add than your name.
Amber:
Of course. So, in Chinese, to ask ‘what is your name’, literally translated it’s ‘you called what name’. Let’s hear it, Victor
Victor:
你叫什么名字。
Amber:
So right off, we hear the word again for ‘you’
Victor:
Amber:
Next comes the verb for ‘to call’.
Victor:
Amber:
So, so far ‘you called’ now for the ‘what name’ part
Victor:
The word in Chinese for ‘what’ is 什么
Amber:
Yes, this word will come in very handy. 什么. And, last but not least, the word for ‘name’
Victor:
名字
Amber:
name. 名字。
Victor:
Yes, and this can be your full name, or just your first name.
Amber:
Which brings us to the issue of Chinese names!
Victor:
Yes, much different than English names.
Amber:
And I won’t lie—it’s really hard to remember them! And so many sound the same to me!
Victor:
Yes, it may seem like that, but Chinese names are full of deep meaning. They are generally made up of a surname or family name, which is one Chinese character. Then a person’s given name will be made up of either one or two characters.
Amber:
And there is something else special, is that in Chinese, the surname comes first.
Victor:
Right, So let’s look at our dialogue to find out that is.
Amber:
So in the dialogue, in response to ‘你叫什么名字?” we hear
Victor:
我叫张林
Amber:
So let’s start at the beginning. Because we’ve learned the word for ‘you’
Victor:
你. And now we learn the word for ‘I’ or ‘me’… 我
Amber:
And next, we hear again our word for ‘to call’. So this time it’s ‘I’m called…’
Victor:
我叫
Amber:
and then our friend’s name, 张林.
Victor:
Yes, this friend has a 2 character name. First his surname, of course, 张. Then his given name, 林.
Amber:
Which quite a commonly heard surname for sure. Other common ones are ‘Li’, ‘chen’… perhaps you’ve heard some of them before, hmmm?!
Victor:
Yes, and our second character’s surname is also quite common. Her surname is王, which actually means ‘king’. Then her given name 小芳.
Amber:
Right, and to offer her name, she also simply says ‘我叫王小芳。
Victor:
So anytime you want to say your name, you simply can use this ‘wo jiao ____’
GRAMMAR POINT
Amber:
Now, speaking of ‘you’ and ‘I’ …. The pronouns I mean. I think we can mention a few more. We would be remiss in our duty if we didn’t tell you how to talk about everybody else! Not just yourselves!
Victor:
OK so we know the word for I or me is 我. For you its 你. Now here’s the great news… for he, she or it, it’s the same word
Amber:
Yes same word in pronunciation, but the written character is different. However this makes it very easy to be ambiguous.
Victor:
Now to make a pronoun plural, it’s really easy too. You just tack the word ‘们’ onto the end of the pronoun.
Amber:
So you take ‘我’, and to make it into ‘we, or us’ you just add 们…
Victor:
我们
Amber:
For you plural it’s 你们
Victor:
Yes and for them or they, 他们。
Amber:
It’s that easy!
Amber:
Now speaking of Chinese names, Victor, how do we get one?
Victor:
Well, this is an important point—you will need some Chinese help for this.
Amber:
Yes. Unless you want to end up with something that could draw smirks and even, perhaps, laughs.
Victor:
Yes, because Chinese names are very deep, and not just any character can be used in a name.
Amber:
Do they always have meaning?
Victor:
Not always—depends on your parents, what they want.
Amber:
Ah depends on if you have parents with deep literary minds.
Victor:
Or, parents with big ambitions for you.
Amber:
Ah that explains my friend whose name is ‘Money’ in Chinese.
Victor:
Exactly.
Amber:
What about our dialogue friends, Victor? Do their names mean anything?
Victor:
_________________
Amber:
OK, so you see how scary it could be if you don’t pick the right name! Who knows what you’ll end up being.
Victor:
Yes! So please get a Chinese friend to help.
Amber:
Otherwise you may end up with the equivalent of a name like ‘Dinosaur’ or ‘Raining’ in English. Like some of my English students in China.
Victor:
OK so we’ve learned some good stuff today!
Amber:
Let’s have a little review. What is our ‘hello’?
Victor:
Ni hao
Amber:
And, what is the word for ‘name’
Victor:
Mingzi
Amber:
How do you say, ‘What is your name?’
Victor:
你叫什么名字?
Amber:
OK and I’ll answer that
Victor:
Excellent, Zi An. And我叫_______。
Amber:
And that is your very first Absolute Beginner Chinese lesson!
Victor:
You’ve only just begun though!
Amber:
Yes, stay tuned for more. Here at ChineseClass101.com
Victor:
Until next time, zai jian!
Wrap-up
Amber:
That just about does it for today.
Amber:
Before we go, we want to tell you about a way to drastically improve your pronunciation.
Victor:
The voice recording tool...
Amber:
Yes, the voice recording tool in the premium learning center...
Victor:
Record your voice with a click of a button,
Amber:
and then play it back just as easily.
Victor:
So you record your voice, and then listen to it.
Amber:
Compare it to the native speakers...
Victor:
And adjust your pronunciation!
Amber:
This will help you improve your pronunciation fast!

Outro

Amber:
再见
Victor:
再见

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Hello, Ewa,

Glad to meet you.
Ewa in Chinese can be 爱娃(ài wá).
And maybe Eva is 伊娃(Yī wá).
Which one do you like?

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❤❤ Ni hao! Thank you for the awesome lesson. My name is Ewa can you tell me mine Chinese name? My friends calling me Eva so please provide me this version in Chinese too, so I will choose one. I am really into Chinese language so wish me good luck!

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Hello Jhon,

Thank you for asking the questions. On our lesson notes and other lesson materials including dialogue section, you will be able to find pinyin so that you can understand them clearly.

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Jhon Alejandro
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Good morning:
My name is Jhon and i´m from Colombia, I am pretty intrereted on learning mandarin chinese. I would like to know if the lesson notes and dialogue sections have translation and the pin ying writing on it. Turns out that I suscribed some weeks ago and miss my 7 day free trial, so i havent the chance to prove it by my self.

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Hi, Helen Georgantoni,

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Hi, Pamela,

Thank you for the posting.
Pamela in Chinese is 帕梅拉(pà méi lā). And it seems to be a girl’s name.😉

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Thank you! I like it. And you are right. In Greek my name means light.
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Hello, Helen Georgantoni,

Nice to meet you and thank you for the comment.
Helen in Chinese is 海伦(Hǎi lún), it means light(光,guāng), right?😉

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