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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 1 - Self Introduction. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to say "Hi, I'm Limei." in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 你好,我叫李梅 。(Nǐ hǎo, wǒ jiào lǐméi.)
Eric: First is a word meaning "Hi"
Cho: [Normal] 你好 [Slow] 你好 (nǐhǎo)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning "I"
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning "to be called"
Cho: [Normal] 叫 [Slow] 叫(jiào)
Eric: Last is "Limei,” a person's name
Cho: [Normal] 李梅 [Slow] 李梅(lǐméi)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "Hi, I'm Limei."
Cho: [Slow] 你好,我叫李梅 。 [Normal] 你好,我叫李梅 。
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say "Good morning, I'm Limei."
Cho: [Normal] 早上好,我是李梅。(Zǎoshang hǎo, wǒ shì lǐméi.)
Eric: First is a phrase meaning "Good morning"
Cho: [Normal] 早上好 [Slow] 早上好 (zǎoshàng hǎo)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning "I"
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Then comes the word meaning "am” as in “I am”
Cho: [Normal] 是 [Slow] 是(shì)
Eric: Last is "Limei,” a person's name
Cho: [Normal] 李梅 [Slow] 李梅(lǐméi)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "Good morning, I'm Limei."
Cho: [Slow] 早上好,我是李梅。 [Normal] 早上好,我是李梅。
Eric: Next up is the formal way to say "Nice to meet you."
Cho: [Normal] 很高兴见到你。(Hěn gāoxìng jiàndào nǐ.)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning "very"
Cho: [Normal] 很 [Slow] 很(hěn)
Eric: Next is the adjective meaning "happy"
Cho: [Normal] 高兴 [Slow] 高兴(gāoxìng)
Eric: Then comes the verb meaning "to meet, to see"
Cho: [Normal] 见到 [Slow] 见到(jiàndào)
Eric: Last is the pronoun meaning "you"
Cho: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你(nǐ)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "Nice to meet you."
Cho: [Slow] 很高兴见到你。 [Normal] 很高兴见到你。
Eric: Finally, here is an even more formal way to say "It's very nice to meet you."
Cho: [Normal] 很高兴认识您。(hěn gāo xìng rèn shi nín.)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning "very"
Cho: [Normal] 很 [Slow] 很(hěn)
Eric: Next is the adjective meaning "happy"
Cho: [Normal] 高兴 [Slow] 高兴(gāoxìng)
Eric: Then comes the verb meaning "to meet"
Cho: [Normal] 认识 [Slow] 认识(rènshi)
Eric: Last is the pronoun that means "you” formally.
Cho: [Normal] 您 [Slow] 您(nín)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "It's very nice to meet you."
Cho: [Slow] 很高兴认识您。 [Normal] 很高兴认识您。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: It’s very common for men to shake hands when first introducing themselves in China. Women will also shake hands when in business settings, but in social or casual situations, it is more common for them to nod or simply smile instead, as these gestures show friendliness. So make sure you do the right greeting actions depending on the situation!

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Cho: 再见。

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Can you introduce yourself in Chinese?

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Tuesday at 11:21 PM
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Hello Andy,


Thank you for your comment. 叫 jiào means to be called, it's used to indicate what someone or something is called. 是 shì is the verb to be. When used in introductions, the meaning is the same.


Other examples:

这个地方叫中国。Zhège dìfāng jiào Zhōngguó. This place is called China.

他是老师。Tā shì lǎoshī. He is a teacher.


Hope it helps, let us know if you have any questions.


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Andy
Thursday at 01:50 PM
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Hi.


When you are introducing yourself...I've seen:


Wo jiao...


Wo shi....


I am wondering when to use "jiao" or "shi"??


Thanks!

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Hello Andy Panado,


你好!Nice to meet you! Your Chinese name can be 安迪 (ān dí) 巴纳多 (bā nà duō), it's a transliteration.


Thank you for learning with us, let us know if you have any questions.


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Andy Panado
Saturday at 01:30 AM
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Hi,


What would be a good chinese name for me?


Thank you.

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Wednesday at 11:52 PM
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你好 robert groulx,


谢谢 for posting and studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know.😄


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robert groulx
Friday at 10:03 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript



(Nǐ hǎo, wǒ jiào lǐméi.)


robert

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Tuesday at 12:56 PM
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Hello Katrina Land,


Thank you for your comment. English names or foreign names are mostly translated into Chinese based on the pronunciation/sound of the names, we can pick Chinese characters that sound the same or similar to the foreign names. For example, David is translated into 大卫 (Dàwèi).


Hope it helps, let us know if you have any questions.


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Hello Lesley Fitzgerald,


你好!Your Chinese name can be 莱斯利 (lái sī lì) 菲茨杰拉德 (fēi cí jié lā dé), it is a transliteration.


Thank you for learning with us, let us know if you have any questions.


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Katrina Land
Sunday at 01:32 AM
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Not trying to offend you, but could you please tell me how to translate English names into Chinese?

Lesley Fitzgerald
Saturday at 05:44 AM
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Hello.Can you please tell me my name in Chinese. Lesley Fitzgerald.


Thank you