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Let's look at some examples.
Listen and repeat or speak along with the native speakers.
你好。我叫朱正。很高兴认识你。(Nǐhǎo. Wǒ jiào Zhū Zhèng. Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ.)
你好。我叫马克李。很高兴认识你。(Nǐhǎo. Wǒ jiào Mǎkè Lǐ. Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ.)
你好。 我叫凯伦李。很高兴认识你。(Nǐhǎo. Wǒ jiào Kǎilún Lǐ. Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ.)
你好。 我叫凯伦李。很高兴认识你。
你好。我叫李殷如。很高兴认识你。(Nǐhǎo. Wǒ jiào Lǐ Yīnrú. Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ.)
你好。我是李琳。很高兴认识你。(Nǐhǎo. Wǒ shì Lǐ Lín. Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ.)
Did you notice how the last speaker uses a different sentence pattern?
She says,
我是李琳。I'm Lin Li. 我是李琳。
First is 我 (wǒ), "I." 我 (slow version - breakdown by syllable). 我.
Next is 是 (shì), in this case, it's like the "am," in "I am." 是 (slow version - breakdown by syllable). 是。
Together, 我是 (Wǒ shì). "I am." 我 是
Last is the speaker's name, 李琳. Lǐ Lín
Note: the name order, last name, 李, followed by given name, 琳.
All together, 我是李琳。I'm Lin Li. 我是李琳。
This is also a common way to introduce yourself.
The pattern is:
我是 {NAME}.
"I am {NAME}."
我是 {NAME}.
Do you remember my introduction at the start of the lesson?
我是李殷如。"I'm Yinru Li." 我是李殷如。
My introduction follows the pattern of:
我是 {NAME}.
"I am {NAME}."
我是 {NAME}.
You should be aware of this pattern, but for this lesson, we'll use the sentence pattern:
我叫 {NAME}。
"My name is {NAME}."
我叫 {NAME}。