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How to Say “What’s Your Name” in Chinese

For the first meeting, we always start knowing each other from asking the name. There are various ways to ask and answer “what’s your name?” in 3 different situations.

1.   The common way

Q: 你叫什么?(Nǐ jiào shénme?)

A: 我叫…… (Wǒ jiào……)

 

Q: 你叫什么名字?(Nǐ jiào shénme míngzì?)

A: 我叫…… (Wǒ jiào……)

 

Q: 你的名字是什么?(Nǐ de míngzì shì shénme?)

A: 我的名字是…… (Wǒ de míngzì shì……)

 

Q: 你姓什么?(Nǐ xìng shénme?)

A:我姓……,叫…… (Wǒ xìng……, jiào…….)

2. The polite and respectful way

Q:请问您怎么称呼?(Qǐngwèn nín zěnme chēnghu?)

A:我叫……,你可以叫我…… (Wǒ jiào……, nǐ kěyǐ jiào wǒ…….)

 

Q:您贵姓?(Nín guìxìng?)

A:免贵姓…… (Miǎn guì xìng…….)

Bonus:

Q:敢问阁下尊姓大名?(Gǎn wèn géxià zūn xìng dàmíng?)

A:不敢当,在下…… (Bù gǎndāng, zàixià…….)

 

3.  On the phone

Phone call conversation often differentiate from other situations, here are the ways to ask the name on the phone.

Q: 喂,请问哪位?(Wèi, qǐngwèn nǎ wèi?)

A: 你好,我是…… (Nǐ hǎo, wǒ shì……)

 

A:喂,请问……在吗?(Wèi, qǐngwèn……zài ma?)

Q: 我就是。您是哪位?(Wǒ jiùshì. Nín shì nǎ wèi?)

A:我是……呀。(Wǒ shì……ya.)

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