Posted by Grace Feng on December 9, 2011
How do you introduce yourself in Chinese? This might be the most basic sentence pattern you need to know when you first start to learn Chinese. The good thing is only a few sentence patterns serve the purpose of this need: (each recording is from slow to normal speed)
wǒ shì Grace
I am grace.
wǒ jiào Grace
My name is grace.
Or, simply …
Let’s go through all new characters for this lesson in the following table first:
| 是 (is)
|| 叫 (call)
|| 这 (this)
| 好 (good)
|| 嗨 (hi)
|| 老师 (teacher)
|zǎo shang||xiàwǔ||wǎn shang|
| 早上 (morning)
|| 下午 (afternoon)
|| 晚上 (evening)
Please repeat with the recording for each character until you can say them out loud all by yourself. Use the following estroke tool to guide you on your writing practice for all the words. Then move on …
Please be careful that you don’t use the direct translation of “This is Grace” in Chinese to introduce yourself. You use that sentence pattern to introduce people beside you, while gesturing to the person you’re introducing.
zhè shì Joe
“This is Joe.”
This is a common way to introduce your friends to others.
Introduction normally come after greetings. The exact way you greet to people depends on the relationship between you and the other. But of course, the following greetings can be used to anybody:
zǎo shang hǎo
xià wǔ hǎo
wǎn shàng hǎo
If the people you meet is really close to you, you can greet each other with any “free style” lines following “Hi xxxx” (“嗨, xxxx!”) to kick start your conversation. Such as:
hāi , Grace
OK, now, let’s see how to give out more details in the introduction:
nǐ hǎo! wǒ jiào Grace. wǒ shì Zhōng wén lǎo shī
你好! 我叫Grace. 我是中文老师.
Hello! My name is Grace. I’m a teacher of Chinese.
Please pay attention to the sentence pattern we’re using here in the introduction above:
who + is + what.
This statement sentence pattern is very easy to understand and duplicate. Because in Chinese, there’s no conjugate. “是” (is) will always be “是” no matter which person it is used for.
Today’s lesson is to learn how to greet to people and introduce yourself in Chinese. It is the very first step to open up a conversation with Chinese. To achieve the best learning result, I strongly recommend you to listen to the recording and speak out loud repeatedly. Practice introduction of yourself using the simple sentences you learned from today’s lesson.
You’re encouraged to paste an introduction of yourself in Chinese as your comment.
By the way, don’t forget to practice typing the words and sentences learned in this and previous lesson Personal pronouns in Chinese – complete guide. If you don’t have a Chinese input system installed on your computer, you can use the online typing tool from http://www.chinese-tools.com/tools/ime.html. You can find the typing tutorial in the second half of the very first lesson Things to know before you start to learn Chinese.
Have yourself a wonderful weekend! See you next time!
Category: JLC Chinese grammar lessons
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