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Lesson 3 How to introduce yourself in Chinese

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

我是Grace.

I am grace.

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Or …

wǒ jiào Grace

我叫Grace.

My name is grace.

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Or, simply …

Grace.

Let’s go through all new characters for this lesson in the following table first:

shì jiào zhè
是 (is)
叫 (call)
这 (this)
hǎo hāi lǎo shī
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 …

  • You can copy and paste a few characters together into the box. They’ll show in the animation window one by one.
  • Once the stroke animation stops, click in the animation window and hit ENTER to replay it.
  • You can use the sliding bar to control writing speed of the animation.

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.

You say:

zhè shì Joe

这是Joe.”

“This is Joe.”

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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:

nǐ hǎo

你好!

Hello!

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zǎo shang hǎo

早上好!

Good morning!

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xià wǔ hǎo

下午好!

Good afternoon!

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wǎn shàng hǎo

晚上好!

Good evening!

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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

嗨, Grace!

Hi Grace!

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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.

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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!

 

 

Related posts:

Lesson 8 How to use adjectives in Chinese (1)
Lesson 19 How to use character “ 着“ in Chinese
Lesson 29 How to use adjective clause (using a sub sentence as adjective) in Chinese?

 

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22 Responses to “Lesson 3 How to introduce yourself in Chinese”

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    Carrie Haun:

    06-09-2012 6:32 pm

    你好!我叫桑榆。我是救生员和游泳老师。我真的喜欢中文学习。=)

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      Grace:

      06-09-2012 8:05 pm

      桑榆, 你好! 欢迎来我的网站作客!

      我从小就很佩服救生员和游泳老师, 因为我太喜欢游泳了! :-)

      如果你在学习中文中有任何问题或需要,尽管到我的网站留言.

      Thanks for visiting, my friend…

      Grace

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      阴少辉:

      07-10-2015 8:53 am

      你好,我是中国的一名学生。我想学英语,若有外国朋友想学汉语的话,请联系我,我们可以互相帮助一下。
      Hello,I am a student in China. And I want to learn English,if you also want to learn Chinese,please contact me. 邮箱(email) ysh1026@126.com

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    Paul Ellis:

    07-11-2012 3:25 pm

    你好,我叫保罗。我是历史研究员

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      Grace:

      08-27-2012 1:19 am

      保罗, 你好, 欢迎来JLC作客!

      Grace

      Reply

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    ksaiydt:

    07-30-2012 2:50 am

    Grace,你好!我叫Koyami。我是大學生。

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      Grace:

      08-07-2012 9:00 pm

      Hi Koyami! 欢迎来我的博客作客.

      Grace

      Reply

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    Cliff:

    08-26-2012 8:10 pm

    我是Cliff。我喜欢学中文。你是优秀老师。 Does this make sense to you? :)

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      Grace:

      08-27-2012 1:17 am

      Absolutely, Cliff, thank you for calling me “优秀老师”, I’m honored… :-)

      欢迎Cliff到我的课堂!

      Grace

      Reply

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    nameCharica:

    03-05-2014 6:36 pm

    你好!我叫Charica。我儿子叫俊杰。他是从中国来的。他是三岁。我住在美国可是我是家拿大人。我非常爱你的网站!谢谢!

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      Grace Feng:

      03-06-2014 12:47 am

      Charica,原来你也是加拿大的啊!:-)

      请代我向俊杰和俊杰的爸爸问好!

      Grace

      Reply

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    Ryan:

    11-11-2014 2:03 pm

    你好。 我叫RYAN。 我是英文老师。

    我在中国

    我是美国人

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      Grace Feng:

      11-13-2014 3:15 pm

      Ryan, 你好!欢迎你来这儿学中文。

      Grace

      Reply

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    Chanden:

    12-20-2014 2:50 pm

    你好,我叫Chanden , 我是学生。

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      Grace Feng:

      12-24-2014 4:46 am

      你好,Chanden! 欢迎来JLC!

      Reply

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        Mary:

        09-09-2015 9:17 am

        你好Grace。我叫玛丽。我是肯尼亚人。我喜欢中文。我爱您的blog。谢谢。

        Reply

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          Grace Feng:

          09-09-2015 11:39 pm

          很高兴认识你,玛丽!

          Grace

          Reply

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    Andrea:

    08-03-2016 10:35 pm

    你好!我叫Andrea。我学中文。我不是中文老师。

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      Grace Feng:

      08-05-2016 4:09 am

      你好,Andrea。欢迎来JLC, 有问题请随便问。

      Grace

      Reply

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    enas nasrudin:

    09-09-2016 7:15 am

    very interesting lesson, thx you

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    tiendung:

    03-22-2017 10:10 am

    你好,我叫Dung。我是越南。我爱中文

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      Grace Feng:

      03-23-2017 4:41 am

      你好,Dung, 欢迎你来JLC学习中文。

      Grace

      Reply

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