Names in Chinese

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Nin is the polite form of ni. As we know that China is renowned for its protocol and politeness.

Yajie: Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Welcome to Chinese Studio, a brand new Chinese learning program on China Radio International. I'm Yajie.

Cam: Hello, every one. I'm Cam. This daily show will teach Chinese at an elementary level. Yajie, last time we learned how to introduce ourselves and our friends. Now I'm wondering how to ask one's name, nationality or where they are from?

Yajie: Well. In order to solve these problems, first let's listen to" Key Words of the day"

Key Words in Pin Yin and Chinese Characters

Nin hao,qing wen,Nin jiao sheng me ming zi?

Nin hao, Nin shi na guo ren?Wo shi ying guo ren.

Yajie: In our previous programs we learnt how to pronounce the Chinese character ni, which is similar to the English word knee, k n e e , but ni is the third tone.Today we'll teach you another one: nin. Just add an "n" after ni. nin , the second tone. Cam? Can u say it?

Cam: Nin.

Yajie: good . Nin is the polite form of nias we know that China is renowned for its? protocol and politeness.Nin hao,qing wen, Nin gui xing? How are you? May I ask your name please? " Qing" means please. "wen" means ask, which is similar to the English word when.

Cam: Nin hao, qing wen?"Qing" has the third tone,Qing. And "wen" is the fourth tone, right?

Yajie: Exactly. Nin jiao shen me ming zi?What's your name? Shen me, what. "Ming zi", name.

Yajie: Nin jiao shen me ming zi? What's your name? Shen me, what. Ming zi, name.

Conversation 1 Ms Lee is on the phone, looking for a manager of a company. The manager's secretary answers the phone.?

Xiao jie, Nin hao. Qing wen, nin gui xing?Ni hao, Wo xing Li.

Conversation 2 in the hotel a waitress is asking for the guest's name

Xian Sheng, Nin hao, Qing wen nin jiao shen me ming zi?

Ni hao, wo jiao Da Wei.

Cam: Yajie, Can I ask one's nationality in Chinese?

Yajie: Listen Carefully: "Nin hao, Nin shi na guo ren?"Literally means hello, you are from which country?
, where. na. The pronunciation of na is similar to the latter part of the English name Tina. But in Chinese it's the third tone. is short for the word "Guo jia", country." Ren", person. Nin hao,Nin shi na guo ren?cam, it's your turn.

Cam: Nin hao, Nin shi na guo ren?

Key Words Reminder:

Nin hao, Qing wen, Nin gui xing? Hello. Please may I ask your name?

Nin hao, Nin shi na guo ren? Wo shi ying guo ren.Hello. Could you please tell me where you are from? I'm British.

Nin hao, Nin shi na er de ren? Hello. Where you are from?

Cam: Thank you, Yajie. I think I can now introduce myself and my Chinese friends and ask a couple of simple questions. Well , you can win a CRI gift by answering the question:Nin hao, Nin shi na er de ren?If you couldn't write Chinese characters, the Chinese alphabet or pinyin will also do.