Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 52

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Today's Chinese characters:

叫名字波

We are not surprised at all to find among the 1000 most common Chinese characters not only the most common Chinese surname, but also the n.1 most common Chinese full name! By the way, today we learn to ask: "What's your name?"

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Today with this lesson your knowledge of Chinese characters will reach 22.2% of all the Chinese language usage!

Characters' Essentials

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-Call, name
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-Name; famous
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-Character, word
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-Wave; first name of the Chinese n.1 most common full name

Description and Examples

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Name, title
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Surname and personal name, full name (often used on documents)
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(This is the name of 1306508 people! It is the n.1 most common full name in China.)


Dialogue 32

A:
医生
B:
什么名字
A:
刘波什么
B:

The meaning of: 你叫什么名字?

It is used by elders when they want to know the names of young people or between young people. One may also say "什么?".

One shouldn't use it, therefore, when he wants to know an elder's name or when he needs to show respect and politeness to his hearer. Use "?" instead.


Last-Name first, First-Name last!

Surname followed by first name, this is the correct order of a Chinese full name - without exception! Some Chinese people reason that when we say John Smith, we give more importance to John than to Smith, more to self than to the family. For this reason, some of them say that we don't respect our forefathers as they do...

Exercise

Make sentences with all the possible combinations and read until fluent.

SUBJECT

朋友

朋友

母亲

姐姐

VERB

认识

OBJECT

他们律师

我们老师

你们弟弟

他们儿子


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Characters' Details

Chinese Character 100 of 1000

appearance score: # 387
frequency: 0.0569140%
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-Cry, shout; call, greet; hire, order; name, call; ask, order; bid
-Male (animal)
-(Used to introduce a passive construction)

This character has a different traditional version.

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(same as simplified one's)

Chinese Character 101 of 1000

appearance score: # 203
frequency: 0.1025720%
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-Name; appellation; fame, reputation
-Describe, express; given name is
-Famous, well-known, notable
-(Measure word for people)
-(A surname)

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Chinese Character 102 of 1000

appearance score: # 393
frequency: 0.0559254%
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-Character, word; pronunciation; style of handwriting, printing type; scripts, writings; wording, diction; receipt, written pledge; style, (a style, name, taken at the age of twenty by which a man is sometimes called)
-Be betrothed (of a girl, in ancient times)
-(A surname)

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Chinese Character 103 of 1000

appearance score: # 664
frequency: 0.0304174%
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-Wave; unexpected changes
-Run
-(A surname)

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