Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 52
Today's Chinese characters:
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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Description and Examples
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 "你
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 "您
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...
Make sentences with all the possible combinations and read until fluent.
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Chinese Character 100 of 1000
appearance score: # 387
|-||Cry, shout; call, greet; hire, order; name, call; ask, order; bid|
|-||(Used to introduce a passive construction)|
This character has a different traditional version.
Chinese Character 101 of 1000
appearance score: # 203
|-||Name; appellation; fame, reputation|
|-||Describe, express; given name is|
|-||Famous, well-known, notable|
|-||(Measure word for people)|
Chinese Character 102 of 1000
appearance score: # 393
|-||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)|
Chinese Character 103 of 1000
appearance score: # 664
|-||Wave; unexpected changes|