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24 exchange names – 3

春天来了Spring is here,今天天气晴朗 it is a sunny day。很高兴又在这里和大家见面了。Very glad to meet with you guys here again. 这是山水中文 第24课 This is inMountains Mandarin Course Lesson 24。

  • Xianzai de 现在的 nowadays de
  • zhongguoren 中国人 Chinese people
  • meiyou 没有 nobody
  • JiaoZuo 叫做 is called
  • Daniu de le. 大牛的了 Daniu de
  • Hen 很 quite
  • xiangtu.乡土 rural

Nowadays Chinese people do not pick Daniu as a boy’s name anymore. It is very rural.

  • wode zhongwen mingZi [my Chinese name]我的中文名字
  • Shi 是 is
  • shenme 什么 what
  • Yisi[meaning]? 意思

What does my Chinese name mean?

  • Yisi 意思 meaning
  • Shi [is]是
  • yitou [one] 一头
  • baiSe[white] de 白色的
  • [linking an attributive modifier and its object]
  • Da [big] 大
  • niu. 牛cow

Its meaning is a big white cow.

  • wode[my] 我的
  • tian[heaven] a! 天啊

Oh my God.


wo Jiao Daniu. (translate)

23 exchange names – 2

早上好 Good morning,今天我们继续学习 today we continue to learn 如何和一个陌生人交换名字 how to exchange names with a stranger。我是罗老师,I am Teacher Luo。这是第23课,this is Lesson 23.

  • ha. 哈 [ha]
  • youYiside [interesting] 有意思的 【yo YeeSir d】
  • zhongwen [Chinese] 中文【dsong wen 】
  • mingZi[name]. 名字【ming Dsir】

haha! What an interesting Chinese name! (you picked for yourself).

Why did he say it is interesting? Because typically people translate English names to Chinese words which do not mean anything except for an English name. But this person picked a nice and meaningful Chinese name for himself. 白 is a color, it is vivid, not as empty as 怀特。

  • Shi ma? 是吗?


  • wo pengyou 我朋友【war peng yo】my friend
  • bang 帮 helped
  • wo 我 me
  • qu 取【true】pick
  • de. 的

My friend picked this for me.

The sentence is short for [(This is )my friend helped me pick de (name).] So the whole sentence is just part of an objective clause, that’s why we see a word at the end, because it indicates an objective clause ahead.

  • wode 我的【ward】
  • yingwen mingZi 英文名字【yingwen mingDsir】
  • Shi
  • Daniel White.

My English name is Daniel White.

22 Exchange Names – 1

大家早上好 Good morning everyone。今天是星期二 today is Tuesday。我是罗老师 I am Teacher Luo,希望各位平安, I hope you are all safe and sound.

Today we are going to learn how to ask about a stranger’s family name in a classic way. However, please keep in mind that the young generation nowadays do not exchange names like this anymore, which is a shame, it is graceful, and vividly shows us what our lifestyle used to be like in China before 1949. They destroyed every nice piece part of our culture.

I wonder if we should forgive the Germans and especially the Russians. They gave us a virus called Maxism a century ago!

Anyway, let’s go back to the small conversation of name exchanging, today we are learning part 1 of 3. This is Lesson 22, inMountains Mandarin Course, 第22课。

  • nin [you, with a respectful tone] 您
  • Gui [honorable] 贵 【goo-ay】
  • Xing[surname]? 姓 【Sheeng】

May I ask for your honorable family name?

Here the word [贵] Gui is the same as it is in the word 贵宾,which means VIP, very important. Distinguished guest = 贵客 Gui Ke. This jacket is so expensive. = This jacket is 好贵.

So keep in mind, when you meet a Chinese person next time who you do not know. Ask “What’s your honorable family name?” 您贵姓? instead of “May I know your name/What’s your name?”, it will definitely impress him because not so many Chinese use this kind of elegant language anymore.

  • mian [no need] 免 【mee-an】
  • Gui [(to say the word)honorable] 贵
  • Xing [surnamed] 姓
  • luo[loo-or]. 罗

You are too nice. My small family name is Luo.

免贵 means [Please do not say the word 贵/honorable/You are too kind to say 贵].

  • nin ne[you, with a respectful tone]?

How about you?

  • xiao [humbly] 小 【shee-ao】
  • Xing [surnamed] 姓
  • bai. 白

小 = small; the answer means my family name is small (in terms of population)

My small family name is Bai.

The word bai 白 means White, so if your family name is White, you actually have a lot of families in China because 白 is indeed a common family name itself. However, in most cases, Chinese translators use 怀特 to translate White, which shares the same sound but not the same meaning. It is to avoid confusion I guess.

  • wo [I] 我
  • Jiao[am called] 叫 【Jau】
  • Bai Daniu. 白大牛【bai Dar new】

My name is Daniu Bai.

Daniu is a typical and another interesting translation for an English name. You will learn about that in our next lesson.


Q: How to say White in Chinese?(find out)
Q: What does 贵姓 mean?(find out)