I always thought that "wo de ming zi shi ..." is the only correct form but today I found (and also a quite a few hits on Google" "wo de ming zi jiao ...". Is the latter normally used and correct?

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    I don't understand the down-voting here; this is a good question! Thinking that there is only one correct way to say something is maybe a bit naive, but I think that's not against the rules. :)
    – Olle Linge
    Sep 6, 2021 at 21:16

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First of all, I am not sure why the downvote on the question. It's a legitimate question at a basic level.

Now back to the question. Both are correct. /jiao/ literally "call".

/wo de ming zi shi .../ roughly translated to: My name is ...

/wo de ming zi jiao .../ My name is called ... (or, better, I am called ...)

I don't know why you thought the first one is the ONLY correct form. Perhaps it's what is in your textbook? Or it's what your teacher teaches in class? But in a language, it's very common to have more than one way to say something, especially something as common, and basic, as "my name is ...".

Welcome to language learning!

  • Good catch. The former is the formal teaching given to beginners and considered the formal way to introduce oneself. The latter is more casual.
    – r13
    Sep 6, 2021 at 20:33

Wo jiao wang li Wo de ming zi shi wang li But it's my first time to hear ( wo de ming jiao....) I think it's grammatical true , but not in every day languages

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