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When you first meet someone, sometimes they say (for example): " 我是小朋…“

。。。 “小时的小,朋友的朋。” I think Chinese people will say that because you may not know how their name is written, so you give a better description of what their name is. But... does the word have to be the ...
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How would you write Yuna in a Chinese poetic name? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with a Chinese name for myself that has a poetic meaning and still sounds like my English name. Any suggestions?
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Help with chinese address

I would like to ask for help in "decoding" chinese name and address that seller gave me to return the item back to china. I tried translators on the internet but they do not work. The street ...
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Which Chinese dialect group is the surname Kuok from?

Which Chinese dialect group is the surname Kuok from? I assume it's a variant of the Mandarin Guo (郭).
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Why is Zhenya Wang's surname in English “Wang” but sometimes pronounced “Wong”?

Australian politician Zhenya Wang, sometimes called Dio Wang, Chinese name 王振亚, has his surname written in English as "Wang", but it's sometimes pronounced in English as "Wong". Another Australian ...
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Need a last character [closed]

I have this character who is a triplet but I am having a hard time figuring out what the last character of her name should be. So far her other triplet sisters are named 任子婷 and 任子婧, and I wanted her ...
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Is “华彧” an acceptable name for males? Any other boy names with “华”? [closed]

I have been learning Chinese for several months now, and I would love to have a Chinese name to facilitate conversing and learning, mainly for my own enjoyment. I feel that whatever my name will be, ...
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What are the original Chinese characters for the Filipino-Chinese family name Suico?

The book Life in Old Parian says the Cebuano family name Suico has Chinese origin, and I'm looking for the original Chinese characters. I'm trying to narrow it down based on the Hokkien pronunciation ...
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Help with expanding on a Chinese character's name (in headcanon)

(To clarify: I'm a white American, trying to make fanlore for a canonically Chinese character from a Korean game. There's several different levels of possible lost-in-translation here. If you need any ...
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How do you answer the following question when someone asks: 我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗?

我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗? My Chinese teacher asked me the question above ^. Am I supposed to say: 这是我的中国老师, 王朋. or 这是我的美国朋友, Rodger Smith. Basically, should I be introducing my Chinese teacher who ...
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Chinese given names with 3 or more characters?

Most Chinese given names are 1 or 2 characters long. Were there any proper, Han Chinese given names of 3 or more characters, that weren't transliterations or pseudonyms? Surnames are different; while ...
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What does this name mean in pinyin/english?

i'd appreciate it a lot if someone could tell me! id like to know what this name means in pinyin, as well as english.
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Are there readings exclusive used only for people name?

When reading songyuanyao's answer on Are people names always pronounced the same in Mandarin?, I suddenly wonder if Chinese has something similar to nanori in Japanese. Basically, nanori is a special ...
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Help me choose a good chinese name [closed]

I'm currently learning chinese and I've decided to adopt a chinese name since my given name doesn't translates well to mandarin. I wanted to choose a nome that comes from ancient poetry and evoques ...
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Choosing a Chinese name based on John the Apostle

I'm new and I only recently started getting more serious about learning Chinese. After doing research and talking to people, someone suggested that I should chose a Chinese name and that I should ask ...
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Is there a word/name that sounds like “Arky”? [closed]

I'm looking for a catchy name and I'm wondering if the word "arky" does mean anything in the Chinese language. I was wondering if there is like a word in Chinese language that is pronounced (...
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What is the meaning and translation of my niece's name? [closed]

My young niece, whose birthday is in principle coming up at the end of the month (Feb 29), is named 润润. When I look it up in Google Translate, it returns “wet”. Other dictionaries show the same thing,...
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Are people's names always pronounced the same in Mandarin?

In many languages, you can not be really sure how to pronounce a person's name, so you have to ask them first, and remember. For instance, "Broglie" can be brɔɪ or brɔˈgli, "中島" can be Nakashima or ...
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Writing Down Chinese Names In Correct Order

Question: I am constructing a sport database; which has names of Chinese players. Names are stored in Romanized alphabetical spelling. A recent concern has come up regarding a "correct" ...
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Exactly how bad is it to call a family member by their given name?

I hear it is taboo to call any family member by their given name, especially if you are speaking to an older relative. Or if not taboo, then at the very least it is extremely rude. Do people ever call ...
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Can anyone reccomend me a Chinese female first name? [closed]

I want to choose a Chinese name for myself, but I really have no idea how to choose a name that won't be weird. Here is some information that might be helpful: I am a female and I chose 范 as my ...
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Most popular Chinese given names

Are there any lists of the most popular Chinese given names, either in romanization or characters? http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/20/c_138721082.htm is an announcement of "the top 10 ...
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Can you help translate my Korean name (Kim Hee-Joon) into a Mandarin/Traditional name? [closed]

Need help translating my name Hee Joon Kim into Mandarin symbols for a name chop. In Korea, we spell our last name first when writing our name, so I am looking for a translation of " Kim Hee Joon ...
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How common are the following Chinese names: 王朋 & 李友 & 高文中 & 白英愛? My Chinese coursebooks are full of them!

Context: my Chinese course uses a series of books (called 'Integrated Chinese') in which the following are among the most commonly used names: 王朋 李友 高文中 白英愛 It makes me wonder how common these names ...
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How to write your original (non-Chinese) and Chinese name, jointly

What is the most appropriate way to write both your non-Chinese, as well as your Chinese name, in one text line combined, e.g. at the bottom or top of a document. Clarification: by this, I mean that ...
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Why are certain Chinese surnames common in certain provinces?

I am referring to the figure below, obtained from Wikipedia I am aware that about 40% of all Chinese can be characterised into 10 or so surnames. However, breaking it down, there are particular ...
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How do I write my name in traditional Chinese characters (with pinyin)? [closed]

I'm starting my first Chinese class in a few days, and I was hoping someone could help me write name in Chinese (with a pinyin transliteration because I can't read Chinese characters yet)? My first ...
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Hokkien name to Mandarin

A friend of mine has a Hokkien name of 'eng leng' (leng is long and means dragon). However, I have no idea of this 'eng'. This name was given by her ancestor who is really passed. So I am helpless ...
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What would be a proper Chinese name for someone meaning “achieving purpose/ambition?”

I'm an American writing a novel in English and I have a Chinese character I want to give a real Chinese name. I'd like his name to mean something along the lines of "will," "purpose,&...
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How do friends use each other's name?

How do people (especially in Taiwan) use their names when talking among friends, for example, in University? I've previously heard that some people always use the complete name when addressing other ...
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Is there any official way to translate Chinese names into English?

Is there any official way to translate Chinese names into English? Chinese is of course: surname + name, usually when translated into English why is the same formatting kept? 毛泽东 is usually written ...
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Algorithm for finding names in Chinese texts

I am writing an application for extraction information from Chinese texts. One of the tasks is finding names (personal, geographical or something else). The algorithm is not required to find all 100% ...
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In the film 流浪地球, why is a character nicknamed '户口'?

The most common translation of '户口' seems to be 'household registration system'. The other meanings do not fit either: https://www.mdbg.net/chinese/dictionary?page=worddict&wdrst=0&wdqb=%E6%88%...
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Describing and meaning of the name 楚胜天

My first question is similar to Lil ol' 阮天文's post regarding how to describe my name, 楚胜天. Most native speakers have me repeat myself several times or write it down before understanding me, it would ...
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Where does the middle name go in a name that has been translated into Chinese?

Many westerners (like I) possess a three-part name in full. given + middle + family [名·中间名·姓] It's understood that―in China―middle names typically don't exist. Usually, westerners only translate ...
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Stylistic assessment of a Western first name as the basis for a Chinese name

I need some help from native speakers who can provide critique of the following practice. Imagine that someone is called Martin Schneider (fictional example) and is the head of the China department at ...
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Is 塔拉費薩爾 an appropriate transliteration of my name?

My name is Talha Faisal when I try to translate my name into Chinese (traditional) language, I got 塔拉費薩爾 Ta la fei sar not Talha Faisal How can I write my name in Chinese?
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How to determine if a personal name is feminine or masculine?

Sometimes when working with Chinese names it is not evidently clear whether the person in question is male or female. Besides using pure, fallible, intuition - what other methods are there to tell if ...
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How do you refer to multiple people with the same surname?

I was wondering if Chinese people ever get confused addressing multiple people with the same last name. For example, let's say you are at a gathering and you meet many people who are from the same ...
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Do the names 远宁, 温宁, 文宁, or 玟宁 sound good for a male character?

I have so much with trouble finding Chinese names it's beyond shameful. I always worry about the name sounding nonsensical or just evoking the feeling of "say what? O_o" Anyways, I'll have to trouble ...
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What does my Chinese name 林惠妃 mean?

I was adopted from China at 11 months and was given a name in the orphanage. My Chinese name is 林惠妃。I study Chinese currently, and am just unsure of the meaning of my name. I have been given some ...
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What did Eastern Han Chinese sound like?

As I was improving an answer to this question in the History SE, I discovered that the prestige Luoyang dialect of the Eastern Han and Three Kingdoms period didn't actually fall under Old Chinese but ...
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Adopting an appropriate Chinese name

I'm starting to learn Mandarin and I'd like to adopt a Chinese name. I wonder if 滿熊汗 (Mǎn Xiónghán) would be an appropriate one. I've read that 滿 is a surname with Manchu ethnic origin, and I know ...
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Characters for foreign names / places

Non-Chinese names and places are usually transliterated by using similar sounding characters. Assuming that no established Chinese transliteration exists for a certain family or place name, and ...
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Does 波傲蟀 sound like a natural name?

Since I am a westerner and I study Chinese, I am currently undergoing the hard task of choosing a Chinese name for myself. The last thing I want to do is to simply translate my Italian name in Chinese....
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Is there a shorten formed of the name for Polish złoty?

The name for the Polish currency złoty is this in Chinese: 波兰兹罗提 Most currencies also have abbreviations. The obviously inapplicable shortened form would be: 波罗 Possible contractions might ...
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Why Is 浜 (bīn) Used So Much In Panda Names?

浜 (bīn) seems to be a very common character in the names of pandas. For example: 爱浜 良浜 樱浜 桃浜 梅浜 永浜 雄浜 just to name a few. Why Is 浜 (bīn) Used So Much In Panda Names?
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Why did people sometimes call Liu Bei “明将军”?

Reading some historical texts on Liu Bei, the famous Three Kingdoms warlord, I was surprised to see that in more than one occasion, he is referred to as 明将军. What does this name mean, and where did it ...
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Translate Name and Street address in China

Please help me translate the following: Contact Name: 何卓宛 Street Address: 天府大道北路1700号环球中心N2 4栋1单元16层05号 Street Address 2: City: cheng du shi State/Province/Region: si chuan sheng Country/Region: ...
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Database of Chinese translations of given names?

Is there a comprehensive/official list of Chinese transliterations of given names (i.e. first names)? I know that I can transliterate on my own, but such a database is useful because: I can look up ...