How to Ask Name in Mandarin?

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How to ask name in Mandarin?

Getting to know someone else isn’t always that simple — especially when it is in another language. Trying to speak even just a few sentences in the native language of a foreigner you want to get to know, always shows your interest and respect to that person. And as we all know – It is all about the first impression while meeting someone for the first time.

Therefore, TutorMandarin wants to give you some examples how to get started.

Today, we want to give you a short overview how you can introduce yourself and others so that you can start to learn Chinese language. To make it as easy as possible we will show you some examples including the English translation, Chinese characters,  and pinyin (the pronunciation).

Asking and saying your name in Chinese


Nǐ jiào shénme míngzì?

What’s your name?


我叫 Mark。

Wǒ jiào Mark.

My name is Mark.



Nǐ de zhōngwén míngzì shì shénme?

What’s your Chinese name?



Wǒ de zhōngwén míngzì shì mǎ kě.

My Chinese name is Ma Ke.



Nǐ xìng shénme?

What’s your family name?


我姓 Smith,史密斯。

Wǒ xìng Smith, shǐmìsī.

My family name is Smith, Shi mi si.


Asking for a name in Chinese. Saying someone else’s name in Chinese.


Tā jiào shénme míngzì?

What’s her name?



Tā jiào mǎlì.

Her name is Mary.



Tā shì shuí?

Who is he?


他是我的朋友 Peter。

Tā shì wǒ de péngyǒu Peter.

He is my friend Peter.



Tā shì wǒ de tóngxué.

He is my classmate.


他的名字叫 Mike。

Tā jiào Mike.

His name is Mike.


请问, 你的名字怎么拼写?

Qǐngwèn, nǐ de míngzì zěnme pīnxiě?

How to spell your name, please?

S-t-e-p-h-a-n, Stephan.  

S-t-e-p-h-a-n, Stephan.

If you’re worried about your pronunciation or tones — read our article on how to boost your listening and speaking skills to get up to speed for Chinese language learning!


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