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Lesson 6 Self-introduction

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In this lesson, you’ll learn how to say the following sentences in Chinese:

  • How to greet people
  • How to introduce yourself with the sentence “I am ____.”
  • How to say “You are _____.”

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to say the following sentences in Chinese:

  • How to greet people
  • How to introduce yourself with the sentence “I am ____.”
  • How to say “You are _____.”

Comments (107)

Google translate has my name Steve as 史蒂夫 (Shǐ dì fu). Does that sound right?
steve917 4 months 4 weeks ago
Hi Steve, that would be your name directly translated and is kind of long for a Chinese name. To be honest, you can just introduce yourself as "Steve". If you'd like, you can pick a "real" Chinese name with some tips from our article here: http://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/learn-mandarin-chinese-culture-how-to-ch...
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 4 weeks ago
Hello my name is Martha . I would like to know how to writing and say in Chinese, Thanks.
titayabu 6 months 1 day ago
Hello Martha 玛莎(mǎ shā)! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 6 months 23 hours ago
你好 我是 Christine。What is my Chinese name?
Magoocb 7 months 3 weeks ago
Hi Christine, directly translated, it'll be 克莉丝汀 (kè lì sī tīng).
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 7 months 3 weeks ago
Hello! I'm interested to learn my Chinese name. My name is Abhi.
abhiparikh24 1 year 1 month ago
Mhm, I don't know if that'll translate directly into Chinese well. Do you want your name to have a certain meaning?
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 1 month ago
If it has a meaning, it will be better. If not, its fine too.
abhiparikh24 1 year 1 month ago
Sorry I should have been clear, if I directly translate your name Abhi to Chinese, it'll be something like 阿海 (ā hǎi). Since there isn't an Ab sound in pinyin, I was wondering if you rather have a name based on a certain meaning or character, instead of translating Abhi directly.
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 1 month ago
Hello! I'm interested in my own name. I'm Eugene on English.
eugene.djax 1 year 1 month ago
Nice to meet you 尤金 (yóu jīn)!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 1 month ago
How do i say my first name (Christian) in chinese? Thanks
contact129 1 year 3 months ago
基斯顿 (jī sī dùn), though it would be kind of long as a Chinese name, which are usually 1 or 2 characters.
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 1 month ago
Thank you very much.. This will be tough to remember, though.
contact129 1 year 1 month ago
Jiao叫 and shi是 the same?
imgeimgeimge 1 year 5 months ago
叫 (jiào) means "call" or "to be called" and 是 (shì) means "am". You can use either one because "I am called NAME" or "I am NAME" are both acceptable ways to introduce yourself.
Micah at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
What would be Jorge Josue in Chinese?
Josue Karica 1 year 8 months ago
Jorge is 豪尔赫 (háo ěr hè) and Josue is 约书亚 (yuē shū yà). :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
I have tried downloading all of the anki flash card decks and when I try to open some up it gives me a message that "# of notes update, 0 cards added" and I cannot use the deck. Is there something else that needs to be done? I have tried downloading them and tried openening them straight from the Course Study Schedule with the same issue. Many thanks for a quick reply, Ryan
Ryan Lavery 1 year 8 months ago
You may refer to our Anki "how-to" guide PDF for instruction on how to use our Anki files. The file is located under the video lesson. Make sure that you are importing one lesson at a time. Hope that helps. Let us know if you have any further questions.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
I have tried to download one lesson at a time, and all at the same time. Neither is working for some of the decks (ie vocab lesson 6). I have referred to the how to and followed the direction to the letter however when I try to open the decks the same message appears.
Ryan Lavery 1 year 8 months ago
I would like to know more about how to pronounce the word "shi." In Chinese, there appear to be to ways to sound out the SH sound. One is with the letter x, as in the name Xioaming. I was taught that the letter X makes the same sh sound that English speakers are familiar with. Trying to sound out the word "shi" is more difficult. I was taught to put the tip of my tounge to the roof of my mouth and sound "shi." The same applied with the CH sound and the ZH sound. Is this correct or not?
henna gaijin 1 year 8 months ago
Correct, in order to make the "retroflex" sounds in Chinese, which are the "sh" "ch" "zh" and "r" initials, you put the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, so "sh" in Chinese is a stronger sound than the English "sh." Take a look at pinyin lesson 13 for more details on those sounds. The "x" in Chinese can be thought of as something in between the "sh" sound and the "s" sound in English. Pinyin lesson 12 covers that sound.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
Also please check out the helpful pronunciation guide videos for those initials on the pinyin chart.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
I have one question how to pronounce h like in hao Sometimes I hear it like "hand" or KH like in KHan Thanks
Alameen 1 year 8 months ago
It pronounces like "how", but with third tone. You may check out our video-based pinyin chart for demonstration.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
Thank you I know how to pronounce "hao" but sometimes I hear the 'h' not same as h in english like in "huì= can" it is not the h in hand or how in english So when the h is like the h in "hand" and when it is like the h in "hui" Thanks
Alameen 1 year 8 months ago
Alameen, here is my understanding: You are right that it isn't the same as English; your throat should close down a bit (but not completely) to restrict the airflow. I believe at least Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, Scottish English (e.g. the word "loch") have this kind of pronunciation, but American English does not. All of the Mandarin words that begin with an 'h' should have this pronunciation. See the pinyin h in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Chinese_phonology#Consonants
Corey 1 year 8 months ago
Thank you Thank you Thank you, It is clear now, it is the same as the letter in Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew. I don't know why sometimes I hear "hao" with same letter H in English
Alameen 1 year 8 months ago
I think on some very common words like hǎo/好, many speakers will relax the throat closing a bit, and as long as the pronunciation is unambiguous, they can get away with it. On other words, the restricted throat sound has to be used because otherwise it may be ambiguous. A good example is huì/会 ... without the proper h sound, it might sound very similar to wèi/为
Corey 1 year 8 months ago
hi I have a few questions please. First is there a better way to ask these out of context questions than attaching them to a random unrelated lesson ? Second do you have a course to teach English to Chinese people ? Third can you point me to the lesson that explains the rules for when shi should be dropped from a sentence and replaced with hen, eg Ni hen piaoliang as apposed to Ni shi hen piaoliang.
mjefferies 1 year 9 months ago edited
You may ask any question here, regardless whether it's related to the video or not, or email us to info@yoyochinese.com. Sorry we don't have courses for teaching English to Chinese people. For your third question, you may refer to our Beginner Conversational Chinese Lesson 23 I am Good. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions. Happy studies.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
I have a question. It says that shì means Yes/It is . However in one of the lecture notes it is said that wò shì , which literally means "To Lie" is known as "Bedroom". Shouldn't it be wò fáng?
amrit02 1 year 10 months ago
They are two different characters that share the same pinyin shì. The shì that means "yes" is 是, and the shì that means “room" is 室. So bedroom is 卧室 (wò shì).
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
This is very helpful
katkao59 2 years 1 month ago
Yes, it is
Jonathan055 2 years 1 month ago
Glad that you found it helpful. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
Hi Yang Yang, I have a question about a Chinese name that I was given and I wonder if you can help me figure it out: My Chinese art teacher gave me the name "Tang Rui Bing" but another Chinese teacher of mine said that name is ridiculous. My art teacher wants me to use it to sign all my paintings and I do not want to question him because he seems to think it is a fine name. Do you know what these words mean? (I am not sure what the tones are as I have only seen the name in characters)
red13 2 years 2 months ago
The characters of the name are 唐 锐 彬
red13 2 years 2 months ago
We think that's a nice name, not sure why you other Chinese teacher think that it's ridiculous. 唐 táng is the surname, 锐ruì means acute/sharp/keen, and 彬bīn usually describes elegant/gentle/refined appearance. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
Does the 23 rule also apply to when there is 333? for instance wo hen hao?
Mimi Osei-kuffuor 2 years 5 months ago
You may say 323. You may refer to this comment for more information: https://www.yoyochinese.com/comment/5164#comment-5164. Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
Is I am pronounced wo sh or wo sher
Saraf 2 years 7 months ago
I am so wo3 shi4. It does sound kind of like wo sher. For audio/video demonstration on how to pronounce shi, please check out our pinyin chart, located at our homepage.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
How come shi sounds like "sure" with an r sound?
DeanBusch 2 years 10 months ago
We have a previous comment similar to yours. Would you please refer to this comment: https://www.yoyochinese.com/comment/5796#comment-5796. Hope that answers your question. Feel free to let us know if you have any further question.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
So if someone asks how are you doing or how have you been lately, they really care about the response?
Daming17 2 years 10 months ago
i have a question . 2 years ago i took mandarin lesson at my school ( but eventually i stop it because the class was quite slow/the fees was too expensive and the teaching method doesnt really suit me ) . In that class i was taught how to pronounce the 3rd tone is like a wave. its like you voice start from the rage 3 then go to 5 then up again to 3.(1 the highest - 5 the lowest ) . really hope you understand my explanation.. :/ i am really confuse now .
LysaShira 2 years 11 months ago
Hi, when a third tone syllable is exaggerated, spoken in isolation, or does not have another syllable following it, it slightly "dips" down low and then rises again, like the "wave" you were taught before. That's called a "full third tone." When followed by another tone, which is most of the time, the third tone actually does not rise at the end. That is called a "half third tone."
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
We teach the "half third tone" here at Yoyo Chinese because, in the real world, that's how you actually say the third tone most of the time. However, if you listen to Yangyang's pronunciation of "ni hao" in this lesson, you'll hear what a "full third tone" sounds like, because the "hao" there is not followed by another syllable.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
Hi, when a third tone syllable is exaggerated, spoken in isolation, or does not have another syllable following it, it slightly "dips" down low and then rises again, like the "wave" you were taught before. That's called a "full third tone." When followed by another tone, which is most of the time, the third tone actually does not rise at the end. That is called a "half third tone."
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
How can I give this program as a gift to someone? Thanks!
Jared Hendricks Inglés 2 years 11 months ago
As for now, you may sign up in his/her name and provide him/her login info.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
In the audio review,the second time you said each word or sentence, it was all put together like it was one word. Should I try to speak Chinese that fast?
Bilchick 2 years 11 months ago
The second time is the normal speed how Chinese people speak. You can practice with a slow speak first, it will pick up faster after more practices. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
Why is it that when you say 'I am Yang Yang' you use the word 'shi' but when you say 'I am good' you don't?
Bilchick 2 years 11 months ago
When it's followed by a noun, we use shi4. Ex: I am a student. We use shi4 too.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
Hello Yang Yang!!! I just wanted to say thank you so much! Your website is so helpful. I really want to continue studying Chinese even more after finding your lessons!
Adina Auletova 3 years 2 days ago
Thank you so much for the support. Glad that you found it helpful. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 days ago
Hi! I am so happy to come through your website. The problem is i don't use credit card so, is it ok to make payment from my friends credit card and i pay to him.
Sonambhutan80 3 years 1 week ago
Yes, that works too. Feel free to let us know if there's any problem. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 week ago
is there any difference in saying ren shi ni hen gao xing and hen gao xing ren shi ni? is one more appropriate for a response?
willmeek 3 years 1 week ago
It's more appropriate to say hen gao xing ren shi ni.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 week ago
I have a question. When i want to express that i love the chinese language is it correct to say 我爱中文 or it´s better to use 我喜欢中文.....谢想
samuelin 3 years 3 weeks ago
genial, gracias...
samuelin 3 years 2 weeks ago
genial, gracias...
samuelin 3 years 2 weeks ago
It would be better to use 我喜欢中文. Or you may say 我热爱中文. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 3 weeks ago
我是 Samuel and i´m very glad to meet you, now i can learn chinese thanks to you.
samuelin 3 years 3 weeks ago
Samuel, 你好。很高兴认识你。Good luck with your Chinese studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 3 weeks ago
that liitle 'r' sound at the end of 'shi' : is that a dialect thing ? like north vs south : 'sieh sieh' ' and ' shyeah shyeah' kind of thing ?
Bichon 3 years 1 month ago
yes, absolutely.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
Hi Yang Yang! i am very excited that I have completed the first six lessons and have prepared flashcards for those lessons using Anki. As I commented (lesson 1), I will make the flashcards available to you when I finish lessons 1-10. Yang Yang plus Anki equals fluency even quicker, I think. Are you familiar with Anki? I think you will be excited about this when you see lessons 1 to 10. I teach medical students and young doctors. You have a gift for teaching!
lgrenzer 3 years 1 month ago
very good
JC 3 years 1 month ago
Hi. I have been taught that it is common to greet others in China with "nǐ hǎo". However, I have two friends at uni here in Australia who are both from mainland China and they both have said to me that "nǐ hǎo" is a rather dated way of greeting others and is not common in China today. They told me that a much more common greeting, at least among the youth of China, is "nǐ zuì jìn zěn me yàng" which I believe translates to "you recently how?". Can you confirm whether the above is true?
chris1108 3 years 2 months ago
Please check out our most recent blog: https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/how-chinese-people-want-to-be-greeted. Hope that answers your question. Yes, your friend is right about it. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
I'm American and my name is Josh. When I'm introducing myself to a Chinese person should I pronounce my name exactly like I do in English or should I pronounce it differently so the Chinese person has an easier time pronouncing it?
JoshLee 3 years 3 months ago
You may pronounce your name exactly like how it should be in English, however, if they have a hard time catching the tone, they may alter it a bit. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 3 months ago
ni hao! I'm new to the site and love it! My family is moving to China next year. We are very thankful to have you as our lao shi. I have been watching Chinese movies and tv shows and have noticed that they often add family terms to someone's name when they address them. (Like calling a close acquaintance Sister or even an elder they just met Uncle.) How can I learn the rules for how to address people like this? Would we be rude for using such familiar terms?
cheri.dowdy.1 3 years 3 months ago
Why is this web site called "Yo Yo Chinese"? What's the story behind the name?
Lan Dawei 3 years 4 months ago
I wondered the same thing until I saw this photograph: https://scontent-a-pao.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1/1480568_710095065667... That 优优(yōu yōu) answered at least part of the question. I suspect that the choice of 优优 might also be related to her name 秧秧. The answer to this question should be in the FAQ :-)
Corey 3 years 4 months ago
Today is my first class!
edgartikis 3 years 4 months ago
OK, Lesson 6! Really enjoying this so far. Seems as though I'm getting the tone principle little by little. Hope I am able to continue and stay motivated. so far so good.
gking 3 years 9 months ago
Great to hear that. Stay motivated. Learning Chinese is a fun process! :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 9 months ago
hey yang yang, 我很喜欢你的videos. I'm living in China and I'm getting mixed responses on the 33 becomes 23 rule, with the vast majority seeming totally unaware of the rule. Another Chinese teacher taught me 33 becomes 23 but everyone else says it stays 33 and looks at me like they're wondering how I could ever think such a thing.
笙雷龙 3 years 10 months ago
We are glad that you like our video. The tone changing rule for two third tones become 2nd 3rd tone is correct. One reason they may not be aware of this may be that the tones comes natural to them, and the written pinyin is in normal 33 tones.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
That's interesting. We are unaware of that either. What are you referring to? Just the numbers themselves?
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 10 months ago
I realize this is 11 months late, but I'm pretty sure this is referring to the two 3rd tones in a row changing to a 2nd tone followed by the third tone.
Corey 2 years 10 months ago
Yes, you are right. We figured. Thanks for reminding, Corey.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Hello, Yang-Yang,Thank you for being so helpful so far ;) I absolutely love your lessons! By the way, do you know if I can watch this on my iPod or not?
aimi15 4 years 1 month ago
Glad that you found it helpful. Sorry, we have never used an ipod to access our site. You can give it a try. Let us know if there's any question.
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 1 month ago
Thank you
Sunmeiyu 4 years 1 month ago
This is absolutely amazing! Yang-Yang you are such a helpful laoshi!=)
Montefiore 4 years 1 month ago
Thank you for the sweet compliment, Montefiore. Glad that you found it helpful. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 1 month ago
thanks very much, i have recently started learning Chinese but was wondering how I would learn to pronounce and of course the tones issue. From what I have seen so far it seems I will LEARN a lot from such a good teacher like you. One thing is bothering me, the payment of the lessons especially the cheap ones. I don't have a visa card yet, so how can I go about paying for the lessons? Is there any means I can pay besides the visa card
baulo 4 years 2 months ago
It was awesome. Thank you.
kartheek 4 years 3 months ago
Hi Yangyang, I'm living in Beijing and a big fan of the course. Here's a question for you. I understand the 33 rule but what's the rule if the there are 3 (or more)3rd tones in a row? For example, You are cute = ni3 hen3 ke3 ai4. My guess is that it becomes ni3 hen2 ke3.
Monty1972 4 years 7 months ago
hehe, yes, "333" is a bit complicated. But your guess is right. When it comes to many third tones together, I think as long as you get it roughly right, Chinese people will understand you just fine. Sometimes, I would even just pronounce "333" as "223". It happens and don't worry too much about it. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 7 months ago
My name is Sharon. What tone would be attributed to Sharon and what tone would be attributed to Don?
Newenglandiso 5 years 3 weeks ago
Sharon, you mean what are the tones for the Chinese names of Sharon and Don?
Yoyo Chinese Development 5 years 3 weeks ago
Do you put periods after sentences?
Newenglandiso 5 years 3 weeks ago
Yes we do. However, the Chinese punctuation for periods is ”。", a full circle. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 5 years 3 weeks ago
Very helpfull
curiosa 5 years 1 month ago
3rd tone becoming the second tone, 33 becomes 23, this is the best ever example of third tone Shandi rule. Thank you so much Yangyang.
Moyan 5 years 1 month ago
Yes. This was well presented.
StephenDiGiacomo 5 years 1 month ago
Thank you Stephen!
Yoyo Chinese Development 5 years 1 month ago
You are very welcome, Moyan!
Yoyo Chinese Development 5 years 1 month ago
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