Learn Chinese for Free—Lesson 9

Lesson 9 of 360

Today's Chinese characters:

我免贵姓王李张

They are more than 101 million people! What they have in common is their surname, the n.1 most common Chinese surname, that is: .

In this lesson are three surnames. Don't play down the importance of memorizing them!

There are at least three reasons:

  1. They are among the 1000 most commonly used characters!
  2. The number of people with these surnames is bigger than the population of many countries!
  3. Most important, they are not just surnames, they have meaning and make up frequently used words.
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9.28%
Today with this lesson your knowledge of Chinese characters will reach 9.28% of all the Chinese language usage!

Characters' Essentials

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I; me
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miǎn
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Should not, not be allowed
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wáng
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-Wang, a surname (actually the n.1 most common Chinese surname!)
-King, monarch, emperor (in this lesson, is not used with these meanings)
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-Li, a surname (the n.2 most common Chinese surname)
-Plum; plum tree (in this lesson, is not used with these meanings)
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zhāng
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-Zhang, a surname (the n.3 most common Chinese surname)
-Open; magnify; measure word for flat objects, sheet (in this lesson, is not used with these meanings)

Description and Examples

How to say: What's your name?—Part 2

Read again Part 1

In Part 1 we have seen that the polite way to ask someone's name is:

It shows respect, honour, esteem.

Well, to show the same respect and at the same time modesty, you should answer:

...followed by your surname. Your answer would mean that there is no need to define your surname as precious because it is not more precious than the others, showing that way respect and modesty.


Dialogue 2

A:
B:
A:
B:
A:
老师
B:
A:
老师
B:
A:
医生
B:


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