Mandarin: Talking about yourself

'What’s your name?' in Mandarin

In Mandarin, there are two verbs that can be used when asking for someone’s name.

There is listen jiào to ask for a person’s full name, or in some cases their first name, and listen xìng to ask for a person’s last name.

This gives you two different ways of asking for someone's name in Mandarin:

  • listen 你叫什么? jiào shén me? - What's your name?

  • listen 你姓什么? xìng shén me? - What's your last name?

You can answer in Mandarin using:

  • listen 我叫 jiào - My name is…

  • listen 我姓 xìng - My last name is…

'How old are you?' in Mandarin

To ask someone’s age in Mandarin, you can use either:

  • listen 你几岁了? Nǐ jǐ suì le? - How old are you?

  • listen 你多大了? Nǐ duō dà le? - How old are you?

You can answer either question in Mandarin using:

listen 我 … 岁了 Wǒ … suì le - I am … years old.

You can learn about Mandarin numbers here.

Did you know?

In China, when you are asking for the age of someone older than you, you show your respect by asking:

listen 您多大年纪了? Nín duō dà nián jì le? - How old are you?

'Where do you live?' in Mandarin

To ask where a person lives in Mandarin, you can use:

listen 你住在哪里? Nǐ zhù zài nǎ lǐ? - Where do you live?

You can answer this question in Mandarin with:

listen 我住在 Wǒ zhù zài - I live in…

'Where are you from?' in Mandarin

To ask where a person is from in Mandarin, you can use:

listen 你来自哪里? Nǐ lái zì nǎ lǐ? - Where are you from?

You can answer this question in Mandarin with:

listen 我来自 Wǒ lái zì - I am from…

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