Lesson 8

我的名字是王明。 My name is Wang Ming.

Dialogues

Dialogue 1

王明:我叫王明。你叫什麼名字?
李紅:我叫李紅。
王明:她的名字是什麼?
李紅:她的名字是周朱麗。
王明:周朱麗是一個很好的名字。
李紅:是, 但是我比較喜歡你的名字。
王明: 為什麼比較喜歡我的名字?
李紅: 因為你的名字聽起來很聰明。
王明: 哪裡, 不敢當。
Wáng Míng: Wǒ jiào Wáng Míng. Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi?
Lǐ Hóng: Wǒ jiào Lǐ Hóng.
Wáng Míng: Tā de míngzi shì shénme?
Lǐ Hóng: Tā de míngzi shì Zhōu Zhūlì.
Wáng Míng: Zhōu Zhūlì shì yī ge hěn hǎo de míngzi.
Lǐ Hóng: Shì, dànshì wǒ bǐjiào xǐhuan nǐ de míngzi.
Wáng Míng: Wèishénme bǐjiào xǐhuan wǒ de míngzi?
Lǐ Hóng: Yīnwèi nǐ de míngzi tīng qǐlai hěn cōngmíng.
Wáng Míng: Nǎli, bùgǎndāng.

Dialogue 2

Vocabulary

Wáng Míng – Person’s name
Lǐ Hóng – Person’s name
Zhoū Zhūlì – Person’s name
wǒ – I
jiào – to call / called
Wáng Míng –
nǐ – You
shénme – what
míngzi – name
tā – he/she
de – ‘s (possessive)
shì – is/are
yī ge – a
hěn – very
hǎo – good
dànshì – but, however
bǐjiào – by comparison
xǐhuan – to like
wèishénme – why
yīnwèi – because
tīng qǐlai- sounds like
cōngmíng – intelligent
nǎli – nowhere (no) / polite response to a compliment
bùgǎndāng – I don’t accept (not at all) / polite response to a compliment

Translation of the text

Chinese characters Sentences breakdown English translation
Text 1王明:我叫王明。你叫什麼名字?
李紅:我叫李紅。
王明:她的名字是什麼?
李紅:她的名字是周朱麗。
王明:周朱麗是一個很好的名字。
李紅:是, 但是我比較喜歡你的名字。
王明: 為什麼比較喜歡我的名字?
李紅: 因為你的名字聽起來很聰明。
王明: 哪裡, 我不敢當。
Text 1Wang Ming: I called Wang Ming. You called what name?
Li Hong: I called Li Hong.
Wang Ming: Her name is what?
Li Hong: Her name is Zhou Zhuli.
Wang Ming: Zhou Zhuli is very good name.
Li Hong: Yes, but I relatively (implied: more) like your name.
Wang Ming: Why (lit: for what) relatively like my name?
Li Hong: Because your name sounds (lit: hear-startup, hear-start-come) intelligent.
Wang Ming: Where, I don’t dare to be so.
Text 1Wang Ming: My name is Wang Ming. What is your name?
Li Hong: My name is Li Hong.
Wang Ming: What is her name?
Li Hong: Her name is Zhou Zhuli.
Wang Ming: Zhou Zhuli is a very good name.
Li Hong: Yes, but I like your name better.
Wang Ming: Why do you like my name better?
Li Hong: Because your name sounds very intelligent.
Wang Ming: Oh no, i can’t say that.
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