As this website already has a lot of content for intermediate/advanced readers, it is now time to focus on beginners who are new to reading Chinese. This dialogue will feature two people, Lily and Emma who are meeting each other. If you are unsure about how to pronounce it then don’t worry, listen to the voice recording below the dialogue and use it to help you. Don’t forget that you can hover over the Chinese for pinyin.

Key words

艾玛 – Emma (phonetically translated)

莉莉 – Lily (phonetically translated)

名字 – Name

Introducing yourself Chinese dialogue

(Hover over the Chinese for pinyin)

Emma – 你好,你叫什么名字?

Lily – 我叫莉莉。你叫什么名字?

Emma – 我叫艾玛。

Lily – 艾玛,你来自哪里?

Emma – 我来自英国,你呢?

Lily – 我来自美国。

Voice recording

Listen to the voice recording and follow along trying to imitate the pronunciation. Bonus points if you can accurately imitate the creaking chair at the end.

 

A few translations

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你叫什么名字 ?

This translates to “What is your name?”. It is a nice way to start a conversation with someone.

我叫…

“I am called …”

你来自哪里? 

This is “Where do you come from?”. There are lots of ways to ask this question but this is one of the most common ones.

我来自…

“I come from…”.

你呢?

This can translate to “How about you?”. So in the sentence above translates into”I am from England. You?”

Have any questions?

If you have any questions about this page then comment below and ask away! This is the first part of a series of dialogues I want to create for beginners with the aim of teaching basic reading and conversational skills. If you have any suggestions to improve then please let me know. Thanks for reading.