2015-12-09intermediate

Choosing a Name - 取名字

How do Chinese parents choose a name for their child?

Some parents like to give their child a name by combining the father and the mother's surnames. This method is actually quite good, but one must be careful to avoid ambiguities that might arise when combining the names. For example, with a father named Zhū (朱) and a mother named Luó (罗), you might accidentally end up naming the kid “Zhū Luó” (朱罗), which unfortunately has the same pronunciation as pig (猪猡).

In today's sentence, we learn how to say “choosing a name” in Chinese.

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duì yú
对于
對於
regarding
zhōng guó
中国
中國
China
de
(used after an attribute)
fù mǔ
父母
父母
father and mother, parents
lái
to come, to arrive, to come round
shuō
to speak, to say
 
gěi
to give
xiǎo
small, tiny, young
hái zi
孩子
孩子
child
to take, to choose
míng zi
名字
名字
name (of a person or thing)
shì
is, are, am
jiàn
classifier for events, things, clothes etc
fēi cháng
非常
非常
extraordinary, very
shāng nǎo jīn
伤脑筋
傷腦筋
troublesome, bothersome
de
(used after an attribute)
shì qing
事情
事情
affair, matter, thing
 

For Chinese parents, choosing a child's name is a matter which causes a lot of headache.

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