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Chinese names - An important element of Chinese culture

posted 20 Jul 2016, 14:10 by Yolanda Luo   [ updated 20 Jul 2016, 14:11 ]

Unlike Western names, the surname of a Chinese name comes before the given name. For instance, in 范杰(Fàn Jié), 范(Fàn) is the surname whereas 杰(Jié) is the given name. Usually, the family name is monosyllabic while the given name consists one or two characters.

Generally, parents want to give their children names with good meaning. For example, 杰(Jié) means heroic, outstanding.

Chinese people call each other by putting their surname before the position or occupation title to show respect, such as 范老师(Fàn lǎoshī)- Teacher Fan, 李医生(lǐ yīshēng)-Dr. Li.

Watch the video below to see how Ellen reads her Chinese viewers’ names!

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