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Chinese names can be difficult to say for English speakers (for example, try to say "Zixuan" or my name "Boxiao"). This website shows you the easiest way to say in English the names of your Chinese friends, neighbors, classmates, colleagues, students, subordinates, professors, managers, clients, business partners, competitors, and officials. Hopefully, this will reduce the communication barrier and make your neighborhood and workplace a little bit more diverse and inclusive than yesterday.  
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Chinese names can be difficult to say for non-Chinese speakers (for example, try to say "Zixuan" or my name "Boxiao"). This website shows you the easiest way to say the names of your Chinese friends, relatives, neighbors, classmates, colleagues, students, subordinates, professors, managers, clients, business partners, competitors, and officials. Hopefully, this will reduce the communication barrier and make your neighborhood and workplace a little bit more diverse and inclusive than yesterday.  
  
Simply enter the '''first or last name (not together)''' you want to search in the search box, and press Enter. Try "[[Zixuan]]", "[[Boxiao]]", "[[Beijing]]", and "[[Shanghai]]" to see how it works.  
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<span style="color:red"><big>'''Simply enter the first or last name (not together) you want to search in the search box (the [[File:MagnifyingGlass.png|16px|alt=magnifying glass|link=]] icon on the top right corner) to learn its pronunciation.'''</big></span>
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Try "[[Zixuan]]", "[[Boxiao]]", "[[Beijing]]", and "[[Shanghai]]" to see how it works. The goal is to help you say Chinese syllables in their closest [[English phonetic symbols|English pronunciations]] without learning Chinese. Find more about this website [[ChineseNamesInEnglish:About|'''here''']].
 
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* Mandarin Chinese syllables are Romanized in English alphabet called "[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin Pinyin]" ("spell of sounds").
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* Chinese family names usually have one syllable, and given names usually no more than two. Some rare family names have two syllables, such as [[Ouyang]], [[Sima]], and [[Zhuge]]. Each Chinese character is one syllable.
 
* In China, people state their last names (family names) first, and first names (given names) last. I call myself [[Li]] [[Boxiao]] in China ([[Li]] is my family name), but in western countries, I call myself [[Boxiao]] [[Li]], following the western tradition.  
 
* In China, people state their last names (family names) first, and first names (given names) last. I call myself [[Li]] [[Boxiao]] in China ([[Li]] is my family name), but in western countries, I call myself [[Boxiao]] [[Li]], following the western tradition.  
 
* In news articles, famous Chinese figures are often referred in Chinese tradition, e.g., [[Xi]] [[Jinping]] ([[Xi]] is family name) and [[Yao]] [[Ming]] ([[Yao]] is family name).
 
* In news articles, famous Chinese figures are often referred in Chinese tradition, e.g., [[Xi]] [[Jinping]] ([[Xi]] is family name) and [[Yao]] [[Ming]] ([[Yao]] is family name).
* Chinese family names usually have one syllable, and given names usually no more than two. Each Chinese character is one syllable.
 
* Some rare family names have two syllables, such as [[Ouyang]], [[Sima]], and [[Zhuge]].
 
* It is common for two unrelated Chinese to share the same family name, but sharing the same given name is much less common.
 
 
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* Mandarin Chinese only has [[:Category:Single_Syllable|408 syllables]] (consider how many syllables there are in English). In this sense, Chinese is easier than English.
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* Mandarin Chinese only has '''[[:Category:Single_Syllable|408 syllables]]''', much fewer than English. In this sense, Chinese is easier than English.
 
* To say a two-syllable name, you need to break down the syllables. Most Chinese words also have two syllables (two characters). Breaking down syllables is easier than you think. General rules can be found '''[[Syllable rules|here]]'''.
 
* To say a two-syllable name, you need to break down the syllables. Most Chinese words also have two syllables (two characters). Breaking down syllables is easier than you think. General rules can be found '''[[Syllable rules|here]]'''.
* These examples help you get the feeling: [[Beijing]], [[Shanghai]], [[Hangzhou]], [[Shenzhen]], [[Baidu]], [[Huawei]], [[Ali]], [[Baba]], [[Xiaomi]], [[Ouyang]], [[Sima]], [[Zhuge]], [[Huangfu]], [[Erkang]], [[Zixuan]], [[Jianan]], [[Jian'an]], [[Ruting]].
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* These two-syllable examples help you get the feeling: [[Beijing]], [[Shanghai]], [[Hangzhou]], [[Shenzhen]], [[Baidu]], [[Huawei]], [[Ali]], [[Baba]], [[Xiaomi]], [[Ouyang]], [[Sima]], [[Zhuge]], [[Huangfu]], [[Erkang]], [[Zixuan]], [[Jianan]], [[Jian'an]], [[Ruting]].
 
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* All 408<sup>2</sup>+408=166,872 pronunciations of one- and two-syllable Chinese first and last names are covered in this website.
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* Not all Chinese nationals Romanize their names in Mandarin Pinyin. A different language or Pinyin system may be used. Read here for [[Fun facts|exceptions]].
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* Very occasionally, a non-traditional Chinese given name might have more than two syllables.
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* It is common for two unrelated Chinese to share the same family name. Two people having the same given name is also possible but much less common.
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* Most Chinese provinces, cities, and streets are named in Pinyin, so they can be pronounced exactly as shown in this website.
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* Each Chinese syllable can be said in four major tones: high-flat, rising, dip-rise, and falling tones. Changing tones will change its meaning. The same syllable with the same tone can also correspond to different Chinese characters.
 
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I thank Timothy Tokar, Adwait Chawathe, Amit Singh, Matthieu Rousset, Carla Co, [[Ruiting]] [[Wu]], [[Yushi]] (Russell) [[Zhao]], and [[Zhao]] (Zoe) [[Zhang]] from [https://www.chevron.com/ Chevron] for their feedback, and my wife [[Liqin]] [[Sang]] for her continuous support. I thank my company [https://www.chevron.com/ Chevron] for her persistent commitment in diversity and inclusion, which inspired the creation of this website.
 
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Latest revision as of 03:54, 6 March 2020

How to Say Chinese Names in English

with 166,872 Chinese first and last names

and 816 audios of all Mandarin Chinese syllables and their closest English pronunciations

Quick start

Chinese names can be difficult to say for non-Chinese speakers (for example, try to say "Zixuan" or my name "Boxiao"). This website shows you the easiest way to say the names of your Chinese friends, relatives, neighbors, classmates, colleagues, students, subordinates, professors, managers, clients, business partners, competitors, and officials. Hopefully, this will reduce the communication barrier and make your neighborhood and workplace a little bit more diverse and inclusive than yesterday.

Simply enter the first or last name (not together) you want to search in the search box (the magnifying glass icon on the top right corner) to learn its pronunciation.

Try "Zixuan", "Boxiao", "Beijing", and "Shanghai" to see how it works. The goal is to help you say Chinese syllables in their closest English pronunciations without learning Chinese. Find more about this website here.

Basic knowledge of Chinese names
  • Mandarin Chinese syllables are Romanized in English alphabet called "Pinyin" ("spell of sounds").
  • Chinese family names usually have one syllable, and given names usually no more than two. Some rare family names have two syllables, such as Ouyang, Sima, and Zhuge. Each Chinese character is one syllable.
  • In China, people state their last names (family names) first, and first names (given names) last. I call myself Li Boxiao in China (Li is my family name), but in western countries, I call myself Boxiao Li, following the western tradition.
  • In news articles, famous Chinese figures are often referred in Chinese tradition, e.g., Xi Jinping (Xi is family name) and Yao Ming (Yao is family name).
Syllables in Chinese
Fun facts
  • All 4082+408=166,872 pronunciations of one- and two-syllable Chinese first and last names are covered in this website.
  • Not all Chinese nationals Romanize their names in Mandarin Pinyin. A different language or Pinyin system may be used. Read here for exceptions.
  • Very occasionally, a non-traditional Chinese given name might have more than two syllables.
  • It is common for two unrelated Chinese to share the same family name. Two people having the same given name is also possible but much less common.
  • Most Chinese provinces, cities, and streets are named in Pinyin, so they can be pronounced exactly as shown in this website.
  • Each Chinese syllable can be said in four major tones: high-flat, rising, dip-rise, and falling tones. Changing tones will change its meaning. The same syllable with the same tone can also correspond to different Chinese characters.
Acknowledgements

I thank Timothy Tokar, Adwait Chawathe, Amit Singh, Matthieu Rousset, Carla Co, Ruiting Wu, Yushi (Russell) Zhao, and Zhao (Zoe) Zhang from Chevron for their feedback, and my wife Liqin Sang for her continuous support. I thank my company Chevron for her persistent commitment in diversity and inclusion, which inspired the creation of this website.