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<p style="font-size:120%;"> with [[:Category:Mandarin Chinese|'''166,872''']] Chinese first and last names</p>
<p style="font-size:120%;"> and [[:Category:Audio|'''816''']] audios of all Mandarin Chinese syllables and their closest English pronunciations</p>
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Chinese names can be difficult to say for English 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.
<span style="color:red"><big>'''Simply enter the '''first or last name (not together)''' you want to search in the search box, and press Enter(the [[File:MagnifyingGlass. png|16px|alt=magnifying glass|link=]] icon on the top right corner) to learn its pronunciation.'''</big></span> 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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* 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).
 
* 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]]''', 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]]'''.
* 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.* Not all Chinese nationals have Romanize their names pronounced in Mandarin Pinyin. Exceptions include:** Ethnic minority names are often pronounced in their native languages, e.g., Aisin Gioro, Bat-Erdene, Mehmet, Tenzin, etc.** People in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan regions often use A different language or Pinyin systems, e.g., Cantonese Pinyin or Wade-Giles Romanization. The names of Chinese nationals in the past system may also be in different Pinyin systems, eused.g., Mao Tse-tung (in Wade-Giles Romanization) is [[Mao]] [[Zedong]] in Pinyin.** Some people have English given names or gave themselves English names. For example, Jack [[Ma]] and Jackie Chan (this Chan is Cantonese Pinyin; its Mandarin Pinyin equivalent is Read here for [[ChenFun facts|exceptions]]).
* Very occasionally, a non-traditional Chinese given name might have more than two syllables.
* Some It is common for two unrelated Chinese to share the same family name. Two people in having the past had a one-syllable same given name is also possible but much less common. * Most Chinese provinces, cities, and a two-syllable “style name” or “courtesy name”streets are named in Pinyin, often used interchangeably. This may cause confusion when reading classic Chinese novels or studying historical figuresso 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.
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