Translation:My last name is Zhang, what's yours?
"I'm surnamed Zhang" should be accepted, since "surnamed" can act as a past participle verb in English, much like "I'm named Ken, after my father" would work. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/surnamed The following are several answers I've submitted on questions like these: "My last name is Zhang" = 21 characters [accepted answer, not very concise] "My surname's Zhang" = 18 characters [accepted answer, but says "you missed a space" since the "'s" on surname is thought to have been a typo of "surname is" -- although contracting nouns in this way is grammatically correct] "I'm surnamed Zhang" = 18 characters [marked incorrect]
Sorry to bore folks with the details -- I just thought it could be useful to Duolingo staff.
It's not accepted because nobody talks that way in real life. Nobody says "my surname" or "I'm surnamed". We say "my last name is". "Surnamed" is just wrong. Even spellcheck rejects it. And people don't introduce themselves by saying "I'm named". We say "My name is". If named is needed in reference to being named after someone, people would probably say, "My name is Ken, I was named after my father". Or "I was named after my father, we're both named Ken".
"姓"means surname, as in "Jackson" in Michael Jackson. "名字" is vice versa.
Is anybody else experiencing an error in the options that you are given to complete this exercise? I cannot finish it becausr in two of the phrases where I am supposed to complete "My last name is Zhang" I am not given the character "zhang", therefore I cannot answer correctly.
Many a time, applications form in English requires to indicate first and last name separately.
Last name is not necessary surname. In the case of chinese name, surname first followed by middle and last name, such as Wang Xiu Ying.
To my knowledge, English name such as Gracy Wang would be first name first, last name is surname.
Due to the diversity worldwide, it is necessary to indicate the name sequence according to identity documents as well as first and surname separately.
@Ster - if you read the other comments here (there are plenty), you'll find that 姓 is a verb, not noun.
Technically speaking, this sentence is more like "I am surnamed Zhang.." or "I am last named Zhang.."
But since we don't speak that way in English, i.e. there is no equivalent verb structure to correspond with the Chinese, we just say "My last name is Zhang.."
Hope this helps.