"I'm Ming Zhang. What is your name?"


November 16, 2017



Need to teach us first how to make the sentence before asking us to do it.

November 19, 2017


Additionally, the answer should have audio attached so we know what it is we learned.

March 24, 2018


This! Hearing the language spoken correctly is the #1 way that I encode the information.

June 6, 2018


Of course

February 8, 2019


No, by doing this your brain will be actively looking for the answer, this results in more efficient learning :)

April 16, 2018


At the same time, it doesn't hurt to look at the new tips and notes section! :)

November 6, 2018


I know right??? So annoying

March 4, 2018


This is really hard

September 3, 2018


yeah, i was confused on the word order too

November 5, 2018


yes please do

March 14, 2018



June 2, 2018


Exactly what I said

September 11, 2018



October 22, 2018



October 27, 2018



November 2, 2018


That right

November 7, 2018



November 8, 2018


Ise additional ressources for maximum effect.

September 27, 2018


Totally agree

February 8, 2019



February 23, 2019


It should be possible to write "我是张明" (wo shi zhang ming), when it asks for "I'm"

November 16, 2017


To me, this sounds like something you'd say when someone already knows you, but might not recognise you. To introduce yourself, just use 叫

November 17, 2017


Yes, I think so too.

November 17, 2017


you're saying I yes Ming Zhang

October 3, 2018


I'm just a beginner so I'm having trouble understanding when "叫" for "called" is needed and when it's not. Could someone help? For example you need it here, but I didn't need it when translating "What is your last name"? It'd be useful if someone could explain this to me. Thanks!

November 20, 2017


As far as I can tell, 叫 is used for "called" when talking about a full name, such as in the sentence “我叫张明”, which means "I am called Ming Zhang", or "My name is Ming Zhang". When you are only talking about your or somebody else's last name, 叫 is not needed, such as in the sentence "我姓张“, which means "My last name is Zhang".

December 2, 2017


Shouldnt "ni ne" be accepted?

November 17, 2017


According to the lesson accompaniment, "呢 ne is placed at the end of a sentence to ask “how about…?/what about…?”. It is normally used as a return sentence after being asked the same question."

The context of this question doesn't indicate whether you are telling your name because someone asked or because you are initiating the introduction so technically you wouldn't necessarily be returning the question.

March 3, 2018


I don't think "你呢" is accurate here because the English sentence explicitly says "what is your name".

However, you don't have to be returning a question posed by the other person to use "你呢". Just as, in English, "I'm Zhang Ming" could be followed by "and you?", the Chinese "我叫张明" could be followed by "你呢". I.e., the speaker describes himself and then prompts the listener to respond in kind, whether or not he was asked a question first.

March 27, 2018


This form is less common to use

November 27, 2017


What form is the most used?

October 2, 2018


Just 你叫什么?is wrong?

November 21, 2017


I think that is basically OK but I read elsewhere that it is a bit less polite, like "what are you called" rather than "what is your name"

December 7, 2017


It should be correct, even if it is less polite, because they're using that phrase as a translation of "What is your name?" here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25239799

December 10, 2017


This question would be better if I could listen to the full sentence all at once after putting the characters together.

March 3, 2018


Omg I'm having that issue too!

November 21, 2018


Just curious, conversationally I have heard 你 叫 什 么 名 字? And 你 名 字 叫 什 么 ?

It did not accept the second option. Is this because it is incorrect to say this grammatically or another reason? I'm a Taiwanese American who can speak some Mandarin but I would like to improve. Also I do not know how to write Chinese so thought this might be a way to learn.

December 22, 2017


It should be 你的名字是什么?but in daily life it doesn't matter as long as you're understood. To be polite, though, add 请问 in front, especially for someone older than you.

September 13, 2018


The word order is still throwing me for a loop... Why do you say the 什么 before 名字? Shouldn't the question marker go after the sentence?

April 12, 2018


It's not a mere question marker like the particles "吗" and "呢", but with a slight expansion of the meaning of "question marker", the principle still holds to some extent.

"你叫什么名字" is literally "you are called what name". This is a common structure in which to find "什么". You'll see it, for example, in sentences that translate literally to "you like to eat what dishes (kinds of food)?" ("你爱吃什么菜?"), "you can speak what languages?" ("你会说什么语言?"), etc.

In sentences such as these that use "什么 + noun", if you think of this entire phrase as the "question marker", then it can still be said that the question marker often comes at the end.

And "什么" itself can also appear at the end, for example in sentences that translate literally to "they want what?" ("他们要什么?"), "he says what?" ("他说什么?"), etc. On that note, an alternative way of asking someone's name is "你的名字是什么?" ("your name is what?"), which does have "什么" right at the end.

However, not all questions in Chinese have a question word or phrase at the end. For example, "为什么", or "why", comes before the verb, and "什么样的..." or "what kind of..." can also come before the verb.

April 13, 2018


Long explaination, but very helpful. Thank you alot. The "your names is what?" will prevent me from repeating to swap ming2zi4 and shen2me

October 5, 2018


What is this numbers demarcation you use? Not pinyin? Thanks.

November 1, 2018


The numbers are to indicate the tone being used.

February 4, 2019


This course really is useless by it's self I've found combining the phrases with google translate really helpful, to break down the words and experiment with their meaning.

January 26, 2018


Just be careful typing full sentences into Google translate. They are often wrong. Also, try hovering over or clicking on each symbol for its' definition

June 4, 2018


To find out the meaning and pronunciation, it's better to search "(characters)+意义". Google translate isn't always accurate, and that's an understatement!

September 13, 2018


Just curious if you are using the free or the paid service?

February 10, 2018


each symbol means different meanings. It seems like the sugested symbols do not match the alternatives to chose from to answer the challenge sentence. Could you please verify these?

January 28, 2018


Can you give an example?

February 10, 2018


What is 名字?

July 20, 2018



September 13, 2018


Should we always use the surname first, and then the first name, when denoting someones full name?

January 7, 2018


In Chinese, and i believe (not entirely certain) in most Asian languages, individuals are referred to their surname first, than their first name. It's the family honor thing. So yes.

January 11, 2018


Thanks SweerParad!

February 10, 2018


i think in chinese it's ParadSweer

October 4, 2018


Guter Witz :)

November 1, 2018


Too many symbols that i have no clue what they mean. Please teach individual words first.

September 6, 2018


I am also confused but I am persevering.

November 27, 2018


All the best! If you have any questions you'd like to ask in the discussions, please do and everyone will try their best to answer them. :)

November 28, 2018


in patience is the key...

December 2, 2018


When the man says "shén me", it sounds like he says "shí me". Is it really how you pronounce that?

March 27, 2018


Hahahahahahaha my brain feels like its gonna crack open anytime soon

May 19, 2018


Is it really necessary to learn Ming Zhang?

June 10, 2018


Both characters are commonly used in other contexts so you're not learning anything out of the ordinary.

June 10, 2018


I wish you could hear the sentence while putting the words together. especially since you can't hear the real answer.

June 28, 2018


As a workaround until Duolingo pulls itself together, you can go to the discussion page, copy the correct answer and paste it into Google Translate, and play the sound of the sentence there.

June 29, 2018


You can now, at least in the desktop version!

September 13, 2018


I am about to give up on Duolingo. I've tried to get through this lesson for days, but the sudden jump that expects me to remember what the characters looked like so that I can write the sentence is too much of a leap for me.

July 27, 2018


Isn't "你 叫 什么“ also a correct way to ask for someone's name? It said that "我 张 明。你 叫 什么?" was wrong.

September 27, 2018


I wrote: 我叫张名。你叫什么名字?

and it replied with : You used the wrong word. 我叫张明,你叫什么名字?

basically I used 名 instead of 明.

how can I know? they are both ming2

September 27, 2018


There's no way to know for sure, but 明 is a common name, whereas I imagine no one's name is 名.

But the important part is really the rest of the sentence(s), so you just have to memorize a couple of extra characters to get past this question. Fortunately they're common ones.

September 27, 2018


我见张明, 你叫什么?should be fine to be honest

November 1, 2018


I think I agree, subject to correction by a native speaker. Apart from typo in the first half of your sentence, that is. ("见" means "see".)

November 1, 2018


The second part is kinda demanding and so isn't idiomatic, and the first part should be 我叫张明.

December 15, 2018


I'm Chinese and my dad even says it's wrong. (I don't know that much Chinese OK)

November 27, 2018


This is hard

December 10, 2018


but it ain't impossible... Good Luck Eli, you're gonna achieve :v

December 15, 2018


A complete beginner here, so find this challenging, My words are sometimes in wrong place. The addition of some more audio for the correct answer can help I think but am grateful for the opportunity to learn.

December 14, 2018


I am also a complete beginner and found it extremely challenging at first. However I kept going and it is falling into place slowly. This reversing of names though is confusing and I wish they would explain why someone would say their name in one order and write it in another. Good luck, keep going.

December 14, 2018


Just note that it's not that there's a difference between the spoken order and the written order. It's that there's a difference between the Chinese order and the English order. "张" is the family name and comes first in Chinese, but when speaking English, and especially when living in an English environment or context, people will often adopt the English convention and put the family name last.

On the other hand, when hearing about Chinese political figures etc. on the news, the Chinese name order is usually maintained. That's why we hear names such as "Xi Jinping" in relation to China (or "Kim Jong-un" in relation to North Korea, because Korean uses the same convention – though I recently heard someone on a current affairs show call him "Un", as if that were his last name).

December 14, 2018


cant you also say 你叫名字什么? Ik was thought that 么 must be placed at last in a sentence

June 7, 2018


No, you can't. You might be thinking of "吗", which would typically come at the end of a sentence. This isn't true of "么", which isn't used on its own as a question word.

Check out these articles, which talk about the placement of question words that use "么":

And here's one that discusses "吗":

June 7, 2018


Maybe your are confusing this me with ne (the latter is used in case you return a question with "...and you?")

October 5, 2018


Why is 你叫名字 not correct here?

August 18, 2018


Because it means "you are called name". You're missing the "what".

August 18, 2018



October 21, 2018


I literaly tried EVERITING they have to put pistas thats clues in spanish

October 27, 2018


Why do you write "your" before "what is"?

November 5, 2018


There's no "your" in the Chinese. The Chinese translates literally to "you are called what name".

November 5, 2018


Okay! Thanks for the help

November 5, 2018


My dad even says it's wrong

November 27, 2018


This is crazy. We are learning basic sounds and then this long sentence. I laughed out loud

December 18, 2018


How does this even work this is so difficult teach us how to form sentences first

January 10, 2019


Me disculpo por no escribir en inglés, pero mi nivel no es tan bueno. En el computador de escritorio se puede instalar el paquete de idioma de chino simplificado, y en los ejercicios de escritura escoger "use keybord", así se puede practicar la escritura en pinyin y seleecionar con el teclado numérico el caracter correcto.

January 14, 2019


What is differnce between shen me and ming zi

February 2, 2019


The character tiles you click on in this lesson have repeatedly used the word for "ten" instead of the "shen" in "shen me."

February 2, 2019


Um, I got this right. But it tells me I'm wrong?

February 2, 2019


if you don't understand back at lessons you press the lesson theirs a light bulb click it it will teach you the words

February 5, 2019


Need to let us whzt the new characters mean in english before imyrofuving them, otherwise we are kust guessing

February 13, 2019


very difficult to decipher the characters as they are small and cramped in the answers

February 28, 2019


If you're using a web browser, consider increasing the zoom. (Not sure if this is possible in the mobile app.)

February 28, 2019


Leaving the two last words/characters out will also result in successfully answering the question. It would be helpful if such ambiguities would be explained

March 8, 2019


This is set out in the tips/notes for the "Name" skill.

You can see the tips/notes in the web browser version. Just click on the skill and then on the light bulb. Or you can go here:

March 10, 2019


Ming Zhang is not 张明

March 12, 2019


This correct. And say that not correct is..

March 17, 2019


Have you considered taking the English-from-Chinese course first?

March 17, 2019
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