"What is your name?"

Translation:你叫什么名字?

November 17, 2017

472 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Miroku_87

They should give the possibility to listen to the pronunciation of the correct answer or the alternative translation

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mZfb10

I agree.

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BigCatz

Agree! I want to hear how it sounds correctly.

December 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mandarinlord

Agreed. It makes no sense just showing us the proper way of writing it without its pronunciation. I've gotten this one wrong several times because I have no prior reference for how to pronounce the sentence entirely.

May 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laughalot45
<h1>Same</h1>
August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lucas493706

Lmaooo code HS

June 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ayush350568

Lol

February 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eli313905

Hi i think by cliking on the word you can hear prononsiation however this question has wrong prononsiation for words otherwise it is easy to answer

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drockalgzemoser

I agree and was about to write the same thing. They need to get on this fix, it's bugging the whole lot of us

March 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidLamb6

yep

September 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/filmgeek5000

Yes

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALucyPham

I agree, because we are leaning from low levels. Do you think so?

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trunghieu1347

You are great. I really like you.

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KorneelSna

You're looking for a girlfriend?

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raaz000

I'm looking for gf

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KorneelSna

You're in the wrong app

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raaz000

Take me to the right

October 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dewey7

take me to your leader How do I say that in mandarin?

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Humphrey24

I agree

March 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Humphrey24

Agreed

March 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RandomBeth

Completely agree. It's hard to learn it properly without referring to the pronunciation.

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swathi94574

Yes this is the problem

May 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wubiii

I agree 100% i hope duolingo will add this feature soon

September 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KX3.

With playback speed from 0.25 to 2!

If you're not sure of the pronunciation of a phrase, say 泰山 (which is tàishān by the way), google search ”泰山读音“ and the 汉语拼音 and the meaning in English and Chinese comes out.

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chicken_Ublaz

I agree

May 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arnaub10

Agreed

May 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zoroark32play

I agree

July 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jacobrstarkey

Using the ...... translation option, you can break down the sentence a bit and see how it is subtly teaching possessive (i think) "your" and the verb to be (i think) "is"

It's right in line with the learning process style used here, where we have to explore and learn just as much as they have to teach and reveal.

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eduardo287346

I love the fact we have to figure things out on our own. However, translating literally as you go is counter productive - take "nijiao shenme mingzi" (I have no way to write Chinese here)

You could also ask "nijiao shenme"? And get the same answer... Perhaps? That's all we should care about this early into our journey IMO.

Instead of focusing on the possessive, I'd go a different way and realize there is NO possessive needed to state your name. The math of it is wo + jiao = what I'm called ie. What I would state as "my name is _"

Anyway, check out yellowbridge.com - there are a bunch of Chinese character related resources. It helps me greatly in learning them by looking at their etymology. Good luck :)

February 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jonking4

From my research, "ni jiao shenme mingzi" is asking for the full name - a more proper way of asking. If you are just looking for the given name, or first name, then yes, you should be able to just ask, "Ni jiao shenme".

March 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannaha70093

I heartily agree, my friend!

June 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidStrat1

Me too!

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iced_hermy

Same! Was about to write the same thing!

August 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MoemenKaro1

I agree!

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanBaoWu

I agree

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeonWooji

I agree

August 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/casanova.22

Agree

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesNse

Right

September 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rakibil

I agree with you

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JMP258216

Yes !

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TravisMill9916

i agree

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresAlva485748

Time to choke the little owl

June 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaylaHudso19

Yessssssss

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReneeG13

I totally agree

February 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nathan40647

I don't agree. It gives it up.

July 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna635745

why is there not a "叫" option in the drag and drop characters?

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeChatParle

There's no 叫 because the expected answer is 你的名字是什么, even though 你叫什么名字 is also correct

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/julesmGGF

Personally, the lessons have not even introduced what 的 is to me yet, making this exercise extremely confusing.

April 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AJ72T

I am re-doing exercises, and I was confused by this too! I was looking for 叫 also. But it's not a problem.. I now have an alternative to learn!

April 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizzid

Same here! I even went back and read the lesson details, no mention of that character yet for me. Suddenly knowing where to put it in a sentence like this isn't the best way to learn!

May 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZeeMazhani

Where do you read those from?

June 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Caleb160466

If you're using a PC, click on the light-bulb next to the lesson. If you are using a phone, I don't know that there is a way.

July 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VijaySharma1997

And they expect us to come know it in the first instance.

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ptkelly80

The same thing happened to me. It's kind of frustrating.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZeeMazhani

I've wondered what this character is for quite a while. It's dropped in here and there but never explained

June 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMurr2

This is really hugely annoying. I hope they fix it soon.

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mel.ross2

Yes!! I have gotten this sentence wrong so many times because of that little character. I don't know what it is or where it goes in the sentence.

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ndorafshan

Hi, refer to the first lesson Tips & Notes, "shì" and "de" are discussed there

September 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KX3.

This was found in the desktop version only, although it can now be found on mobile as well.

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dave-O.

Not in the most recent notes. They've been changed!

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidStrat1

Agree

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

same to me

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AfzaalAshr

Exactly

September 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moony41001

I'm agree with you

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliverBens6

When is 叫 needed? I thought 你什么名字 - "Your name what" would be correct. Is that just a mistake or is it wrong? Sorry for just being a beginner. I'm still learning how this works.

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evanpipta

叫 is "to be called", so in the examples they use 叫 they are usually saying "You are called what?" In this example they are literally asking "Your name is what?". Also your answer is missing 是 for "is". I don't know why 的 is required, but I have noticed that it often comes after 你/我 when using them with 是. I just started a few days ago too so someone more experienced can answer

November 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MayhemSan

的 means ownership. So 你的/Your 我的/My/mine. You would also put it after ta to say his/hers etc.

December 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rpmari95

Thanks, this was helpful!

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/konstantin.05

Nagyon szépen köszönöm!

July 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Femi828913

Xie xie ni

September 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZeeMazhani

Thanks

June 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlanMola

Thanks for this

June 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ROGMA56

Thanks a lot.

August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pablosky_dlg23

You need 的, because that is how you state that something is your possessed by the person mention before using 的. Therefore 你的名字 literally means "your name". I must also say that if the person you are talking to is close to you, lime a friend or family member you can avoid using 的. For example, you can avoid it when saying my dad "我爸爸" instead of “我的爸爸”.

May 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sco-tie

This was a great help to me, thanks!

June 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doenjjang

的 is placed after 你 because it represents ownership. Like when you say 我的, it means "mine". So I guess 你的 here means "your".

July 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarwatMuza

Yes please explain

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HassanRube

Same here..

March 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jclubkid

I disagree. The standard answer would be 你叫什么名字。

January 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizzid

For me it lists two correct solutions when I get it wrong:

"Correct solutions: 你的名字是什么?, 你叫什么名字?"

I've only learned how to do the latter so far, but the character isn't there! I don't know what 的 means yet.

May 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMurr2

So the structure of the answer they're looking for is 'your name is what?'

Both 的 (de, indicating possessive, a bit like "'s" in English - so 你的 is like "you's", or rather "your") and 是 (shì, which can mean 'this' or 'to be' or 'is') are unfamiliar to me at this point in the course, and I'm finding it really hard getting the hang of them without being given a meaning or even a pronunciation. So looking them up elsewhere and posting my understanding here is my attempt to get over that. :)

Really maddening to be introduced to them by being expected to use them in a sentence, and then being asked again and again with nothing to hang them on!

August 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TailsPH

Exactly!!!!

April 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OTraverso

Agreed

May 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BerryNick

Yes that's right! They need to fix it!

May 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZeeMazhani

In total agreement

June 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliverKocsis

What is the difference?

July 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zutzut1

bruh but after I got it wrong it said Correct solution: 你叫什么名字?

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wayne_inAus

Thanks for the tip but, as others have said, Duolingo did not introduce the alternative structure prior to these questions.

October 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobGleich

But the correct solution is given as 你叫什么名字.

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/julesmp_

Probably to force us to learn this alternate structure

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gringoton

They haven't taught the character yet at Basics 1.

April 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jclubkid

I don't see how that would really be useful when they mean the same thing though.

January 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ammon434421

I agree

April 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMurr2

That would be fine if they bothered to explain it anywhere!

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephleest

The "叫" character was available for me. I wrote "你叫什么" and it was accepted. I believe the literal translation of this answer would be "your name is what?"

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nanarrrr

When i wrote the same (ni xing shen me?) it was refused :(

February 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quevino

叫 is jiao, not xing. Xing is for the family name, and you would ask it as "ni gui xing?"

March 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WangDeFu1

Ditto.

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thomas_emmanuel

There are two ways to ask 'What is your name?':

You are called what name? 你叫什么名字?

Or alternatively:

Your name is what? 你的名字是什么?

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

you call what name? You (your, separate symbol) name be what (chinese does not have different forms in verbs)

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NaiyahOsip

that's because there are different ways to say is.

March 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShadowMan19

yeah noticed that

December 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KachiU.

exactly!

April 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VijaySharma1997

Exactly!

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZeeMazhani

My point

June 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Femi828913

My point exactly.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EwertonJonh

Daccord

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

That is exactly what i am missing, all at once they give another symbol without any explanation why

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Miroku_87

I don't get the structure of this sentence. Can someone explain it to me? Thank you!

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ssdd_1744

Basically they prefer the direct structure for the sentence. Questions are made by replacing the word with a special "question word" (what, where, which etc), or by adding "general question word" at the end of the sentence (for general questions.

So this is the original statement:

Your (你 + 的)name (名字) is (是) Andrea.

To make a special question we replace the answer with a "what". 什么

Your 你的 name 名字 is 是 what 什么?

November 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seanbourel

Thanks Serj!

January 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alaquerre

Thank you for that explanation

March 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sheshi19

Thanks

March 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ammon434421

Gracias eso me es de mucha ayuda ! Thanks

April 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanBaoWu

Thank you so much for your explanation, it's very clear

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sergio687

你(you)的(possessive particle, so "you" becomes "your")名字(name)是(is)什么(what). So, the sentence is "your name is what". As there is a "question word" in the sentence, it becomes a question when translated to English, as "What is your name". As commented by others, 你(you)叫(are called)什么(what)名字(name), something like "What name are you called by?" is valid too.

November 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jebacunka

"你的名字是什么? " - It literally translates to "Your name is what?". Hope that helps.

November 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pie3636

I don't have access to a Chinese keyboard but the proposed answer is: Ni3 de ming2zi4 shi4 shen2me? (using numbers for tones) Ni3 means you De indicates that what is before de qualifies what is after de. Here it means possession: "ni3 de something" means "your something". Here it can be omitted because a name is always considered personal. Ming2zi4 means name Shi4 means is. I believe it can also be omitted here. Shen2me means what.

So the sentence means, word for word: You 's name is what? That you can translate by "what is your name?"

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DenisDmir

I don't know if I understand it correctly, but here're my thoughts

的 is something like 's (posession) and 是 is like to be

So the word to word translation might look like this:

You 's name is what

November 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

Actually, 是 is basically is. 的is possession though

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flekkie

I have the same question, not clear 2 me

November 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul418303

This app needs a grammar part explaining the rules. You can't learn a language without solid understanding of the grammar.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Creacher5

The website has a grammer section to go along with the skill. But yes, the app needs it too.

March 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sahndra1

I am lost but don't want to give up.

October 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Koohyar4

I'm a beginner as well. But I think:

你的 = your

的 is added to express possession.

November 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jausick

Your (你的) name (名字) is (是) what? (什么) = What is your name?

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jausick

Whoops, this was supposed to be a reply to Andrea. The other (better) answers hadn't loaded, so I thought no one had replied yet.

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christoph_TX

你的(your) 名字(name ) 是(is) 什么(what)..... 你叫(you called) 什么(what) 名字(name)

March 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gringoton

叫 was not an option to click on, although it was listed as a possible answer. Do you expect beginners to already have Mandarin writing tools installed? Also, at this level, what if we are not familiar with this structure (你的名字是什么?) yet? Did I miss something?

April 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dross1223

They need a phonetic option.

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TK421FN2187

I am a beginner in the Chinese course, and I have been doing the review exercises. For some reason, in all of the main lessons I've done, I've never been taught the character 的. I don't know how they expect me to answer a question correctly if I haven't even been taught the answer. If this is a bug or something, can you please fix this Dualingo? If it's not, can anyone tell me where I might have missed this being initially taught?

February 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KX3.

的 is a 语助词 or an ancillary, sometimes accessory character. It can mean possession as part of a 短语, which is a phrase with three or more characters forming a "semantic unit", and as accessory it can be used to make the sentence sound smoother as a whole.

I'm not sure how to explain it because I learnt Chinese grammar (as I remember it) from examples and the explanations only came up after the "foundations" were completed, which goes to show how little rules there actually are.

Actually, if you're not sure of the pronunciation or meaning, just copy and and google search it using the formula "(word)+意义". You're welcome to copy that too.

September 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TK421FN2187

Okay so I talked to a guy at my church who was a missionary in China for a while and is fluent in Mandarin, and he said that 的 or de means belonging to , and whoever it belongs to you put before the de, so 你的 would me your or yours. So 你的名字是什么 literally means "Your name is what?"

February 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doenjjang

Isn't it 你叫什么名字?你 = you (sbj) 叫 = to be called (verb) 什么 = what (question) 名字 = name (obj)

July 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaulDoeman

I'm new to Chinese. I have no idea what is happening here. Duolingo doesn't teach, it just tests you.

February 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nunfaoscemo

I have tried : 什么是你名字 ? and it ... worked. Can somebody confirm it is correct ?

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

You really should have a 的 after 你 and if you say that to a Chinese person they will get the idea but they will be laughing at you because that is VERY informal

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nunfaoscemo

So 什么是你的名字 is correct. Does it mean that the word order does ever count ? "Your name is what" = "What is your name" ?

July 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MollyParso4

我的 means my 'wo de' For those wondering what it means 你的 is your 'ni de'.

June 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

Yes.

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christine144430

This is infuriating, i cannot get past this name lesson because it keeps changing how to translate Whats your name with two new characters without explaining the difference. I can't get past this

September 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmieParrish

This should be: 你 叫 什么 名字

September 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KX3.

It can also be that, both are correct.

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sen170990

There is no 叫 character which is confusing

September 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KX3.

There are two ways of saying this, the other's 你的名字是什么?

September 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarleneHow1

IF You want jiau then put it in!!!

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizaTan3

I don't have the word bank for jiao! How possibly can I complete the lesson ?

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lianne_cm

I had the same problem, but found the answer in KX3's reponse: It could be because another way of asking the question is expected: 你的名字是什么? When I had 'm in that order, it was approved. Pfew!

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amyelmgren

this question has a bug because Jiao is not available as one of the characters in the answer choices. very frustrating because i can't move to the next lesson without answering this question

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lianne_cm

I had the same problem, but found the answer in KX3's reponse: It could be because another way of asking the question is expected: 你的名字是什么? When I had 'm in that order, it was approved. Pfew!

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amyelmgren

that worked! thank you!

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lianne_cm

Please help? The 叫 in the 'Correct solution isn't even an option! And it won't let me go further! When I hit 'skip', it's just show me the 'correct solution', and when I hit 'continue' , it keeps giving me that one sentence to translate. Ugh... Any idea how I can get past this? If I 'quit' I will lose everything I did ...

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lims41

I hope I'm referring to the sentence you're having trouble with. Try finding the characters for: ni de mingze shi shen me

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lianne_cm

Thank your for your reaction! I found the answer in KX3's response shortly after I posted my question (but couldn't find my question anymore to tell I'd found a solution): It could be because another way of asking the question is expected: 你的名字是什么? When I had 'm in that order, it was approved. Pfew!

October 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lims41

Lots of us benefited from KX3's response, I think. Have fun!

October 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/newatts

Thanks LeChatParle, for the required alternative answer: 你的名字是什么

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dewey7

Xie xie Thank you djikuje gracias dank je

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/usman906621

Can somebody tell me what ming zi means

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Josi84057

Help I don't know what I did wrong. I used the translation given under the word and my sentence was wrong...

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ggUd0v

And what is YOUR name?

May 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliverBens6

I got the drag and pull exercise. Out of the options I had, the correct answer was: 你叫什么名字 - "You're called name what?". I don't understand when 叫 "called" is needed and when it's not? I thought 你什么名字 - "Your name what" would be correct. Is that just a mistake or is it wrong? Thank you.

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evanpipta

叫 is not needed if you ask 你的名字是什么, "your name IS what?". The things you left out are 的 to make 你 possessive, and 是, for "is".

November 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChanningRogers

Id like someone else to comment on this. It would be helpful. I know it may seem obvious but its a new language

November 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

Err... 什么 is what so direct translation of 你叫什么名字 is you called what name and direct translation of 你什么名字 is your what name tell me which sounds better

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nightsazrael

The answer is not accepted and doesn't offer the proper word.

November 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlandraASh

This is incorrect. The correct way to say what is your name in chinese is ni jiao shenme mingzi

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mostafa715922

I want learn how to write .. can i

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex.maslov

Hm... There was no 'de' in my sudgested list for pick. How could i choose it???

December 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

You need no 的 in this

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OlabisiAji

NO is in the given text

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaraKnudso

What I wish existed was a word practice option with Chineasy pictures. The words I know really well are from my Chineasy study. And I wish they every time there was a new character that you are hearing and identifying the sound, the character appeared to you in stroke order. I would like to write down words with their meaning, and hear the sound, see the stroke order, and have a picture memory device. This language is like bike riding with a passenger in a basket in the front, there are a lot of moving parts of meaning to balance at the same time.

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazayeri

The solution they gave me didn't have the character they wanted. I am banging my head against the key board.

January 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

Then type it??? But that is weird I don't think that Duolingo looks here so you should report it

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UnicornPig.

In the hint, it says: 你的名字是什么 or 你叫什么名字. Where is 叫, in the word bank...?

January 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

Just do the other one there are two sides of the same window person

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex.maslov

你叫什么?→ accepted

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Will-J-Crawford

Wasn't accepted for me, but I think it should be.

November 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stefan701646

I never get this sentence right, I always make my (single) mistake here. As a bloody beginner I am happy to know how to build 你叫什么 , I am overstraiend to cope with with several alternatives. I can match 你叫什么名字 as well but a third alternative is a bit of an overload for beginners I think.

March 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JimmyPadil7

I have no idea how to complete this question

March 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DrKrogh

This is not usefull at all for learning a new language when you know neither the signs nor the sounds

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sophie.lord

I wish there were more explanations about the characters. I also write down all of the new symbols and sentences I've learnt and it seems like there's maybe 3 different ways to ask for your name and if you don't put the exact one they want it's incorrect even if it's been accepted as right in the past. It's a bit confusing.

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dave798816

This is inconsistent

March 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Creacher5

Do we really need separate questions for "What's your name" and "What is your name"?

March 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elvisdao

That missing jiao messed me up

March 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaveDogegm

They should first teach you what each charachter means

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adlittles27

I agree.. i wanna hear the sounds of what im choosing but it is more challenging to too figure it out this way...

Perhaps after u submit ur answer then u can select and hear the characters sounds...

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

They are trying to get you to read Chinese not just understand and speak

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mickey686000

I want pinyin

March 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

Pinyin would give it away and it is very important to know how some letters in Chinese are different than American letters. Here are the main ones: a o u e i and one more I cannot write. Is is a letter u with two dots over it

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrueLearner1167

I have a question. You can use the English word order or you can use the Chinese word order. Because its showing me another translation.

March 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_Drews

This sentence was not in the lesson, I could only copy and paste the correct sentence after what felt like 20 wrong guesses ^^

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kirk543816

This is different because it's similar to asking, "Your name is what?". Name is possessive here.

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TailsPH

I don't know why there's no the "jiào" character, I mean they are asking me to translate "What is ypur name?" Before they told me the translation for that is "ní jiào shen me?" And now that isn't correct

April 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carrieah144

Why can you sometimes just say 你 but then sometimes have to say 你的? Don't they both mean 'yours?" I know that 你 usually just means you, but I thought that it was implied?

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

的 means that it is this person's just 你 means you not this person's. In English this is like saying 你气球飞很高了。(you balloon flew very high) vs 你的气球飞很高了。(Your balloon flew very high)

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ccuganda

duolingo always throws in new words without any preparation, ugh. Teach it first before you call me wrong

April 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaphneAleOrtiz

I've hearing "what is your name" differently and then I came up with this one so I don't understand.

April 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StuartCree1

Every time I get this question, I get it wrong every time and I can't get my head round it. Even after reading the comments, it would make sense to have Jiao in there as it's a viable answer?

April 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lois106894

Why is jiao not one of the choices?

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eli958231

How come the characters are not translated from the begining like the numbers and names it only shows the symbols and transliteration but no translation. in the spanish course it wad much simpler and everything is translated how are we suppose to learn the language easier with knowing what the symbols mean before hand and in what order they come . very hard for beginners .

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MattGunvil

The structure of this sentence is different than the previous one, how am I supposed to get this?

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EnSokShi

I think 你什么名字 is correct, am i wrong? And why?

May 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rocio2015

I know this is new but it would be good if there was an explanation of the use of "叫" as opposed to 的. I get it right because I've done it wrong so many times I've now memorized the order but it would be helpful if there was an explanation. I'm just assuming that I'm a one-year old in Chinese and will eventually get it.

May 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BerryNick

the alternative of 叫 (jiao) isn't on one of the options but they say that i could have put it in this manner 你叫什么名字? and i was not yet taught this method 你的名字是什么?

May 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shikitovi

After 48 years i finally got it right hahahahahhaa

May 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LynnKhant

They should explain the grammer.

May 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Turtle_Dove

Boy I love how they put this question in my practice session even though I never learned these new characters.

Greaaat.

June 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dragonshrike

This is just ridiculous. They teach nie jiao shan me ming zi in the lessons and then ask this question with three words and symbols they haven't even taught yet. So I copy the correct answer without even knowing what three of the words and symbols are just to get past this point.

June 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

Your pinyin is wrong it is actually nice jiao shen me ming zi.

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KX3.

ni*

September 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/camille.t.

What is the literal interpretation of this?

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

你的名字是什么 literal interpretation, Your name is what

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DamiGS

是!!

June 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patience76

I’d like to be able to listen to this spoken to me.

June 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ada8270

this is so confusssinng

June 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RosalynKaye

I don't understand what order to put it in. The literal order of the answer above is "Your name is what?" but how would I know not to write it as "什么是你的名字?"

June 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErikMusic

I have not seen this format before, it contains unfamiliar characters. Please introduce the characters first.

June 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyst16

How does this relate? I am pretty confused.

June 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlfonsoMoy8

bug, no Jiào caracter...

June 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charlie298884

They offer a "correct solution" that needs jiao, which is not offered via "Use Keyboard". I have to Use Keyboard because I cannot type the Chinese characters on my keyboard.

June 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OrionSatore

I believe the correct sentence to be translated is:

"What is his/her name?"

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TiffanyMax7

Doesn't teach me 的 and 是 , doesn't include 叫 which I'm taught. ??

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aussie-em

I was seriously confused over this. I don't feel like they gave any information on what sequence the characters should be in, and the translation (dotted line thingies), although they tell what the characters should be, are not much help either. Maybe I'm just being picky, or this is how the course is supposed to run, but I feel like they may have to give a better understanding of the grammar side of the language.

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aussie-em

Also with the whole missing 'Jiao' character- It left us... nooo... But seriously, I've been using it this whole time and now you expect us to figure out and learn the phrase another way entirely? Again, before this question I was not informed how to phrase it one way, let alone two. Thanks for listening to my two cents :)

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlo.houston

The practices have always presented this question as "你叫什么名字?", it has never been presented as shown in the answer. This is very confusing to require an alternate way without having covered it in practice.

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

Hover over the sentence with your mouse for pc or tap the sentence for mobile

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connar944478

Why in this case does shenme come last when it comes first when using jíao?

June 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

If you can't be bothered just copy it and paste it because i agree they should have said the word.

June 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bxsil

When you hover over the English it doesn't give you the right order and when you haven't done Chinese for a week you are going to struggle.

Basically ME

July 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KieranSoli

How does sentence structure work in Chinese?

July 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheWorldMayCrash

I'm not sure how to type in chinese characters on my computer, do you have to install an extension of sorts?

July 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ptkelly80

Ange1ic, if you're on Windows, you can go to the settings window for "keyboard," and choose add language. (I'm not at home right now, so those are approximations)

From there, you can add simplified or traditional Chinese. I believe it's called Microsoft Pinyin, and it will allow you to type in Pinyin, and characters will pop up on the screen next to where you are typing. The first character in the list is what will be used, or you can press the number key corresponding to the number next to the character you want. You can type out a whole sentence before submitting it to be converted to characters, but sometimes it doesn't give you the right thing, so I usually just type a few characters at a time.

I'm not sure how to install a Chinese keyboard on Mac, but I'd assume it's similar.

July 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chen274169

This translation doesn't make sense

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

it does lol

July 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

Because it’s chinese it’s not the same language and because they are both so different they are not gonna have literal translations. Like French most of the time they put adjectives after the noun.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erik898876

I can't learn this because they don't tell you what letter in Chinese means in English...

July 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

Yes it does, how else do you think people learn it? If you’re struggling and can’t remember the characters either hover your mouse over it for pc or tap on it for mobile

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FonzieSquirrel

Can someone break the grammar down for me? It would be very helpful to me if I actually knew why these words are in their places.

I promise I'll properly study the grammar ASAP

July 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WangDeFu1

The question word goes where the answer would go. 你的名字是 什么 is literally Your name is what? And the answer would be: 我的名字是 什么 replacing 什么 with your name. Where as 你叫什么名字 You are called what name? would be I am called name. Again replacing the "What" with the answer. So the grammar rule is basically, make the statement, but replace the answer with the question word.

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexandria094

Why didnt they teach me this before? Ive learned "你 叫 什么名字" but why not the other characters? Makes no sense to ask me to use it in a sentence when I havent been taught it.

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mike37772

There were two "correct" solutions, and I was looking for the second one which had been exercised earlier, but the symbol for "called" was not available. Why not ? As the first "correct" answer hadn't been exercised earlier , it's not surprising that I got it wrong!! This weakness in the course should be rectified so that other people don't have to suffer the same frustration as me!!

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruth987419

I never saw the second or fifth symbol before. No idea what they mean or sound like. And I've been learning these quite effortlessly, so I'm pretty sure it's not me...

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruth987419

Same problem again - the 2nd and 5th symbols are brand new, and I am supposed to know them without ever having learned them. And Jiau is not an option although it's given as a possible solution.

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RodJonesMe

的 is the bane of my existance

August 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vatsav1

Can someone pronounce the ownership character and upvote it? It would help a lot of people.

August 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AddyMoreno

Can somebody tell me why 名字 goes before 升么 here?

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WangDeFu1

The question word goes where the answer would go. 你的名字是 什么 is literally Your name is what? And the answer would be: 我的名字是 什么 replacing 什么 with your name. Where as 你叫什么名字 You are called what name? would be I am called name. Again replacing the "What" with the answer.

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erick259234
August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WangDeFu1

I have lived with Chinese people for over 15 years and this question was never posed in this version. I have studied Chinese for far longer and whenever a student posed that question this way the native Chinese speaker said yes people will understand you,but they may laugh.

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Micah855795

What's the right answer? In syllables? How to say it?

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

I’m pretty sure the pronounciation is ‘Jow’ (a bit like ‘ciao’ if you know what that is)

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnisSofiaK

How do I pronounce 的? Can somebody spell it for me?

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WangDeFu1

的 Pinyin: de (no tone) Show's possession or ownership. So 你的 is equivalent to your.

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

Everyone if they haven’t taught you it hover over it with your mouse or tap on it for mobile.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GulaNona

this character (是) introduced, without explanation

The correct solution suggest : 你的名字是什么?, 你叫什么名字?

August 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarwatMuza

The word was not introduced in lessons then why its is in exercise?

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kwhali

Got this one(well it's not clear if comments are tied to each question. They seem to be linked to multiple) and a similar one wrong on the mobile app.

I'm presented with a selection of Chinese characters to use, but two of them have not been taught, I get audio pronounciation when I tap them(although I agree audio and pinyin for the answer would be nice, can I even find my wrong answers or favourite/bookmark ones I want to review?). No English hint/tooltip like when given Chinese text to convert to english(can tap a character for English meaning per character or it shows English word for combination of characters where appropriate).

September 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JiquanGold

I havent been taught the 2nd or 4th word in this sentence yet... im just shooting in the dark with this one.

September 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matt541870

I am 8 Years old! I can only do a little.

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lissa792238

I am confused as this structure is very different from what is taught before

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julian540731

This was not explained. Annoying

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luis392681

Terrible. They had not even show character "de" before!

September 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

There are symbols missing in the text (for calling, it is missing) so the lessons cannot be completed. Also: it is important to give the signification of every symbol and also a correct explanation of the sentence: how it is constructed in Chinese. The pronounciation is different from real chinese people, how is that possible

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christine144430

Ok, this is my fourth time through thos lesson in rapid succession, and it does not work. The translation of What is your name changes around with two new characters and the order of the words change with no explanation nor help with why its different out of no where.

September 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/terki689069

你旳名字是什么

September 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JiquanGold

This is not taught well

September 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DRUSC

THE SYMBOL FOR JIAO IS MISSING IN THIS QUESTION AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ELSE IT COULD BE. RATHER THAN JUST ASKING THE SAME QUESTION REPEATEDLY WITHOUT ANY HINTS OF HOW TO PROCEED, DUOLINGO JUST REPEATS THE QUESTION. MORE KNOWLEDGE IS NEEDED TO ANSWER THE QUESTION CORRECTLY. THIS IS A WEAKNESS IN THE DUOLINGO SYSTEM OF TEACHING.

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KX3.

It could be because another way of asking the question is expected:

你的名字是什么?

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lianne_cm

Oh THANK YOU!!! This totally helped me get past this question!!! (The system wouldn't allow me to go on, unless I gave the right answer but the solution they gave as correct had the 叫 in it which was not an option to choose from).

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KX3.

You're most welcome. If you encounter trouble in the future, try reading through the discussion thread. It is admittedly not free from spam and not 100% accurate, but usually more than sufficient for the purposes of passing. :)

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Debbie333871

Why are there two ways of asking your name? I'm still at a very low level and to stay with one method which is acceptable would be great please

September 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Will-J-Crawford

For the same reason that you can ask, in English:

  • What is your name?
  • Your name is what?
  • What are you called?
  • What do they call you?
  • What are you called?
  • How should I address you?

Yes, the second is generally considered terrible English, but often used in the form "And your name is …?" where the ellipsis (here, pause) replaces actually saying "what" :o)

And in French:

  • Quel est ton nom? [ kinda brusque ]
  • Comment t'appelles-tu? [ How do you call yourself? ]

…and so on.

Duo seems to accept:

  • 你叫什么?
  • 你叫什么名字?
  • 你的名字是什么?

which are literally

  • You (are) called what?
  • You (are) called what name?
  • Your name is what?

There's another version which asks only for "family name", which uses 姓 instead of 叫, and doesn't get the 名字 on the end. I'm guessing here, but it seems like that's because 姓 already includes the concept of "name". We ask "What is your name?" not "What name is your name?".

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SooperMikey

What in the ❤❤❤❤? Where are the new characters coming from?

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SooperMikey

What in the ❤❤❤❤. How couldnit possibly be helpful to introduce new characters with no back ground info or ability to translate?

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliffordPereira

Forgive me for saying this, but the course appears to be designed for people already familiar with the characters. The Duolingo course is failing eager novice students.

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jason786017

there is no 'jiao' to choose from in the characters below!

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/12JustMe

There wasn't a sign for 叫! Very frustarting.

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zutzut1

Correct solution: 你叫什么名字? but why doesn't it give me a choice to put 叫?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QTXGQo9r

the second sign jiào is not good written on computer. Dr; Martine Docx

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hideyo15

you did't have 叫

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sierra458942

Confused

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArielBlake2

jiao was not an option to place into the sentence which resulted in an incorrect answer for me

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amyelmgren

I posted the same thing. You can also answer it this way: 你的名字是什么?

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuisaFarina

Ideogram "jiao" is missing in the word line to choose.

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhasyandi

I found errors on some of this quoestions, the jiao word isn't present in the choices

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhasyandi

the jiao word is goooone

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msj116

My exercise will only accept 你叫什么名字?as the correct response but the 叫 is not offered so I'm stuck in an endless loop of not completing the last question of the round. Really profoundly frustrating as I would have the correct answer if only the character was offered in the tray.

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lianne_cm

I had the same problem, but found the answer in KX3's reponse: It could be because another way of asking the question is expected: 你的名字是什么? When I had 'm in that order, it was approved. Pfew!

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raj150593

I thought I tried that as my first response, Your name is What? I probably switched around the last 2 words. I got past it now.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raj150593

I was able to fix it. Put in any words and then you will get an error. The bottom of the error give the correct sentence. Copy from there and redo the question. Just switch to use keyboard and then paste the sentence in. You will get it correct then you can move on. You have to copy from below the error. It will not allow you to copy from anywhere else.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruben803030

el segundo caracter no aparece entre los que se pueden elegir

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VLADIMIRSO720310

there is no 叫!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MnicaArang4

I answered correctly and the app said "incorrect", even when my answer was the same that it appeared on the screen. why?

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusicMike512

Will they ever implement traditional chinese characters?

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tmarh

This module seems to escalate so much faster thsn the others. There are too many combinations of words which we havent actuslly learned yet, its hard to keep up with the pace

January 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RossAntony2

I haven't been taught how to construct these sentences beforehand, the longer ones are too hard for the first lesson.

February 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul42649

Both 你叫什么名字 and 你叫什么 are accepted as correct - What is your name?

What is the purpose then of 名字 at the end of the first one?

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sabine61345

You should be able to star a sentence or word so you can word on those one more and you can add a button so you can work on those words

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bloogers

how doI type 'me' character.

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bloogers

It types 你叫什麼名字 instead of the other character is it because of newer characters?

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peachii85

That is traditional characters. Duolingo uses simplified characters.

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ayush350568

Audio for answers is must.

February 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theotius

I think the point of this one is to show you that you can recognise patterns and its fine to be wrong

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageNerd1234

This problem has had me stumped all night. My translation of this was: 什么什你叫名字. I'm sorry if this is horribly off, this is my first day trying Mandarin.

March 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peachii85

what is your name? Translates to 你叫什麼名字? For english translated.. you are call what name? Basically the question backwards. Chinese phrases are translated in a form that is different from english, so u cant read it like its english.

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanozVietnizzle

Ok guys so - 什么名字? 你叫什么名字? They are the same no? Why does it say my answer is incorrect?

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ori754928

I still dont understand when i should put Jiao, before or after wo or ni etc as there are cases in which it is before.

April 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peachii85

叫 always comes after 我 or 你。

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikaeelLak

I'm confusfused about the ending(名字). It says that I'm correct even when I don't include it. Is it something to do with the context(formal or casual)?

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peachii85

名字 simply means name. So the proper way is to ask 你叫什麼名字?

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndyWanKenobi

There is no way to infer the correct order of words from the lesson itself nor is it ever covered, so you are left to smash your head against a brick wall constantly getting it wrong until you finally break through - and even then you don't have an understanding of why it works when following the literal ordering of words when pressing the words themselves does not. This is an objectivly terrible way to structure a language course and deeply counterintuitive.

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NasrAlhadi

what I understood when I was through (Malaysian language )that asian languages required you to change the way that you look to the sentances. for example you cannot think in English and try to write in chines, what you need is to develop way to think using the language you are studying.

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NasrAlhadi

Not much difference. 你叫什么(how are you being called/what's your name) is shorter and more informal than 你叫什么名字(what's the name you're being called/what's your name)。

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenChesebr

exactly

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angelica27423

Im confused different symbols mean multiple different things

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BriannaHar146045

Im completely confused

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zairebrown5

Wtfrick

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doble.tap

i guess i agreed too that only thing that i don't get is what goes first AGH

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shannan787496

These Chinese lessons are confusing

June 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kirtiagraw10

I m not really able to get which word is representing which word in chinese......plzz can some one give the proper explaination?

June 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WowieGirli

I think the topic names should be tought in an easier way like im very confused

June 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RaeWuvsLemons

你好!

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaylaHudso19

is the question spelled backwards or am i just very stupid??

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peachii85

What is your name can also be 你叫什麼名字? Not only 你叫什麼?should have more possibility because either of those two ways are correct.

July 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Akeith15

What is the purpose of ming zi. Is shen me informal?

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peachii85

名字 means name. 你叫什麼。。 just means what are you called?

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PineappleH9

I keep on getting this one wrong

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stupedfatidiot

Whats thedifference between 你叫伸么 and 你叫伸名字? They both mean the same thing no?

July 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stupedfatidiot

W

July 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stupedfatidiot

Whats the difference between 你叫伸么 and 你叫伸么名字? they both mean the same thing no?

July 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Professor_Rotom

What is the difference between "你叫什么名字" and "你叫什么"? Why can "名字" be omitted?

July 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MILao3

It is reverse?

August 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jklOh4ZP

Here is a good explanation of how to say phrases such as this: https://www.digmandarin.com/all-video-lessons/what-is-your-name-in-chinese

August 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OM9Rh8Jw

There are alternating answers where you have to add ming zi, or where you do and they say its wrong...confused

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OM9Rh8Jw

I am confused. they alternate btwn needing ming zi added on, and correcting you and saying you're wrong when they dont want it there!

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/julzjulz

What is the a ancer

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nora127118

I really don't understand..

March 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KimBarcelo

This is so difficult

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/meymey758666

I've not learned anything about the second phrase

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/beerdovezeus

the word bank doesn't have the jiang character

May 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aria872442

Agreed

May 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cardcarryingmber

Fix this

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marlowe945811

I also agree

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/via.sol

A little confused.

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brian481542

The main issue for me was this was a these were characters id never seen before so it was rough.

June 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charlotte677861

Agreed

July 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ramadan15954

Ï agree

July 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jocelyne350908

i haven't met this way of saying it before

July 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raj872824

Same issue here.This needs to be fixed so many times I got this wrong.

July 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tristandiggity

Worst question ive had so far

July 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnaH460505

They never taught some of the characters. I appreciate the work but some exercises like this one are confusing.

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AsitGanguly

As it is Mandarin, due to its characters, is difficult to follow. On top of it, without introducing the characters before hand, lessons are being given. It doesn't help learning.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lian593602

Haven't learned 是 yet but the answer requires it...

July 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/82541815

I agree too. I think it's a good idea

July 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David61266

This one is ridiculous - we need a better explanation.

July 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laetee

we did not learn the character 的 yet

July 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

的 basically makes something owned by someone so like 你 means you 的 shows possession so 你的 means your

July 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ericaolk

This is the one sentence I cannot figure out.

July 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuyTran829819

i want to hear the sounds correctly

August 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CabbageRos

Its like new works out of nowhere.

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aidan935124

Some of these characters are never introduced

August 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnGelissen

To me it is clear why the structure of the sentence is different. Pity they do not give any explanation

August 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Loretta330979

I do not know the correct letters and it does not sound the same as the other way

August 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Loretta330979

Is the alternative question pronounced the same way? Please stop asking the same question over and over till I get it right~!!!!

August 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hunter941789

The available options dont make up the solution.

August 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarloGvadz

what is differences? ni jiao shan ma?

August 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoyTheJoyful

If you type in the answer, then press the button that allows you to use the word bank, you can still press the "check" button.

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mandy11931

Agree

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VickiRiana

There's no 叫 in the choices of answer...and i got confused and wrong..fix it please

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

There’s nothing wrong with it

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValaShen

You're quizzing us on characters that are not even in the lessons.

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hiohiohiohiohio

why does it have to be in that order?

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oevxnne

i kept looking for the pinyin "jiao" ;'/

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Femi828913

This s np way to learn! We are basically beginners here!

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christopher.atm

there is more than one way to translate this one.

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julian540731

Just annoying.

August 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ran36045

Same

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShelliGodf

Not all the characters to create the sentence were available to choose. (no 叫 or 的)

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephensalter35

Agree

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephensalter35

This has no pretext, there is no way to know how to construct this sentence

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Livschtz

Strange and unsuspected sentence.

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julian540731

Annoying

September 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MonGEduard

That chinese is a good mind Challenge

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christine144430

These are new characters with no prior reference, i have no way of knowing at this point what they mean

September 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laurieogloria

MISSING CHARACTERS expected in answer.

September 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris171764

This is A tricky little basterd of a question. Some of the characters are hardly used then it comes without audio

September 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/N.West

They need to more thoroughly explain why there are suddenly random symbols

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rakibil

There is an unknown character, it makes me confused, if there were this system to pronounce the whole sentence then it would be good for learners to learn more quickly

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffKlee14

Ive gotten this wrong several times. Every other time it's a similar version of the question I get it right. It's only this one i'm not getting and I'm not sure why. Frustrating.

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafael.g.araujo

I agree

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lims41

I didn't know the character for "is" [shi] but it was to be used.

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/theodoreable

FIX IT!

September 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rizalmuhammad

Can you guess what's written in alphabet

September 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cranberry.-.

What are all these new symbols?

September 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyn-I

This is driving me crazy. I want to be shown it then hear it then hear it again to see where I've gone wrong.

September 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisAngel500650

It is all crazy.. they taught you "Ni jiao" and then put another word .. wtf?

September 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlackboardIdeas

in my case i was not able to write the sentence in the way I was teached to by the site, there was possible sollution, but it was not shown in the test. "ni jiao shem me ming ze?" was not possible, because there was "jiao" missing

September 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jorge67833

That's ashole

September 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sierra458942

Pronunciation is not clear.

October 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Majdiyah

I don't get it why we have to say such long sentence when we can say "ni jiao shen ma?" I want to know the real meaning of this very long sentence

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Crispy48154

This lesson seems to have popped out of nowhere in extra complexity

October 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dzali2

I agree m'en it sucks

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andy56160

I said ni shi shenme mingzi

October 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lims41

I am new at this, but I think what you said translates as: What kind of name are you?
Can someone else help out?

October 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GuadalupeA152336

There are missing characters.

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peter496005

The Jiao symbol is missing as a selection item on the Name item, so you can only get it wrong.

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jera42858

It's not even giving me the second symbol so I can complete the sentence.

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hirenhi5

The given question does not have all the correct required Chinese alphabets to provide correct translation

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanEduard584930

Why does 你 come in the begging of the sentence when it's usually said in the middle of the sentence?

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wayne_inAus

The character options offered are not consistent with the previous training - most frustrating

October 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KamayaBrow1

it say that i know how to do it but it's missing a chinese sybol

October 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AngusJames3

Yes,it needs more explanation .Anyone woukd think we were learning Chinese!

October 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elisa211949

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY WAYS TO SAY WHAT'S YOUR NAME???

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuisaFarina

the word jiao is always missing! I cannot go for next step.

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clairemess

mine is missing the second character in the phrase. Thus, I will never be able to get the correct answer.

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimraymond4

the symbol for jiao is not displayed in the available solutions

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Margrit230274

They did not introduce or explain this new version of Whats your name....I don't know those new letters and can't find out how to use and pronounce them. Angry!

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krack2

I can't get past this because they do not include the symbol for Jiao in the choices for a few of the sentences. I can't select the proper symbols and then they post the answer and the second symbol of the answer provided is not an option! Has anyone figured out how to get past this??

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgcampbell

Best thing I came up with to do, is to copy and paste the characters and use the keyboard.

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raj150593

Did anyone get past this error> the symbols given for the sentence does not include the character for Jiao. I can't skip it so I am not able to continue the lesson. Any suggestions?

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DinarRaini

Can somebody explain to me why they expect the answer to be like that? When do we use that sentence? What is the difference with the sentence we learned before?

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/redplane

We haven't seen this sentence before. What is the reason for that character after ni?

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maria946643

They shoukd give the translation of everyword not only the sound

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/siamakzari

I agree too

November 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chlxef

i typed "你叫什么?". why is that considered incorrect?

November 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olivia130299

i agree

November 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TravisMill9916

..

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christel958827

I do not get past this question as the correct answer is not amongst the options?!

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christel958827

I do not get past this question as the correct answer is not amongst the options?!

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaggieCulp1

The correct answer was not an option to choose. Please correct this. 叫 was not in the boxes to answer with. Clearly, an oversight. Admin, please correct!

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sylvain245104

Sum ting wong with this

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/263marianne

correct solution not possible, sign missing!!!

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimraymond4

jiao is not given as a choice in the available characters but is required for the answer.

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NasrAlhadi

this is my answer 你叫仕么名字?

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Imrefoldi0

I see they still haven't fixed this problem. There is no character for jiao offered in the text. How does one write the correct sentence when the character is not there? I am becoming frustrated. Maybe I will learn another language.

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aleksandar923581

jiao is missing 2nd day... fix it...

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnChacon12

I think they should give the possible resomce

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wubiii

i didnt have jiao as an option

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dave-O.

The printouts I recently took for the first three sets of notes are different to the ones that now appear!

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aloha_aroha

they didn't give me one of the characters (叫) in the word bank and counted my answer wrong!!! is that normal?

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgcampbell

This is horrible. I know they gave us a simplified version, but even that does not suffice. It is missing an entire character to complete the sentence. What am I missing?

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hexxedus

In the list of words used in the answer 叫 wasn't included but was needed to get it right. If you have a selection of words to select for the answer, please make sure all of the correct ones are listed.

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/George792719

Well I just did that question but there was no 叫 to choose from.

Can't help but get it wrong if you don't have the characters to write it.

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dewey7

The second this has happened. I cannot complete the lesson because I do not have a mandarin keyboard and it is not giving me the correct character for jiao

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feather.55

The jiao character is missing from the dictionary hints. I cannot move forward in the lesson

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soraya28150

agreed, this went from clever and playful to frustrating in 1 level.

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XimenaCast763491

This character (叫) is not available.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yonemoreno1

I have seen that in the words bank "jiao" is missing for this sentence.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wCVfsq4S

when I realize the practice I do not have the word:叫

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Polpi8

the correct sentence was "你叫什么名字", they said. I didn't have a "叫" option, though. Am confused?

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Polpi8

I did the alternate solution it said. it still said I got it wrong. I am confused

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamelaMado

all the characters are not present. Is this a glitch?

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sean225603

The second character isn't in the list of characters given to construct the answer.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cris323880

There was no ‘jiao’ Offered to complete the answer

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WyattManis

On mine the character for jiao (叫) wasn't available.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I-Love-2-Learn

There is no option for certain characters,please fix that!!!

January 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

It is possible to have a correct answers in the box and if you decide to not be lazy type the Chinese or English yourself

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amina140785

How can we know ot if thr half of the caracters are unknown for us ???!

March 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mark697185

is there a way to have English letters??

April 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingyuezheng

Can i have a lingot? I gave them all away but now i regret it.

May 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KX3.

A generous soul will prosper. Don't regret it and earn yourself more! Here's one to start you with.

September 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lenard_9999

почему не 你叫什么名字?

June 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/romeo575673

I haven't even know the 5th word

July 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MohammadAl478539

This is not a good line to learn and it should be cjanged

July 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

No it’s not

July 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amumtaz

There us no key and no pronunciation

August 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NwokaAndre

There are two mings there, wondering if anyone has noticed beside me

May 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

Your point is?

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

What’s wrong about that? You don’t have to use all of them.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duolingoishardaf

Guys, i found a glitch. Tilt your phone to the side and back up and it gives you the anwers

February 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AerialSN1PER

Woah! It really works! I’m just kidding this is a language app not some game for kids to mess about on.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanJeffSu

This made me confuseeeeeeeeee.

May 3, 2018
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