"Come si chiama?"

Translation:What is his name?

July 28, 2013



That's how they commonly say it.

July 29, 2013


I used "it" and it was marked as wrong. Unfair.

August 9, 2013


Come = how

si = himself (or herself, yourself, oneself, themselves, itself)

chiama = he/she calls

Come si chiama = How himself he calls ~ What does he call himself ~ What is his name

December 24, 2016


However: "what does he call himself" is not accepted >:(

Is there any reason for this, or should it be reported?

October 27, 2018


You English use it for animal and things, but we Italian when ask for name usually refer at he. However lei o lui can indicate a person an animal or a thing

January 24, 2016


It works now ;) thanks for pointing it out!

August 9, 2013


"How is it called?" is marked wrong. Shouldn't that be right than as well?

August 17, 2014


"What's it called" or "what do you call it" sounds more natural but i haven't tested duo on it yet.

June 4, 2015


that works...i just used it.

June 15, 2015


Thanks! :)

August 10, 2013


can this also be what's her name?

April 5, 2015


Yes, since the subject in the italian sentence is omitted.

You only know it is a 3rd person singular by the verb conjugation, but you can't tell anything about the gender; therefore "his name", "her name" and even "its name" should be accepted.

April 4, 2016


And "your name" as well.

September 11, 2016


Isn't the espression: how does he (she) call himself (herself)?

May 24, 2015


I believe so, but I see you also do some Spanish. The phrase "como te llamas" technically is "como te chiami" I think; however, I believe these both come back to English closer to "What is your name" as opposed to "what do you call yourself" to keep the same connotation. If the Italian part is wrong please correct me someone. I know it is not exactly this sentence but similar though. Also, the Spanish translation part is accurate, I am sure of that (as a native English U.S.) (5 years of Spanish classes)

July 18, 2015


I think you are right, proceeding from French where "What's your name?" is also normally "Comment t'appelles tu", or, formally, "Comment vous appelez-vous?" (the literal translation "How do you call yourself?") "Quel est ton nom?" would sound unidiomatic, to say the least. Also, most textbooks start with "je m'appelle X" (again, literally, "I call myself X", but actually the normal phrase for "My name is X".

August 10, 2015


Also in Portuguese : "Como se chama?" ("How are you called?"). Many languages don't focus on the NAME word.

December 13, 2016


this really helped --> a lingot from me!

April 19, 2017


Not helpful that the drop-down hints for "si" are "oneself" and "becoming."

August 28, 2013


"Oneself" it not so bad, I think. It helped me to think "How do you call yourself?" (i.e., "What is your name?").

July 18, 2014


Live and learn :-)

February 8, 2015


"Becoming" is a real stretch. I wonder where it came from.

August 28, 2013


Come ti chiami? is some informal expression and Come si chiama? is formal way when we want to know your(her,his,it) name.Am I right?

September 3, 2013


It is formal only in place of "your".

With "his", "her" and "it", it is the normal way.

April 4, 2016


whats the use of "si" ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ ?

November 16, 2014


To say What is his name in Italian one doesn't say "What is your name"(Che cosa il suo nome) one says "How does he call himself"(Come si chiama)

In this case si means himself but si can also mean:

himself herself itself themselves yourself(polite) yourselves(polite

Also don't confuse si with sì(which means yes). The difference is in the accents of the letter i

Italian does the accent and not accented thing on other words such as:

e(and) and è(is, he is, she is, it is) da(from) and dà(gives, he gives, she give, it gives) li(them(masculine)) and lì(there)

June 13, 2015


The verb "chiamarsi" is not reflexive, but it's an intransitive pronominal verb, which is different. As a result, "come ti chiami?" is much different than "how do you call yourself?". In Italian, "how do you call yourself?" would better be translated as "che nome ti dai?".

June 26, 2015


Well that was different to the book I read. So how is Come ti chiami? literally translated in english? And doesn't "Che nome ti dai" translate as "What name do you say yourself"?

June 27, 2015


Surely the translation is "what does he call himself" rather than "what is his name".

July 28, 2013


Its how they say it.

February 12, 2015


What's he called should be perfectly acceptable.

September 26, 2013


If you're going literal it would be "how is he called". Otherwise "what is his name".

October 3, 2014


Could this also mean 'what is her name'?

August 8, 2015



February 7, 2019


So ho do the Italians say 'What is YOUR name'?

February 6, 2016


Come TI chiami?

April 2, 2016


That makes sense, thanks!

April 2, 2016


but remember come si chiama is the formal way to ask / use come ti chiami when asking a child.

June 8, 2016


You're welcome :)

April 2, 2016


i thought it also meant, how do you say it from the phrase, come si dice or come si chiama, i got that explanation that it can also mean that. e.g come si chiama horse in italian or come si dice house in italian. just to clarify.

July 14, 2016


Is the literal translation "how does one call him" or "how does he call himself"?

March 29, 2015


yes, I believe so. The verb chiamarsi is reflexive and that is the literal translation, which incidentally is marked as incorrect.

April 7, 2015


As I wrote above, "chiamarsi" is not reflexive; it's an intransitive pronominal verb.

June 26, 2015


"What does one call it" should be right too. Right?

June 18, 2015


I wrote what's your name it marked right which means her name and your name is the same in Italian! !! Or it's just work here? ?

October 6, 2015


It worked because the 3rd person singular is a polite form for "you". Informal "What's your name" in the 2nd person would have been "come ti chiami?"

April 2, 2016


i want to ask her name

March 2, 2017


How is he called is not the normal way of saying this sentence in English however it is the direct transliteration from Italian to English so the answer "how is he called?" should not show up as wrong.

September 11, 2017


Why is "nome" not in here somewhere?

April 21, 2018


His name is John Cena!

August 13, 2018


I wish when you clicked on the words for hints it wouldn't tell you the answer three times in a row and instead provide a word for word translation. From those single words we can try to work out the context of them. "How he calls himself", as people in the comments point out, is perfectly fine. From that we can work towards "what is his name."

December 13, 2018


But google translates to "what's your name? "...why?

May 22, 2018


Why is literal translation 'How does he call himself' (or the feminine version) wrong?

May 23, 2018


Stop repeating this

May 20, 2019


Translated it as "how does he call himself" and got it wrong :(

August 31, 2016
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