How to Choose a Chinese Name (that doesn't suck) - 7 Tips!

  • Published on Jan 29, 2018
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    If you learn Chinese Mandarin or live in China, your Chinese name will become part of you. You better make sure it's a good one! That means that it sounds natural and organic to Chinese native speakers, but just as important: YOU have to like it!
    In this video you will find 7 tips that can help you get a better understanding of what it means for you, a Laowai, to pick a chinese name.
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Comments • 39

  • DumbSchoolKid
    DumbSchoolKid 2 days ago

    Me on the other hand, make dumb names for my own characters
    yeah im def a genius

  • barrelrolldog
    barrelrolldog 9 days ago

    i dont like having a chinese name, my name is easy to say so i tell them to use my normal name.. but some people still insist i need to get one..

  • TheEvilTwin
    TheEvilTwin 12 days ago

    My real name is Jakob. So i came up with 江勇(Jiāng Yǒng). I have no idea how close i came with this transcription but i like the meaning and the sound (as far as i can tell). But i dont really have a clue about the chinese language so i will ask some of my chinese friends for adwise

  • Bhaddie Tingz
    Bhaddie Tingz 23 days ago

    The whole idea behind adopting a ‘real’ chinese name is so racist, it assumes that being a foreigner is bad so you have to mask it with a name. I could care less about being a foreigner, 所以我的中文名字是邓恩凯尔。

  • donkeyenvious
    donkeyenvious 23 days ago +1

    Is your middle name 安东尼?

  • donkeyenvious
    donkeyenvious 23 days ago +2

    No, please. 🤦🏻‍♂️ I find it super weird for foreigners to use Chinese names, especially the family name part. I mean, wtf..? A Chinese family name? Cringy... 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • walter kreuzman
    walter kreuzman 25 days ago

    Just want to say one thing dude... You are not in High School anymore... Turn your fraking hat around... Become manly...It makes you look stupid

  • Ajay Ghale
    Ajay Ghale Month ago +1

    "Andong" in Indonesia (Javanese) is a horse cart lol

  • archie wyq
    archie wyq Month ago

    haha no bro, unlike western cultures where people tend to pick conventional names that have been used for generations, chinese names encourage creativity (and of course appropriateness). if you choose those which are frequently used, trust me that's not a wise move.

  • Alexis Kasperavičius
    Alexis Kasperavičius 3 months ago

    On this topic, the choice to use "My name is Andong" as your TVclip name ignores a subtlety in American English: It can be easily misinterpreted to mean you are attempting to brag about your "dong" in bad English.

    • My Name Is Andong
      My Name Is Andong  2 months ago

      Well not sure if my real name, Arseny, is any better. I used to go to school in the UK for a bit, you probably know what ARSE means there... :D

  • fawnbaby
    fawnbaby 3 months ago +1

    okay so my name us ryln (like rye in rye bread or ri in rice) and i have the lin park but im confused on the ri part bc i dont think it exist

  • MIn P
    MIn P 3 months ago +1

    I’m adopted from China and my name was
    南民媚 (Nan MinMei)
    But I’m trans so I don’t want to use 媚.
    Do 南民 sound weird?
    And I found a character I like that is 明 (Ming) so can I use
    南民明 if that’s better?

    • My Name Is Andong
      My Name Is Andong  3 months ago +1

      Hey there! 南民 would sound just like 难民, which means refugee. Not sure if you'd want that. Try 南明!

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    -- 3 months ago +1

    Does 美英甜 sound like a good chinese name? A Chinese teachers last name is 甜 that is why I choose that and I think that 美英 is a nice surname.

    • 督图
      督图 3 months ago +1

      It sounds like "pretty smart sweet" to me.Too much adjectives
      I think 英甜 is fine.
      or you can try this "颖甜"
      It sounds similar and means similar to "英甜" but much better

    • My Name Is Andong
      My Name Is Andong  3 months ago

      Thanks for watching! :)

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      -- 3 months ago +1

      My Name Is Andong Thank you for your advise and replying to me!

    • My Name Is Andong
      My Name Is Andong  3 months ago

      It could work, but you should ask a native Chinese speaker for input - how about teacher Tian? :) Are you looking for a male or female name? If female, I would actually suggest using 美瑛 - same pronounciation but slightly more elegant. However, both sound like 没赢 (= "did not win") so caution is advised.

  • hirbod maleki
    hirbod maleki 6 months ago +2

    tnx bro. I chose mine. Lingbo

    • hirbod maleki
      hirbod maleki 6 months ago +1

      yeah sure. 凌波. sounds good? ;)

    • My Name Is Andong
      My Name Is Andong  6 months ago

      hirbod maleki Sounds great!! Did you choose your characters yet?

  • Sicheng's
    Sicheng's 6 months ago +4

    My chinese name is 紫嫣 Zǐyān

  • Milexa
    Milexa 7 months ago +3

    Hey! Thank you so much, this video helped me find a name related to mine but that it's still decent haha. My professor said I did a good job! My Chinese name is 江心怡

    • My Name Is Andong
      My Name Is Andong  7 months ago

      Cool!! Very glad the video halped a little! Nice to meet you 心怡!

  • 이니나
    이니나 7 months ago +3

    Thank you sir!!

  • MultiErlkonig
    MultiErlkonig Year ago +3


  • Armando Turturici
    Armando Turturici Year ago +6

    Hi, Andong! My Chinese name's 图蒙多. My first Chinese teacher has given to me and I won't never change it :P She has also adviced me to look for Feichang Fresh...^_^

    • Armando Turturici
      Armando Turturici Year ago +3

      I always use it!!! always :D People call me 蒙蒙,大蒙,小蒙,多多 ahahah

    • My Name Is Andong
      My Name Is Andong  Year ago +2

      I like your teacher! :D Cool so you have the classic 3-character Chinese name. Do you use it sometimes? And when you do, I'd be curious: Do people call you 图蒙多 or just 蒙多? Either way: If you like it, keep it! :)