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Mandarin Essay About Myself

Learn how to make a self introduction. We also learn the first Pinyin, four tones, some words and expressions in Mandarin Chinese. You can start learning Mandarin Chinese from this lesson.

Daily Conversation

Today, we are going to learn how to make a self introduction. Before that, we learn a short greeting. Usually before we introduce our self, we say "hello".

Hello! or Hi!

In Chinese, 你好!(nǐ hǎo)

Next, we learn how to make a self introduction.

PinYin

What's Pinyin?

Pinyin is "spelling sound" or "phonetics" of Chinese.

It expresses the sounds in the Chinese language using the alphabet. Pinyin is also the most common way to input Chinese characters into a computer. Although Pinyin and English both use the alphabet, many letters are not expressed with the same sounds that English uses.

Today, we learn "a" as in "father".

Tones

Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language. It has four pitched tones and a "toneless" tone. Different tone expresses different meaning.

Four tones of "a" are pronounced like this.

Vocabulary

Today, we are going to learn three words.

Name, 名字(míng zi)

I, 我(wǒ)

You, 你(nǐ)

Review

Let's review what we learned today. We learned Self Introduction.

Dialog Practice

Pretend we meet each other at first time. I am going to introduce myself to you, and then you are going to introduce yourself to me. First, we are going to use English, then use Chinese.

In Chinese,

AihuaI'm Aihua. In Chinese,
AihuaI'm 30 years old. In Chinese,
AihuaI'm Aihua, I'm 30 years old.
Could you introduce yourself in Chinese, Amy?

Word Dictionary and Stroke Order

Click the Chinese character you want to learn!

Worksheet

Study Note

Pinyin Tone Marks

Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language, so it is extremely important to pronounce Chinese characters and words with correct tone. In transliterated Chinese, tone markings are written over the central vowels in most syllables. Some syllables have no specific tone, and then no sign is put above any vowel, or called neutral tone. There are four tones and a neutral tone in Mandarin Chinese.

    • The 1st tone, flat tone is marked with a line over a vowel such as

a + - = ā

    • The 2nd tone, rising tone is marked with a rising line over a vowel such as

a + ´ = á

    • The 3rd tone, falling-rising tone is marked with a hook over a vowel such as

a + v = ă

    • The 4th tone, falling tone is marked with a falling line over a vowel such as

a + ` = à

    • For neutral tone also called toneless tone (called "light sound" in Chinese), no marking is put above any vowel. For example,

a + " " = a

Using Numbers to Indicate the Tones

In addition to use tone marks, Pinyin uses numbers to indicate the tones. The followings are the example of 'a' with tone marks. To listen to the audio, please click the triangle of the icon.

Pronunciation Guide For Tones

The following table describes 4 tones and the neutral tone marking the sound "a".

TonePinyinDescription
1stāflat tone
2ndárising tone
3rdǎfalling-rising tone
4thàfalling tone
Neutralano tone

Each tone has a distinctive pitch contour which can be graphed as bellow.

To learn more about Pinyin tones, please visit Learn Chinese Pinyin in 21 Days – Day 1: Tones.

Online Excercises and Quizzes

Tone Combination Drill

In this exercise, we will combine first tone syllables with the second, third, and fourth tones.
Listen to the audio first, and then repeat. To listen to the audio, please click the triangle of the icon.

  • ā á ǎ à
  • á ǎ à ā
  • ǎ à ā á
  • à ǎ á ā

This lesson will teach you the 7 most common ways for making self-introduction in Chinese. Let's look at the following examples together, shall we?

   Wǒ xìng…
1. 我  姓……
   My last name is…

Example:

Wǒ xìng Wáng.
我    姓    王。

My last name is Wang.

   Wǒ jiào…
2. 我  叫……
   My first name is…

Example:

Wǒ jiào Xiǎohóng.
我    叫   小红。

My first name is Xiaohong.

   Wǒ jīnnián… suì.
3. 我   今年……岁
   This year I'm… years old.

Example:

Wǒ jīnnián èrshí suì.
我   今年      20     岁。

This year I'm 20 years old.

   Wǒ lái zì…
4. 我  来自……
    I'm from…

Example:

Wǒ lái zì Zhōngguó.
我   来自 中国。

I'm from China.

   Wǒ jiā yǒu… ge rén: …
5. 我 家  有……个 人:……
   My family has…members: …

Example:

Wǒ jiā yǒu sì ge rén: bàba, māma, dìdi hé wǒ.
我   家  有  四 个  人:爸爸、妈妈、弟弟 和  我。

My family has four members: dad, mum, young brother and me.

   Wǒ shì yì míng… (zhíyè)
6. 我  是  一 名……(职业)
   I'm a… (occupation)

Example:

Wǒ shì yì míng dàxuésheng.
我   是  一 名      大学生。

I'm a college student.

   Wǒ de àihào shì…
7. 我  的  爱好   是……
   My hobbies are…

Example:

Wǒ de àihào shì chànggē, tiàowǔ hé lǚxíng.
我   的  爱好   是    唱歌、     跳舞  和  旅行。

My hobbies are: singing, dancing and traveling.

Vocabulary:

职业 (zhíyè): n. occupation

爱好 (àihào): n. hobby

旅行 (lǚxíng): n. travel

Take a quiz now:

Introducing Yourself – My name is Yao Ming.

Bonus:

Why are Chinese Surnames So “贵(guì)” Expensive?

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