Why you need a Chinese Name when living in China?

Chinese Name for youself

Having a Chinese name is very important when living in China. It allows local Chinese to address you because English names are very difficult to pronounce for Chinese. As a Chinese born overseas, I never take this advice seriously before I decide to live here. Before you ask these following questions: “What is my Chinese name?” or “can you convert my name to Chinese?” Please don’t:

  • Make up your own name.
  • Use some kind of automated name generator
  • Ask people on the internet to make it.

If you do one of these, you have a possibility of making up very funny and nonsense-sounding names. Usually, for foreigners, they get their names from their teachers. What I meant like a real Chinese name not only Chinese name taken directly from English and then use it as your name. (e.g: 大衛,馬克,約翰,etc.) I have heard a very funny story or some funny meme about very hilarious names (Some of them are Chinese people). Do these and you will save yourself from embarrassment.

Some of the hilarious name that I heard from the Internet and real stories:


Gāo fù shuài

Tall, rich and handsome



Jiāng Zémín

President of People Republic of China (1993-2003)


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