To introduce yourself in Mandarin Chinese, you need to know how to greet someone first: ni hao. However, you will also find the following Chinese words useful: jiào (am name/called), guó (country), nǎ (which), rén (people,citizen), and zhēndema (really? to show surprise).
Read this dialog aloud if you know hanyu pinyin.
- Nǐhǎo? (Hi. How are you?)
- Hǎo. Nǐ ne? (Fine. And you?)
- Hén hǎo. Nǐ shì nǎ guó rén? (Very well. Which country are you from?)
- Wǒ shì Měiguórén. Wǒ jiào Lee. (I’m American. I’m called Lee.)
Zhēndema? Wǒyé shì Měiguóren. Wǒ jiào John. (Really? I’m also American. I’m called John.)
For more intensive practice of this language, you can click here.
Here is a video for further explanation by Teacher Benny.
Here is a video for your entertainment with this language–wo shi meiguoren, starring Bruce Lee. Enjoy.