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Q: What's the point of foreigners having a Chinese name?

6 years 13 weeks ago in  Culture - China

 
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i really dont get it. i guess its matter of communication with chinese people.. well for some chinese ots really hard to pronounce ur name, i guess that makes sense

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They call me Mengyoa. I think it is just more familiar. I look at the Chinese words and they look strange to me.

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Mengyoa is not Chinese Ted. Tai De in Chinese sounds like Ted.

Nickwatson makes his point, just easier for others, since u r in China, not every Chinese can understand English and the ones who do considered not good by someone……

Also, if u r from India or Arabic, the names r just too long and too hard to remember……

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Can't get married without one.

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Assimilation. Nothing wrong with trying to fit in and be more accepted, is there?

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Mine is 鬼魂 Laughing out loud

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My name is Kyle, but I don't really care if the Chinese call me "Car" or whatever. I'd rather they use something resembling my real name than some fake name.

But some Chinese people (very few) have a hard time remembering my English name and would rather something they found more normal. Sometimes it is useful for other things, like the local department store couldn't input foreign names in their computer when giving me a discount card, so I used my Chinese name. Mostly stuff like that.

I use mine rarely, just when I really have to. I had a Chinese person I trust come up with it, and it is pretty boring, and nothing like my actual name.

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especially for people who dont speak English it is hard to remember a totally new word using sounds they are not familiar with....
its also useful when making certain computer based applications where the system will only accept Chinese characters.

If i met an older Chinese person who has never spoken/learned English and i say Hi my name is Sam there is no way they could remember that...it would take too long and not be worth it, i just say my name is 山穆 this is a name which sounds like my English name so its easy for me to know if someone is calling my name....
Some choose a name which does not sound like their English name but maybe means something about them....personal choice...

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Mengyoa isn't Chinese, what is it and what does it mean ?

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nothing people ask me my name and i say bill when they ask my chinese name i say bill

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nevermind actually you can but you can't get a drivers license without one... go figure...

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nevermind actually you can but you can't get a drivers license without one... go figure...

Really? I was told to get a CHinese name for the legal documents.

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I looked at my friends marriage book (well they had 2 books) and his name was written in English no Chinese name... Maybe they changed it since, i don't know... But how would the document be legal and binding if you can pull a name out of your ass and use it... All you need to say is "that's not my name" and off you go. The only legal and binding documents we have are "our" documentation from our homelands ie: passport, birth certificates, DL's etc...

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I got a drivers lisc, and also got married without one, the just write the Chinese equiv. which in my case contains nine characters. Although I have had a Chinese name for almost 30 years, I choose not to use it...

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All names have meaning it is to help translate the meaning or your names sucks because your parents wanted a girl 

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Same way a  lot of Chinese people both in the West and here in China if they deal with weserners, tehy often adopt a western name. Makes things easier.

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I want a Chinese name. I think it would be fun. It isn't unusual to adopt a name or nickname when you become a part of a different society.

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I want one because everybody here want's me to use their English name. All the cool kids are doing it.

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probly the same resson Chinese take on western names.

the local inhabitance are to Lazy or dumb to pronounce itfrown

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Marriage. You need a Chinese name for the documents. 

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For any foreign girls looking for a beautiful Chinese name, might I suggest 吴明子.

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Brought this up because it is related to RoyceH's question. I haven't taken a Chinese name as it would be an insult to those that named me to change my name. Chinese people shouldn't take foreign names either in my opinion.

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Berrycrusher66 you must be a necromancer to dig this old chestnut up. So I'll play.

 

The main reasons why foreigners get a Chinese name is because for a driving licence and for home ownership you need one. The systems don't allow for english names. This must be registered. Another reason may be that they are wannabe twonks trying ingrate themselves to the locals. Those with a registered chinese name tend not to advertise this lest they be considered a twonk.

 

Chinese people choose english names because foreigners can't pronounce or remember their chinese names and assuming a name from the language you are learning is pretty common and usually used only in class and seldom outside by their friends. Or again because they are wannabe twonks trying to ingrate themselves to foreigners.

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none what so ever

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Put your  name in Google translate and whatever translation you get, that's your Chinese name.

Anyways, what's in a name ....

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