How to Introduce Yourself in Chinese - Your Vocabulary List
Daniel Nalesnik
   •   April 2, 2021

A self introduction in Chinese can go a long way when you’re trying to make a good first impression on Chinese speakers. Whether you’re meeting a potential business partner or greeting a stranger at a cafe, knowing how to introduce yourself in Chinese can demonstrate courtesy, respect, and your awareness of cultural differences. 

Being able to say hello in Chinese will help you start a conversation when visiting China. This would, of course, mean that you would have to know some Chinese to further continue speaking with the people you meet. Is Chinese hard to learn? Yes, but you don’t have to be fluent to make a short, lasting introduction in Chinese.

If you want to learn how, check out this list of Chinese introduction phrases below. 

Phrase List: How to Introduce Yourself in Chinese




Hello. (casual)

Nǐ hǎo.


Hello. (respectful)

Nín hǎo.


Good morning.

Shàngwŭ hǎo.


Good afternoon.

Xiàwŭ hăo.


Good evening.

Wǎnshàng hǎo.


I don’t speak Chinese.

Wǒ bù huì shuō zhōngwén.


I speak a little Chinese.

Wǒ huì shuō yī diǎn zhōngwén.


What’s your name?

Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi?


My name is [name].

Wǒ jiào [name].


May I please have your family name?

Qǐng wèn, nín guì xìng?


My family name is [family name]

Wǒ xìng [family name].

我姓[family name]。

Where are you from?

Nǐ shì nǎlǐ de?


I’m from [place].

Wǒ shì [place] de.


What do you do for work?

Nǐ zuò shénme gōngzuò?


I’m a [profession].

Wǒ shì [profession]


I’m in college.

Wǒ shàng dàxué.


What do you like to do?

Nǐ xǐhuān zuò shénme?


I like [activity].

Wǒ xǐhuān [activity].


I like watching TV.

Wŏ xĭhuān kàn diànshì.


I like sports/exercise.

Wǒ xǐhuān yùndòng.


How is/are [topic]?

[Topic] zěnme yàng?


How is work?

Gōngzuò zěnme yàng?


How is your family?

Jiārén zěnme yàng?


May I give you my phone number?

Kěyǐ gěi nǐ wǒ de diànhuà hàomǎ ma?


It’s nice to meet you.

Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ.


No matter what level you’re at, as you go through the list, try to work on your Chinese pronunciation. Many Chinese sounds can be tricky for English speakers to imitate, even though pinyin makes Chinese look like it uses familiar sounds. Try to find recordings of native speakers (or speak with a native speaker in person) to hear what these common phrases sound like, and get used to saying them as naturally as you can.

All of this practice will come in handy when it comes time for you to land your introduction and make a solid impression in a real situation.

Learning Chinese Vocabulary to Introduce Yourself

To remember how to introduce yourself in Chinese, learn Chinese vocabulary with Hack Chinese. Hack Chinese platform makes studying Chinese much easier by helping you learn and review vocabulary as efficiently as possible. It will schedule when and how often you need to revisit words and phrases to refresh your memories of them, allowing you to stock your brain with useful information while you spend your study time more wisely.

Once you’ve spent some time studying and getting comfortable with these phrases, it’s time to get out there and practice! Keep in mind that making mistakes is a part of the learning process, and that even if the conversation with your new acquaintance ends up switching to English after your Chinese introduction, you’ve already made a memorable impression.

At the very least, you’ve proved to them that you cared about meeting them enough to learn how to introduce yourself in Chinese. You’ve put in the effort to step outside of your comfort zone and familiarize yourself with unfamiliar language and culture. Great job! That’s not such a bad first impression to make!