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The Surname Code

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ID: 1040 Intermediate
What's in a name? If you're speaking Chinese, a lot. In the land of homophones, seeing characters as bits and pieces is an essential skill. In this podcast, learn about "three dot water" and "double person" radicals and explain your name in Mandarin Chinese.
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xìng family name
Zhāng Zhang
xìng shénme ?
What's your family name?
Zhāng ,gōng cháng Zhāng 。
Zhang, the one with the ``bow" radical and the character for ``long."
nǐ māma xìng shénme ?
What is your mom's surname?
Wú ,kǒu tiān Wú 。
Wu, the one with the ``mouth" radical and the character for ``sky."
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