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What's your name? HUH?

Posted by Lantian July 29, 2007 in the Group General Discussion .

HUH? - Okay, I've been in China a couple years now, and tonight I couldn't get past, "What's your name?" !!

The context was a guy coming over and asking me if I wanted to play tennis with him. He said someone wanted to play singles, I said I was tired, then he asked again, I said, well okay. On the way over he asked my name, but I didn't know what he was saying! Finally, I said "jiandan shuo, sheme yisi?" He then said "ni jiao shenme ming zi". Okay then!

So now I'm kinda curious, what was he saying? It sounded like 'zhong' something something. Sorry to be so vague, but my mind was scrambling trying to figure out what he was saying.

It definitely was not the standard:





Well there is a slight possibility it was "cong na li" but I usually 'hear' that pretty easily. So the question is, how would guys ask in a very casual way, another guy's name?  And anyone throw in some other variations, cause hardly anyone ever asks me my name by saying "你贵姓“?



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