What's Your Chinese Name?

By: Amanda Monell

What's Your Chinese Name?
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About This Quiz

Naming their child is one of the most challenging things that new parents have to decide before birth. Some parents use the names of people who have inspired them in some way. Others will use the name as a way to honor a family member or friend that has shown them the ways of the world and are either no longer with them or want to give their child someone to identify with once they arrive. Unfortunately, whenever the subject of names comes up, everyone wants to chime in their suggestion, whether welcomed or not.

But for a majority of new parents, one factor that they may take into account is the meaning behind the child's soon-to-be name. For example, the name Amanda has Latin roots and means "worthy of love" or in some instances "loved by everyone." Matthew has Hebrew roots, meaning "gift from God." Just like the western hemisphere, the names of the east have different meanings as well. In China, the Hawaiian god Kaili has the definition of "beautiful and victorious."  

With so many names and even more interpretation of their meanings, the spectrum of Chinese names is limitless. Have you ever wondered what your Chinese name would be? Take this quiz to find out!

Which of the signs of the Chinese zodiac do you identify with the most?
Pig
Rat
Horse
Snake

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When in a Chinese restaurant, do you eat with chopsticks?
Yes, it helps me pace myself.
No, I find western utensils to be more effective in getting food into my mouth.
No, I don't really know how to use them.
Yes, I find chopsticks to be charming.

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How good are you with a pair of chopsticks?
I know how to operate them, but I end up changing to a fork in the middle of the meal.
I can eat rice using chopsticks.
I'm horrible with chopsticks.
I tend to stab my food with chopsticks.

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What kind of tea is your favorite?
Green tea
Herbal tea
White tea
Black tea

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What is the best thing about tea?
How many different blends there are
The different uses that the tea has
The peace that I get when I drink tea
Having someone to drink it with

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The Chinese have five different elements for their zodiac: wood, metal, fire, water, and earth. Which of these elements do you find yourself identifying with the most?
Metal
Wood
Water
Fire

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Which Chinese actor is your favorite?
Fan Bingbing
Lu Han
Jackie Chan
Yang Yang

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Which Chinese actress is your favorite?
Liu Tao
Yang Mi
Zhao Liying
Angelababy

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Chili oil, sometimes nicknamed fire oil, is a hot sauce used in Chinese cuisine. Would you eat it?
I'd eat enough to balance out the meal.
I'd try it, but I'm not sure if I'd eat it.
I'd avoid it at all costs!
Yes, I'd eat a lot of it.

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When it comes to sports, basketball is one of the American sports that the Chinese enjoy. Which team is your favorite?
The Los Angeles Lakers
The Chicago Bulls
The Cleveland Cavaliers
The New York Knicks

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In 2008, Beijing held the Summer Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. Which of these Olympic sports would you excel at?
Any of these
Track & Field
Swimming
Gymnastics

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Which of these activities would you like to do on the Great Wall of China?
Hike it at night
Run The Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon
Ride a roller coaster down it
Have a picnic on it

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In 1974, archaeologists found thousands of terracotta warriors buried at Mount Li, most of them still intact from around 200 BC! If you were in an army, which role would you play?
I'd be the cook.
I'd be a general: building strategies for others to follow.
I'd be an interpreter, helping others understand each other.
I'd ride with the cavalry.

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Where would you put a Maneki-neko (a Chinese lucky cat)?
I'd keep it in my kitchen.
I'd keep it in my car.
I'd keep one in my office.
I'd have more than one, scattered wherever I go.

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If they came to life, would you be afraid of a foo dog?
No, but I'd keep my distance from them.
Yes, and I'm shoving anyone else in front of me to get away from it.
Yes.
No, I'd try to build rapport with them.

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Similar to Christmas, Chinese New Year, which usually happens around February, can shut down businesses for a couple of weeks. What would you do during that time?
I'd catch up on household chores and go out with friends and family.
I'd catch up on my reading.
I'd celebrate by playing Mahjong.
I'd go out with my friends.

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What part of the dragon would you operate during the dragon dance?
I'd work the head.
I'd work the tail.
I'd be somewhere in the middle.
I'd hold the sphere or pearl, to lead the dragon team through its routine.

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Do you think you're flexible enough to perform as a part of a Chinese lion dance?
Yes, I practice yoga.
No, but I'd watch.
I don't know, but I'd try my hardest.
I'm certain if I warmed up first, I'd be able to compete.

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What color would your Chinese dragon be?
My dragon would be black and white: it symbolizes life's balance.
My dragon would be blue and green: it symbolizes the natural elements and the onset of spring.
My dragon would be red: it symbolizes joy and good fortune.
My dragon would be yellow and gold: it symbolizes wealth and compassion.

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Would you like to work at a panda kindergarten?
Yes, I'd like to interact with these animals.
No, that could be incredibly dangerous.
Yes!
No, animals aren't my thing.

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Which of these jade figurines would you want to have in your home?
I'd want an owl.
I'd like a dragon.
I'd like a smiling Buddha.
I'd like an elephant.

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When it comes to cooking, ginger is used quite a bit in Chinese cuisine. Which of these ways would you use ginger?
I'd use it to help with nausea.
I'd brew a tea.
I'd cook with it.
I'd take a bath in it.

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Do you like to eat tofu?
Sure.
If it is prepared properly, yes.
I have to be in the mood for it.
No.

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Have you ever played mahjong?
It is on my list of things to do.
Yes, and I'm fairly good at it.
I love playing mahjong with friends.
No.

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What kind of rice is your favorite?
Instant rice
Brown rice
Jasmine rice
Wild rice

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Which of these traditional Chinese soups would you eat?
Lotus root and pork soup
Fish and tofu soup
Oxtail soup
Taiwanese sesame oil chicken soup

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Would you ever work in a rice field?
Yes, there are some beautiful rice fields in China.
No, I am a bit too smart for that kind of work.
Sure, I could make some new friends.
I would, so I could get a promotion.

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Would you ride in a rickshaw?
Yes; I could take some time to observe the culture.
Yes, even if it doesn't provide much protection.
Yes, and I'd make sure to leave a big tip.
No; I feel bad for the guys who have to pull the vehicle.

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What is the best thing about the Chinese Lantern Festival?
The peacefulness of the lights in the dark sky
The sense of unity from the celebrants
The joy and hope that the festival brings
Everything is wonderful about that celebration.

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Which of these Chinese places would you like to visit?
Tibet
Yunnan
Beijing
Guangdong

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