Answer to the Exercise on How to Ask Someone’s Family Name in Chinese

Answer: C
In the Chinese language, the word “姓(xìng)” means “to be surnamed.”


Wǒ xìng Lǐ, nǐ ne?
我   姓   李,你呢?

My family name is Li. What about you?
For answer choice A, when someone asks “叫什么(jiào shénme),” the answer should be a full name, including the family name and the given name. Answer choice B “是什么(shì shénme)” is often used to ask about things, but not about humans. From Mr. Wang’s reply, we can tell John asked about Mr. Wang’s family name, so answer C is correct.
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