I already have a name. Why do I need a Chinese name?
Seven reasons you need a Chinese name from a naming professional:
"Talk doesn't cook rice." Three positive impacts you create by having a good Chinese name and business card:
- Many Chinese may have difficulty remembering your non-Chinese name or knowing how it is pronounced just by reading it in English.
- To help people remember or pronounce your name, your Chinese business associates may create a Chinese name for you. You might not like the name they create.
- To write reports about you in Chinese publications, Chinese reporters will create a Chinese name for you if you don't already have one. You might not like the name they create.
- If more than one person writes about or refers to you, you could end up with several versions of your Chinese name. The different versions will confuse your customers.
- When an amateur gives you a Chinese name, it may have connotations you will not like.
- Once people start to associate you with a name, it is difficult for you to ask them to change the name without offending them.
- Naming professionals can create a Chinese name that has good meanings, sounds like your English name, and clearly identifies you.
- You help your Chinese associates remember your name.
- You save people face. When people don't know how to pronounce your name in English, they can call you by a Chinese name without feeling embarrassed.
- You show that you are passionate about the Chinese market and culture.