Here's How to Ask 'What is Your Name' in Different Languages

How to Say 'What is Your Name' in Different Languages
It is not uncommon to meet someone new everyday. However, not being able to communicate with them effectively because of the language barrier is quite embarrassing. Penlighten shows you a way out to break the ice when you meet someone for the first time and present a multilingual guide on how to ask what their name is.
An Interesting Piece of Trivia
In some languages, for example, in French and Spanish, one does not directly ask anyone what their name is.
Instead, they pose a euphemistic question that can be translated in English as"How are you called?" or "What do you call yourself?"
While visiting a different country, where everyone speaks an unfamiliar tongue, are you perplexed about how to break the ice, make new friends, or even something as generic as how to ask for directions? Does using sign language and gestures seem crude when you are looking to make a good impression?

Obviously, the humongous task of mastering all the nuances of a foreign language, that too, overnight, is a nightmare. But let us try to make the impossible, possible. Here's the ice-breaker: learn a few key phrases, and voila, you have overcome the first hurdle in communication. We suggest that you start a conversation with a stranger by asking what his or her name is. Brilliant, you have now crossed the second hurdle as well. We invite you to join us in our quest to perfect how to ask anyone, no matter where they are from, "What is your name?", and believe it or not, in 79 languages of the world (other than English).
Say "What is Your Name?"  in
Afrikaans
Wat is jou naam

Albanian
Cili është emri yt?

Arabic
Mā ismak [m] / ismik? [f]

Armenian
Inchpes dzez dimel?

Azerbaijani
Sizin adınız nədir?

Basque
Zein da zure izena?

Belarusian
Jak vas zavuts'?

Bengali
Āpanāra nāma ki?

Bosnian
Koje je vaše ime?

Bulgarian
Kak ti e imeto ?

Catalan
Quin és el teu nom?

Cebuano
Unsay imong ngalan?

Chinese (Cantonese)
Néih dím chìngfù a?

Chinese (Mandarin)
Nǐ jiào shénme míngzì?

Croatian
Koje je tvoje ime?

Czech
Jaké je vaše jméno?

Danish
Hvad er dit navn?

Dutch
Wat is uw naam?

Esperanto
Kio estas via nomo?

Estonian
Mis su nimi on?

Filipino
Ano ang iyong pangalan?

Finnish
Mikä sinun nimesi on?

French
Comment est-ce que vous vous appelez?

Galician
Cal é o seu nome?

Georgian
Ra gk'via ?

German
Wie heißt du?

Greek
Poio eínai to ónomá sou?

Gujarati
Tamāruṁ nāma śuṁ chē?

Haitian Creole
Ki jan ou rele?

Hausa
Menene sunanka?

Hebrew
Ma shimkha

Hindi
Āpakā nāma kyā hai?

Hmong
Yuav ua li cas yog koj lub npe?

Hungarian
Mi a neved?

Icelandic
Hvað er nafn þitt?

Igbo
Kedu aha gị?

Indonesian
Siapa nama anda?

Irish (Gaelic)
Cad is ainm duit?

Italian
Come ti chiami?

Japanese
Anata no namae wa nanidesu ka?

Javanese
Sapa jenengmu?

Kannada
Nim'ma hesarēnu?

Khmer
chhmoh robsa anak kuchea avei?

Korean
Dangsin-ui ileum-eun mueos-ibnikka?

Lao
Sukhongthan aemnjang

Latin
Quod nomen est tibi?

Latvian
Kāds ir tavs vārds?

Lithuanian
Kas yra tavo vardas?

Macedonian
Što e vašeto ime?

Malay
Apakah nama anda?

Maltese
X'inhu l-isem tiegħek?

Maori
He aha tou ingoa?

Marathi
Tujhē nāva kāya āhē?

Mongolian
Tany ner khen be ?

Nepali
Āphnō nāma kē hō?

Norwegian
Hva er ditt navn?

Polish
Jak masz na imię?

Portuguese
Qual é o seu nome?

Punjabi
Tuhāḍā nāma kī hai?

Romanian
Care este numele tău?

Russian
Kak tebya zovut?

Serbian
Kako se zoveš?

Slovak
Aké je vaše meno?

Slovenian
Kako vam je ime?

Somali
Waa maxay magacaagu?

Spanish
¿Cómo se llama Usted?

Swahili
Jina lako ni nani?

Swedish
Vad är ditt namn?

Tamil
Uṅkaḷ peyar eṉṉa?

Telugu
Mī pēru ēmiṭi?

Thai
Khuṇ chụ̄̀x xarị?

Turkish
Adın ne?

Ukrainian
Yak tebe zvutʹ?

Urdu
Āpkā nām kyā hai?

Vietnamese
Tên của bạn là gì?

Welsh
Beth yw eich enw?

Yiddish
Wwʼás ʼyz dyyn nʼámʻn?

Yoruba
Kí ni orúkọ rẹ?

Zulu
Ubani igama lakho?
We hope our miniguide helped you take the first step in making a new friend in a new land, and that it took you further in your conquest of learning new languages.
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