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  • A few months ago, I became the first American talk show to air in China.

  • And I wanted to welcome my new Chinese viewers, so I asked the people of China to write to me with a little, teeny, tiny request, and here's what I asked of them.

  • I really want to learn more Chinese now. That's, that's my goal.

  • And I wanna personally welcome my new Chinese audience by reading all of your names on the air.

  • So all you have to do is write your name on a piece of paper that looks like this...

  • And you can send it to this address. "Happy Dance Lady."

  • Well, out of a billion people, 12 of you actually followed the instructions.

  • So, uh, I wanna read your names on the air. I wanna keep my promise.

  • Uh, but if you watch my show, I have a hard enough time pronouncing American names, so luckily, we have an official "Ellen show" Chinese translator standing by at all times.

  • She's been waiting in a cubicle for 11 seasons, and now it's finally her time to shine.

  • - Do you mind helping me out? Would you come on over here? Thank you so much. - Absolutely.

  • - Hi. How are you? - Thank you.

  • Have a seat.

  • I would have pronounced your name, but I don't... would it how... What is your name?

  • Uh, well, my American name is Sunny. My Chinese name is Yuong Ja.

  • - Yuong Ja. - Yuong Ja, yes.

  • - Okay, great. And soBut I can call you sunny.

  • - Yes. - Okay, Sunny. And where are you from?

  • I was born and raised in Beijing, China.

  • Okay, wonderful. Okay. So you're gonna help me out. And this is called yuan? Is that what that...

  • Yuan, yes.

  • - Yuan? - Yeah.

  • - But it said one. - Yuan.

  • Yuan. Okay. So I'm gonna start, and then you'll help me out.

  • This one has a long note, so I'm gonna start with this person here.

  • "Uh, hello Ellen. I am your big, big, big fans. So, so, so love watch your show—'Ellen Show.' I know it's kidding write postcard on RMB."

  • Is that what this is?

  • - RMB, yes, the currency. - Yes, RMB.

  • "But seriously, I like your idea. Next week is our spring festival. I wish it's your come see my postcard. And all the best wishes to you, the present to you. You can buy three cups of Starbucks when you come to China. Biggest fans."

  • Jhou Ming Ji?

  • Jhou Ming Jie.

  • Jhou Ming Jie.

  • Yes.

  • - Jhou Ming Jie. - Jhou Ming Jie.

  • And this is 100 yuan, "yuan", and so that is $16?

  • About $15, 16.

  • $15 or $16? Thank you so much.

  • All right, and now we have uh... I won't read all the...

  • This is, um...

  • Pan Ting Jia.

  • Pan Ting Jia.

  • This one, they didn't even try to do American, this is just Chinese. So who is that?

  • Gu Liu Qi. Gu Liu Qi.

  • - Well, you— - It's the name!

  • Yeah, that's the name.

  • I know, but it seems like you wanna say more.

  • - No! - 'Cause you stopGu Liu Qi. - Yeah.

  • All right.

  • Huang Shuai?

  • Huang Shuai.

  • Huang Shuai.

  • Tian Ru Yue.

  • Tian Ru Yue.

  • Yeah.

  • Zih Long Su.

  • Su Zih Long.

  • Su Zih Long.

  • Su Zih Long.

  • But they did it backwards, so

  • - They put their, like, they were filling out a form or something. - They're American.

  • Ruo Lun Sun?

  • Sun... Let me see. Sun Ruo Lun.

  • Sun Ruo Lun.

  • - Sun Ruo Lun. -Sun Ruo Lun.

  • - Lun. -Lun.

  • And here they tried to help me phonetically so I could learn this.

  • Wo Shih Ai Lun?

  • Actually, it says, "I am Ellen." So that's her name, Ai Lun, Ai Lun.

  • "I am Ellen."

  • Oh! Ellen.

  • Yu Chen Zhao.

  • Uh, Zhao Yu Chen.

  • Oh, they're doing the last name first for some reason. - Yes, so always

  • Is that a normal thing?

  • That's Chinese tradition. We always say the last name first, and then first name. - Oh, okay.

  • They're watching "The DeGeneres Ellen Show" over there, then.

  • Yu Jie Jhang.

  • - Yeah, I'm probably gonna put the last name... Jhang Yu Jie. - Jhang. So I'm gonna reverse every one of them.

  • - Yeah. - Jhang Yu Jie.

  • Jhang Yu Jie.

  • Jie.

  • "Lie June We."

  • Li Jun Wei.

  • Jun Weieieiei.

  • Li Jun Wei.

  • Li Jun Weieieieie.

  • "Wei."

  • This one is good, 'cause it's not only the hundred, but then they put in, like, a coin and some ones in the back to kind of round it out to probably $20 or something.

  • What's that coin worth?

  • - Uh, this? Let me see? I think it's a— - Is that real, or is that just, like, a grommet or something? - It is real. Yeah.

  • The denomit's right here. - Don't touch my money. I just wanna...

  • I can't see it from that side.

  • All right, and this is, um, Du Yue Yi.

  • Du Yue Yi.

  • Du Yue Yi.

  • Du Yue Yi.

  • "Yiii"?

  • - And this is just a ¥50, so we won't read that. - Yeah.

  • All right, sono, we will.

  • Who is this on the ¥50 that, um.

  • Huang Jheng Yuan.

  • Yeah, okay. Um, well, thank you so much for sending those in, and to the other 999 million people in China, I'm still waiting.

  • And the other seven billion people on earth, I accept all denominations.

  • And uh, Sunny, thank you so much.

A few months ago, I became the first American talk show to air in China.

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