Other sites have asked a similar question. I was thinking of simply writing 中文 but I thought it might be interesting to ask others about it.

What name would you like for our chat room?

  • Since only one proposal was given, I accepted that one. Everyone, though, is still able to propose their ideas and maybe we'll come back to this someday.
    – Alenanno
    Mar 8, 2012 at 18:22

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If we wanted to go with something Chinese, why not 聊天 or 中文聊天? However, I notice that both the Japanese and German sites still have English names for their chat rooms. Anybody know if that's a conscious choice or they just haven't gotten around to changing yet?

  • I don't know. We might ask but it's not that we must follow what they did. :D The chat name has a description too and in case, we can use that. :) What do those names mean by the way?
    – Alenanno
    Feb 15, 2012 at 22:07
  • They mean "chat" and "Chinese chat".
    – Don Kirkby
    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:20
  • Many Chinese learners don't know Chinese characters at all (they learnt through pinyin only), so giving a Chinese name to the chat room is not a good idea. The Japanese and German sites got it right.
    – laurent
    Mar 11, 2012 at 15:23

Why not name it after a famous (real or fictional) tea house or gathering place? Like "Mos Eisley" for SciFi SE. Or even some pun related like 河蟹 (river crab) for 和谐 (referring to Confucius-related philosophy of a harmonious society). Something meaningful -- in spirit of the name plaques that hang over temple/shop/inn entrances.

列: 捕语屋 (a play on the children's song 捕鱼歌)


I think we should do it like this:

Main chat for all things Chinese site-related should have an English name:

Chinese Language and Usage Chat

Chat room intended for PURE Chinese chat (very little English allowed) should have a Chinese name:


Chat room for Chinese chat/discussion using English and Chinese + voice


If needed, dedicated chat room intended for Chinese culture/traditions discussion

Chinese Culture and Traditions Chat
  • 会话室, I can understand but I don't see a lot of it. For voice chat rooms, 语音聊天室 may be better. Also, if you add 中文 at the beginning, it seems that only Chinese can be used.
    – fefe
    Dec 7, 2012 at 12:37

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