2016年5月1日 星期日

Most Commonly Used Measure Words



Most Commonly Used Measure Words

Chinese measure words is a big lesson for beginners of Chinese, and many people see them as an “impossible challenge”, since there are so many of them.

Here, we collected 12 measure words for you.

(Traditional Chinese)

1.  - a general measure word, and it’s used the most frequently in daily life.
2.  běn  - for bound objects (books, magazines)
3.  zhāng  – for flat objects (pieces of paper, tables, CDs)
4.  fèn  - for servings of food as well as for multi-page documents

5.  bēi – for cups (1 cup of tea, 2 cups of coffee)
6.  shuāng  – for pairs (2 chopsticks, 2 shoes, 2 eyes)
7.  píng – for bottles ( a bottle of water, 3 bottles of wine)
8.  jīn – a weight measurement for fruit, meat, food

9.  wèi  - for people (polite)
10. zhī - for stick-like objects (pen)
11. kuài – for money and cake
12. liàng- for vehicles with wheels (but not trains)


How do we use measure words?

There are different structures for using measure words in Chinese. The basic one is

Number+ measure word + noun

Example: 一杯咖啡 (a cup of coffee), 兩支筆 (two pens)

Every noun of Chinese has a measure word.
So mastering measure words can make you sound more native, and better understand Chinese conversations.
There are also many tips for using measure words. Just click the links below to see our full video lessons on this big topic!

(Click the lessons below)








Hope you enjoy the lesson!


Katrina Lee