Measure Words for Nouns - Learn Chinese

Posted by yuyu zhao on June 03, 2016

Measure Words for Nouns - Learn Chinese
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Did you ever meet mandarin measure words? The Chinese language uses "measure words" to count nouns. Unlike English, Chinese does not distinguish between singular and plural, so nouns are simply abstract in number, with context determining whether something is singular or plural.

Learning Chinese measure words is important, if one wants to speak Chinese correctly. Here is a summary of Chinese measure words for different types of nouns.

 

Structure: Numeral + Measure word + Noun

Measure Words for Persons

  

yí ɡè rén

- a person

 

  朋友

yí ɡè pénɡyou

- a friend

 

  女孩

yī ɡè nǚhái

- a girl

 

for respectable persons

  客人

yí wèi kèrén

- a customer

 

  领导

yī wèi lǐnɡdǎo

- a leader

 

  老师

yī wèi lǎoshī

- a teacher

 

Measure Words for Animals

  

yì zhī ɡǒu

- a dog

 

  

yì zhī niǎo

- a bird

 

  

yì pǐ mǎ

- a horse

 

  

yì tóu zhū

- a pig

 

  

yì tiáo yú

- a fish

 

  猴子

yì zhī hóuzi

- a monkey

 

Measure Words for Fruits

  苹果

yí ɡè pínɡɡuǒ

- an apple

 

 

yí ɡè lí

- a pear

 

  葡萄

yì kē pútɑo

- a grape

 

  香蕉

yì ɡēn xiānɡjiāo

- a banana

There are many more categories for Nouns in Chinese and their measure words are different. Learn more measure words at:

http://www.ichineselearning.com/learn/grammar/measure-words.html


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