Mandarin Chinese Count/Measure Words

A measure word (liàngcí 量词 量詞), also known as a classifier or a count word, is used along with numerals to define the quantity of a given object or objects, or with "this"/"that" to identify specific objects.

Usage depends on personal preference and dialects. For example, some people use 三部车 (三部車) and others use 三台车 (三台車) to mean three cars. Still others use 三辆车 (三輛車) or in Cantonese 三架车 (三架車), with all of these measure words serving the same purpose.

Thirty Six (36) Chinese Strategies

Victory Stratagems (胜战计)

The "Winning stratagems" when one is in a superior position. The six stratagems in this category are:

Solar System (太陽系, tài yáng xì, tai yang xi)

Names of the Planets (行星, xíng xīng, xing xing) in Mandarin Chinese

  • Mercury: 水星 (shuǐ xīng, shui xing)
  • Venus: 金星 (jīn xīng, jin xing)
  • Earth: 地球 (dì qíu, di qiu)
    • the Moon: 月球 (yuè qíu, yue qiu)
  • Mars: 火星 (huǒ xīng, huo xing)
  • Jupiter: 木星 (mù xīng, mu xing)
  • Saturn: 土星 (tǔ xīng, tu xing)
  • Uranus: 天王星 (tiān wáng xīng, tian wang xing)
  • Neptune: 海王星 (hǎi wáng xīng, hai wang xing)

ChinesePod 500 Lesson Torrent

A mirror of the ChinesePod 500 Lesson Torrent, which contains the first 500 episodes of ChinesePod

Counting, Numbering, Naming of Parts

Chinese people use the latin version of arabic numerals (0, 1, 2,
3...) as well as roman letters (A, B, C...) to label and number things
that come in a sequence.  However, for the learner of Chinese,
there are several other systems for name sequential things to know
about.

The Ten Heavenly Stems (天干 tiān gān)

The Heavenly Stems (or Celestial Stems) are generally used where "A",
"B", "C", etc. would be used in English. The first four (甲乙丙丁, jia yi
bing ding) are more common than the last six, and are thus more widely

Chinese Last Names

The most common Chinese family names in 2006:

Chinese Calligraphy Tattoo Symbols

The Chinese language doesn't use letters. It uses symbols called characters. On this page, you can find free images of some popular Chinese characters and their meanings. If you click on any of the images, you will be taken to a free tool where you can see that character using different fonts.

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