Measure Words

By Ling-Ling Lisa Shih

6 Must Know Measure Words

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Measure Words

Top Ten Measure Words

Chinese Measure Words (by

Here are some quizlets you can use to master the measure words:

The following video: Measure Words量词歌

zhī qīng   zhāng zuǐ

liǎng yǎn jing   tiáo tuǐ

tōng tōng tiào xià shuǐ

[In Simplifed Chinese]

一只青蛙, 一张嘴,
两个眼睛, 四条腿,

[In Tradition Chinese]

一隻青蛙, 一張嘴,
兩個眼睛, 四條腿,

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 one; 1; single; a (article); as soon as; entire; whole; all; throughout; “one” radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1); also pr. for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit
2 zhī classifier for birds and certain animals, one of a pair, some utensils, vessels etc
3 青蛙 qīng frog; Classifiers: ; (slang) ugly guy
4 zhāng surname Zhang; to open up; to spread; sheet of paper; classifier for flat objects, sheet; classifier for votes
5 zuǐ mouth; beak; nozzle; spout (of teapot etc); Classifiers:
6 liǎng two; both; some; a few; tael, unit of weight equal to 50 grams (modern) or 1⁄16 of a catty (old)
7 個, 箇 individual; this; that; size; classifier for people or objects in general; variant of
8 眼睛 yǎn jing eye; Classifiers:
9 four; 4
10 tiáo strip; item; article; clause (of law or treaty); classifier for long thin things (ribbon, river, road, trousers etc)
11 tuǐ leg; Classifiers: ; hip bone; old variant of
12 扑通 撲通 tōng (onom.) sound of object falling into water; plop
13 tiào to jump; to hop; to skip over; to bounce; to palpitate
14 下水 xià shuǐ downstream; to go into the water; to put into water; to launch (a ship); fig. to fall into bad ways; to lead astray; to go to pot




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