Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 5
Today's Chinese characters:
Today, you're going to know what a measure word is and how to use two of them.
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|-||Measure word used before nouns which do not have special measure words of their own (some nouns can be preceded by either it or other special measure words)|
|-||Measure word for people, indicating respect|
Description and Examples
Measure words are words used as unit of measurement for people, things or verb's actions.
For example, Chinese language has specific measure words for:
- certain animals;
- stick-like things;
- things with a handle;
- indicating the number of times a verb's action repeats...
Yesterday we said that a measure word is generally needed between a numeral and a noun. So, the correct Chinese phrase for "one person" is:
Suggestion: roll the mouse pointer over each character and read its pinyin.
Change of tones: A few characters change their tone under certain circumstances. 一
Other examples, without translation (your first test!):
Did you notice? The Chinese for "person" is 人
The other measure word, 位
details, is used only with people, indicating respect. The following two phrases have almost the same meaning, the first one denoting respect.
When we say that 位
details is used before people, it means that we can also say, indicating respect:
Chinese words for "teacher" and "physician" are soon to come, but not tomorrow. Tomorrow we'll learn to count from 100 to 99,999,999 and to say in Chinese "two persons". Yes, "two persons", because the following phrase IS WRONG.
I heard you. Wrong? Why?!? See you tomorrow.
Give a closer look to the different meanings of 二
details and guess how to correctly say in Chinese "two persons".
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Chinese Character 12 of 1000
appearance score: # 12
|-||(Measure word used:|
1. before nouns which do not have special measure words of their own. Some nouns can be preceded by either it or other special measure words;
2. before a numeral to indicate approximation;
3. between a verb and its object;
4. between a verb and its complement)
|-||(Second character of the Chinese word for 'oneself, by oneself': pinyin: zi4 ger3)|
This character has two different traditional versions.
Chinese Character 13 of 1000
appearance score: # 182
|-||Place; position, status; throne; figure, digit|
|-||(Measure word for people, indicating respect)|
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