Most Essential Chinese Measure Words (PDF)
“Measure word” or “classifiers” is certainly one of the more challenging concepts for English speakers and an essential component of mastering the Chinese language.
The concept of “measure words” or “classifiers” shouldn’t be entirely foreign to you. In English, you have something similar: “a sheet of paper,” “a bar of soap,” “a set of furniture,” “a school of fish,” etc. What’s different between English and Chinese is not so much the existence of measure words or classifiers, but rather the extent to which measure words are used. In Chinese, we use measure words all the time.
This ebook is a collection of common measure words. If you want to sound like a native speaker, memorize them! If not, it’s okay to simply use “ge” to replace all the following measure words and you will do just fine. We hope you will have a thorough understanding of Chinese measure words after reading this ebook. We know they are a new concept to you but we're sure you can master them with all the examples provided and lots of practice! We sincerely hope you enjoy this ebook and learn a lot from it.