Usually, the first thing everyone notices about each other is their facial features. How their face looks like, what shape their head is, are they good looking or beautiful and so on. So, how do you describe the face and head and other key features of someone in Chinese?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

1) How to talk about different parts on your face and head

2) The measuring words for each feature

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


一双眼睛:A pair of eyes

大眼睛:Big eyes


双眼皮:Double eyelid

单眼皮:Single eyelid

Cultural note: In recent decades, “big eyes” and “double eyelids” have been promoted as the “standard measure of beauty” for females in China. Whilst this is purely personal choice, more and more Chinese today are more open to plastic surgery for feature adjustment, and such business is booming in China.

眉毛: Eye brows

一条眉毛:One eye brow


一个鼻子:One Nose


一张嘴:One mouth



两只耳朵:Two eyes

头发: Hair

一根头发:A hair Grammar note: As you can see, the words to quantify different parts of the face are not the same. Be sure to listen to them a couple of times and, with practice, you will get used to them.


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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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