If you see an item of clothing you like or would like to check it’s the price how are you going to do it if you don’t know how to ask? Not only that, but it’s important to know about sizes and quantities of things in your daily use of Mandarin Chinese.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

1) How to talk about different sizes and measures in Chinese

2) How to talk about different items in the clothing stores

3) Most common measuring words used when shopping

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

号:means size here

你穿什么号? Which size do you wear?

你穿多少号/你穿几号:Different ways to say “Which size do you wear?”

大号,中号,小号:Large, Medium, Small size

加大号,加小号:Extra Large size, Extra Small size

我穿(大,中,小)号:I wear (Large, Medium, Small) size






短裙:Short Skirt


鞋子:Shoe Measuring words:

个: This is basically the most widely used measuring word in Chinese. You can use this word for basically every item in Chinese; even though it’s not exactly correct sometimes, people can still understand what you mean.

Eg. 两个杯子: two cups 三个手机:three mobile phones

件:is often used to refer to tops: such as 一件衬衫:a shirt, 三件夹克:three jackets 条:is used to describe slim and long types of things: eg. a pair of trousers: 一条裤子, two skirts: 两条裙子。三条领带:three ties

双:is used to describe pairs of things:

一双鞋子:a pair of shoes

一双手套:a pair of gloves

顶:is the measuring word for hats:

一顶帽子:a hat

套:basically means “set”, eg. 一套西服:a suit

Grammar note: When using Chinese numbers with measuring words, when you say number “two”, instead of saying “二”,you should use “两”. Listen to our previous Podcast to review Chinese numbers.

Cultural note: In English, we will say “a pair of trousers” but in Chinese we consider trousers as “one piece” instead of “a pair”. So, we say 一条裤子 not 一双裤子。


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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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