Chinese Measure Words Part 4: Chinese Measure Words for Vehicles and Buildings

When you say a kind of transport or a building in Chinese, you should add a measure word before the nouns, such as 一辆汽车(yí liàng qì chē),一栋房子(yí dòng fáng zi),一所学校(yì suǒ xué xiào), here, “辆(liàng)”, “栋(dòng)”,and “所(suǒ)” are measure words to describe a car, a house and a school. In this page, you'll learn more measure words for describing vehicles and buildings.

Measure Words for Vehicles

辆 [liàng]
 
measure word for wheeled vehicles
一辆汽车 [yí liàng qì chē]
 
a car
一辆巴士 [yí liàng bā shì]
 
a bus
一辆货车 [yí liàng huò chē]
 
a van
一辆摩托车 [yí liàng mó tuō chē]
 
a motorcycle
一辆自行车 [yí liàng zì xíng chē]
 
a bicycle
艘 [sōu]
 
measure word for ships and vessels
一艘军舰 [yì sōu jūn jiàn]
 
a warship
一艘轮船 [yì sōu lún chuán]
 
a steamer
列 [liè]
 
trains, an array of vehicles or things
一列火车 [yí liè huǒ chē]
 
a train
一列地铁 [yí liè dì tiě]
 
a subway
架 [jià]
 
measure words for airplanes, pianos or machines
一架飞机 [yí jià fēi jī]
 
an airplane

Measure Words for Buildings

座 [zuò]
 
measure word for big buildings, mountains, bridges
一座大厦 [yí zuò dà shà]
 
a mansion
一座桥 [yí zuò qiáo]
 
a bridge
一座寺庙 [yí zuò sì miào]
 
a temple
栋 [dòng]
 
measure word for buildings
一栋房子 [yí dòng fáng zi]
 
a house
一栋别墅 [yí dòng bié shù]
 
a villa
间 [jiān]
 
room
一间屋子 [yì jiān wū zi]
 
a room
一间教室 [yì jiān jiào shì]
 
a classroom
所 [suǒ]
 
for buildings whose purposes are explicitly stated
一所学校 [yì suǒ xué xiào]
 
a school
一所医院 [ yì suǒ yī yuàn]
 
a hospital
一所邮局 [yì suǒ yóu jú]
 
a post office
家 [jiā]
 
measure word for families or businesses
一家饭店 [yì jiā fàn diàn]
 
a restaurant
一家宾馆 [yì jiā bīn guǎn]
 
a hotel
一家公司 [yì jiā gōng sī]
 
a company
一家电影院 [yì jiā diàn yǐng yuàn]
 
a cinema
条 [tiáo]
 
long, narrow, flexible objects
一条马路 [yì tiáo mǎ lù]
 
a road
一条小路 [yì tiáo xiǎo lù]
 
a path
堵 [dǔ]
 
walls and encompassing fixtures
一堵墙 [yì dǔ qiáng]
 
a wall