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Rooms of the House and Furniture in Chinese Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in grammar, Vocabulary

Home life is a big part of Chinese culture. People spend a lot of time at home, and home ownership is very important. Interestingly enough, the Chinese word for home ( – jiā) can also be used for family – perhaps because the two go hand in hand. When you chat with people in China, whether you know them very well or not, they might very well ask you where you live, whether you rent or own, how many square meters your place is, how much your rent is, and so on. While some of these questions may seem taboo in Western culture, they’re perfectly alright in China. To help you chat about your home in Chinese, here’s some useful vocabulary to get started:

Rooms of the House and Furniture in Chinese

Welcome to my living room.

Rooms (房间 – fáng jiān)

bedroom
living room
dining room
kitchen
bathroom
attic
basement
garage
laundry room

卧室
客厅
饭厅
厨房
浴室; 卫生间
阁楼
地下室
车库
洗衣房
wò shì
kè tīng
fàn tīng
chú fáng
yù shì; wèi shēng jiān
gé lóu
dì xià shì
chē kù
xǐ yī fáng

Furniture (家具 – jiā jù)

bed
sofa
table
coffee table
chaur
lamp
cabinet/cupboard
wardrobe
bookshelf
desk
television
washing machine


沙发
桌子
茶桌
椅子
台灯
柜子
衣橱
书架
书桌
电视
洗衣机
chuáng
shā fā
zhuō zi
chá zhuō – lit. “tea table”
yǐ zi
tái dēng
guì zi
yī chú
shū jià
shū zhuō
diàn shì
xǐ yī jī

Practice and Video

Now see if you can put some of this vocabulary to use by answering the following questions in Chinese:

你住在哪里?
nǐ zhù zài nǎ lǐ
Where do you live?

你的家有几个房间?
nǐ de jiā yǒu jǐ gè fáng jiān
How many rooms are in your home?

你的家是租的还是买的?
nǐ de jiā shì zū de hái shì mǎi de
Did you rent or buy your home?

多少钱一个月?
duō shǎo qián yī gè yuè
How much is it per month?

你的家里有什么家具?
nǐ de jiā li yǒu shén me jiā jù
What furniture is in your home?

Here’s a short video tour of my Beijing apartment where I use a lot of the vocabulary covered in this post. Give it a watch and then see if you could give a similar tour of your pad in Chinese!

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


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