Chinese Vocabulary: Household Items

Naming Furniture and Fixtures in Chinese

When you're first starting to learn a new language, it's a good idea to learn the names of objects that surround you and that you come across every day. That way, you can repeatedly practice your new vocabulary words each time you encounter the object.

In that regard, household items like tables, chairs, and cutlery are great words to know for beginner-level language learners. 

For Mandarin Chinese students, here is a list of common household items, complete with audio files for pronunciation and listening practice.

Bath towel

English: Bath towel
Pinyin: yùjīn
Chinese: 浴巾

Audio Pronunciation

Bathtub

English: Bathtub
Pinyin: yù gāng
Chinese: 浴缸

Audio Pronunciation

Bed

English: Bed
Pinyin: chuáng
Chinese: 床

Audio Pronunciation

Cabinet

English: Cabinet
Pinyin: chú guì
Chinese: 廚櫃 / 厨柜 (traditional / simplified)

Audio Pronunciation

Chair

English: Chair
Pinyin: yǐzi
Chinese: 椅子

Audio Pronunciation

Coffee Table

English: Coffee Table
Pinyin: chá jī
Chinese: 茶几

Audio Pronunciation

Curtains

English: Curtains
Pinyin: chuāng lián
Chinese: 窗簾

Audio Pronunciation

Dresser

English: Dresser
Pinyin: yīguì
Chinese: 衣櫃 / 衣柜

Audio Pronunciation

Fireplace

English: Fireplace
Pinyin: bìlú
Chinese: 壁爐 / 壁炉

Audio Pronunciation

Lamp

English: Lamp
Pinyin: táidēng
Chinese: 檯燈 / 台灯

Audio Pronunciation

Pillow

English: Pillow
Pinyin: zhěntou
Chinese: 枕頭 / 枕头

Audio Pronunciation

Rocking chair

English: Rocking chair
Pinyin: yáo yǐ
Chinese: 搖椅 / 摇椅

Audio Pronunciation

Sofa

English: Sofa
Pinyin: shāfā
Chinese: 沙發 / 沙发

Audio Pronunciation

Television

English: Television
Pinyin: diànshì
Chinese: 電視 / 电视

Audio Pronunciation

Toilet

English: Toilet
Pinyin: mǎ tǒng
Chinese: 馬桶 / 马桶

Audio Pronunciation

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