49 Words & Phrases For Your House in Chinese – Let’s Take A Tour
A popular trick for learning a language, is to put labels on things you see constantly in the house. Whilst doing this it makes sense to learn the vocabulary for house in Chinese and every other daily object as you go.
What better way to do this than by putting labels everywhere in your house and getting to know your everyday surroundings in your house in Chinese?
(But first, it’s probably best to check or give a heads up to whoever you live with..!)
House in Chinese – Key Vocabulary
House in Chinese – Rooms
House in Chinese – Items
House in Chinese – FAQ’s
Different words for House in Chinese
Before we start looking at the different items in a house or in the different rooms of a house in Chinese, let’s first look at how we’re going to call your house.
(Although please don’t put a massive post-it on the outside of your house labelling it “house” in Chinese… Funny image, though).
Depending on what kind of house you live in or in what context you’d like yo talk about your house in Chinese, there are different words for house in Chinese, or home in Chinese.
- 家 Jiā means house, home
The most common word for house in Chinese, it can also mean home.
There are lots of Chinese characters that also use this character to represent things that have something to do with home or house in Chinese. e.g.
- 家人 Jiā rén – Family (members)
- 老家 Lǎo jiā – Home town
- 家庭 Jiā tíng – Family (as an abstract noun)
- 人家 Rén jiā – “Others”
- 搬家 Bān jiā – Move house
- 国家 Guó jiā – Country
- 回家 Huí jiā – Return home
房子 Fáng zi which means house in an apartment or building.
屋子 Wū zi which is your room as a house, i.e your room in a shared apartment.
排屋 Pái wū which means a Terraced house.
招待所 Zhāo dài suǒ means Guesthouse.
独立式的房子 Dúlì shì de fángzi means Detached House.Literally this translation means Individual – type – house.
乡间别墅 Xiāngjiān biéshù which means Country House or a house in the countryside
住宅 Zhù zhái which means house/dwelling. This is much more formal though and is used in formal documents e.g. when you are filling in your address in a document or in a newspaper.
公园 Gōngyuán which means a block of flats or apartments. This actually also translate to park in Chinese.
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Rooms in the House in Chinese
OK time to get into the house itself and find out what lies within.
Here are pretty much all the rooms of your home you’ll ever need!
Items in your House in Chinese
So we’ve mapped out your home… now what about filling it up with some necessary household items.
Other House Vocabulary
Time to put those words into some form of context.
Here are some useful sentences you hopefully find handy when discussing your home in Chinese:
- At my house – 在我家, zài wǒjiā
- Our house – 我们的家, wǒmen de jiā
- I vacuum – 我吸尘, wǒ xī chén
- I iron – 我熨, wǒ yùn
- I wash the dishes – 我洗碗, wǒ xǐ wǎn
- I cleaned the house – 我打扫房子 Wǒ dǎsǎo fángzi
- Do you have a house? (i.e. have you bought your own house) – 你有房子吗？Nǐ yǒu fángzi ma?
- Buy a house – 买房, mǎifáng
- Rent a house – 租房, zūfáng
- Where do you live? 你住在哪里? Nǐ zhù zài nǎ lǐ?
- How many rooms does your house have? 你的家有几个房间? Nǐ de jiā yǒu jǐ gè fáng jiān?
- Did you rent or buy your house? 你的家是租的还是买的? Nǐ de jiā shì zū de hái shì mǎi de
- How much is the rent per month? 多少钱一个月? Duō shǎo qián yī gè yuè?
Learning the rooms of your house in Chinese is a great way to learn some vocabulary you can be sure you’ll use pretty much every day!
Get those post-it notes out and ready.
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House in Chinese – FAQ’s
洗手间 xǐshou jiān
我们的家 wǒmen de jiā. Literally Our – House, a direct translation.
我打扫房子 Wǒ dǎsǎo fángzi
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