5 May 2014

Use of Chinese weight units

Use of the most common Chinese weight units

We have already talked about Chinese distance units before. Now is time to learn how to use the most common Chinese weight units. From a very small quantity of grams to a ton. Pay attention to the reference quantities used in China, because many differ from those used in the Western world.


Chinese weight units


Weight

1 gram
(gram unit)

qián
5 grams (1/10 两)

liǎng
50 grams

jīn
500 grams

公斤
gōngjīn
1 kilogram
(kilogram unit)

dàn
50 kilograms

dūn
1 ton (loanword)


Use of the weight units

The most used weight units in China are 斤 (jīn) and the gram unit 克 (kè). Instead of buy things by kilograms, it is very common to buy by standard units of 500 grams.


我想买三芒果和半草莓
Wǒ xiǎng mǎi sān jīn mángguǒ hé bàn jīn cǎoméi
I want to buy a kilo and a half of mango and half kilo of strawberry

我需要三百胡萝卜
Wǒ xūyào sānbǎi kè húluóbo
I need three hundred grams of carrots

这辆汽车一点五
Zhè liàng qìchē yī diǎn wǔ dūn
This car weighs a ton and a half