liǎng pair; two

Alternative traditional form of character:


A picture of a pair of things - 'third of heavenly stems (bing)' that used to be phonetic
Number of strokes 7

Different tone

liáng (good) liàng (collective word for vehicles)

< Previous liáng Next liàng >


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半斤八两 bàn jīn bā liǎng Makes no difference; nothing to choose between alternatives
一个和尚挑水喝,两个和尚抬水喝,三个和尚没水喝 yī gè hé shang tiāo shuǐ hē, liǎng gè hé shang tái shuǐ hē, sān ge hé shang méi shuǐ hē Sometimes work is best done alone, a group may just spend the time discussing without doing anything


我们要两杯咖啡 wǒ mén yào liǎng bēi kā fēi We want to cups of coffee
还要两碗米饭 hái yào liǎng wān mǐ fàn Also want two bowls of rice
Chinese proverb


zì méi piě [ba zi mei yi pie]
eight character not one neglect
The character for eight takes two strokes to write not just one
It takes two to Tango

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