liǎng pair; two


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

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 >

Pronunciation

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Proverbs

半斤八两 bàn jīn bā liǎng Nothing to choose between two 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 procrastinate without achieving anything

Phrases

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

Sparrow game

Mahjong or Sparrow game has its origins in China, but exactly when is still open to debate. It is a game of chance where you build up sets of related tiles (circles, characters and bamboos 'suits') a bit like card games like rummy, but there are also special tiles and the scoring is fiendishly complicated. A standard set has 144 tiles. It became a great worldwide craze after the 1920s. The four flower tiles Plum, Orchid, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum represent the four seasons (winter, spring, summer and autumn).
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