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Animals

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Animal in Chinese is dòng wù /动物.

yī zhī dòng wù / 一只动物 - an animal

dà xiàng / 大象 - elephant

cháng jǐng lù / 长颈鹿 - giraffe

xī yì / 蜥蜴 - lizard

When you are talking about one animal you will generally say yī zhī / 一只.

zhī / 只 is the measure word for a single animal.

zhī / 只 - (measure word for an animal)

yī zhī dà xiàng / 一只大象 - one elephant (an elephant)

If you are talking about more than one animal, use yī xiē / 一些.

yī xiē / 一些 - (measure word for more than one animal)

yī xiē dòng wù /一些动物 - some animals

yī xiē niǎo / 一些鸟 - some birds

Here are some more animals:

yú / 鱼 - fish

xióng / 熊 - bear

niǎo / 鸟 - bird

And here are some creepy crawly insects:

mì fēng / 蜜蜂 - bee

máo máo chóng / 毛毛虫 - caterpillar

hú dié / 蝴蝶 - butterfly

DID YOU KNOW...there are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac?

Each animal has its own year and there's a 12 year cycle, one year for each animal. 1996 is the year of the rat, then 1997 is the year of the ox and so on. So if you were born in 2003 that's the year of the goat because it's the eighth animal and 2003 is 8 years after 1997.

Here they are in order, from first to last:  

 

lǎo shǔ / 老鼠 - rat – 1st animal

niú / 牛 - ox - 2nd animal

lǎo hǔ / 老虎 - tiger - 3rd animal

tù zǐ / 兔子 - rabbit - 4th animal

lóng / 龙 - dragon - 5th animal

shé / 蛇 - snake - 6th animal

mǎ / 马 - horse - 7th animal

yáng / 羊 - goat - 8th animal

hóu zǐ / 猴子 - monkey - 9th animal

jī / 鸡 - rooster - 10th animal

gǒu / 狗 - dog - 11th animal

zhū / 猪 - pig - 12th animal