熊猫 (xióngmāo) Pandas!

Baby pandas!

We bring you some fantastic news from the past week! Twin baby pandas were born on Monday!

Ahem. Mother 雅莉 (Yǎ Lì) gave birth to the twins on Monday morning. They weigh just 144 and 113 grams, and both are female. So far they are unnamed.

In Chinese, we call pandas 熊猫 (xióngmāo,) which—awesomely—is “bear cat.” The measure word for animals like this is 只 (zhī,) so two pandas is:

两只熊猫 (liǎng zhī xióngmāo) two pandas

Wait a minute? Why didn’t we use 二 (èr) for the number two? Well, when items are being counted (by use of measure words) we use 两 (liǎng,) not 二 (èr.) Think of it like ‘couple,’ as in “a couple of pandas.”

Did you know they’re born blind? 🙁 That’s pretty terrible. But don’t worry, within a month they’ll be able to see!

Anyway, to flex your measure word muscles, how do you say …

  1. Four pandas?
  2. Seven pandas?
  3. Two pandas? 🙂

Scroll down for answers!

PS: If you were curious, the word for twins is 双胞胎 (shuāngbāotāi) so in this case, we’d actually call them 熊猫双胞胎 (xióngmāo shuāngbāotāi)!

Answers:

  1. 四只熊猫 (sì zhī xióngmāo)
  2. 七只熊猫 (qī zhī xióngmāo)
  3. 两只熊猫! (liǎng zhī xióngmāo!)

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