Shapes in Chinese 🔷 The Complete Go To Guide

The Definitive Guide to Shapes in Chinese

Time for another useful vocabulary post – this time we talk about how to say Shapes in Chinese.

Learning the shapes in Chinese is actually pretty easy. Many of the shapes follow a pattern, that when you learn it, makes them really easy to remember.

PRO TIP – Like the months of the year and days of the week, once you learn the numbers in Chinese, it unlocks many further doors, and the same applies with Shapes in Chinese.

Before we get started, let’s actually learn the word for Shape in Chinese…

SHAPE IN CHINESE is 形状 xíng zhuàng

Moving on, another important thing to note…

If you don’t know the numbers in Chinese, it’s time to learn them now. Don’t worry, it takes minutes to master!

OK now we’ve successfully mastered the numbers, let’s show you how they apply to shapes in Chinese:

Shapes in ChineseThe 角形’s

Shapes in ChineseCircle

Shapes in ChineseSquare

Shapes in ChineseRectangle

Shapes in Chinese3D Shapes in Chinese

BONUSOur Shapes Quiz

The 角形’s

This group of shapes in Chinese are super easy to learn because they all follow the same structure which is simply:

Numbers of Sides + 角形 = Shape Name

Triangle in Chinese

See why the numbers are important now?

Let’s take an example… Triangle in Chinese.

Use our formula

Number of sides is 3, which in Chinese is 三 sān

+ 角形

makes 三角形

Super easy right…?!

This theory applies to some but not all of the shapes. Square for example, is not 四角形 (in fact that is quadrilateral) so be careful.

It does however, apply to the following shapes:

  • Pentagon (literally five corner shape)
  • Hexagon (literally six corner shape)
  • Septagon (literally seven corner shape)
  • Octagon (literally eight corner shape)

OK, now we’ve got those nailed down… it’s time to move onto some other commonly known shapes in Chinese…

Circle in Chinese

Circle in Chinese
Circle in Chinese

Circle in Chinese is 圆形 yuán xíng.

The literal translate here is “circle shape”

Circle can also just be referred to as without the

BONUS – in traditional Chinese becomes 圓.

Can you see the difference?

GREAT BLOG ALERT – If you aren’t sure about the differences between Simplified Mandarin and Traditional Mandarin, check out our article.

Square in Chinese

Shapes in Chinese - Square

Square in Chinese is 方形 fāng xíng.

The literal translate here is “square shape”.

Here are some examples of 方形 fāngxíng used in a sentence.

  • A shape has 4 sides
    • 一个方形有4个边
    • Yīgè fāngxíng yǒu 4 gè biān
  • This square is blue
    • 这个方形是蓝色的
    • Zhège fāngxíng shì lán sè de
  • This table is square shaped
    • 这个桌子是方形的
    • Zhège zhuōzi shì fāngxíng de
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Rectangle in Chinese

Rectangle in Chinese
Rectangle in Chinese

Rectangle in Chinese is 矩形 jǔ xíng.

The literal translate here is “pattern shape”.

Notice how all the shapes include the 形 character on the end.

Although this is the case with many of the shapes it will not apply to all of them, as we’ll find out soon.

That said, it follows a similar to many other groups in Chinese.

Take colours for example. Most colours in Chinese end with the character 色.

Therefore it’s important to get familiar with the 形 character.

Take a look around when you are out and about in China. If you see the character, it might help you understand things faster!

3D Shapes in Chinese

Time to take a step into the 3-dimensional world and learn some of the more commonly used 3D shapes in Chinese.

You’ll see here, we start to discover examples which follow no previous patterns we’ve discussed.

This might be harder to remember because of that so be sure to revise them using our Shapes in Chinese video which you can find below, or on our YouTube channel.

Let’s take a look at these 3D shapes in more detail:

Notice two of the five examples use our friend , they are:

  • Sphere
    • qiú xíng
    • Literally “ball shape”
  • Triangular Prism
    • 三角棱形 Sānjiǎo léng xíng
    • Literally “Triangle Edge Shape”

Now onto the other three examples:

  • Cone
    • 锥体 zhuī tǐ
    • Literally “Cone Form”
  • Cylinder
    • 圆锥体 yuán zhuī tǐ
    • Literally “Circle Cone Form”
  • Cube
    • 立方体 lì fāng tǐ
    • Literally “Standing Square Form”

Want to Unlock More Shapes?

Ready to learn all the shapes in less than 5 minutes?

Check out our video, we cover even more shapes such as:

  • Oval
  • Crescent
  • Parallelogram

and many more…

Shapes in Quiz

Welcome to our super quick Shapes Quiz! Enter your First name and email to begin. Don't worry you can unsubscribe at any time!

First Name
八边形 (bā biān xíng)

五角形 (wǔ jiǎo xíng)

球形 (qiú xíng)

锥体 (zhuī tǐ)

金字塔形 (jīn zì tǎ xíng)

圆形 (yuán xíng)

六边形 (liù biān xíng)

矩形 (jǔ xíng)

菱形 (língxíng)

圆锥体 (yuán zhuī tǐ)

立方体 (lì fāng tǐ)

三角形 (sān jiǎo xíng)

椭圆形 (tuǒyuán xíng)

方形 (fāng xíng)

Shapes in Chinese – FAQ’s

How do you say Shape in Chinese?

Shape in Chinese is 形状 xíng zhuàng.

How do you say Circle in Chinese?

Circle in Chinese is 圆形 yuán xíng.

How do you say Square in Chinese?

Square in Chinese is 方形 fāng xíng.

How do you say Rectangle in Chinese?

Rectangle in Chinese is 矩形 jǔ xíng.

How do you say Triangle in Chinese?

Triangle in Chinese 三角形 sān jiǎo xíng.

How do you say Cone in Chinese?

Cone in Chinese is 立方体 lì fāng tǐ.

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  3. Polly P.

    What a fantastic guide! I’ve been learning Chinese for many years now and this is something I have yet to learn! Thanks

  4. Piper Mackeen

    I never thought of learning shapes in chinese… now it’s done!

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      At LTL we are very good at providing students with lots of unusual and less studied vocabulary! Have you read our blog about all types of Fish in Chinese? Chicken in Chinese?
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