TIPS FOR MEMORIZING FULL NAMES OF HAND PARTS/KNUCKLES/FINGERS IN CHINESE LANGUAGE WITH THEIR MEANINGS

|  轻松记住手部/指关节/各手指的中文说法及含义

English Words:       What are the fingers called in Chinese?

Chinese Pinyin:      Shǒu Zhǐ De Zhōng Wén Jiào Fǎ

Chinese Characters:  手指的中文叫法

Similar Chinese Words:   
    中文名称 (Zhōngwén míngchēng)| Chinese name.
    指头 (Zhǐtóu)| Another popular name of fingers in the spoken Chinese.
    手指头 (Shǒuzhǐ tóu)| Another popular name of fingers in the spoken Chinese.
Related Chinese Words:   
    手部 (Shǒubù)| Hand Parts.
    手掌 (Shǒuzhǎng)| Palm of the hand.

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How to Call Fingers in Chinese Language?

| 怎样用中文称呼各个手指?

Remember Names of Hands Knuckles Fingers in Chinese Language with Ease

 

To know how to call fingers in Chinese language is one of the must-have skills in Chinese study and daily life. For example, it’s necessary to learn how to call fingers in Chinese language first before you learn Chinese number gestures and hand signs.

用中文来称呼各手指,是中文学习和日常生活中必备的技能之一,比如,在学习中国人的数字手势时应先学会手指的中文叫法。

For better and quickly memorizing the following names of fingers in Chinese language, we will start to introduce them based on the high correlation among the fingers instead of the common order such as from left to right or vice versa.

为了更好地学会和记住这些中文名称,我们借助各手指之间的关联性来逐一介绍,而并非按从左到右或从右到左的顺序。

Thumb Finger – 大拇指 (dà mǔ zhǐ)

“大拇指”: the Thumb Finger, also known as “拇指” in Chinese, is the first and thickest finger on your hand. People are more often calling it “大拇指” in spoken Chinese, which is relative to the calling of the little finger “小拇指”.

大拇指:又称“拇指”,即手上最粗的第一根手指。人们口头上更常称呼其为“大拇指”,是相对于末尾的“小拇指”而言的。

Little Finger – 小拇指 (xiǎo mǔ zhǐ)

“小拇指”: the Little Finger, refers to the smallest finger on the hand, also known as “尾指” or “小指” in written Chinese. In its Chinese name of “尾指”, the first character “尾” means at the end position. Another Chinese character “小” in the name of “小指” is used to describe the small shape and volume, opposite to the character “大”. That’s the reason people often call the little finger in spoken Chinese as “小拇指”, opposite to the thumb’s Chinese name of “大拇指”.

小拇指:是口头上常用来称呼最细小的一根手指头,书面语中又称“尾指”和“小指”。“尾”指在末端、末尾的意思。在中文里,“小”字与“大”相对,用来形容形状和体积的小与大,因此,人们多用小拇指来描述手上最末尾的小指头,与大拇指的称呼对应和区分开来。

Middle Finger – 中指 (zhōng zhǐ)

“中指”: the Middle Finger, is the finger standing in the middle position, also the longest one on the hand. The Chinese character “中” just means in the middle.

中指:即位于中间的一根手指,通常也是手上最长的手指。“中”是中间的意思。



Index Finger or Forefinger – 食指 (shí zhǐ)

“食指”: the Index Finger, is the second finger next to the thumb on the hand. The first character “食” in the Chinese language means food when used as a noun, and the behavior of eating when as a verb. It is told that because most people are more used to test and taste food by using the second finger, it was named “食指”. And in Chinese, there’s a related four-word Chinese idiom called “食指大动”, to describe the delicious food which can trigger the index finger to move and then a taste followed by.

食指:指手上紧挨着拇指旁的第二根指头。“食”在中文里作名词时是食物的意思,作动词则表示吃的行为。相传由于人们大多习惯于用第二根手指来试探和品尝食物的味道,故而得名为“食指”。在中国,还有一个相关四字成语“食指大动”,就是用来形容美味口可的食物,令人食指大动,忍不住动用食指沾取品尝一下。

Ring Finger – 无名指 (wú míng zhǐ)

“无名指”: the Ring Finger, is the fourth finger on the hand, opposite to the index finger. Its name of ring finger got in western countries is not commonly used in China due to different cultures and customs. In the eyes of the Chinese, the fourth finger is less thick than the thumb, not as deft as the index finger on movement, and less tall than the middle, like a nobody on earth that has nothing to be mentioned. That’s why it finally got a Chinese name of “无名指” in China.

无名指:指手上的第四根指头,位置正好与食指相对。在英文里,这根手指被命名为环指,但由于不同的文化习俗,这一叫法在中文里并不常用。在中国人眼中,第四根手指,不及大拇指粗,不及食指灵活,也不像中指那么长, 因此,最终落得一个“无名小卒”的名字。这就是无名指名称中“无名”二字的由来。

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