Fruit in Chinese – Learn Basic Fruit Names in Chinese

fruit in Chinese - learn basic fruit names in Chinese

Learning vocabulary is an essential part of mastering any language, and when it comes to Chinese, fruit is a fundamental category worth exploring. Let’s delve into some basic Chinese fruit vocabulary and fun ways to study them.

Introduction to Basic Fruit Names in Chinese

Fruit is 水果 (shuǐ guǒ). Below are the basic fruit children often see and taste in their daily lives.

苹果 (píng guǒ) – Apple
香蕉 (xiāng jiāo) – Banana
桔子 (jú zi) – Tangerine
葡萄 (pú táo) – Grape
菠萝 (bō luó) – Pineapple
西瓜 (xī guā) – Watermelon
柠檬 (níng méng) – Lemon
草莓 (cǎo méi) – Strawberry

Ways to Study Chinese Fruit Vocabulary

Using Flashcards

Flashcards are perfect to learn fruit vocabulary. Images (esp. pictures) and Chinese names of the fruit help kids establish the connection between fruit and Mandarin name. You can use flashcards to learn the Chinese names, you can also use them to self quiz to reinforce memorization.


Read children’s books or online articles about fruit in Chinese. Highlight or underline new vocabulary words as you encounter them. My Colorful Fruit and Veggies is a great one where fruit and vegetables are categorised by colors so that kids can learn fruit and color vocabulary at the same time.


Label objects around your house with the Chinese names. For example, stick a note saying “苹果” on an apple in the kitchen. You can also put the wooden fruit on a plate and stick notes with their names on them. Another easy way to engage kids is to ask them to put post-it notes with Chinese names for fruit next to the fruit images on a Fruit poster.

Having Conversation Practice

Practice talking about fruit with your children. Ask them to describe the appearance, color, taste, and if they find the fruit yummy (好吃) or yucky (不好吃), or it they like (喜欢) to eat them.

Here are some examples using 好吃, 不好吃,喜欢,不喜欢

好吃 (hǎo chī) – Delicious

Zhè gè píng guǒ hěn hǎo chī.
This apple is very delicious.

不好吃 (bù hǎo chī) – Not Delicious

Zhè gè níng méng bù hǎo chī, tài suān le.
This lemon is not delicious, it’s too sour.

喜欢 (xǐ huān) – Like

Tā fēi cháng xǐ huān xiāng jiāo.
She really likes bananas.

不喜欢 (bù xǐ huān) – Don’t Like

Tā bù xǐ huān cǎo méi.
She doesn’t like strawberries.

Chinese Fruit-themed Worksheets and Activities

Worksheets provide hands-on activities for kids to process the knowledge they just learned. Some easy and activities include:

Color the Fruit: Provide coloring sheets featuring various fruit. Label each fruit with its Chinese name and have learners color them accordingly.

color the fruit Chinese worksheet for learning fruit in Chinese

Match Up: Create a worksheet with pictures of fruit on one side and their Chinese names on the other. Students can draw lines to match each fruit with its correct name.

Match Up the Fruit Chinese learning worksheet
Yummy or Yucky: Present a list of different fruits and ask students to indicate whether they find each fruit “好吃” (hǎo chī – delicious) or “不好吃” (bù hǎo chī – not delicious).


What Fruit Do You Like: Have students write sentences expressing their preferences using phrases like “我喜欢” (wǒ xǐ huān – I like) or “我非常喜欢” (wǒ fēi cháng xǐ huān – I really like).
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Learning fruit vocabulary in Chinese can be both educational and enjoyable. By incorporating various study methods and engaging activities, young learners can learn these basic vocabulary in no time.

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