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Is this the correct Mandarin word for 'house'? 房子

 

For learning: Chinese (Mandarin)
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Well, I am afraid the definition of a house (free standing one) in English means "别墅”in Chinese.

    You have to understand that in China, we call any kind of property a 房子. They can be a cottage, a unit, an apartment, a villa, a duplex , a townhouse or a freestanding house.

    In the cities, the mojority can only afford for a unit. So it is so likely that he/she means to buy a unit when talking about " 买房子" .

    That is kind a culture shock, isn't it? :)

    Yes, it's correct. But "house" can also mean “全家人---- all the people living in a house” or " 某种用途的建筑物----- a building used for a particular purpose” according to different contexts.

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