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Piao Liang - Daily Mandarin Lesson



Piao Liang

The appreciation of beauty is a universal trait, and provides an engaging topic of conversation. The Mandarin Chinese phrase for “beautiful” or “pretty” is ►piào liàng, and can be used to describe people, places, or objects.

Piào liàng consists of two characters: 漂亮. The first character, 漂 (piào) means “elegant” or “polished.” The second character, 亮 (liàng) means “light,” or “bright.”

The literal translation of piào liàng, then, is “elegant and bright.”

Examples of Piao Liang

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Nǐ de yī fu hěn piào liàng.
Your clothes are very pretty.

Táiwān de tài lǔ gé fēng jǐng hěn piào liàng.
Taiwan’s Taroko Gorge is a beautiful place.
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