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Musical instruments in Chinese

Several popular Western and Chinese instruments, plus the Chinese word you use to "play" them. In English you play, but in Chinese you pluck, pull, blow, beat, or knock!
a data set by paul
created November 18, 2016
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PictureEnglishCharactersPinyinCharacters + PinyinLiteral MeaningWord for Play (Character)Word for Play (Pinyin)Word for Play (English)How You Play It
piano钢琴gāngqín钢琴 gāngqínsteel instrumenttánpluck弹 tán (pluck)
violin小提琴xiǎotíqín小提琴 xiǎotíqínlittle carry instrumentpull拉 lā (pull)
clarinet单簧管dānhuángguǎn单簧管 dānhuángguǎnsingle reed pipechuīblow吹 chuī (blow)
flute笛 díflutechuīblow吹 chuī (blow)
guitar吉他jítā吉他 jítāsounds like "guitar"tánpluck弹 tán (pluck)
guzheng古筝gǔzhēng古筝 gǔzhēngancient zithertánpluck弹 tán (pluck)
viola中提琴zhōngtíqín中提琴 zhōngtíqínmedium carry instrumentpull拉 lā (pull)
cello大提琴dàtíqín大提琴 dàtíqínbig carry instrumentpull拉 lā (pull)
erhu二胡èrhú二胡 èrhútwo (it has two strings) + ancient Hu tribes (who introduced it to China)pull拉 lā (pull)
trumpet喇叭lǎba喇叭 lǎba(no independent meanings)chuīblow吹 chuī (blow)
saxophone萨克管sàkèguǎn萨克管 sàkèguǎn"sa ke" pipechuīblow吹 chuī (blow)
French horn法国号fàguó hào法国号 fàguó hàoFrench hornchuīblow吹 chuī (blow)
drum鼓 gǔbeat打 dă (beat)
gongluó锣 luóqiāoknock敲 qiāo (knock)
triangle三角铁sānjiǎotiě三角铁 sānjiǎotiěthree corner ironqiāoknock敲 qiāo (knock)
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