Chinese Keywords: Recycling Household Items

Here’s a card for a free collection service for old electrical goods and household appliances, you can frequently find leaflets and such advertising material left on your scooter in Taiwan. The Chinese is all fairly straightforward and the main section is a list of appliances and the price you will be paid upon collection. The thing that caught my eye was that mobile phones are collected by the kilogram, for $150NT (around £3/$5), if the whole family changed phones at the same time maybe it’s possible to have a kilo of mobile phones, see what you can pick out:

電腦、家電、回收 (电脑、家电、回收)

Pinyin: diàn nǎo, jiā diàn, huí shōu
Zhuyin: ㄉㄧㄢˋ ㄋㄠˇ, ㄐㄧㄚ ㄉㄧㄢˋ, ㄏㄨㄟˊ ㄕㄡ
English: 電腦 Computers, 家電 Household Appliances, 回收 Recycle/Retrive


Pinyin: miǎn fèi bān yùn dào fŭ fú wù
Zhuyin: ㄇㄧㄢˇ ㄈㄟˋ ㄅㄢ ㄩㄣˋ ㄉㄠˋ ㄈㄨˇ ㄈㄨˊ ㄨˋ
English: 免費 free, 搬運 transport, 到府服務 home service – 府 here refers to your home “to your home service”. The full translation for this sentence being “Free home collection service”.


Pinyin: gè xiàng jià gé suí yuán wù liào pō dòng
Zhuyin: ㄍㄜˋ ㄒㄧㄤˋ ㄐㄧㄚˋ ㄍㄜˊ ㄙㄨㄟˊ ㄩㄢˊ ㄨˋ ㄌㄧㄠˋ ㄆㄛ ㄉㄨㄥˋ
English: 各項 every (type), 價格 price, 隨 follows 原物料 raw material, 波動 fluctuate – “Prices fluctuate based on raw materials value”


Not all the appliances are listed here, just some of the most common you might encounter, or need to know:


Pinyin: lěng qì
Zhuyin: ㄌㄥˇ ㄑㄧˋ
English: an air conditioner


Pinyin: rè shuǐ qì
Zhuyin: ㄖㄜˋ ㄕㄨㄟˇ ㄑㄧˋ
English: a hot water heater, 器 means appliance or utility


Pinyin: jī chē
Zhuyin: ㄐㄧ ㄔㄜ
English: a motorcycle, scooter


Pinyin: bīng xiāng
Zhuyin: ㄅㄧㄥ ㄒㄧㄤ
English: literally translated as “ice box”, although this word commonly refers to a fridge and not a freezer


Pinyin: xǐ yī jī
Zhuyin: ㄒㄧˇ ㄧ ㄐㄧ
English: washing machine


Pinyin: diàn shì
Zhuyin: ㄉㄧㄢˋ ㄕˋ
English: television


Pinyin: shǒu jī
Zhuyin: ㄕㄡˇ ㄐㄧ
English: mobile phone


Pinyin: liè biǎo jī
Zhuyin: ㄌㄧㄝˋ ㄅㄧㄠˇ ㄐㄧ
English: printer, although 印表機(印表机) is probably more commonly used


Pinyin: xiǎo diàn chí
Zhuyin: ㄒㄧㄠˇ ㄉㄧㄢˋ ㄔˊ
English: small batteries


Pinyin: wŭ jīn zá xiàng miàn tán
Zhuyin: ㄨˇ ㄐㄧㄣ ㄗㄚˊ ㄒㄧㄤˋ ㄇㄧㄢˋ ㄊㄢˊ
English: 五金 iron/metals, 雜項 miscellaneous, 面談 discuss (the price) face to face

If household appliances are anything like computer parts, then there will be many different ways to say each one depending on where in the Chinese speaking world you are – If you know of any different translations then please let us know by leaving a message below: