I'm teaching my mother-in-law how to play Yahtzee so she can more easily join us when we have a family gathering. She's visiting the USA.

Most things I explained easily enough using Google Translate. But the term “full house” shows only literal translations. Does Mandarin (PRC) have a well-known term for this scoring pattern?

The other thing that left me scratching my head was “chance”. I had to explain at length. What's a good simple name for this?

Now, I’d like to make a nice sheet that extends the printed score card to the left, which I'll attach using a paper clip. Rather than a separate card of notes, this will essentially be a translation of the labels column. I’m doing this in illustrator and will make the PDF available on the web when I’m done.

So, if anyone would care to note good sound translations for the other items, I’d be interested in those too. (I posted the linked items as separate questions)

  • 3 of a kind
  • 4 of a kind
  • Full House
  • Small Straight (sequence of 4)
  • Large Straight (sequence of 5)
  • Chance
  • Yahtzee! (5 of a kind) (I found the phonetic transcription on the Zh Wikipedia stub)


Here is the final project. Details and files are posted on my page. Any further input is still appreciated. image

  • baike.baidu.com/view/989497.htm explains these terms, e,g. full house: 一种三颗一样的骰子及一种二颗一样的骰子,
    – user6065
    Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 18:17
  • Would love to have the file you made for this as I would like to teach my parents how to play Yahtzee. Tried clicking on your link but I couldn’t access it. Thank you Commented Jan 8, 2022 at 23:17
  • @JanFong-Lee if you can communicate an address, I'll email the file or share it on Google Drive or something.
    – JDługosz
    Commented Jan 10, 2022 at 14:43

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Aces 一点
Twos 二点
Threes 三点
Fours 四点
Fives 五点
Sixes 六点
TOTAL 上半部小计

3 of a kind 三同花/点
4 of a kind 四同花/点
Full House 葫芦
Small Straight 小(四)顺
Large Straight 大(五)顺
YAHTZEE "压死" 五同花/点
Chance 机会
TOTAL 下半部小计
TOTAL 上半部小计

  • I guess 葫芦 is the transliteration of the Japanese pronunciation of Full.
    – user3a
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 12:31
  • I like 葫芦 after looking up a picture and especially after hearing my mother-in-law pronounce it.
    – JDługosz
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 22:53

There are two common Chinese equivalent terms for "full house"

  • 葫芦(葫蘆): Literally means gourd. This term is more common in Mainland China.
  • 夫佬:There isn't an English equivalent for this term. It is basically the transliteration of "Full House" in Chinese. It is more common in Hong Kong and Macau.

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