Very Common Measure Words
Although these MWs may not be required in English, at times they may be used in a similar way to English MWs.
Objects with handles (chairs, knives, umbrellas, toothbrushes, scissors, etc.)
Books and magazines.
Items that come in bunches or clusters (grapes or bananas, skewer of vegetables, etc.); or are joined together (such as a set of keys, etc.)
Portions (such as newspapers, shares, copies, jobs, etc.)
Letters (written document) or mail.
Generic measure word (when in doubt use 个). Commonly used for people, ideas, things like apples, etc.)
Rooms (one bedroom, one house, two bathrooms, etc.)
Clothes, luggage or matters (one coat, one affair, one blouse, etc.)
Wheeled vehicles (car, truck, bus, bicycle, etc.)
Written items (article, report, essay, etc.)
Passages of verse (songs, poems).
Used for large electrical things (washing machine, dryer, television, computers, radios, treadmill, etc.)
Long, winding objects (snake, river, streets, dragon, necklace, pants, etc.)
Polite replacement for 个 gè when referring to people (teacher, guest, preacher, etc.)
Flat items or surfaces (map, bed, table, a sheet of paper, photograph, etc.)
Long stick like objects (pencil, pen, cigarette, rose, etc.)
Animals, birds, insects, or one of a pair (hand, shoe, etc.)
Huge and relatively permanent things (mountains, bridges, etc.)