Numbers in Chinese 1-100

Posted by Fifi Yang on Oct 27, 2015

Numbers Chinese


If you learned a number, such as a phone number, an address, a room number, and the date, etc, they are relatively easy to grasp. The most important number to figure out is a price. So, let's learn how to count from 1-100 in Chinese. (Of course, this assumes that you have already learned how to use Chinese Pinyin: the finals, and initials, the whole combination with the tone, etc.)

First, let's look at numbers from 1-10.

1

2

èr

3

sān

4

5

6

liù

7

8

9

jiǔ

10 shí

In these ten numbers, most of them are relatively easy to remember. Of course, we must pay attention to every pronunciation, such as "s" (sān, sì) is relatively difficult to pronounce, so we need to pay more attention to that. Except these, we can pay more attention to the pronunciation of number 1 and number 7 which can confuse us sometime. Because these two pronunciations sound quite similar at first. So we sometimes read as the 1: yāo, which is in order to better distinguish between 1 and 7. Especially when we read the telephone number, for example, one Chinese phone number is 138-2567-- ****, we will read as: yāo sān bā-èr wǔ liù qī - ****.

If you learned from 1 to 10, then the next number relatively is not so difficult. For example, 11 in Chinese, we can think it as: 11 = 1 × 10 + 1, accordingly we can read as: shí yī (Of course, some people will read into: yī shí yī, but "shí" yī is more common). As another example: 23 = 2 × 10 + 3, so 23 we read into "èr shí sān" and so on. Several examples are given, like the following form in tail:

11

1×10+1

(yī)shí yī

12

1×10+2

(yī)shí èr

...

...

...

20

2×10

èr shí

21

2×10+1

èr shí yī

...

...

...

56

5×10+6

wǔ shí liù

...

...

...

89

8×10+9

bā shí jiǔ

...

...

...

100

1×100

yì bǎi


From this form, we can see that, in fact, according to the regular pattern, Chinese numbers 1-99 is not difficult to learn, right? Except the last one: 100: "hundred" in Chinese we read: bǎi. So 100 is: yì bǎi.

Are you feel it is a little complicated for you? Don't worry, watch the video below to learn it better

Is not so difficult as you imagine it? Now you can follow the regular pattern to practice from 1 to 100 in Chinese. And want to know more numbers? Come and join us!

http://www.hanbridgemandarin.com/course/chinese-language-course/chinese-characters


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Fifi Yang

Fifi Yang is a Chinese learning teacher at Hanbridge Mandarin. Having spent a great number of years learning French, Fifi understands the challenges of learning a language. She puts this experience to good use while preparing and delivering classes to her students.

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