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Learn Chinese Numbers Guidance for Mandarin Beginners



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Learning Chinese numbers is beneficial for several reasons:


  1. Communication and Everyday Interactions: Numbers are essential for basic communication. Whether you're shopping, ordering food, or asking for directions, knowing numbers is crucial for these everyday interactions.

  2. Shopping and Bargaining: When you're in a Chinese-speaking area, understanding numbers is essential for shopping and bargaining. It allows you to understand prices, negotiate, and engage in transactions confidently.

  3. Telling Time and Dates: Numbers are fundamental for expressing time and dates. Learning Chinese numbers enables you to tell time, schedule appointments, and understand dates on calendars.

  4. Counting and Quantifying: Numbers are used to count and quantify objects. Whether you're counting items, expressing quantities, or specifying amounts, a solid understanding of numbers is necessary.

  5. Traveling: If you travel to Chinese-speaking regions, knowing numbers is beneficial for various travel-related situations, such as asking about hotel room numbers, understanding transportation schedules, or dealing with currency.

  6. Cultural Understanding: Learning numbers in Chinese also provides insights into Chinese culture and symbolism. Certain numbers are considered lucky or unlucky, and this knowledge can be useful in cultural contexts.

  7. Language Proficiency: Mastering numbers is an integral part of language proficiency. It's a fundamental skill that contributes to your overall ability to comprehend and use the language effectively.

  8. Educational and Professional Opportunities: If you plan to study or work in a Chinese-speaking environment, knowing numbers is crucial for academic and professional purposes. It can enhance your educational and career opportunities.

In summary, learning Chinese numbers is a practical and foundational aspect of language acquisition. It facilitates communication, cultural understanding, and day-to-day activities, making your experience in a Chinese-speaking environment more enjoyable and productive.


Here are the Chinese numbers from 1 to 100:



1.一 (Yī)


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Chinesenumberhandgesture1

The pronunciation of "1" in Mandarin Chinese is "yī." It is a flat, high tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should remain relatively steady and high.

The pinyin representation for the number "1" is "." To pronounce it, say "ee" as in "see" but with a steady intonation. Practice saying "yī" to get the correct pronunciation.

In certain contexts, particularly when speaking telephone numbers in Chinese, the number "1" (一 - yī) is sometimes pronounced as "yāo" to avoid confusion with the number "7" (七 - qī). This is because "7" and "1" can sound similar in some dialects or when spoken quickly.

For example, if you have a phone number like 137-1234-5678, you might say "yāo sān qī yī èr sān sì wǔ liù bā."

So, in this specific context of stating phone numbers or similar sequences, "yāo" is used as an alternative pronunciation for "1" (一 - yī) to make it clearer. Outside of such contexts, "yī" is the standard pronunciation for the number 1.



2.二 (Èr)


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Chinesenumberhandgesture2

The pronunciation of "2" in Mandarin Chinese is "èr." It is a flat, rising tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should start low and rise.

The pinyin representation for the number "2" is "èr." To pronounce it, say "are" as in "are you," but with a rising intonation. Practice saying "èr" to get the correct pronunciation.

"二" (èr): This is the standard way to write and pronounce the number 2. It is commonly used in counting and general numerical contexts.

"两" (liǎng): While "两" also means 2, it is specifically used when counting pairs or sets of objects, like pairs of shoes, cups, or any items that are typically counted in twos. It's important to note that "两" is used when specifying a quantity involving a pair, whereas "二" is used in more general situations.

  • "两个人" (liǎng gè rén): Two people (referring to two individuals).

  • "二本书" (èr běn shū): Two books (referring to two books in general).


3. 三 (Sān)


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Chinesenumberhandgesture3

The pronunciation of "3" in Mandarin Chinese is "sān." It is a flat, high tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should remain relatively steady and high.

The pinyin representation for the number "3" is "sān." To pronounce it, say "saan" with a high and steady intonation.







4.四 (Sì)



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Chinesenumberhandgesture4

The pronunciation of "4" in Mandarin Chinese is "sì." It is a flat, neutral tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should remain relatively steady and neutral.

To clarify, pronounce "" similar to the English word "sir" but with a neutral intonation.







5. 五 (Wǔ)


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Chinesenumberhandgesture5

The pronunciation of "5" in Mandarin Chinese is "wǔ." It is a rising tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should start at a mid-level and rise.

To clarify, pronounce "" as "woo" but with a rising intonation.









6.六 (Liù)


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Chinesenumberhandgesture6

The pronunciation of "6" in Mandarin Chinese is "liù." It is a falling-rising tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should start at a high level, fall, and then rise.

To clarify, pronounce "liù" as "lee-oh" with the "lee" at a high pitch, "oh" falling and then rising









7.七 (Qī)


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Chinesenumberhandgesture7

The pronunciation of "7" in Mandarin Chinese is "qī." It is a flat, high tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should remain relatively steady and high.

To clarify, pronounce "" similar to "chee" with a high and steady intonation










8.八 (Bā)


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Chinesenumberhandgesture8

The pronunciation of "8" in Mandarin Chinese is "bā." It is a flat, high tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should remain relatively steady and high.

To clarify, pronounce "" as "bah" with a high and steady intonation.










9.九 (Jiǔ)


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Chinesenumberhandgesture9

The pronunciation of "9" in Mandarin Chinese is "jiǔ." It is a falling-rising tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should start at a high level, fall, and then rise.

To clarify, pronounce "jiǔ" as "jee-oh" with the "jee" at a high pitch, "oh" falling and then rising.










10.十 (Shí)


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Chinesenumberhandgesture10

The pronunciation of "10" in Mandarin Chinese is "shí." It is a flat, high tone. When pronouncing it, the pitch should remain relatively steady and high.

To clarify, pronounce "shí" as "sh-ee" with a high and steady intonation.








 




Chinese numbers from 10 to 100:

After ten, the Chinese number system follows a pattern where the unit digit is stated first, followed by "十" (Shí), which means ten. For example:

  1. 十一 (Shí yī) - 10 + 1

  2. 十二 (Shí èr) - 10 + 2

  3. 十三 (Shí sān) - 10 + 3 ...

  4. 二十 (Èr shí) - 2 × 10 ...

  5. 二十一 (Èr shí yī) - 2 × 10 + 1 ...

  6. 三十 (Sān shí) - 3 × 10 ...

  7. 九十九 (Jiǔ shí jiǔ) - 9 × 10 + 9

  8. 一百 (Yī bǎi) - 100

Practice saying and writing these numbers to become more familiar with the Chinese numeric system.


Chinese numbers from 100 to 1000:

  1. 一百 (Yī bǎi)

  2. 二百 (Èr bǎi)

  3. 三百 (Sān bǎi)

  4. 四百 (Sì bǎi)

  5. 五百 (Wǔ bǎi)

  6. 六百 (Liù bǎi)

  7. 七百 (Qī bǎi)

  8. 八百 (Bā bǎi)

  9. 九百 (Jiǔ bǎi)

  10. 一千 (Yī qiān)

The pattern here is similar to what you saw with numbers 1-100, where the digit representing hundreds is stated first, followed by the character "百" (bǎi), which means hundred. After that, you have the tens and units digits as usual.

For example:

  • 101: 一百零一 (Yī bǎi líng yī)

  • 256: 二百五十六 (Èr bǎi wǔ shí liù)

  • 789: 七百八十九 (Qī bǎi bā shí jiǔ)

  • 1000: 一千 (Yī qiān)

Practice these numbers to become more familiar with the Chinese numeric system from 100 to 1000.


Here are the Chinese numbers from 1000 to 10,000:

1000 - 一千 (Yī qiān)

2000 - 二千 (Èr qiān)

3000 - 三千 (Sān qiān)

4000 - 四千 (Sì qiān)

5000 - 五千 (Wǔ qiān)

6000 - 六千 (Liù qiān)

7000 - 七千 (Qī qiān)

8000 - 八千 (Bā qiān)

9000 - 九千 (Jiǔ qiān)

10,000 - 一万 (Yī wàn)

Similar to the previous examples, the pattern involves stating the thousands, hundreds, tens, and units digits. For example:

- 2356: 二千三百五十六 (Èr qiān sān bǎi wǔ shí liù)

- 7890: 七千八百九十 (Qī qiān bā bǎi jiǔ shí)

- 10,000: 一万 (Yī wàn)

Practice saying these numbers to become more familiar with the Chinese numeric system from 1000 to 10,000.


Here are the Chinese numbers from 10,000 to one billion:

  • 10,000: 一万 (Yī wàn)

  • 100,000: 十万 (Shí wàn)

  • 1,000,000/1 Million : 一百万 (Yī bǎi wàn)

  • 10,000,000/10 Million : 一千万 (Yī qiān wàn)

  • 100,000,000/ 100 Million : 一亿 (Yī yì)

  • 1,000,000,000 / 1 Billion: 十亿 (Shí yì)


Are you still feel confused? Seek Help from a Teacher:

  • If possible, consider taking lessons from a Chinese language teacher. They can provide guidance, correct your pronunciation, and offer tailored exercises to help you learn large numbers effectively.



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