数( shu ) 字( zi ) Numbers:

Chinese money scaled1). The key numbers are from 0 to 10.

0 ( ) ling: zero
1 ( ) yi: one
2 ( ) er: two
3 ( ) san: three
4 ( ) si: four
5( ) wu: five
6 ( ) liu: six
7 ( ) qi: seven
8 ( ) ba: eight
9 ( ) jiu: nine
10 ( ) shi: ten

2). Add 1 to 10, you will have 11. Add 2 to 10, you will have 12. Follow this pattern until 19:

11 ( 十一 ) shi yi: eleven
12 ( 十二 ) shi er: twelve
13 ( 十三 ) shi san: thirteen
14 ( 十四 ) shi si: fourteen
15 ( 十五 ) shi wu: fifteen
16 ( 十六 ) shi liu: sixteen
17 ( 十七 ) shi qi: seventeen
18 ( 十八 ) shi ba: eighteen
19 ( 十九 ) shi jiu: nineteen

3). Two times ten (2 x 10) = twenty (20).

Three times ten (3 x 10) = thirty (30). Follow the same logic until you have ninety (90).
20 ( 二十 ) er shi: twenty
30 ( 三十 ) san shi: thirty
40 ( 四十 ) si shi: forty
50 ( 五十 ) wu shi: fifty
60 ( 六十 ) liu shi: sixty
70 ( 七十 ) qi shi: seventy
80 ( 八十 ) ba shi: eighty
90 ( 九十 ) jiu shi: ninety
100 ( 一百 ) yi bai: hundred

Do you know what the Mandarin for 21, 32, 43, 54, 65, 76, 87, 98? Give it a go, follow the same logic as above. Scroll down for the answers:

 

 

 

 

Answers:

21 ( 二十一 ) er shi yi (20 – 1)
32 ( 三十二 ) san shi er (30 – 2)
43 ( 四十三 ) si shi san (40 – 3)
54 ( 五十四 ) wu shi si (50 – 4)
65 ( 六十五 ) liu shi wu (60 – 5)
76 ( 七十六 ) qi shi liu (70 – 6)
87 ( 八十七 ) ba shi qi (80 – 7)
98 ( 九十八 ) jiu shi ba (90 – 8)

 
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