Chinese Numbers (III)

Now you know how to say the numbers zero to ten in Chinese, which is really quite impressive. What about the rest of the numbers? Before we begin, let’s go through some very simple maths.

11 = 10 + 1
12 = 10 + 2
13 = 10 + 3
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19 = 10 + 9

Rule No. 1:

We know 10 in Chinese is Shí, and 1 is , and just quite literally put 10 and 1 together, 10 plus 1 would be Shí Yī. 10 plus 2 would be shí èr, 10 plus 3 is shí sān, and of course 10 plus 9 is shí jiǔ.
Are you getting the hang of it?

Now let’s look at some more maths.

20 = 2 * 10
30 = 3 * 10
40 = 4 * 10
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90 = 9 * 10

Rule No. 2

2 in Chinese is èr, and 10 is shí, just simply put 2 and 10 together, 2 times 10, you get èr shí, 3 times 10, you get sān shí, 4 times 10, you get sì shí, and 9 times 10, you get jiǔ shí.

Here are some practises, how do you say these numbers in Chinese: 18, 57 and 99. (the answers are at the end of this post)

Chinese numbers are very easy once you understand the patterns, just like the Chinese language itself, and these patterns are logical and simple to follow.

18 is shí bā,
57 is wǔ shí qī,
and 99 is jiǔ shí jiǔ.

Did you get them?

 
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