Chinese Math Prodigies & The Ace Up Their Sleeve

Hollywood has made most of us believe that all Chinese children are little math prodigies. There may be some truth to that. For one thing, Chinese follows a more consistent pattern than English. Also, English has unique words for specific numbers like twelve. In Chinese, however, twelve follows the same pattern as 11-19. Eleven is 十一 (shí yī), twelve is 十二(shí èr) and so on. Visit our Chinese Counting lesson for more on counting.

Moving on the “Ace” I mentioned in this post’s title:  A nursery rhyme is perhaps the key to Chinese children’s early math advantage. The song is commonly called 小九九 (xiǎo jiǔ jiǔ), or Little Nine-Nine. It provides a rhythmic way for Chinese children to learn their multiplication tables from 1 to 9.

While your grammar school days may have long passed, 小九九 (xiǎo jiǔ jiǔ) is a fun way to learn Chinese numbers. Find another creator’s video below for your learning pleasure. Also, visit our 小九九 (xiǎo jiǔ jiǔ) lesson for more information about this little masterpiece. Enjoy!

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