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Counting in Chinese

Learn number ranging from 0 to 100,000,00 with our vocabulary lists.  Each list is accompanied by videos by fellow YouTubers.  Jump to Charts for 100 and above.  

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From Zero to 10

The beauty of Chinese counting is that it follows a logical pattern.  In most cases, each digit must be represented in speech.   Let’s start with the basics, zero to 10.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  When to use 二 (èr) and when to use 两 /兩 (liǎng)? 二 (èr) is generally used when counting, performing math or as an ordinal number.  For example, the 2nd is expressed 第二 (dì èr).  Whereas, when you want to say “two of” something 两 /兩 (liǎng) is used in front of the appropriate measure word.  For example, 两个星期 (liǎng gè xīng qī) two weeks. 两 /兩 (liǎng) is also used when telling time.  For example, 2 o’clock is expressed 两点(liǎng diǎn).  

ARABIC NUMERAL
/ ENGLISH
PINYINCHINESE
Simplified (Traditional)
0 / zero línɡ
1 / one
2 / twoèr / liǎnɡ二 / 两(兩)
3 / threesān
4 / four
5 / five
6 / sixliù
7 / seven
8 / eight
9 / ninejiǔ
10 / tenshí

From 11 to 99

11- 19 are formed by saying 十 (shí) plus the second number.  For example, 11 is 十一  (shí yī).  

For multiples of 10, the multiplier precedes the 十 (shí).  Thus, 20 is stated 二十 (èrshí).  It can be thought of in these terms:   2×10+2.  In compound numbers, units are added to the 10s.  Thus, 99 is 九十九 (jiǔ shí jiǔ) or 9×10+9.

ARABIC NUMERALHOW TO READPINYINCHINESE
1110+1shí yī十一
1210+2shí èr十二
1310+3shí sān十三
1810+8shí bā十八
202x10shí èr十二
222x10+2èr shí èr二十二
303x10sān shí三十
313x10+1sān shí yī三十一
404x10sì shí四十
505x10wǔ shí五十
909x10jiǔ shí九十
999x10+9jiǔ shí jiǔ九十九

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From 100 to 999

Notice that zeros are pronounced when they come between two digits.

ARABIC NUMERAL
/ ENGLISH
PINYINCHINESE
Simplified (Traditional)
Hundredbǎi
100yì bǎi一百
200èr bǎi / liǎnɡ bǎi 二百 / 两百 (兩百)
204èr bǎi línɡ sì / liǎnɡ bǎi línɡ sì二百零四 / 两百零四 (兩百零四)
700qī bǎi七百
915jiǔ bǎi yī shí wǔ九百一十五
999jiǔ bǎi jiǔ shí jiǔ 九百九十九

From 1000 & Up

POINTS OF INTEREST:  Notice that the last zero in 7,080 is not pronounced.  This is because it does not come between two other digits.  In the case of 1,001, where two zeros come together in succession between two non-zero digits, only one is pronounced.  Also, Mandarin has two units that English does not, ten thousand (万 / wàn) and hundred million (亿 / yì).

ARABIC NUMERALS
/ ENGLISH
PINYINCHINESE
thousandqiān
ten thousandwàn
100 million亿
1,000yīqiān一千
1,001yīqiān líng yī一千零一
1,065yīqiān líng liùshíwǔ一千零六十五
1,200yīqiān èrbǎi一千二百
7,080qīqiān bāshí七千八十
9,999jiǔqiān jiǔbǎi jiǔshíjiǔ九千九百九十九
10,000yī wàn一万
10,046yī wàn líng sìshíliù一万零四十六
10,725yī wàn líng qībǎi èrshíwǔ一万零七百二十五
1,000,000yībǎi wàn一百万
100,000,000yī yì一亿
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