Chinese Numbers

Welcome to today’s lesson on speaking Chinese numbers. I think you’ll find it pleasantly simple. Why? Because once you have learned to say 1-10, the hard work is over. For example, take a look at the numbers on my clock. Notice that the characters in the 11 and 12 positions are not new; they are just combinations of other characters.

In the 11 spot is the character for 10 with the character for 1 next to it. In English we use the abstract term “eleven.” In Chinese we just say “ten one.” In the 12 spot is the character for 10 with the character for 2 next to it. Instead of using the abstract term “twelve,” you can just say “ten two.” It’s that simple!

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Chinese Numbers: 1 – 10


Numeral Pinyin Character
0 líng 0
1
2 èr
3 sān
4
5
6 liù
7
8
9 jiǔ
10 shí­

Chinese Numbers 11-19


Numeral Pinyin Character
11 shí­ yī 十一
12 shí­ èr 十二
13 shí­ sān 十三
14 shí­ sì 十四
15 shí­ wǔ 十五
16 shí­ liù 十六
17 shí­ qī 十七
18 shí bā 十八
19 shí­ jiǔ 十九

As I mentioned above, once you’ve got the Chinese numbers 1 to 10 memorized, learning the rest is easy. If you want to say the number 11, just say “ten one.” If you want 15 of something, just say that you want “ten five.”

With Chinese numbers, there are no additional words to learn, unlike in English where we use new and abstract terms like “twelve” and “eighteen.”


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Chinese Numbers 20 – 90


Numeral Pinyin Character
20 èr-shí 二十
21 èr-shí-yī 二十一
22 èr-shí-èr 二十二
23 èr-shí-sān 二十三
30 sān-shí 三十
40 sì-shí 四十
50 wǔ-shí 五十
60 liù-shí 六十
70 qī-shí 七十
80 bā-shí 八十
90 jiǔ-shí 九十

As you learned above, when speaking numbers from 11 to 19, you say “ten one” (11) or “ten two” (12).

When speaking multiples of ten you just change the word order.

For example, if you want to express the number 20, you just say “two ten.” If you want to express the numeral 30, you say “three ten.”

If you want to say 21, you just say “two ten one.” If you want to express the number 45, you just say “four ten five.”


Chinese Numbers: 100 – 1000


Numeral Pinyin Character
100 yī-bǎi 一百 (壹佰)
101 yī-bǎi-líng-yī 一百〇一
110 yī-bǎi-yī-shí 一百一十
111 yī-bǎi-yī-shí-yī 一百一十一
200 èr-bǎi 两百
300 sān-bǎi 三百
500 wǔ-bǎi 五百
1000 yī-qiān 一千 (壹仟)

Multiples of 100 are spoken just like they are in English. To express the numeral 100 in Chinese, you just say “one hundred.” To express the numeral 500, you say “five hundred.”

To add multiples of ten and one, just tack on what you learned above. For example, the numeral 110 is expressed as “one hundred one ten.” To say the numeral 111, you say “one hundred one ten one.”



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