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Chinese number is very logical and easy to master. You just need to learn how to count and read the numbers above and then you can master the whole counting system.

0-10 in Chinese

A horizontal stroke 一 (yī) means 1, two horizontal strokes, 二 (èr), represents the number 2, three strokes, 三 (sān), as you can easily imagine, represents the number 3!

Then, of course, it’s not all about parallel horizontal strokes.
Once you’ve learned the characters that represent 4 (四  sì), 5 (五 wǔ), 6 (六liù), 7 (七 qī), 8 (八 bā), 9 (九 jiǔ) and 10 (十 shí), Chinese numbers, up to 99 (九十九 jiǔshíjiǔ), are quite easy to learn. 
零,一,二,三,四,五,六,七,八,九,十
(And 一yī is often read as yāo especially the single digit.)


11-99 in Chinese

So we already know numbers in Chinese up to 10, time to take that to the next level which is quite easy  once you know the first 10 numbers :

( )十  60  六十 liù shí ; 80 八十  bā shí

( )十( )38  三十八  sān shí bā ; 72  七十二 qī shí èr


Hundreds in Chinese

You’ve now mastered the basics, so from 100 it should be pretty straightforward with the same theory applying for every number.

( )百   100 一百  yī bǎi; 300 三百 sān bǎi

( )百( )(十) 120  一百二(十)  yī bǎi èr (shí);

                         560  五百六(十)  wǔbǎi liù (shí)
( )百( )十( )345 三百四十五 sān bǎi sì shí wǔ;

                            789 七百八十九 qī bǎi bā shí jiǔ

( )百 零( )502 五百零二  wǔ bǎi líng èr;704 七百零四  qī bǎi líng sì


Thousands in Chinese

( )千  5000  五千  wǔ qiān
( )千( )百  4300  四千三百  sìqiān sānbǎi
( )千( )百( )(十)  3250 三千二百五(十)  sānqiān èrbǎi wǔ (shí)
( )千( )百( )十( )1234 一千二百三十四 yīqiān èrbǎi sānshísì
( )千零( )6003  六千零三  liùqiān líng sān
( )千( )百零( )7302 七千三百零二 qīqiān sānbǎi líng èr

( )千零( )十( )9086 九千零八十六 jiǔqiān líng bā shí liù

Now, let’s practice…. How to give your Chinese phone numbers?

Now you know Chinese numbers from 1-100, the phone number should be easy!

One important thing to note :

When referring to phone numbers the Number One is not spoken as Yī一 but instead Yāo 幺 is used. The general belief is that One and Seven sound similar (yi and qi) when spoken quickly, hence the introduction of Yao.


Once you know the numbers 0-10 you are good to go. 

Let’s practice, take a look at these: 13439191994

To say this number we simply say: Yao, San, Si, San, Jiu, Yao, Jiu, Yao, Jiu, Jiu, Si

Now, try with your own phone number and let us know if the comment section if you did well :) 

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