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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mandarin Lesson 2 : yik er san

Children, this time we'll learn how to say numbers in Mandarin.
I browse on Internet and found below chart which comes with chinese character.
So you not only can speak, but read and write too!

1 一 yī (eek)

2 二 èr ('a' as in a book)

3 三 sān (sun)

4 四 sì (silk)

5 五 wǔ (woo)

6 六 liù (lee-you)

7 七 qī (chee)

8 八 bā (pa)

9 九 jiǔ (gee-you)

10 十 shí (sher)

0 零 / 〇 líng

11 十一 shíyī 10+1

12 十二 shí'èr 10+2

13 十三 shísān 10+3

19 十九 shíjiǔ 10+9

20 二十 èrshí 2x10

21 二十一 èrshíyī 2x10+1

22 二十二 èrshí'èr 2x10+2

30 三十 sānshí 3x10

40 四十 sìshí 4x10

90 九十 jiǔshí 9x10

99 九十九 jiǔshíjiǔ 9x10+9

That's for today. Soon, we'll continue from 100 to 10,000
Happy learning! ;)

Easy and straightforward

The Chinese counting system is fairly easy and straightforward. There are not as many number words as in English (where the numbers zero up to twenty require twenty-one different words, plus more words for the tens, e.g. 'forty').

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