Chinese (Mandarin)/Numbers

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Number System (數字系統)Edit

基本用字 Basic CharactersEdit

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  • 0: 零: líng
  • 1: 一 (壹) ee
  • 2: 二 (Traditional:貳) èrh
  • 3: 三 (Traditional:參) san
  • 4: 四 (肆) sìh
  • 5: 五 (伍) ǔ
  • 6: 六 (Traditional:陸) lioù
  • 7: 七 (柒) chi
  • 8: 八 (捌) ba
  • 9: 九 (玖) jioǔ
  • 10: 十 (拾) shíh
  • 100: 百 (佰) bǎi
  • 1000: 千 (仟) chien
  • 10,000: Traditional 一萬 wàn
  • 100,000: 十 萬
  • 1,000,000: 一百萬
  • 100,000,000: Traditional 一億 yì
  • 1,000,000,000,000: 兆 jhào

Parenthesized entries are the complex forms, which are used mainly in notarized, official documents, and when writing checks. An exception is zero; the complex form is more widely used. The complex forms are known in English as banker's anti-fraud numerals, in Chinese as 大寫 dà siěh (which is the same term for "capital letter"). They are necessary because, since normal Chinese characters are so simple, a forger could easily change 三十 to 五千 with just three strokes. Some have other uses as well (for example, 貳èrh can also mean "to betray"). See Standard numbers for more information.

個十百千萬 Larger NumbersEdit

  • 十一 shí hi (eleven)
  • 十二 shíh èrh (twelve)

等(děng) etc.

  • 二十一 èrh shíh i (twenty-one)
  • 二十二 èrh shíh èrh (twenty-two)

等 etc.

  • 一百 ì bǎi (one hundred)
  • 一百零一 ì bǎi líng i (one hundred one)
  • 一百五十八 ì bǎi wǔ shí ba (one hundred fifty eight)
  • 二百三十 èrh bǎi san shíh (two hundred thirty)

等 etc.

  • 一千 ì chien (one thousand)
  • 七千二百五十三 chi chien liǎng bǎi ǔ shíh san (seven thousand two hundred fifty-three)

等 etc.

  • 一萬 i wàn (one myriad or ten thousand)
  • 四萬三千 sìh wàn san chien (forty-three thousand)

等 etc.

更大的數字(億兆) Even Larger NumbersEdit

  • 一億五千萬 i ì wǔ chien wàn 150,000,000 (one hundred fifty million)
  • 兩億零八十萬 liǎng ì líng ba shíh wàn 200,800,000 (two hundred million eight hundred thousand)

等 etc.

中文中零的用法 The Use of Zero in ChineseEdit

If a number ends in zero, there is no need to include the Chinese character for zero. For example,

  • 350: 三百五十
  • 1350: 一千三百五十
  • 1600: 一千六百

However, if the zero character does not end the number (i.e., it is followed by a non-zero character), it is necessary to include the zero character, while the "tens-place" characters are dropped. For example,

  • 305: 三百零五 (not 三百零五)
  • 1035: 一千零三十五 (not 一千零三十五)

Note that the "十" in the first example and the "百" in the second example are dropped.

If a zero digit is followed by one or more zero digits, only one zero character is need. For example,

  • 1006: 一千零六 (not 一千零零六)
  • 300,250: 三十萬零二百五十
  • 8,000,300: 八百萬零三百

數字手勢 Chinese Gestures for NumbersEdit

Note:hand signs are the same as Western hand signs. Source: commons:數字手勢

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