Big numbers in Chinese are confusing if you think in English terms.

In this infographic, we talk about the main difference of number terms in both languages. In English, we place the comma at every 3 digits. But in Chinese, we place the comma at every 4 digits.

Next, there is an example number and how to say it. A big number can fall into 4 categories,

  1. “Small numbers category”,
  2. “万  Wàn category”,
  3. “亿  Yì category”, and
  4. “兆  Zhào category”.

Each category contains 4 digits, while each digit corresponds to a name.

Following this, we show you how to write a big number in Chinese characters and how to say it.

Next, we teach you how to write the number down from hearing it in Chinese.

 

For teachers, we’ve also made a simple quiz for this infographic which you can use to test your student’s knowledge of the subject.

For self-learners, you can test your knowledge with the quiz as well.

 

Use the “can-do” list to check if you learned this grammar.

Can-do checklist:

⃞    I can transcribe a number in Chinese up to 4 digits.

⃞    I can transcribe a number in Chinese up to 8 digits.

⃞    I can transcribe a number in Chinese up to 12 digits.

⃞    I can say a big number (up to 13 digits) in Chinese correctly.

⃞    I can write a big number in Chinese characters when I see it in numerals.

⃞    I can write a big number in numerals when I hear it in Chinese.

 

 

Simplified Chinese Version

 

 

Traditional Chinese Version

 

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