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# Big Numbers In Chinese – The Ultimate Guide to Big Numbers in Mandarin Chinese

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## Big Numbers In Chinese

Big numbers in Chinese are confusing if you think in English terms. In this infographic, we teach you everything you need to know about big numbers in Chinese.

## A main Difference

## Numbers in Chinese Categories

If you see the breakdown below, it makes more clearly the difference of large numbers between English and Chinese

## From Numbers to Chinese

## How to Write A Large Number in Chinese Characters

## Numbers in Chinese

We have made a comprehend article about Chinese Numbers. If you are studying for Chinese Numbers, that is a must-read article. We walk through how to say the numbers from 0 to 1000 and EVERTHING you need to know about “numbers in Chinese.”

## Simplified Chinese Version Infographic

## Traditional Chinese Version Infographic

## Big Numbers in Chinese Can-do checklist:

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In English, we place the comma at every 3 digits, or say every 3 digits in a group.

But in Chinese, we place the comma at **every 4 digits**, or say every 4 digits in a group.

A big number (we only talk about a number 16 digits or less) can fall into 4 categories, each category contains 4 digits, while each digit corresponds to a name.

- “Small numbers category”, including “个 gè, ones” “十 shí, tens” “百 bǎi, hundreds” and “千 qiān, thounsands.“
- “万 Wàn category”,
- “亿 Yì category”, and
- “兆 Zhào category”.

We made a table to show you the relationship and difference when talking about huge numbers in Chinese.

The columns from left to right are Number, Short scale name in English, Chinese character and pinyin, and Chinese name literal translation to English.

**Every 4 digits in a category, the big numbers in Chinese will look like the list below:**

Number | Short scale name in English | Chinese character and pinyin | Chinese name literal translation to English |
---|---|---|---|

0 | Zero | 〇 Líng | Zero |

10 | Ten | 十 shí | Ten |

100 | One Hundred | 一百 Yī bǎi | One Hundred |

1000 | One Thousand | 一千 Yī qiān | One Thousand |

1,0000 | Ten Thousand | 一万 Yī wàn | Ten Thousand* |

10,0000 = 10^5 | One-Hundred Thousand | 十万 Shí wàn | Ten Ten-Thousand |

100,0000 = 10^6 | One Million | 一百万 Yī bǎi wàn | One-Hundred Ten-thousand |

1000,0000 = 10^7 | Ten Million | 一千万 Yī Qiān wàn | One-Thousand Ten-thousand |

1,0000,0000 = 10^8 | One-Hundred Million | 一亿 Yī Yì | One-Hundred Million |

10,0000,0000 = 10^9 | One Billion | 十亿 Shí Yì | Ten One-Hundred Million |

100,0000,0000 = 10^10 | Ten Billion | 一百亿 Yī bǎi Yì | One-Hundred One-Hundred Million |

1000,0000,0000 = 10^11 | One-Hundred Billion | 一千亿 Yī Qiān yì | One-Thousand One-Hundred Million |

1,0000,0000,0000 = 10^12 | One Trillion | 一兆 Yī zhào | One Trillion |

10,0000,0000,0000 = 10^13 | Ten Trillion | 十兆 Shí zhào | Ten Trillion |

100,0000,0000,0000 = 10^14 | One-Hundred Trillion | 一百兆 Yī bǎi zhào | One-Hundred Trillion |

1000,0000,0000,0000 = 10^15 | One Quadrillion | 一千兆 Yī Qiān zhào | One-Thousand Trillion |

1,0000,0000,0000,0000 = 10^16 | Ten Quadrillion | 一京 Yī jīng | One Jing |

1,0000,0000,0000,0000,0000 = 10^20 | One-Hundred Quintillion | 一垓 Yī gāi | One Gai |

1,0000,0000,0000,0000,0000,0000 = 10^24 | One Septillion | 一秭 Yī zǐ | One Septillion |

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

For instance,

You see a number “7915348“

Step 1: Write down the numbers in numerals (just the numbers)

Step 2: Place comma at every 4 digits. “791,5348“

Step 3: The first 3 numbers are 791, which you will say 七百九十一. And it is under “万 Wàn Category” So we combine them as “七百九十一万”

Step 4: The last 4 numbers are 5348, which you will say 五千三百四十八.

Step 5: Combine step 3 & 4, this is how you say this number 七百九十一万五千三百四十八

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

Step 1: Write down the numbers in Chinese character or pinyin. 九十八万七千一百二十 jiǔ shí bā wàn qī qiān yī bǎi èr shí

Step 2: Find if there is/are “万” “亿”, “兆” in the number (Find the names of the category) 九十八万七千一百二十

Step 3: Separate them by small numbers, “万” “亿” and “兆”. In this case, the number is separated into two groups.

Group 1: 九十八万

Group 2: 七千一百二十

Step 4: The first group you see the characters are “九十八”, you know that is “98” (don’t worry about “万” here. It is for the category)

Step 5: The second group you see the characters are “七千一百二十”. You know that is “7120”.

Step 6: Combine step 4 & 5, this is how you write the number 987120.

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⃞ 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.

AngelaThank God, you guys saved me! Chinese mid-term tomorrow and i don’t know what to do until now… This means very much to me thanks lots guys >.< 🙂

KarenLol! That’s good to know! Glad you found the article and infographics useful!

CassyHi, thank you, amazing work!

However I got a problem that I encounter numbers like: 184.6 亿 、 60.3 亿、3.75亿、440亿 、0.67亿 …. So in this case…. The numbers with the dot are bigger then without dots?

So in this case whenever I see 亿 I will put 8 zeros and re-arrange the dots? Is there an easy way?

Thank you!

KarenHi Cassy,

I am very happy to see your comment! I guess it is because Chinese and math are my two favorite subjects! Lol

OK, here is how you write those big numbers:

Keep it in mind: 亿=100000000

184.6亿 = 184.6 x 100000000 = 184,6000,0000 一百八十四亿六千万 Yībǎi bāshísì yì liùqiān wàn

60.3亿 = 60.3 x 100000000 = 60,3000,0000 六十亿三千万 Liùshí yì sānqiān wàn

3.75亿 = 3.75 x 100000000 = 3,7500,0000 三亿七千五百万 Sān yì qīqiān wǔbǎi wàn

440亿 = 440 x 10000000 = 440,0000,0000 四百四十亿 Sìbǎi sìshí yì

0.67亿 = 0.67 x 100000000 = 67000000 六千七百万 Liùqiān qībǎi wàn

But I will say, for big numbers, people understand if you say 184.6亿 as “一百八十四点六亿 Yībǎi bāshísì diǎn liù yì”

Same as other numbers! 🙂

VerginiyaThank you for making numbers in Chinese easy to understand 🙂