Counting from 1 to 100 is a must-have skill when it comes to learning a new language. In Chinese, numbers are used in ways unlike in English. For example, months and days of the week are expressed with numbers.

 

In this infographic, we introduce the very basic numbers 1-10. And also teach you the pattern from 11-99.

For numbers 1-10,

1 一  yī

2 二  èr

3 三  sān

4 四  sì

5 五  wǔ

6 六  liù

7 七  qī

8 八  bā

9 九  jiǔ

10 十  shí

 

Then

11=10+1, so 11 in Chinese is 十一 shíyī (10 and 1)

12=10+2, so 12 in Chinese is 十二 shíèr (10 and 2)

Same pattern applies to 13-19.

 

20=2*10, so 20 in Chinese is 二十 èrshí (2 and 10)

21=20+1, so 21 in Chinese is 二十一 èrshíyī (20 and 1)

29=20+9, so 29 in Chinese is 二十九 èrshíyījiǔ (20 and 9)

Can you guess how to say 30 in Chinese?

If you think about 20,

30 should be 3*10. So 30 in Chinese is 三十 sānshí (3 and 10)

We have more examples in the infographic. Check it out!

Finally, there is a word for hundred, which is  百 bǎi. One hundred is “one” and “hundred”, so 100 in Chinese is “一百  yìbǎi”

 

For other infographics related to numbers, see the following posts:

Big Numbers In Chinese

Zeros In Chinese

 

 

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