Chinese Numbers

Counting in Chinese Numbers from 1 to 100 and More + Trick to Say Number 2 in Mandarin

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Counting in Chinese Numbers

Many people just want to know the Chinese numbers counting from 1 to 10, but I will provide you with a list of Chinese numerals from 1 to 100 and more from the Table of Contents above, which are also known as Chinese Cardinal Numbers.

The audio will play every 10 numbers so you can learn and hear the pronunciation in the Chinese number system clearly. The other group of numbers are the Chinese Ordinal Numbers which define the number position as first, second, third and so on.

Counting in Chinese is very easy. It is in the exact sequence of how you would count English numbers. Do you know how to say your age with the Chinese numbers?


How to Say “Zero” in Chinese?

0 – Zero in Chinese is called Líng. Other than saying Zero in Chinese, we can also use it to express temperature at minus degree.

  • Minus 10° 零下十度 Língxià shí dù
  • Minus 20° Celcius 摄氏零下二十度 Shèshì língxià èrshí dù

How to Count from 1 – 100 in Chinese?

Do note that the Chinese number one 1 is frequently read as 幺 Yāo instead of  . The emergency number in China 110 is 幺幺零 Yāo yāo líng. 911 incident in the USA is 九幺幺事件 Jiǔ yāo yāo shìjiàn or 九一一事件 Jiǔyīyī shìjiàn.

The pronunciation of   is close to the sound of  . Yāo is sometimes preferred when talking on the phone to distinguish between the sound of the two Chinese digits.

1 – 10 in Chinese

0

líng

 

Chinese Numbers
1 – 10

1

yī / yāo

2

èr

3

sān

4

5

6

liù

7

8

9

jiǔ

10

shí

 

11 – 20

11

十一

shí yī

12

十二

shí èr

13

十三

shí sān

14

十四

shí sì

15

十五

shí wǔ

16

十六

shí liù

17

十七

shí qī

18

十八

shí bā

19

十九

shí jiǔ

20

二十

èr shí

 

21 – 30

21

二十一

èr shí yī

22

二十二

èr shí èr

23

二十三

èr shí sān

24

二十四

èr shí sì

25

二十五

èr shí wǔ

26

二十六

èr shí liù

27

二十七

èr shí qī

28

二十八

èr shí bā

29

二十九

èr shí jiǔ

30

三十

sān shí

 

31 – 40

31

三十一

sān shí yī

32

三十二

sān shí èr

33

三十三

sān shí sān

34

三十四

sān shí sì

35

三十五

sān shí wǔ

36

三十六

sān shí liù

37

三十七

sān shí qī

38

三十八

sān shí bā

39

三十九

sān shí jiǔ

40

四十

sì shí

 

41 – 50

41

四十一

sì shí yī

42

四十二

sì shí èr

43

四十三

sì shí sān

44

四十四

sì shí sì

45

四十五

sì shí wǔ

46

四十六

sì shí liù

47

四十七

sì shí qī

48

四十八

sì shí bā

49

四十九

sì shí jiǔ

50

五十

wǔ shí



51 – 60

51

五十一

wǔ shí yī

52

五十二

wǔ shí èr

53

五十三

wǔ shí sān

54

五十四

wǔ shí sì

55

五十五

wǔ shí wǔ

56

五十六

wǔ shí liù

57

五十七

wǔ shí qī

58

五十八

wǔ shí bā

59

五十九

wǔ shí jiǔ

60

六十

liù shí

 

61 – 70

61

六十一

liù shí yī

62

六十二

liù shí èr

63

六十三

liù shí sān

64

六十四

liù shí sì

65

六十五

liù shí wǔ

66

六十六

liù shí liù

67

六十七

liù shí qī

68

六十八

liù shí bā

69

六十九

liù shí jiǔ

70

七十

qī shí

 

71 – 80

71

七十一

qī shí yī

72

七十二

qī shí èr

73

七十三

qī shí sān

74

七十四

qī shí sì

75

七十五

qī shí wǔ

76

七十六

qī shí liù

77

七十七

qī shí qī

78

七十八

qī shí bā

79

七十九

qī shí jiǔ

80

八十

bā shí

 

81 – 90

81

八十一

bā shí yī

82

八十二

bā shí èr

83

八十三

bā shí sān

84

八十四

bā shí sì

85

八十五

bā shí wǔ

86

八十六

bā shí liù

87

八十七

bā shí qī

88

八十八

bā shí bā

89

八十九

bā shí jiǔ

90

九十

jiǔ shí

 

91 – 100

91

九十一

jiǔ shí yī

92

九十二

jiǔ shí èr

93

九十三

jiǔ shí sān

94

九十四

jiǔ shí sì

95

九十五

jiǔ shí wǔ

96

九十六

jiǔ shí liù

97

九十七

jiǔ shí qī

98

九十八

jiǔ shí bā

99

九十九

jiǔ shí jiǔ

100

一百

yī bǎi



Chinese Numbers Beyond 100

Most list only provide Chinese Numbers from 1 – 100. I have added two more segments of Chinese numerals from 101 to 120 as a highlight to pronounce these Mandarin numbers. You have to add a  Líng after 100 when you pronounce this set of numbers from 101 – 109. An example for 101 would be 一百零一 Yībǎi líng yī.

Chinese Number 110 is said to be 一百一十 Yībǎi yīshí in a more ‘accurate sense’. However, do note that it is also common to hear 一百十 Yībǎi shí instead of 一百一十 and 111 as 一百十一 Yībǎi shíyī or 一百一十一 Yībǎi yīshí yī (audio guide below).

There were some discussions online stating that 一百十 and 一百十一 were not the right way to say the Chinese numbers. However, in one of the four classical Chinese novels in China written in the middle of the 18th century, “Dream of the Red Chamber《红楼梦》”, the Table of Contents at the bottom page stated Chapter 110 as 一百十 Yībǎi shí and 111 as 一百十一 Yībǎi shíyī.

Don’t tell me that the Chinese famous historical novel has got their numbers wrong. How the Chinese numerals are used may not be the same in different parts of China and their dialect influence on it. China is such a big country and not everybody will use the standard words learned.

101 – 110

101

一百零一

yī bǎi líng yī

102

一百零二

yī bǎi líng èr

103

一百零三

yī bǎi líng sān

104

一百零四

yī bǎi líng sì

105

一百零五

yī bǎi líng wǔ

106

一百零六

yī bǎi líng liù

107

一百零七

yī bǎi líng qī

108

一百零八

yī bǎi líng bā

109

一百零九

yī bǎi líng jiǔ

110

一百一十

yī bǎi yī shí

 

111 – 120

111

一百一十一

yī bǎi yī shí yī

112

一百一十二

yī bǎi yī shí èr

113

一百一十三

yī bǎi yī shí sān

114

一百一十四

yī bǎi yī shí sì

115

一百一十五

yī bǎi yī shí wǔ

116

一百一十六

yī bǎi yī shí liù

117

一百一十七

yī bǎi yī shí qī

118

一百一十八

yī bǎi yī shí bā

119

一百一十九

yī bǎi yī shí jiǔ

120

一百二十

yī bǎi èr shí

 

121 – 200

121

一百二十一

yī bǎi èr shí yī

122

一百二十二

yī bǎi èr shí èr

133

一百三十三

yī bǎi sān shí sān

144

一百四十四

yī bǎi sì shí sì

155

一百五十五

yī bǎi wǔ shí wǔ

166

一百六十六

yī bǎi liù shí liù

177

一百七十七

yī bǎi qī shí qī

188

一百八十八

yī bǎi bā shí bā

199

一百九十九

yī bǎi jiǔ shí jiǔ

200

两百

liǎng bǎi


How to Say “2 and 200” in Chinese?

Chinese Numbers Pronunciation – Difference Between Two and Two Hundred:  Er vs Liang

If you have paid attention to the audio on the Chinese pronunciation for 200, you might notice that it is read as 两百 Liǎng bǎi instead of 二百 Èr bǎi.

  • When 2 is a single digit, you read it as  Èr.
  • When 2 is the first position of three Chinese numerals – 234, you read it as 百三十四 Liǎng bǎi sānshísì.
  • When the Chinese number 2 is at the second or third position of hundreds, such as 425 and 782, it will always be read as 二 èr and never  liǎng.

Read and listen to the Chinese Numbers Pinyin pronunciation below.

202 – 292

202

两百零二

liǎng bǎi líng èr

212

两百一十二

liǎng bǎi yī shí’èr

222

两百二十二

liǎng bǎi èr shí’èr

232

两百三十二

liǎng bǎi sān shí’èr

242

两百四十二

liǎng bǎi sì shí’èr

252

两百五十二

liǎng bǎi wǔ shí’èr

262

两百六十二

liǎng bǎi liù shí’èr

272

两百七十二

liǎng bǎi qī shí’èr

282

两百八十二

liǎng bǎi bā shí’èr

292

两百九十二

liǎng bǎi jiǔ shí’èr



How to Say “Thousand, Million and Billion” in Chinese?

It is worth noting that the Chinese number 2 / Two from the numbers below is read as  liǎng instead of Èr. We will also use it for practising large Mandarin numbers instead of the typical “1 / One  ”. In this way, you can understand how and works and also read large numbers like thousand, million and billion.

  • 200
  • 2,000
  • 20,000
  • 2,000,000

Some exceptions: 200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand) and Two Billion (nine zero) which we use  Èr and not because they both contain the Chinese number 20 二十 Èrshí.

200

Two Hundred

两百

liǎng bǎi

2,000

Two Thousand

两千

liǎng qiān

20,000

Twenty Thousand

两万

liǎng wàn

200,000

Two Hundred Thousand

二十万

èr shí wàn

2,000,000

Two Million

两百万

liǎng bǎi wàn

20,000,000

Twenty Million

两千万

liǎng qiān wàn

200,000,000

Two Hundred Million

两亿

liǎng yì

2,000,000,000

Two Billion

二十亿

èr shí yì

 

How to Say “Year” in Chinese Numbers?

When you say Year  Nián in Mandarin, it is better to read all four Chinese numbers as an individual digit. Year 2018 二零一八年 Èr líng yībā nián and not 两千零一十八年 Liǎng qiān líng yīshíbā nián.

On the other hand, there are also a handful of people who prefer to say the years from 2000 onwards as 两千 xxx 年 Liǎng qiān xxx nián colloquially. 

In conclusion, you will never go wrong if you say the number separately in years especially those starting with ‘1xxx ’.



How to Say “Millionaire and Billionaire” in Chinese?

Ever dream of becoming a millionaire?

Everybody dreams of becoming a millionaire.

人人都梦想成为一个百万富翁
Rén rén dōu mèng xiǎng chéng wéi yī gè bǎi wàn fù wēng.


Jack Ma is a billionaire.

马云是个亿万富豪
Mǎ yún shì gè yì wàn fù háo.

How to Say “Number-Related” Chinese Words?

We will wrap up the last part of the article with 5 Chinese sentences related to the word on numbers. There are a few ways in which you can express them in Chinese sentences. I have underlined the related words used.

Can you count the stars in the sky?

你可以天上的星星吗?
Nǐ kě yǐ shǔ tiān shàng de xīng xīng ma?


What is your phone number?

你的电话号码是什么?
Nǐ de diàn huà hào mǎ shì shén me?


What is the serial number of this computer?

这台电脑的编号是什么?
Zhè tái diàn nǎo de biān hào shì shén me?


The amount that you calculated is not the same as the calculator.

你计算出来的数目和计算机不一样。
Nǐ jì suàn chū lái de shù mù hé jì suàn jī bù yī yàng.


I just bought the latest digital camera.

我刚刚买了最新的数码相机。
Wǒ gāng gāng mǎi le zuì xīn de shù mǎ xiàng jī.


Chinese Numbers Practice

Test your listening skill on Chinese Numbers with audio! We use numbers so often that they have become an integrated part of our life especially when we handle money every day. Get ready a pen and paper to write down the numbers that you hear.

One Comment

  1. You may also speak 200 as 二百 (as common as 两百), 2000 as 二千 (rarely used but still right), the year 2000 as 二零零零年 (formal form) or 两千年, the year 2008 as 二零零八年 (formal form) or 两千零八年.

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