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A small tip to help you to count from 11 to 99 in Chinese.

posted 8 Jun 2018, 09:34 by Yolanda Luo   [ updated 4 Jul 2018, 05:57 ]
In the previous blog, we have learned how to count from 0 to 10 in Chinese. In today’s blog, we are going to study how to say in Chinese from 11 to 99. You will be surprised how easy they are going to turn out. 

Firstly, let’s look at 20. In Chinese, this number is pronounced as “二十(èrshí)” which is the combination of “two and ten”; 30 is pronounced as “三十(sānshí)” which is the combination of “three and ten”. So now, can you try to pronounce these numbers in Chinese: 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90?

The number 23 is pronounced as “二十三 (èrshí sān)” which is “two-ten-three”; 46 is “四十六(sìshíliù)” which is “four-ten-six”, and 14 is expressed as "十四 (shísì)" or “ten-four.” Therefore, unlike English, the system of Chinese numbers is very logic and straightforward. So now, I am sure that you can count from 0 to 99 in Chinese. 

Just in case you are still not very confident to pronounce these numbers, I will add a table with some numbers pronounced in Chinese below. Please feel free to email me if your have any questions.

 NumberChinese Character  Pinyin Audio 
 11 十一
 shíyī
(ten-one)
 
 14 十四
 shí sì 
(ten-four)
 
 16 十六
 shí liù
(ten-six)
 
 20 二十
èr shí 
(two-ten)
 
 30 三十
sān shí 
(three-ten)
 
 23 二十三
èr shí sān
(two-ten-three)
 
 35 三十五
 sānshíwǔ
(three-ten-five)
 46 四十六
 sìshíliù
(four-ten-six)
 
 99 九十九
 jiǔshíjiǔ
(nine-ten-nine)
 




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