Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 2

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Today's Chinese characters:

Today, three more numbers!

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Today with this lesson your knowledge of Chinese characters will reach 2.26% of all the Chinese language usage! 2.26%

Characters' Essentials

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si4
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-Four
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wu3
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-Five
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-Six

Description and Examples

Applying the rules that we've seen yesterday, 14, 15, and 16 are written with si4, wu3, or liu4, respectively, after shi2. 40, 50 or 60 are written with si4, wu3, or liu4, respectively, before shi2.

shi2si4 fourteen

shi2wu3 fifteen

shi2liu4 sixteen

si4shi2 forty

wu3shi2 fifty

liu4shi2 sixty

Other examples:

wu3shi2yi1 fifty-one

si4shi2liu4 forty-six

liu4shi2wu3 sixty-five

Exercise

Using Chinese characters, write, on paper, the following numbers:

4 
5 
6 
14 
15 
16 
40 
50 
60 
41 
52 
63 
44 
55 
66 

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Characters' Details

Chinese Character 5 of 1000

appearance score: # 226
frequency: 0.0955401%
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5
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-Four
-A note (equivalent to 6) of the scale in gongchepu (a traditional Chinese musical notation)
-A surname

Curiosity:
Superstitious Chinese people don't like this number. In fact, it's pronunciation is very similar to the word "death" (pinyin: si3). For this reason, telephone numbers, license plates and so on, often don't contain the number four.

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Chinese Character 6 of 1000

appearance score: # 279
frequency: 0.0797482%
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4
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-Five
-A note (equivalent to 6) of the scale in gongchepu (a traditional Chinese musical notation)
-A surname

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Chinese Character 7 of 1000

appearance score: # 478
frequency: 0.0443556%
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4
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-Six
-A note (equivalent to 5) of the scale in gongchepu (a traditional Chinese musical notation)
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-Used in some place names
-A surname

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