Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 2

LESSON 2

Today's Chinese characters:

Today, three more numbers!

Characters' Knowledge Meter
Today with this lesson your characters' knowledge will reach 2.26% of all the Chinese characters usage! 2.26%

Characters' Essentials

Character Pronunciation Meaning
si4
-Four
wu3
-Five
liu4
-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 

Chinese Character 5 of 1000
character's usage score # 226
frequency 0.0955401%

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5

Pronunciation Help Meaning Help
si4
-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.

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help


Chinese Character 6 of 1000
character's usage score # 279
frequency 0.0797482%

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4

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wu3
-Five
-A note (equivalent to 6) of the scale in gongchepu (a traditional Chinese musical notation)
-A surname

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help


Chinese Character 7 of 1000
character's usage score # 478
frequency 0.0443556%

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4

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liu4
-Six
-A note (equivalent to 5) of the scale in gongchepu (a traditional Chinese musical notation)
lu4
-Used in some place names
-A surname

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

LESSON 2
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