Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 7

LESSON 7

Today's Chinese characters:

Even if these two characters are not among the 1000 most used Chinese characters, we need them in order to complete the "numbers" subject.

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Characters' Essentials

Character Pronunciation Meaning
yi4
-Hundred million
ling2
-Zero

Description and Examples

WordPronunciationMeaning
shi2yi1shi2 yi1 11
shi2er4shi2 er4 12
shi2san1shi2 san1 13
shi2si4shi2 si4 14
shi2wu3shi2 wu3 15
shi2liu4shi2 liu4 16
shi2qi1shi2 qi1 17
shi2ba1shi2 ba1 18
shi2jiu3shi2 jiu3 19
er4shi2er4 shi2 20
er4shi2yi1er4 shi2 yi1 21
er4shi2er4er4 shi2 er4 22
er4shi2san1er4 shi2 san1 23
er4shi2si4er4 shi2 si4 24
er4shi2wu3er4 shi2 wu3 25
er4shi2liu4er4 shi2 liu4 26
er4shi2qi1er4 shi2 qi1 27
er4shi2ba1er4 shi2 ba1 28
er4shi2jiu3er4 shi2 jiu3 29
san1shi2san1 shi2 30
san1shi2yi1san1 shi2 yi1 31
san1shi2er4san1 shi2 er4 32
san1shi2san1san1 shi2 san1 33
san1shi2si4san1 shi2 si4 34
san1shi2wu3san1 shi2 wu3 35
san1shi2liu4san1 shi2 liu4 36
san1shi2qi1san1 shi2 qi1 37
san1shi2ba1san1 shi2 ba1 38
san1shi2jiu3san1 shi2 jiu3 39
si4shi2si4 shi2 40
si4shi2yi1si4 shi2 yi1 41
si4shi2er4si4 shi2 er4 42
si4shi2san1si4 shi2 san1 43
si4shi2si4si4 shi2 si4 44
si4shi2wu3si4 shi2 wu3 45
si4shi2liu4si4 shi2 liu4 46
si4shi2qi1si4 shi2 qi1 47
si4shi2ba1si4 shi2 ba1 48
si4shi2jiu3si4 shi2 jiu3 49
wu3shi2wu3 shi2 50
wu3shi2yi1wu3 shi2 yi1 51
wu3shi2er4wu3 shi2 er4 52
wu3shi2san1wu3 shi2 san1 53
wu3shi2si4wu3 shi2 si4 54
wu3shi2wu3wu3 shi2 wu3 55
wu3shi2liu4wu3 shi2 liu4 56
wu3shi2qi1wu3 shi2 qi1 57
wu3shi2ba1wu3 shi2 ba1 58
wu3shi2jiu3wu3 shi2 jiu3 59
liu4shi2liu4 shi2 60
liu4shi2yi1liu4 shi2 yi1 61
liu4shi2er4liu4 shi2 er4 62
liu4shi2san1liu4 shi2 san1 63
liu4shi2si4liu4 shi2 si4 64
liu4shi2wu3liu4 shi2 wu3 65
liu4shi2liu4liu4 shi2 liu4 66
liu4shi2qi1liu4 shi2 qi1 67
liu4shi2ba1liu4 shi2 ba1 68
liu4shi2jiu3liu4 shi2 jiu3 69
qi1shi2qi1 shi2 70
qi1shi2yi1qi1 shi2 yi1 71
qi1shi2er4qi1 shi2 er4 72
qi1shi2san1qi1 shi2 san1 73
qi1shi2si4qi1 shi2 si4 74
qi1shi2wu3qi1 shi2 wu3 75
qi1shi2liu4qi1 shi2 liu4 76
qi1shi2qi1qi1 shi2 qi1 77
qi1shi2ba1qi1 shi2 ba1 78
qi1shi2jiu3qi1 shi2 jiu3 79
ba1shi2ba1 shi2 80
ba1shi2yi1ba1 shi2 yi1 81
ba1shi2er4ba1 shi2 er4 82
ba1shi2san1ba1 shi2 san1 83
ba1shi2si4ba1 shi2 si4 84
ba1shi2wu3ba1 shi2 wu3 85
ba1shi2liu4ba1 shi2 liu4 86
ba1shi2qi1ba1 shi2 qi1 87
ba1shi2ba1ba1 shi2 ba1 88
ba1shi2jiu3ba1 shi2 jiu3 89
jiu3shi2jiu3 shi2 90
jiu3shi2yi1jiu3 shi2 yi1 91
jiu3shi2er4jiu3 shi2 er4 92
jiu3shi2san1jiu3 shi2 san1 93
jiu3shi2si4jiu3 shi2 si4 94
jiu3shi2wu3jiu3 shi2 wu3 95
jiu3shi2liu4jiu3 shi2 liu4 96
jiu3shi2qi1jiu3 shi2 qi1 97
jiu3shi2ba1jiu3 shi2 ba1 98
jiu3shi2jiu3jiu3 shi2 jiu3 99
yi4bai3yi4 bai3 100
yi4bai3ling2yi1yi4 bai3 ling2 yi1 101
yi4bai3ling2er4yi4 bai3 ling2 er4 102
yi4bai3ling2san1yi4 bai3 ling2 san1 103
yi4bai3ling2si4yi4 bai3 ling2 si4 104
yi4bai3ling2wu3yi4 bai3 ling2 wu3 105
yi4bai3ling2liu4yi4 bai3 ling2 liu4 106
yi4bai3ling2qi1yi4 bai3 ling2 qi1 107
yi4bai3ling2ba1yi4 bai3 ling2 ba1 108
yi4bai3ling2jiu3yi4 bai3 ling2 jiu3 109
yi4bai3yi1shi2yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 110
yi4bai3yi1shi2yi1yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 yi1 111
yi4bai3yi1shi2er4yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 er4 112
yi4bai3yi1shi2san1yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 san1 113
yi4bai3yi1shi2si4yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 si4 114
yi4bai3yi1shi2wu3yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 wu3 115
yi4bai3yi1shi2liu4yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 liu4 116
yi4bai3yi1shi2qi1yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 qi1 117
yi4bai3yi1shi2ba1yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 ba1 118
yi4bai3yi1shi2jiu3yi4 bai3 yi1 shi2 jiu3 119
yi4bai3er4shi2yi4 bai3 er4 shi2 120
yi4bai3san1shi2yi4 bai3 san1 shi2 130
yi4bai3si4shi2yi4 bai3 si4 shi2 140
yi4bai3wu3shi2yi4 bai3 wu3 shi2 150
yi4bai3liu4shi2yi4 bai3 liu4 shi2 160
yi4bai3qi1shi2yi4 bai3 qi1 shi2 170
yi4bai3ba1shi2yi4 bai3 ba1 shi2 180
yi4bai3jiu3shi2yi4 bai3 jiu3 shi2 190
er4bai3er4 bai3 200
san1bai3san1 bai3 300
si4bai3si4 bai3 400
wu3bai3wu3 bai3 500
liu4bai3liu4 bai3 600
qi1bai3qi1 bai3 700
ba1bai3ba1 bai3 800
jiu3bai3jiu3 bai3 900
yi4qian1yi4 qian1 1000
yi4qian1ling2yi1yi4 qian1 ling2 yi1 1001
yi4qian1ling2er4yi4 qian1 ling2 er4 1002
yi4qian1ling2yi1shi2yi4 qian1 ling2 yi1 shi2 1010
yi4qian1ling2yi1shi2yi1yi4 qian1 ling2 yi1 shi2 yi1 1011
yi4qian1ling2yi1shi2er4yi4 qian1 ling2 yi1 shi2 er4 1012
er4qian1er4 qian1 2000
liang3qian1liang3 qian1 2000
san1qian1san1 qian1 3000
si4qian1si4 qian1 4000
wu3qian1wu3 qian1 5000
liu4qian1liu4 qian1 6000
qi1qian1qi1 qian1 7000
ba1qian1ba1 qian1 8000
jiu3qian1jiu3 qian1 9000
yi2wan4yi2 wan4 1 0000
yi2wan4ling2yi1yi2 wan4 ling2 yi1 1 0001
yi2wan4ling2yi1shi2yi2 wan4 ling2 yi1 shi2 1 0010
yi2wan4ling2yi4bai3yi2 wan4 ling2 yi4 bai3 1 0100
yi2wan4ling2yi4bai3ling2yi1yi2 wan4 ling2 yi4 bai3 ling2 yi1 1 0101
yi2wan4er4qian1yi2 wan4 er4 qian1 1 2000
er4wan4er4 wan4 2 0000
liang3wan4liang3 wan4 2 0000
san1wan4san1 wan4 3 0000
si4wan4si4 wan4 4 0000
wu3wan4wu3 wan4 5 0000
liu4wan4liu4 wan4 6 0000
qi1wan4qi1 wan4 7 0000
ba1wan4ba1 wan4 8 0000
jiu3wan4jiu3 wan4 9 0000
shi2wan4shi2 wan4 10 0000
er4shi2wan4er4 shi2 wan4 20 0000
san1shi2wan4san1 shi2 wan4 30 0000
si4shi2wan4si4 shi2 wan4 40 0000
wu3shi2wan4wu3 shi2 wan4 50 0000
liu4shi2wan4liu4 shi2 wan4 60 0000
qi1shi2wan4qi1 shi2 wan4 70 0000
ba1shi2wan4ba1 shi2 wan4 80 0000
jiu3shi2wan4jiu3 shi2 wan4 90 0000
yi4bai3wan4yi4 bai3 wan4 100 0000
er4bai3wan4er4 bai3 wan4 200 0000
san1bai3wan4san1 bai3 wan4 300 0000
si4bai3wan4si4 bai3 wan4 400 0000
wu3bai3wan4wu3 bai3 wan4 500 0000
liu4bai3wan4liu4 bai3 wan4 600 0000
qi1bai3wan4qi1 bai3 wan4 700 0000
ba1bai3wan4ba1 bai3 wan4 800 0000
jiu3bai3wan4jiu3 bai3 wan4 900 0000
yi4qian1wan4yi4 qian1 wan4 1000 0000
er4qian1wan4er4 qian1 wan4 2000 0000
liang3qian1wan4liang3 qian1 wan4 2000 0000
san1qian1wan4san1 qian1 wan4 3000 0000
si4qian1wan4si4 qian1 wan4 4000 0000
wu3qian1wan4wu3 qian1 wan4 5000 0000
liu4qian1wan4liu4 qian1 wan4 6000 0000
qi1qian1wan4qi1 qian1 wan4 7000 0000
ba1qian1wan4ba1 qian1 wan4 8000 0000
jiu3qian1wan4jiu3 qian1 wan4 9000 0000
yi2yi4yi2 yi4 1 0000 0000
er4yi4er4 yi4 2 0000 0000
liang3yi4liang3 yi4 2 0000 0000
san1yi4san1 yi4 3 0000 0000
si4yi4si4 yi4 4 0000 0000
wu3yi4wu3 yi4 5 0000 0000
liu4yi4liu4 yi4 6 0000 0000
qi1yi4qi1 yi4 7 0000 0000
ba1yi4ba1 yi4 8 0000 0000
jiu3yi4jiu3 yi4 9 0000 0000
shi2yi4shi2 yi4 10 0000 0000
yi4bai3yi4yi4 bai3 yi4 100 0000 0000
yi4qian1yi4yi4 qian1 yi4 1000 0000 0000
yi2wan4yi4yi2 wan4 yi4 1 0000 0000 0000
yi2yi4yi4yi2 yi4 yi4 1 0000 0000 0000 0000


8 zeros numbers

Chinese language has also a single key character for eight zeros numbers: yi4.

The Chinese character before it indicates hundreds of millions, after it we'd write numbers from 1 to 99,999,999.

Examples

yi2yi4 one-hundred million

wu3yi4wu3qian1wan4 five-hundred and fifty million

So, while in English we use to divide a number, from right to left, in groups of three digits, in Chinese we need to divide it in groups of four digits.

Compare the following numbers:

EnglishChinese
9jiu3
9090 jiu3shi2
900900 jiu3bai3
9,0009000 jiu3qian1
90,0009,0000 jiu3wan4
900,00090,0000 jiu3shi2wan4
9,000,000900,0000 jiu3bai3wan4
90,000,0009000,0000 jiu3qian1wan4
900,000,0009,0000,0000 jiu3yi4
9,000,000,00090,0000,0000 jiu3shi2yi4

Use of ling2 (zero)

Under certain circumstances, the digit "zero" inside a number needs to be read (and written if we want to write the number with Chinese characters). When?

Well, let's take as example a 12 digits number (432143214321) and divide it "Chinese way", from right to left, in groups of four digits (4321,4321,4321). We so obtain three groups of four digits. Each group has, from right to left, the units, tens, hundreds and thousands digit position.

With that said:

  • rule n.1: if one or more zeros are at the end of any group of four digits, don't read or write them.

    Examples

    8880 ba1qian1ba1bai3ba1shi2

    88808880 ba1qian1ba1bai3ba1shi2wan4ba1qian1ba1bai3ba1shi2

    5000 wu3qian1

    50005000 wu3qian1wan4wu3qian1

  • rule n.2: if there's a single zero at the tens, hundreds or thousands position, read it.

    Examples

    606 liu4bai3ling2liu4

    6060 liu4qian1ling2liu4shi2

    6,0600 liu4wan4ling2liu4bai3

    606,0000 liu4bai3ling2liu4wan4

    6060,0000 liu4qian1ling2liu4shi2wan4

    6,0600,0000 liu4yi4ling2liu4bai3wan4

  • rule n.3: if there's a sequence of zeros where ling2 should be read or written, read or write it only once.

    Examples

    30030 san1wan4ling2san1shi2

    30003 san1wan4ling2san1

  • rule n.4: if a single zero (or a sequence of them) is twice or more times inside a number, read or write ling2 each time is needed.

    Examples

    70707 qi1wan4ling2qi1bai3ling2qi1

    7070007 qi1bai3ling2qi1wan4ling2qi1

Numbers from 100 to 100,000,000
and more

yi4bai3100 (2 zeros)
 
yi4bai3ling2yi1101Zero (ling2) here is to be read
yi4bai3ling2er4102
yi4bai3ling2san1103
yi4bai3ling2si4104
yi4bai3ling2wu3105
yi4bai3ling2liu4106
yi4bai3ling2qi1107
yi4bai3ling2ba1108
yi4bai3ling2jiu3109
yi4bai3yi1shi2110Ten, when inside a bigger number,
needs to be read as
yi1shi2
yi4bai3yi1shi2yi1111
yi4bai3yi1shi2er4112
yi4bai3yi1shi2san1113
yi4bai3yi1shi2si4114
yi4bai3yi1shi2wu3115
yi4bai3yi1shi2liu4116
yi4bai3yi1shi2qi1117
yi4bai3yi1shi2ba1118
yi4bai3yi1shi2jiu3119
yi4bai3er4shi2120
yi4bai3san1shi2130
yi4bai3si4shi2140
yi4bai3wu3shi2150
yi4bai3liu4shi2160
yi4bai3qi1shi2170
yi4bai3ba1shi2180
yi4bai3jiu3shi2190
er4bai3200
san1bai3300
si4bai3400
wu3bai3500
liu4bai3600
qi1bai3700
ba1bai3800
jiu3bai3900
yi4qian11000 (3 zeros)
 
yi4qian1ling2yi11001Here ling2 is to be read only once
yi4qian1ling2er41002
yi4qian1ling2yi1shi21010
yi4qian1ling2yi1shi2yi11011
yi4qian1ling2yi1shi2er41012
er4qian1 or liang3qian12000
san1qian13000
si4qian14000
wu3qian15000
liu4qian16000
qi1qian17000
ba1qian18000
jiu3qian19000
yi2wan41 0000 (4 zeros)
 
yi2wan4ling2yi11 0001
yi2wan4ling2yi1shi21 0010
yi2wan4ling2yi4bai31 0100
yi2wan4ling2yi4bai3ling2yi11 0101ling2 here needs to be read once for each single zero
yi2wan4er4qian11 2000Both er4 and liang3 can be used before qian1, wan4, and yi4. Anyway, in numbers with qian1 preceded by wan4 or yi4, before qian1 is used more frequently er4.
er4wan4 or liang3wan42 0000
san1wan43 0000
si4wan44 0000
wu3wan45 0000
liu4wan46 0000
qi1wan47 0000
ba1wan48 0000
jiu3wan49 0000
shi2wan410 0000
er4shi2wan420 0000
san1shi2wan430 0000
si4shi2wan440 0000
wu3shi2wan450 0000
liu4shi2wan460 0000
qi1shi2wan470 0000
ba1shi2wan480 0000
jiu3shi2wan490 0000
yi4bai3wan4100 0000
er4bai3wan4200 0000
san1bai3wan4300 0000
si4bai3wan4400 0000
wu3bai3wan4500 0000
liu4bai3wan4600 0000
qi1bai3wan4700 0000
ba1bai3wan4800 0000
jiu3bai3wan4900 0000
yi4qian1wan41000 0000
er4qian1wan4 or liang3qian1wan42000 0000
san1qian1wan43000 0000
si4qian1wan44000 0000
wu3qian1wan45000 0000
liu4qian1wan46000 0000
qi1qian1wan47000 0000
ba1qian1wan48000 0000
jiu3qian1wan49000 0000
yi2yi41 0000 0000 (8 zeros)
er4yi4 or liang3yi42 0000 0000
san1yi43 0000 0000
si4yi44 0000 0000
wu3yi45 0000 0000
liu4yi46 0000 0000
qi1yi47 0000 0000
ba1yi48 0000 0000
jiu3yi49 0000 0000
shi2yi410 0000 0000
yi4bai3yi4100 0000 0000
yi4qian1yi41000 0000 0000
yi2wan4yi41 0000 0000 0000
yi2yi4yi41 0000 0000 0000 0000

Exercise

Write and read in Chinese the population of your country, of China, and of the whole world.


Extra Chinese Character 1001
character's usage score # 1057
frequency 0.0144167%

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yi4
-Hundred-million

This character has a different traditional version.

Traditional version HelpPronunciation HelpMeaning Help
yi4(same as simplified one's)


Extra Chinese Character 1002
character's usage score # 1342
frequency 0.0091341%

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ling2
-Zero; nought; nil; with a little extra
-Odd; fractional, part
-Wither and fall
-A surname

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

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