Learn Chinese for Free—Lesson 7

Lesson 7 of 360

Today's Chinese characters:

零〇两

After this lesson, you will know how to count, without exceptions, from 1 onwards.

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Characters' Essentials

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líng
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Zero
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líng
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Zero (mostly used in numbers)
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liǎng
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Two

Description and Examples

Word
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   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­   ­
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101
Word
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   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­èr   ­
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102
Word
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   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­sān   ­
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103
Word
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   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­   ­
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104
Word
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   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­   ­
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105
Word
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   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­liù   ­
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106
Word
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   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­   ­
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107
Word
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   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­   ­
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108
Word
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   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­jiǔ   ­
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109
Word
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   ­qiān   ­líng   ­   ­
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1001
Word
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   ­qiān   ­líng   ­èr   ­
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1002
Word
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   ­qiān   ­líng   ­   ­shí   ­
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1010
Word
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   ­qiān   ­líng   ­   ­shí   ­   ­
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1011
Word
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   ­qiān   ­líng   ­   ­shí   ­èr   ­
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1012
Word
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   ­wàn   ­líng   ­   ­
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1 0001
Word
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   ­wàn   ­líng   ­   ­shí   ­
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1 0010
Word
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   ­wàn   ­líng   ­   ­bǎi   ­
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1 0100
Word
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   ­wàn   ­líng   ­   ­bǎi   ­líng   ­   ­
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1 0101
Word
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liǎng   ­qiān   ­
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2000
Word
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liǎng   ­wàn   ­
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2 0000
Word
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liǎng   ­qiān   ­wàn   ­
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2000 0000
Word
亿
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liǎng   ­   ­
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2 0000 0000


Numbers Key Points

Since we now know all five numbers key point characters, let's list them here.

1 zero
2 zeros
3 zeros
4 zeros
亿
8 zeros

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:

English
9
Chinese
9
English
90
Chinese
90
English
900
Chinese
900
English
9 000
Chinese
9000
English
90 000
Chinese
9 0000
English
900 000
Chinese
90 0000
English
9 000 000
Chinese
900 0000
English
90 000 000
Chinese
9000 0000
English
900 000 000
Chinese
9 0000 0000 亿
English
9 000 000 000
Chinese
90 0000 0000 亿

Use of
(or the alternative )

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 an example a 12 digits number (432,143,214,321) and divide it the "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

    8880 8880

    5000

    5000 5000

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

    Examples

    606

    <6060

    6 0600

    606 0000

    6060 0000

    6 0600 0000 亿

  • Rule n.3: if there's a sequence of zeros where (replaceable with ) should be read or written, read or write it only once.

    Examples

    3 0030

    3 0003

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

    Examples

    7 0707

    707 0007

Numbers from 100 to 100,000,000
and bigger

100 (2 zeros)
101 ( here is to be read)
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110 (when is inside a bigger number, it needs to be read as )
111
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
200
300
400
500
600
700
800
900
1000 (3 zeros)
1001 (here is to be read only once)
1002
1010
1011
1012
or
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
7000
8000
9000
1 0000 (4 zeros)
1 0001
1 0010
1 0100
1 0101 (here needs to be read once each single time)
1 2000 (both and can be used before , , or 亿, but in numbers with preceded by or 亿, before is used more frequently )
or
2 0000
3 0000
4 0000
5 0000
6 0000
7 0000
8 0000
9 0000
10 0000
20 0000
30 0000
40 0000
50 0000
60 0000
70 0000
80 0000
90 0000
100 0000
200 0000
300 0000
400 0000
500 0000
600 0000
700 0000
800 0000
900 0000
1000 0000
or
2000 0000
3000 0000
4000 0000
5000 0000
6000 0000
7000 0000
8000 0000
9000 0000
亿
1 0000 0000 (8 zeros)
亿 or 亿
2 0000 0000
亿
3 0000 0000
亿
4 0000 0000
亿
5 0000 0000
亿
6 0000 0000
亿
7 0000 0000
亿
8 0000 0000
亿
9 0000 0000
亿
10 0000 0000
亿
100 0000 0000
亿
1000 0000 0000
亿
1 0000 0000 0000
亿亿
1 0000 0000 0000 0000

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