Numbers 1 to 10 in Chinese

Chinese Numbers 1-10

数字一到十 ( Shù zì yī dào shí ) – Numbers one to ten

The numbers from 1 to 10 in Chinese are the following:

  • 一   ( yī ) – 1
  • 二   ( èr ) – 2
  • 三   ( sān ) – 3
  • 四   ( sì ) – 4
  • 五   ( wǔ ) – 5
  • 六   ( liù ) – 6
  • 七   ( qī ) – 7
  • 八   ( bā ) – 8
  • 九   ( jiǔ ) – 9
  • 十   ( shí ) – 10

Bonus number – zero in Chinese

  • 零 ( líng ) – 0

Sometimes you may see the symbol 〇 informally used for zero.

  • 〇 ( líng ) – 0

Lucky number 8  八  ( bā )

Did you know that the number 8 is lucky in Chinese culture?

That is because the word for the number 8 八 (bā) sounds similar to the word for fortune/wealth (fā)

That is why the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was scheduled to open at 8:08pm on the 8th of August 2008 (8/8/08).

Unlucky number 4  四  ( sì )

Did you know that the number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese culture?

That is because the word for the number 4 四 (sì) sounds similar to the word for die/dead in Chinese 死 (sǐ).

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