Shall we count?

Counting is pretty straight forward in Chinese, as long as you know primary school mathematics.

Basic building blocks for numbers (0~10):

零(líng) 一(yī) 二(èr) 三(sān) 四(sì) 五(wǔ) 六(liù) 七(qī) 八(bā) 九(jiǔ) 十(shí)

Let’s do some simple maths:

十(shí)一(yī) –> 11=10+1

二(èr)十(shí) –> 20=2×10

三(sān) 十(shí) 五(wǔ) –> 35=3×10+5

Once you know this rule, you can count from 0 to 99.

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