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How do numbers work in Chinese?

一 yī 'one'
On its own pronounced yī. Before Tone 2 it becomes Tone 4, and before Tone 4 it becomes Tone 2.

liù qī bā jiǔ

二 ér 'two
But use liǎng before a Measure_Words.

三 sān 'three'
四 sì 'four'
五 wǔ 'five'

十 shí 'ten'

For eleven, twelve etc. you say "ten one", "ten two" etc.:

十一 shí
十二 shí
十三 shísān 'thirteen'
十四 shí
十五 shíwǔ 'fifteeen
十六 shí
十七 shí
十八 shí
十九 shí
This is easier than English (and much easier than Hindi that has different words for every number between one and a hundred!).

What about the tens?

You say "ten one", "ten two" etc.:

二十 shí



万 十万

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