Do you think you can do it? Count up to 999 in Chinese? It’s probably easier than you think, especially if you have learned the basic numbers from 1-10 well. So, take a deep breath and let us teach you how…

In this Podcast you will learn:

1. How to count in Chinese numbers from 11-999

2. What numbers you should pay special attention to (some have hidden meanings)

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

1. 十一,十二,十三: 11, 12, 13 etc

2. 二十,三十,四十: 20,30,40 etc

3. 二十一,三十一, 四十一:21,31,41 etc

4. 一百,二百,三百:100,200,300 etc

5. 二百一十,三百一十,四百一十:210,310,410 etc

6. 二百一,三百二,四百五:210,320,450:

Note: these are the casual ways to say such numbers

7. 二百零一,三百零一,四百零一:201,301,401

8. 一百二十三,三百四十五,九百九十九: 123,345,999

9. 零:0

You might like to refresh your knowledge about numbers 1-10 from an earlier Podcast .

Cultural note: the number 250 (二百五) can also mean “stupid person” or “simpleton”. For example, “你是二百五” means “You are a stupid person” which is an insult and either should be avoided, or you should pay careful attention if you do use it.

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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