Numbers are a vitally important part of everyday life; for counting money, knowing how much things are in the shops or getting someone’s phone number. Often there are many ways to express numbers depending on the context so it’s essential to know how to use them properly.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to talk about the various common usages of numbers

(ii) To respond when someone asks about a new phone number or amount


Some everyday examples of using numbers in our conversations:


(zài jiē shàng)

(on the street)

  1. Male
  2. Female


Wǒ huàn diàn huà le. Xīn hào mǎ shì yī bā liù èr sān sì wǔ liù qī jiǔ líng.

I changed my phone number. The new number is one eight six, two three four five, six seven nine zero.


Hǎo. Nà nǐ gěi wǒ dǎ yī gè ba.

Okay, give me a call then.



Jīn tiān lǐ bài jǐ?

What day is it today?


Jīn tiān lǐ bài èr a.

Today is Tuesday.


Ò, nà xiǎo lì de shēng rì shì lǐ bài sì me?

Oh, Xiao Li’s birthday is Thursday, right?






Nǐ de shēng rì shì jǐ yuè jǐ hào?

When is your birthday?


Wǒ de shēng rì shì shí yuè qī hào.

My birthday is October 7th.



Zhè tiáo qún zi nǐ mǎi de duō shǎo qián?

How much did you buy this dress for?


Yī bǎi èr shí wǔ kuài.

One hundred and twenty-five Yuan.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

换电话:change (phone) number

新号码:new number

给我打一个:give me a call

礼拜几:What day is it today?







一百;one hundred


Cultural/Grammar note:

When you talk about telephone numbers, ‘one’ is usually pronounced as ‘yāo’ in Chinese.

When we say ‘我换电话了’, it does not always mean ‘I have bought a new phone’. In spoken Chinese, we mean ‘I have changed my phone number’ by saying ‘我换电话了’.

In Chinese, there are different ways of expressing the seven days in a week. We can say both ‘星期’ or ‘礼拜’. For example, ‘星期一’ or ‘礼拜一’ for Monday, ‘星期二’ or ‘礼拜二’ for Tuesday, etc.

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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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