# Lesson Plan: How to Teach Chinese Numbers

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How to teach Chinese numbers to students involves explaining the meaning of numbers, and then the steps necessary to form different ranges of numbers. This lesson plan covers number formation in Chinese from 1 to 100,000,000.

## Lesson Plan for Teaching Chinese Numbers

• Explaining the meaning of Chinese numbers.
• Chinese number format from 1 to 10 with examples.
• Chinese number format from 11 to 99 with examples.
• Chinese number format from 100 to 999 with examples
• Chinese number format from 1,000 to 9,999 with examples
• Chinese number format from 10,000 to 100,000,000 with examples

## The Meaning of Chinese Numbers

In Chinese, numbers are called 数目【shùmù】in which 数【shù= number】and 目【mù=eye】 so the literal meaning is number eye. Chinese numbers up to 9,999 use the same decimal format as English, but above 10,000 are different.

## Number Format From 1 to 10 With Examples

èr=two, 2 or 两【liǎng=two, 2】****:

a.二【èr=two】 is often used to indicate order or number including decimal places.

Example 1:

1,2,3 …

Example 2:

0.2

Example 3:

My number is 285.

Or you can also use the Arabic numeral system to write Chinese numbers but still use Chinese Pinyin in pronunciation.

Example 4:

February

b.两【liǎng=two】is often used with a measure word when representing a single digit.

Example:

Two months

c.两【liǎng】is often used for telling the time and years when representing a single digit.

Example 1:

2 o’clock

Example 2:

Two years

## Number Format From 11 to 99 With Examples

Example:

12

Twelve is never said十两【shíliǎng】but十【shí=ten】

b. Multiples of 10

Example 1:

20

Twenty is often used as its shorthand character i.e. 廿【niàn=twenty】, especially in newspaper dates.

Example 2:

30

Thirty is often used as its shorthand character i.e. 卅【sà=thirty】, especially in newspaper dates.

c. Numbers above 20 (not multiples of 10)

Example:

99

## Number Format From 100 to 999 With Examples

a. Multiples of 100

Example:

200

Or

b. If there is a zero in the number (except at the end), it’s replaced by líng=zero】****.

Example:

101

c. If there is a zero in the number at the end

Example:

120

d. Numbers above 100 (not multiples of 100)

Example:

999

## Number Format From 1,000 to 9,999 With Examples

a. Multiples of 1000

Example:

2000

Or

b. If there are a two or more consecutive zeros in the number (except at the end), they are replaced by a single 零【líng】****.

Example:

1003

c. From 1,011 to 1,019

Example:

1011

d. Numbers above 1000 (not multiples of 1000).

Example:

9999

## Number Format From 10,000 to 100,000,000 With Examples

Example 1:

English decimal format: 10,000

Chinese decimal format: 1,0000 (four decimal places)

Example 2:

English decimal format: 100,000,000

Chinese decimal format: 1,0000,0000

Or