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A Guide to Counting in Chinese Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

One of the most important things you’ll learn at the beginning of your language studies is how to count. After all, it’s kind of hard to do your grocery shopping without knowing the numbers. There have been quite a few posts about counting in Chinese on the blog over the years, so¬†we’ve got you covered if you need to know how to count in Mandarin. Here are all of the related posts with short descriptions about each:

Chinese Numbers 1-100

It all starts from here...

It all starts from here…

Save this table that has the Chinese numbers from 1-100, study and practice them, and you’ll be counting up to 100 in no time. Includes Chinese characters and pinyin. For some additional help, check out the two videos below:

This is an instructional video teaching you how to count from 1-100.

Watch 100 Chinese people count to 100 and hear native speakers in action.

Chinese Numbers 0-1,000

Count your fat stack of RMB!

Count your fat stack of RMB!

Take it to the next level and learn how to count up to 1,000 with this post. It includes a review of the numbers up to 100, followed by a detailed explanation of how to make it all the way up to 1,000. Did you know that you actually only need to learn 13 Chinese characters to count all the way up to 1,000? It’s true! Study the post and then check out the video for more help:

Count to 1,000 with this video.

Hand Signs Numbers 1-10

Use one hand to count to 10 in China.

Use one hand to count to 10 in China.

People in China love to use hand signs for the numbers 1-10. Obviously, 1-5 are pretty self-explanatory, but you need to learn the signals for 6-10 to shop and bargain like a local. Take a look at this post and practice!

Dan from Off the Great Wall made this funny video to teach you the hand signals.

Decimals, Fractions, and Percentages

Numbers aren’t always even, so sometimes you have to deal with decimals and fractions. Percentages are also a bit tricky in Chinese. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve got a great guide to these three for you.

10 Must Know Chinese Measure Words

Knowing the numbers is great and all, but in Chinese you really need to learn some measure words to correctly count. While there are tons of measure words, we picked ten of the most common to use in this guide.

Get a brief intro to Chinese measure words from us.


By going over all of these posts and videos, you’ll practically be an expert on counting in Chinese. Don’t forget to learn a new Chinese word every day while you’re at it.

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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