Counting in Chinese for kids is more straightforward than you may think

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Published: 01st August 2012
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Chinese characters numbers are very straightforward, in some aspects, more so than counting the numbers in English. When counting Mandarin Chinese numbers, all you have to remember is the first 10 numbers since they are used again in different ways throughout the rest of the number sequence to create the larger numbers.

Counting in Chinese for kids stays fairly straightforward throughout the entire number system, as long as you memorize 0 through 10 of course. Chinese characters numbers are based just on the first 10 numbers in the numbering system. All of the Chinese characters numbers combine the numbers 0 through 10. Furthermore, they are used again in various orders and then they are added, multiplied or added and multiplied together in order to make the larger numbers. The symbol in, around or above the written character is a pinyin. The pinyin shows what tone or inflection in which one should say the Chinese characters numbers. There are five tones for speaking Mandarin Chinese numbers.

The five pinyin tones are as follows:

1. Flat and high
2. The inflection goes down
3. The inflection dips
4. The inflection goes down hard and fast
5. There is no inflection or tone

Chinese characters numbers are broken down just similar to if you were counting all the numbers individually; they also are spoken how they appear. The teen numbers are spoken and scripted as if you are adding them. For example, 15 would be said in the form of 10 + 5 and is said as ten five. The bigger numbers like forty are spoken, counted and scripted as if the numbers are being multiplied together; for example, 60 would be 6 x 10 and would be referred to as six tens. Furthermore, in between the larger even ten numbers such as twenty, thirty or forty you write and say them like you are adding and multiplying the smaller numbers. For example, 78 would be 7 x 10 + 4 and is said seven tens four. It is also like the example above when working with hundreds. As another example, 161 would be 1 + 100 + 6 x 10 + 1 and would be said one hundreds six tens one. The numbers are also written this way. The Mandarin Chinese numbers are scripted in this specific sequence to show the number much like they are in English, with the exception of English does not say the numbers like you are using math to say them.

The easiest way to learn counting in Chinese for kids is to associate the Mandarin Chinese numbers with counting the numbers with your fingers. It will help to clear up all of the confusion with what the number amount is that goes with the word, not to mention you can retain it faster. When counting in Chinese for kids, it is better that the kids learn how to count in Chinese after learning adding and multiplying in English because this will make it much easier for the kids to understand the Chinese number system where the larger numbers have to be added or multiplied using the smaller numbers.

Counting in Chinese for kids can be easier than counting in English as long you remember a few basic things. Before learning to count in Chinese, as previously said, it is best if you first can add and multiply in English. Any confusion with Mandarin Chinese numbers can be cleared up easily with counting the numbers on your fingers to associate the word with the number amount. This will also help you to remember the numbers and the words that accompany the numbers. (Yes, this was all said before; however, if you want to eliminate any confusion, these points need to be reinforced.)

By using these simple steps, counting in Chinese for kids should be made simpler for them to remember. To strengthen your retention, try applying Chinese numbers in your everyday life because after all, practice makes perfect.

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