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Numbers are probably “the easiest” Chinese words for children to learn. A lot of students can say, recognize and write numbers before class begins. So I want to move one step further to teach them how to say Chinese for any number between 0-999, for an example, 47, 38, 502, 425 ad 999. Do you know how to do it?

The following are the basic vocabulary this lesson.

Chinese Pinyin English
Chinese lesson on numbers: Yi líng zero
Chinese lesson on numbers: Yi yī One
Chinese lesson on numbers: Er èr Two
Chinese lesson on numbers: San sān Three
Chinese lesson on numbers: Si sì Four
Chinese lesson on numbers: Wu wÇ” Five
Chinese lesson on numbers: Liu liù Six
Chinese lesson on numbers: Qi qī Seven
Chinese lesson on numbers: Ba bā Eight
Chinese lesson on numbers: Jiu jiÇ” Nine
Chinese lesson on numbers: Shi shí­ Ten
Chinese lesson on numbers: Shi bÇŽi hundred
Chinese lesson on numbers: Shi qiān thousand
Chinese lesson on age: JiChinese lesson on age: Sui jǐ suì How old?
Chinese lesson on age: DuoChinese lesson on age: Da duō dà How old?

1. Online flashcards & tests:

I created an account on and keyed in Chinese words, pinyin and their English translations to make a list of flashcards online. Please visit

It now has 42 virtual flashcards, which has Chinese character on the front, pinyin and English on the back. You can flip the virtual card by clicking on “Click to flip”. Also, you can make good use of other tools like and

Video on age. Watch the video to listen to conversation between student-to-student. Students were encouraged to practice with the teacher one-to-one in the class. Please click on the arrow to move forward and backward.

Due to the size of the program, content in the frame below may display blank. Simply refresh the current webpage or press F5 on your keyboard for the refresh function. Click here to see a full-screen presentation (Please enable your computer audio and increase the speaker volume. You can hear the song and follow the sound track):

This video is part of My First Chinese Reader series developed by For more information, pease visit

3. YouTube Videos on numbers and age.

3-1. YouTube video on numbers. “Qiaohu” show on numbers is my favorite way to teach numbers to children. The show relates numbers with all kinds of objects based on the outlook or shapes of the numbers. They also teach students new vocabulary via songs and movements. Also, I strongly believe Music is a great way to learn languages, for children and adults.

3-2. YouTube video on numbers in
Chinese sign language. Check it out!

3-3. YouTube video on how to count numbers from 10-99 in Chinese.
During last week’s class, students learned how to count numbers from 1-10 in Chinese. This week, I went one step further to teach students how to count numbers from 10-99 in Chinese.

3-4. YouTube video on age
. This YouTube Video teaches students to say “how old are you?” and “I am …. year old. ” repeatedly in Chinese.

4. YouTube Videos on Chinese culture.

4-1. YouTube video on Mid-Autumn Festival. Since Monday, the next day, was the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. I spent one class talking about this important Chinese festival, connecting students with the culture where the language comes from.

You can visit The traditional Chinese festival series: Mid-Autumn Festival for a more detailed introduction on the legend of Hou Yi and Chang E.

4-2. YouTube Videos on the Great Wall in China.
The Great Wall, one of the greatest architectural achievements in the history of human civilization, was built more than two thousand years ago.

The Great Wall is the longest construction in the world, stretching as long as about 10,000 li. If we built a wall one meter in width and five meters in height with the bricks and stones from the Great Wall, we would have a wall even longer the equator!

Built along the mountain range, the Great Wall was used for military defense in ancient times. But today, it has lost its military function and has become the monument of the ancient Chinese civilization and the symbol of Chinese traditional spirit.

4-3. YouTube Video on lion dance.
The lion dance, as a traditional Chinese folk sport and an activity of festive celebration, has a history of over one thousand years. Originally people performed the lion dance with the hope that the brave and mighty image of “the king of animals” would drive off the evil and ensure a peaceful life.

In the lion dance, usually two lions form a team, with each lion performed by two performers and one performer if the lion is a cub. One performer stands holding the lion’s head, and the other hunches performing the lion’s body.

The performers wear the costumes with long hair and paw-like shoes, imitating various actions of lions, such standing, squatting, running, strolling, rolling, scratching or competing for a ball. Sometimes they even play such acrobatic actions as rolling a big ball, balancing on a plank or climbing a raised platform.

Accompanied with the music of songs and drums, the lively and lovable “lions” add jubilance to the festival.

5. YouTube video on Chinese animation. For many Chinese who were born after 1970s, watching Chinese animation, mostly produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, was a remarkably beautiful and memorable part of their childhood.

The stories often come from children’s stories, fairy tales and Chinese folklores. Then the stories were projected into films with a fantastic, humorous, and vivid appeal by a special artistic approach.

The artistic styles include both puppet animation and drawn animation, with a particular expertise in adapting popular visual styles (paper-cuts, soft water-and-ink brush painting, Chinese Lunar New Year style wood-cuts or nianhua and so on) for animated film.

For these reasons and more, Chinese animated films have earned more than 200 national & international film festival awards. It is one of the Chinese film genres winning the most international prizes. See more information at Chinese animation – masterpiece of Chinese culture and art, part 1.

Three Monks is a Chinese animated feature film produced by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio. It is also referred to as Three monks, No Water.

The film is based on the ancient Chinese proverb “One monk will shoulder two buckets of water, two monks will share the load, but add a third and no one will want to fetch water”. The proverb is close in meaning to the saying “Let George do it”, wryly noting how individuals shirk group responsibilities.

6. Homework. Click here to download homework1 and homework2. It is “as easy as a pie”, isn’t it?

Do you have any good resources on counting numbers in Chinese? Feel free to share with us!

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