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Lesson 009 Numbers from 0 to 5 in Chinese

07-08-2010 13:41 BJT

Yajie: Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Welcome to this edition of Chinese Studio. I’m Yajie.
Cam: Good morning, I’m Cam.
Y: This week we’ll mainly focus on numbers, which you can use almost everyday in China.
C: Right, numbers are very important in our lives. We are going to start from the very beginning. Let’s check Key Words of the Day!

************** Key words of the day
Today we’ll learn how to say the numbers from 0 to 5 in Chinese. They are 0 1 2 3 4 5. 0 1 2 3 4 5. All in today’s Chinese Studio!

Y: I have a question for you Cam. How many family members do you have?
C: There are 5.
Y: So, that’s 5口人 in Chinese. Wǔ is 5, the third tone. Wǔ.    kǒu is a measure word for people. You know in Chinese there are lots of measure words for different nouns. And rén means people. So your family has 5口人, five people .
C: Yeah, then how many family members do you have, Yajie?
Y: My family has 4口人。Sì is 4, forth tone. 4 口人,  4 people.

C: Yajie, could you please tell me how long have you been here, in Beijng?
Y: 3 years. 3 年。 Sān is 3, and nión means year. 3年,three years.  What about you? How many years have you been in Beijing?
C: One year.
Y: OK, in Chinese one year is 1 年。Yī means one, the first tone. But if it’s followed by a second tone syllable it should be changed to the forth tone. 1年(yì nián), one year. So it’s yi nian, instead of yi nian; remember we learned 一会儿 last week? it’s the same.  Cam, Give it a try, 1年(yì nián)
C: 1年(yì nián)

C: Ok, we already have learned 1 3 4 5. Then how about the two remaining numbers, 0 and 2?
Y: 0 is líng, second tone. Ling;
C: líng.
Y: 2 is èr, forth tone. èr.
C: Er. Now we’ve learned all of the numbers from 0 to 5. Let’s put them together.
Y: They are: 0; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5. (in Chinese)
C:  0 1 2 3 4 5 (ling, yī, èr, sān, sì, wǔ). That sounds like a song. I’ll be able to start using these right away.

**********Key words reminder:
Today we’ve learned how to say the six basic numbers from 0 to 5 in Chinese. They are 0, zero; 1, one, 2, two, 3, three, 4, four, 5, five ; And also 5口人, five persons,; 4口人, four persons,; 3年, three years ; 1年, one year.

Y:  Well. That’s it for today. One more thing, you can win a gift by answering the question of the day: How do you say three in Chinese? Your answer can be written in pinyin or the Chinese alphabet. Of course it would be perfect if you could write Chinese characters.
C: Send us your answer to That’s If you answer the question correctly, you’ll be able to win CRI prizes! Also you are welcome to log on to the website, that’s  It’s available 24 hours a day.
Y: Well, class is over. 再见!
C: 再见!

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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