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Lesson 010 Numbers: 6 7 8 9 10

07-08-2010 13:41 BJT

Y: Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Hi, everyone, glad to have you with us again on Chinese Studio. I’m Yajie.
C: Good morning, I’m Cam. Last time we learned some numbers. 0 líng, 1 yī, 2 èr, 3 sān, 4 sì, 5 wǔ, and what’s the topic this time?
Y: Today will learn the remaining numbers! Let’s check the Key words of the day!
*****************Key words of the day
This time we’ll learn five more numbers, and they are: 6 7 8 9 10. All in today’s Chinese Studio.

C: Yajie, how do you say 6 and 7 in Chinese?
Y: 6 is liù, forth tone, liù. And 7 is qī, first tone. (starting to imitate the sound sent by a pan when the food’s boiling. )
C: liù, qī.
Y: Right, for example, you can say “六本书” or “七本书”。Běn is a measure word for books, and shū means book. So “六本书” “七本书”
C: 六本书 七本书。

C: Good, then what’s 8 and 9 in Chinese?
Y: 8 is bā. And 9 is jiǔ, third tone. bā , jiǔ.
C: bā, jiǔ.  And what happens if we put these two the other way around, as in, jiu ba?
Y: That means bar!  It’s a totally different word!
C:  I will have to remember that!
Y:  And you might go to the bar at 8 o’clock or 9 o’clock. 八点,九点。Diǎn means o’clock. 八点,eight o’clock 九点 nine o’clock。
C: 八点,九点.

C: OK, we have only 10 left. What’s 10?
Y: 10 is shí, second tone. Shí.
C: shí.
Y: Yeah, then how do you say “10 books” and “10 o’clock” in Chinese?
C: I see. It’s “十本书” and  “十点”.
Y: Right, “十本书”  “ 十点 ”.

****************Key words reminder
6 7 8 9 10,六本书, 七本书,八点,十点。

Y: Now let’s review.  Today we learned how to say another five more numbers in Chinese. And they are 6 7 8 9 10 (liù qī bā jiǔ shí).
C: 6 7 8…(liù qī bā). Sorry, I can’t follow you. 6 (liù) is six, and 7(qī) is seven, 8 (bā) is eight.  How do you say nine and ten again?
Y: nine is 9 (jiǔ) in Chinese. 9 (jiǔ).
C: 9 (jiǔ).
Y: And ten is 10 (shí).  The second tone, 10 (shí).
C: 10 (shí).
Y: Right. We also learned some phrases. How do you say six books?
C: Let me see. Is it六本书(liù běn shū)?
Y: Well done. It is 六本书. Then how do you say eight o’clock?
C: It’s八点(bā diǎn). 点(diǎn) here means o’clock.
Y: And nine o’clock is?
C: It’s九点. (jiǔ diǎn)
Y: What about ten o’clock?
C: Is it十点 (shí diǎn)?
Y: Yes. OK, that’s it for today. You can win a CRI gift by answering the question of the day: What time is it?
C: Yep, that’s quite easy. You can send us questions or comments to  That’s  Or you can visit us on our website at Click learn Chinese, where you can enjoy other free Chinese-learning programs.
Y: Well class is over. 再见!
C: 再见!

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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