# More Chinese Numbers: Counting to One Million

To form the higher Chinese Numbers we need to learn a couple of new base words for:

• hundred (100)
• thousand (1,000)
• ten thousand (10,000)

Similarly to the numbers 1 to 9 which we learned here, the higher numbers are made of a few simple strokes. Here is the stroke order so you can practice them:

## More Base Chinese Numbers: Hundred, Thousand, Ten Thousand

#### Writing Chinese Numbers 100, 1,000, 10,000

Arabic Chinese Pinyin Stroke Order
100 bǎi      1,000 qiān   10,000 wàn   ## How about One Million in Chinese?

There are no special symbols for 100,000 or one million, once again we apply some simple math:

#### Writing Chinese Numbers 100,000 and 1 Million

Arabic Multiply Chinese Number Pinyin
100,000   10 X 10,000 =  100,000
shíwàn
1,000,000   100 X 10,000 =  1,000,000
bǎiwàn

## Forming the Larger Numbers in Chinese

Now we will apply the same rules for forming the larger numbers as the ones we used for forming the numbers 1 to 99.

For the numbers 1 to 99, the number 10 is our base or "stop" number. To form the larger numbers, we use the additional base or stop numbers we just learned (100, 1000, 10,000, 1,000,000) and apply the same rule:

If the number goes AFTER the stop number, you ADD it.

If the number goes BEFORE the stop number, you MULTIPLY it.

Let's build some numbers!

#### Forming the Larger Numbers in Chinese  (5*100)
= 500
wǔbǎi    (5*100)+(10+2)
= 512
wǔbǎishíèr    (5*100)+(2*10)
= 520
wǔbǎièrshí     (5*100)+(2*10)+2
= 522
wǔbǎièrshíèr  (6*1,000)
= 6,000
liùqiān    (6*1,000)+(3*100)
= 6,300
liùqiānsanbǎi  (5*10,000) = 50,000 wǔwàn    (5*10,000) + (5*1,000)
= 55,000
wǔwànwuqiān  (10*10,000) = 100,000 shíwàn   (9*100*10,000)
= 9,000,000
jiùbǎiwàn

## Chinese Numbers: Pay Special Attention:

• The number 10 and 1,000 are very similar, don't get confused:

 10 1,000 • Although there is a Chinese character for the number ZERO, the circle or arabic equivalent is often used, you can see why:  Zero líng
• The number zero needs to be called when it occurs in the middle of a number, for example:  0 808 babǎilíngba

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