Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 1

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Today's Chinese characters:

一二三十

Here we are with your first Chinese characters! How do you feel? When I started to learn Chinese characters I felt pleasantly excited and at the same time terrified!

That's why I have carefully selected the characters in this first lesson. I want to soften as much as possible the impact.

Are they not the simplest signs you've ever seen? They are four numbers, number 1, number 2, number 3, and number 10, respectively.

Using our first, simple, pretty today's characters, you're going to learn how to write and read in Chinese the following numbers:

1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 30, 31, 32, and 33.

Character Knowledge Meter
2.04%
Today with this lesson your knowledge of Chinese characters will reach 2.04% of all the Chinese language usage!

Characters' Essentials

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ATTENTION: When alone, before or at the end of a word or a sentence, it is pronounced in the first tone. When it precedes a syllable of the first, second or third tone, it is pronounced in the fourth tone. It is pronounced in the second tone when it is followed by a fourth tone.
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-One
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èr
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-Two
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-Three
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-Ten

Description and Examples

Combining the above four Chinese characters, more numbers can be obtained.

For example, writing after , we get number eleven.

eleven

Writing or after , we get numbers twelve or thirteen, respectively.

twelve

thirteen

On the other hand, if we put or before , we obtain numbers twenty or thirty, respectively.

twenty

thirty

ATTENTION: Number ten doesn't need before . Anyway, as you're going to learn in a future lesson, if is inside a bigger number, such as 310 or 3010, is needed before it.

What if we write before and after ? Well, we get number 22!

twenty-two

Other examples:

twenty-one

thirty-one

thirty-three

Exercise

Using Chinese characters, write, on paper, the following numbers:

1 
2 
3 
10 
11 
12 
13 
20 
21 
22 
23 
30 
31 
32 
33 

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Characters' Details

Chinese Character 1 of 1000

appearance score: # 2
frequency: 1.5765677%
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1
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ATTENTION: When alone, before or at the end of a word or a sentence, it is pronounced in the first tone. When it precedes a syllable of the first, second or third tone, it is pronounced in the fourth tone. It is pronounced in the second tone when it is followed by a fourth tone.
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-One, 1; same; also; whole; wholehearted; single; each
-As soon as
-(A note, equivalent to 7, of the scale in gongchepu, a traditional Chinese musical notation)
-(Used as structural particle:
1. indicating that the action occurs once, lasts for a short time or is a try;
2. used before a verb or a verbal measure word to indicate an action and its result;
3. used before certain words for emphasis)

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

Chinese Character 2 of 1000

appearance score: # 157
frequency: 0.1382431%
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2
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-Two, 2
-(ATTENTION: For details about the different use of and , please see )
-Different

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Chinese Character 3 of 1000

appearance score: # 125
frequency: 0.1572432%
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3
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-Three, 3; more than two, many
-(A surname)

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

Chinese Character 4 of 1000

appearance score: # 112
frequency: 0.1751663%
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2
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-Ten, 10
-Topmost

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

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