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.

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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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èr
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sān
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Three
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shí
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Ten

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shí      
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11
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shí   èr   
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12
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shí   sān   
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13
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èr   shí   
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20
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èr   shí      
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21
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èr   shí   èr   
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22
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èr   shí   sān   
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23
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sān   shí   
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30
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sān   shí      
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31
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sān   shí   èr   
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32
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sān   shí   sān   
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33


Combining the above four Chinese characters, more numbers can be obtained. And remember that you can click on the characters to see their pronunciation.

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


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