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Chinese numerals

The complex numerals are used on cheques, banknotes and coins and are the equivalent of writing 'one', 'two', 'three', etc, rather than 1, 2, 3. The simple numerals are used for everything else. The same numerals are also used in Japanese and Korean.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Simple form
花碼 (huā mǎ)
Complex form
Mandarin líng èr sān lìu jiǔ shí
Cantonese lìhng yāt yih sàam sei nǵh luhk chāt baat gáu sahp
Hokkien kong jit nng shi ngo lak chit bat gau zap
Hakka lang yit ngi sam si ng liuk chit bat giu sip

Large numbers are divided into units of ten thousand, so 1 million is one hundred ten-thousands.


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