Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Interesting Chinese characters 十shí ten - 百bǎi hundred - 千qiān shousand

We will learn 3 charcaters which are related to numbers today,
shí ten - bǎi hundred - qiān shousand

shí means ten in Chinese. Originally it was a knot, please look at the oracle bone character

Some words with
        十一(shíyī) 11
        十二(shíèr 12

bǎi means hundred. It looks like a head in old character, please have a look. Ancient Chinese people use the image of head to show the meaning of hundred.
Words with

        一百(yì bǎi      100
        二百(èr bǎi        200
        三百(sān bǎi     300

qiān means thousand. Since we use a head to show Hundred, how do we show Thousand?  It must be bigger than a head, isn’t it? It is a person with a horizontal line.
Words with

        一千(yì qiān           1000
        一千人(yì qiān rén     1000 people
        几千人(jǐ qiān rén      thousands of people

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