listening comprehension drills for numbers?

January 28, 2012, 01:56 PM posted in General Discussion

I find that I am often unable to understand numbers in Chinese, and I think it would be useful to have some kind of software that provided drills.  I want to train myself to be able to hear a number and write it down immediately.  My idea is that it would work something like this.

1. The comupter reads aloud some number

2. The user types the number in numeral format

3. The computer reveals the correct answer.

I would want to be able to select ranges of numbers up to the billlions, and also have some random drills with percentages, units of currency, ratios, etc.  Of course, the more it could be customized or randomized the better.  It would be really great if there were other listening exercises such as fill in the blank were a speaker using a normal pace of speech is giving some information with lots of numeric descriptions.  I am sure I am not the first person to think of this, but so far I have not found anything by searching the web. Also, even if I had some sort of flashcard program for creating cards, I don't want to ask a Chinese friend to please make recordings of all the numbers from 1 to 100 billion for me!  Any ideas?

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January 29, 2012, 12:07 AM

It is more than just numbers that take getting used to. Calendar dates, percentages / fractions, shop store discounting all use phrases and numbers together that takes getting used to. Try lots of repetitive listeing to weather reports and short news items (with lots of numbers) on cntv. Also repetitive listening to dialogues at cpod with numbers/counting ( I still remember listening to the "有几个零" dialogue many times). You can also try chinese number input programmes as well and just say the number before typing.