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How Many Zeroes?

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ID: 1129 Elementary
The Chinese number system is based on groups of four zeroes, not three. Learn how to talk about big numbers in Chinese, in today's podcast.
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH
líng zero; 0
measure word, ones place
shí ten
bǎi hundred; 100

Xiǎo Jūn ，wǔ wàn yǒu jǐ ge líng ？
Xiao Jun, how many zeroes are there in ''fifty-thousand"?

wǒ xiǎng xiang ，gè ，shí ，bǎi ，qiān ，wàn ，sì ge líng 。
Let me think: ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands. Four zeroes.

zhème màn ！nà wǔ yì yǒu jǐ ge líng ？
So slow! So how many are there in ''five hundred million"?

gè ，shí ，bǎi ，qiān ，wàn ，shíwàn ......
Ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands...
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