Box 5–1 Number Names in Chinese, English, and Spanish

a. One to ten

Arabic numeral

1

2

3

4

5

Chinese (spoken)

yi

er

san

si

wu

English

one

two

three

four

five

Spanish

uno

dos

tres

cuatro

cinco

b. Eleven to twenty

Arabic numeral

11

12

13

14

15

Chinese (spoken)

shi yi

shi er

shi san

shi si

shi wu

English

eleven

twelve

thirteen

fourteen

fifteen

Spanish

once

doce

trece

catorce

quince

c. Twenty to ninety-nine

Language

Rule

Chinese (spoken)

Decade name (unit name+shi)+unit name

English

Decade name [(twen, thir, for, fif, six, seven, eight, nine) +-ty]+unit name

Spanish

Decade name (veinte, treinta, cuarenta, cincuenta, sesenta, setenta, ochenta, noventa)+and (y)+unit name



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