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U2L2 Cantonese numbers (數詞)

U2L2 Cantonese numbers (數詞)

In this lesson, numbers (數詞)and the way of counting in Cantonese from 1 to 100 and beyond will be introduced.

If you are not yet confident with using Jyutping, check out our Cantonese pronunciation guide now.

Cantonese numbers from 1 to 10

The following are numbers in Cantonese from 1 to 10.

Cantonese numbers from 1 to 10

零 [ling4]

0

[jat1]

1

[ji6]/ 兩 [loeng5]

2

[saam1]

3

[sei3]

4

[ng5]

5

[luk6]

6

[cat1]

7

[baat3]

8

[gau2]

9

[sap6]

10

To represent numbers more than 10 in Cantonese, you can simply put numbers together like Arabic numbers.

sap6 ji6

十二

12

ji6 sap6 jat1

二十一

21

luk6 sap6

六十

60

baat3 sap6 gau2

八十九

89

Difference between Cantonese number 二 [ji6] and 兩 [loeng5]

There are two ways to say two in Cantonese.  When you are not counting things, you should you used 二 [ji6] to represent two.

Meanwhile, you have to use 兩 [loeng5] instead of 二 [ji6] when you are counting something as two.  When you are counting for numbers greater than two and contain two in that number, 二 [ji6] is used instead of 兩 [loeng5].  The exception to this rule is 20000.  You can use both 二 [ji6] and 兩 [loeng5] to represent 20000 when counting.

No change is needed for other numbers when counting.

Numbers

Expressions when used as a number

Expressions when counting

2

二 [ji6]

兩 [loeng5]

20

二十 [ji6 sap6]

二十 [ji6 sap6]

200

二百 [ji6 baak3]

二百 [ji6 baak3]

2000

二千 [ji6 cin1]

二千 [ji6 cin1]

20000

二萬 [ji6 maan6]

二萬 [ji6 maan6]/ 兩萬 [loeng5 maan6]

200000

萬 [ji6 sap6 maan6]

萬 [ji6 sap6 maan6]

ji6

Two

ji6 sap6

二十

Twenty

ji6 baak3

二百

Two hundred

ji6 cin1

二千

Two thousand

ji6 maan6

二萬

Twenty thousand

loeng5 maan6

兩萬

Twenty thousand

ji6 sap6 maan6

Two hundred thousand

baat3 baak3

八百

Eight hundred

Cantonese numbers from 100 to beyond

Compound Numerals

[baak3]

100

[cin1]

1000

[maan6]

10000

十萬 [sap6 maan6]

100000

百萬 [baak3 maan6]

1000000

千萬 [cin1 maan6]

10000000

億 [jik1]

100000000

jat1 baak3

一百

100

ji6 baak3 ling4 gau2

二百零九

209

Instead of adding multiple zeros like Arabic numbers, only one zero will be added in to numbers in Cantonese.

jat1 cin1 ling4 jat1

一千零一

1001

jat1 cin1 ji6 baak3 gau2 sap6 jat1

一千二百九十一

1291

 

ji6 cin1 saam1 baak3 cat1 sap6

二千三百七十

2370

 

ji6 maan6 cat1 cin1 ling4 gau2

二萬七千零九

27009

gau2 sap6 maan6 ling4 jat1

九十萬零一

900001

Reference

  1. 張洪年(2007)。香港粤語語法的研究(增訂版)。香港:中文大學出版社,頁 333-335。

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