Aim: This page is to help you speak and write numbers correctly.
Background: Many Hong Kong students have problems speaking English numbers correctly. This may be because English does not have a single word for 一萬 and uses 'ten thousand'. There are also differences in larger numbers; e.g. 一億 is one hundred million. Click here for a program that translates Chinese numbers into English. English also uses commas, hyphens and 'and' in descriptions of numbers; e.g. 98,765 = 'ninety-eight thousand, seven hundred and sixty-five'. Also, American and British English use slightly different descriptions.
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The rules for describing numbers are not very difficult. Here they are:
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