Thursday, 6 March 2008

十 - ten – shí

Today we shall learn the Mandarin character for the number ten. 十 is written as shí in pinyin and is pronounced shur with a 2nd or rising tone.

Now that we have learnt all the numbers from one to ten you can practice counting. Concentrate on getting the tones right.

yī èr sān sì wǔ liù qī bā jiǔ shí

There is another important point to remember about the number ten. In Mandarin the number ten can easily be confused with the number four. They sound very similar, sì and shí. I’m afraid it is not unknown for con-men to take advantage of this, so please be very careful, especially when you first arrive in China. Always remember to ask for a receipt when you take a taxi.