It’s not quite numerology, but Chinese definitely do put a lot of weight on numbers. In this HSK 5 reading practice we’ll take a look at some numbers that are significant in Chinese culture. You may have learned about these numbers before, but your lesson was probably not in Chinese! Congratulations on progressing this far in your Chinese learning.
Every HSK level increases both in difficulty and the amount of increase from the preceding level. In order to level up to HSK 6 it will take a lot of reading practice. Lucky for you, we have the practice sentences below! After those there are links to a couple lessons and on our app we have hundreds of lessons for your level.
Chinese people especially like numbers like 8, 6, and 9. Because 8 sounds like fā, it is believe that it means to become rich. The number 6 is believed to mean “go smoothly”. The pronunciation of 9 is the same as for “long time”, and has the meaning “for a long time”.
Chinese especially dislike the number 4, because its pronunciation is similar to that for death. 14 is believed to mean “will die”, 49 is “dead for long”, and both of them are taboo numbers.
For mobile phone numbers and car license numbers, people like to use 6 or 8. You must pay a high price to get a license plate number such as “88888”.
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