2020-03-10advanced

Number Worship – HSK 5 Reading Practice

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.

Reading Practice

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zhōng guó rén
中国人
中國人
Chinese person/people
tè bié
特别
特別
especially, special, unusual
xǐ huan
喜欢
喜歡
to like, to be fond of
 
 
8
8
 
”、“
 
6
6
 
”、“
 
9
9
 
děng
et cetera, and so on
shù zì
数字
數字
digit, number
 
yīn wèi
因为
因為
because, owing to
 
 
8
8
 
de
~'s (possessive particle)
fā yīn
发音
發音
to pronounce, pronunciation, to emit sound
xiàng
to resemble, to be like
 
to send out, to issue
 
”,
bèi
by, (indicates passive-voice clauses)
rèn wéi
认为
認為
to believe, to consider
yǒu
to have, there is
 
fā cái
发财
發財
to get rich
 
de
(used after an attribute)
yì si
意思
意思
meaning
 
 
 
6
6
 
bèi
by, (indicates passive-voice clauses)
rèn wéi
认为
認為
to believe, to consider
yǒu
to have, there is
 
shùn lì
顺利
順利
smoothly, without a hitch
 
de
(used after an attribute)
yì si
意思
意思
meaning
 
 
 
9
9
 
de
(used after an attribute)
fā yīn
发音
發音
to pronounce, pronunciation, to emit sound
with, together with
 
jiǔ
(long) time
 
yí yàng
一样
一樣
same, like
 
yǒu
to have, there is
 
cháng cháng jiǔ jiǔ
长长久久
長長久久
(for a) long time
 
de
(used after an attribute)
yì si
意思
意思
meaning
 

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”.

Character set
Pinyin
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zhōng guó rén
中国人
中國人
Chinese person/people
tè bié
特别
特別
especially, special, unusual
(negative prefix), not
xǐ huan
喜欢
喜歡
to like, to be fond of
 
 
4
4
 
zhè
this, these
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
shù zì
数字
數字
digit, number
 
yīn wèi
因为
因為
because, owing to
it
de
~'s (possessive particle)
fā yīn
发音
發音
to pronounce, pronunciation, to emit sound
with, together with
 
to die
 
xiāng jìn
相近
相近
close, similar to
 
 
 
14
14
 
bèi
by, (indicates passive-voice clauses)
rèn wéi
认为
認為
to believe, to consider
shì
is, are
 
yào
will, going to
to die
 
”,“
 
49
49
 
bèi
by, (indicates passive-voice clauses)
rèn wéi
认为
認為
to believe, to consider
shì
is, are
 
to die
de
structural particle: used after a verb or adjective, linking it to following phrase indicating effect, degree, possibility etc
jiǔ
(long) time
 
”,
dōu
all, entirely
shì
is, are
rén men
人们
人們
people
jì huì
忌讳
忌諱
taboo, to avoid as taboo, to abstain from
de
(used after an attribute)
shù zì
数字
數字
digit, number
 

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.

Character set
Pinyin
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shǒu jī
手机
手機
mobile phone
hào
ordinal number
huò zhě
或者
或者
or
chē pái
车牌
車牌
license plate
hào
ordinal number
rén men
人们
人們
people
xǐ huan
喜欢
喜歡
to like, to be fond of
xuǎn
to choose, to select
dài
to have, to contain
 
 
6
6
 
huò zhě
或者
或者
or
 
 
8
8
 
de
(used to form a nominal expression)
 
xiàng
to resemble, to be like
 
 
88888
88888
 
zhè yàng
这样
這樣
this kind of, like this
de
(used to form a nominal expression)
chē pái
车牌
車牌
license plate
hào
ordinal number
 
shèn zhì
甚至
甚至
even, so far as to
yào
must, to have to
gāo jià
高价
高價
high price
cái
only then, only
néng
to be able to, to be capable of
mǎi
to buy, to purchase
dào
(verb complement denoting completion or result of an action)
 

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”.

Character set
Pinyin

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