Names of numbers in Chinese

I found a way to make remembering the names of large numbers easier:

In Chinese, large numbers change names when they increase by 10000 (10^4). 10^4 is 萬, 10^8 is 億, and 10^12 is 兆.

In English, large numbers change names when they increase by 1000 (10^3). 10^3 is thousand, 10^6 is million, 10^9 is billion, and 10^12 is trillion.

思想語言 Thinking About Languages

One thing that can be confusing is the names of numbers in Chinese. It is not simple to translate one to the other, especially for numbers above one hundred. In English, the name change occurs at the thousand. For example, a million is equivalent to a thousand thousand. In Chinese, the name change is at 萬, which is ten thousand, so the names do not change at the same numbers. 一億 is equivalent to 一萬萬. I do not know if this makes a difference in the perception of numbers. Does 十萬 seem larger or smaller than one hundred thousand? I’m not sure. If I write down the number, I know the two terms are identical.

1 = one = 一
10 = ten = 十
100 = one hundred = 一百
1000 = one thousand = 一千
10000 = ten thousand = 一萬
100000 = one hundred thousand = 十萬

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