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Tally Marks in Chinese

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 04:38

Do you know what tally marks are?

They are used when counting with a pencil and paper.

In western societies, a common way to note tally marks is like this:

You mark down a single stroke, each time you’re counting an item. After you have 4 strokes down, on your 5th stroke you cross off the first 4. That way it’s easy to count a group of 5.

In Chinese they use the same concept, but instead of vertical strokes, they try to build the character 正 as follows:

As you can see, each complete 正 character uses 5 strokes. So a series of 正 would each represent 5, just like the English ones above.

So where else can you see 正 tallies?

When you are ordering items from a menu, you can use 正 to indicate the number of dishes you want to order. Start with 一 for one, and work your way up.

So the next time you see the above strokes, you’ll know what its purpose is!

CLO_004: I can speak a little Chinese

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:15
In this lesson you will learn: Numbers Wo3 shi4 Mei3guo2ren2 Ni3 shi4 Zhong1guo2ren2 ma? Shi4, wo3 shi4 Zhong1guo2ren2 Ni3 shi4 Jia1na2da4ren2 ma? Bu4 Ni3 shi4 Ying1guo2ren2 ma? Bu2 shi4, wo3 bu2 shi4 Ying1guo2ren2 Hui4 Shuo1 Hui4 shuo1 Ni3 hui4 shuo1 Zhong1wen2 ma? Hui4, wo3 hui4 shuo1 Zhong1wen2 Bu2 hui4. Wo3 bu2 hui4 shuo1 Zhong1wen2 Yi1dian3 Wo3 hui4 shuo1 yi1dian3 Ni3 shi4 Ao4zhou1ren2 ma? Bu2 shi4, wo3 shi4 Mei3guo2ren2 Ni3 hui4 shuo1 Fa3wen2 ma? Bu2 hui4, [...]

CLO_003: Introductions

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:04
In this lesson you will learn: Numbers Greetings and Introduction: Ni3 hao3 Ni3 hao3 Ni3 hao3 ma? Wo3 hen3 hao3 Xie4xie Da4jia1 hao3 Wo3 shi4 Adam Verb: to be Wo3 shi4 Ni3 shi4 Ta1 shi4 Ta1 shi4 Countries: Mei3guo2 Zhong1guo2 Jia1na2da4 Ying1guo2 Fa3guo2 / Fa4guo2 Ao4zhou1 Nationalities: Mei3guo2ren2 Zhong1guo2ren2 Jia1na2da4ren2 Ying1guo2ren2 Languages: Zhong1wen2 Ying1wen2 Tones Greetings and Introduction: Nǐ hǎo Nǐ hǎo Nǐ hǎo ma? Wǒ hěn hǎo Xièxie Dàjiā hǎo Wǒ shì Adam Verb: to be Wǒ shì Nǐ shì Tā shì Tā shì Countries: Měiguó Zhōngguó Jiānádà Yīngguó Fǎguó / Fàguó Àozhōu Nationalities: Měiguórén Zhōngguórén Jiānádàrén Yīngguórén Languages: Zhōngwén Yīngwén PDF Notes: [...]

CLO_002: Greetings

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 17:39
In this lesson you will learn: Numbers Da1 high tone Da2 rising tone Da3 falling rising tone Da4 falling tone Ni3 hao3 Hao3 Ni3 hao3 ma? Wo3 hen3 hao3 Ni3 Wo3 Ta1 Ta1 hao3 ma? Ta1 hen3 hao3 Xie4xie Xie4xie ni3 Zai4jian4 Tones Dā high tone Dá rising tone Dǎ falling rising tone Dà falling tone Nǐ hǎo Hǎo Nǐ hǎo ma? Wǒ hěn hǎo Nǐ Wǒ Tā Tā hǎo ma? Tā hěn hǎo Xièxie Xièxie nǐ Zàijiàn PDF Notes: [...]

CLO_001: The Four Tones

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:30
In this lesson you will learn: Numbers • high tone • rising tone • falling rising tone • falling tone • zhu1 high tone. • zhu2 rising tone. • zhu3 falling rising tone. • zhu4 falling tone. • qi3 falling rising tone • ting1 high tone • kan4 falling tone • lai2 rising tone Tones • high tone • rising tone • falling rising tone • falling tone • zhū high tone. • zhú rising [...]


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CLO_Podcast Update: May 2010

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 10:31
- Current online subscribers can email for free beta pass to new CLO website - Standalone CLO iPhone app being worked on for level 1 - Spanish version of CLO coming out over next few months - Welcome CLO listeners Kevin and Jana to Taiwan!

CLO_Podcast Update: February 2010

Wed, 02/10/2010 - 09:11
- Happy Chinese New Year of the Tiger from CLO! - Site development continuing in 4 phases: 1. Rerecording and remixing of older lessons and updating transcripts 2. Update of bulk downloads 3. New CLO site testing and feature addition - Existing online users can try out this site (beta) if interested. 4. iPhone version of CLO Level One being worked [...]