零(líng)zero

Chinese name: 零 Pinyin: líng English name: zero Imagery: a farmer praying for water History of character: The number zero consists … More

十 shí (ten)

Chinese: 十 pinyin: shí English: ten Imagery: A traditional Chinese knot History of character:  This number represents a knot on a … More

九 jiǔ (nine)

Chinese: 九 Pinyin: jiǔ English: nine Imagery: a boy looking into a dark cave History of character: the character originally looked like … More

八 bā (eight)

Chinese: 八 Pinyin: bā English: eight Imagery: two watermelon halves History of character: The character looks like two smooth curves which indicates … More

七 qī (seven)

Chinese: 七 Pinyin: qī English: seven Imagery: a bent dagger History of character: The character originally looked like two crossing lines (十) … More

六 liù (six)

Chinese: 六 Pinyin: liù English: six Imagery: a hut History of character: The oracle bone of this character looks like a hut … More

五 wǔ (five)

Chinese: 五 Pinyin: wǔ English: five Imagery: the five elements of classical Chinese philosophy (Wu Xing) History of character: The character five … More

四 (sì) four

Chinese name: 四 Pinyin: sì English name: four History of Characters: This character originally looked like four horizontal strokes. The number four … More

三 (sān) three

Chinese: 三 pinyin: sān English: three Imagery: A representation of the heaven, the earth and human History of character: After the separation … More

二 (èr) two

Chinese:  二 Pinyin: èr English: two Imagery: A representation of the heaven and the earth History of character: The heaven and the earth … More