Last time we learned 0 - 10. They are never enough right? (there’s always inflation…)
So here we are. Larger numbers.
Add 百 after digits to express hundreds (100s).
百 baak3 Hundred 100
Same idea with 百. Not gonna expand from here.
千 cin1 thousand 1,000
Before we go further, we need to clarify one thing: East-asians deal with larger number differently, so do Cantonese, being part of the culture. Look at this scale:
千 | 萬 | 億 | 兆 1,000 | 10,000 | 100,000,000 | 1,000,000,000,000 Thousand | Ten-thousands | Hundred-millions | Trillion
Western culture counts by multiples of thousand; East-asian cultures count by multiples of TEN thousand. Every step up adds 4 digits.
It will need some time getting used to - we spent some time wrapping our minds around thousands too - fair and even :p
萬 maan6 Ten-thousand 10,000
億 yik1 Hundred-million 100,000,000
兆 siu6 Trillion 1,000,000,000,000
We learnt 百, 千, 萬, 億, 兆. From 萬 onwards, every step adds 4 zeros i.e. every step is ten thousand (10,000x) larger than the previous one.
What? That’s it?!
Yes. Let’s leave composing numbers to the next bite - and I promise it is long. In fact we have it in the right bottom corner already. Click!