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How to say amounts of money with ‘kuai’

It's vital to master how to say amounts of money in Chinese!

掌握如何用中文表达钱币数量很重要!

Chinese has a specific structure for talking about amounts of money:

中文里有表达钱数的特殊结构:

Number + 块 + Number + 毛

Examples

sān kuài bā máo

三块八毛

three kuai eight mao (3.8)

shí kuài liǎng máo

十块两毛

ten kuai two mao (10.2)

jiǔ kuài wǔ máo

九块五毛

nine kuai five mao (9.5)

wǔshí kuài wǔ máo

五十块五毛

fifty kuai five mao (50.5)

If the smaller units are only in tens, you can just say the number. For example, 3.8 RMB is "三块八 (sān kuài bā)". Also this way of speaking is normally only used in matters with less than 100.

如果较小的单位是十以内的话,你可以就只是说该数字,因而3.8RMB就是“三块八”,另外,这个说法一般只是用于少于100的情况。

yī kuài qī

一块七

One kuai seven mao (1.7)

èr shí sān kuài bā

二十三块八

Twenty-three kuai eight mao (23.8)

liù shí kuài wǔ

六十块五

Sixty kuai five mao (60.5)

The first number is the amount of whole RMB, and the second is the amount smaller units (e.g. cents). So 3.86 RMB is:

第一个数字是整个RMB的数目,而第二个数字是较小单位的数目(如“分”)。因此3.86RMB就是:

sān kuài bā máo liù

三块八毛六

three kuai eight mao six fen (3.86)

And if there's no smaller unit, e.g. 3 RMB, you can just say:

要是没有较小的单位的话,如3RMB,你可以就说:

sān kuài

三块

Three kuai

块 (kuài) is the more common, informal way to talk about money. More formally you can use 元 (yuán) in exactly the same way. This is similar to the difference between "dollars" and "bucks" in American English, or "pounds" and "quid" in British English.

“块”是比较常见、非正式谈论钱币的方式,较正式的话你可以用“元”,方法完全一样。这和美式英语里的“dollars”与“bucks”、或英式英语的“pounds”与“quid”类似。

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2016-08-08

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