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Words of the Day: Shu Zi (Numbers)

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 数字, shù zì (numbers). Chinese people value certain numbers greatly, such as the numbers 8 and 9. The number 8, 八,bā, sounds like 发, fā (prosperous), and the number 9, 九,jiǔ, has the same sound as 久,jiǔ (longevity, lasting a long time). It's very common for Chinese people to have a phone number with lots of number 8 and 9 in it. Imagine a Chinese person living on 8th street with a house number of 8, can't get better than that. One restaurant here in San Diego has a name 168, yī liù bā, sounds a lot like 一路发,yī lù fā, which means prosperous all the way. And yes, it's a Chinese restaurant.


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