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Sorji 🔊 (數字 Hokkien numerals)

1 2 3 / 三 4 / 四 5 / 五 6 / 六 7 / 七 8 / 八 9 / 九 10 / 十
Peh 🔊 cit (蜀) nng (兩) svaf six go lak chid peq kao zap
Buun 🔊 id (一) ji (二) safm sux gvor liok pad kiuo sip

Numbers in Taiwanese

There are two sets of numbers in Taiwanese: colloquial style (peh) and the literary style (buun). The colloquial readings come from Ancient Han Chinese/Old Chinese (Kor Harnguo) (ca. 0 BCE/CE), whereas the literary readings come from Han Chinese during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) (Kixntai Harnguo). Nowadays, the peh style is used most, whereas the buun style is mostly used to recite telephone numbers (tiexn'oe). See Buun-peh-i-thak for more info.


cit, nng, svaf, six, go, lak, chid, peq, kao 🔊

These are generally used for counting objects and will usually be followed by a classifier and thus obey tone sandhi. For example, cidtaai tiexnsi 🔊 (one television), or Cidbøea Hii (one fish).

Note: ji 🔊 is used in the ones, tens and hundreds place, whereas nng is used for multiples of numbers 100 and greater. This is analogous to the use of 二 and 兩 in Mandarin.

ji-zap-kao-taai chiaf 🔊 
29 cars
nngxpaq, nngxchiefn, nngxban 🔊 
200, 2000, 20,000


0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 🔊

Telephone digits are grouped according to certain rules and tone sandhi is applied.

For example, 3945068 🔊 is read: safm kiuo sux, gvor khoxng, liok pad (see Khax Tiexn'oe).

  • Ordinal numbers: only "1st" and "2nd" use literary, the rest use colloquial
    • texid, texji 🔊 第一, 第二
      First, second
      texsvaf, texsix, texgo 🔊 
      Third, fourth, fifth, etc