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Welcome to Day Six of the Amazing Race.

It is always important to know the numbers in the local language when visiting another country. Big misunderstandings can occur when making purchases or while asking what gate in the airport your plane is leaving from and you are not sure of what numbers were said.

Race Coordinators, please prepare students by teaching them numbers from 1-12 in Chinese. Let them practice on paper and on the board. Listen to this website for proper pronunciation of each number or download an audio file of the numbers 1-10 pronounced. Download Chinese Number Sheet.

Students are divided into 5 groups. Each groups receives a pair of dice. Each group member is to roll the dice, say each individual number he/she rolled and the sum of each number out loud..

Points will be awarded according to the sum that each group was able to roll total after a predetermined amount of time. Teacher will walk around to make sure that students are pronouncing numbers in Chinese. If team members use incorrect or non Chinese pronunciation 5 points for each infraction will be subtracted from class total.

According to Wikipedia:

Lucky numbers are based on the way their names sound similar to other Chinese words.

Two

  • The number 2 is a good number in Chinese culture. There is a Chinese saying “good things come in pairs”.
  • It is common to use double symbols in product brandnames, e.g. double happiness, double coin, double elephants etc.

Six

  • The number 6, pronounced “Liu”, sounds like the word for “to flow” which can mean “everything goes smoothly”.
  • The number 666 is considered one of the luckiest numbers. It can be seen prominently in many shop windows across the country, and people there often pay extra to get a mobile phone number including this string of digits. License plate number AW6666 was bought for 272,000 yuan (US$34,000) in an auction by an anonymous bidder on behalf of a motorcycle dealership in Zengcheng,

Eight

  • The number 8 is lucky because its Cantonese pronunciation is baat, which sounds like the Cantonese word for good luck, Telephone number 8888-8888 was sold for USD$270,723 in Chengdu, China.
  • The Summer Olympics in Beijing are scheduled to open on 8/8/08 at 8 p.m.

Nine

  • The number 9, pronounced Jiu, sounds like the word for “longlasting”

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