Talking about Phone Number

Words and Expression to Master

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A. Telling Number from 0-9

0= 零 (líng)

1= 一 (yī/yāo)When we read number 1 in a telephone number, we read yāo, instead of yī.

2= 二 (èr)

3= 三 (sān)

4= 四 (sì)

5= 五 (wǔ)

6= 六 (liù)

7= 七 (qī)

8= 八 (bā)

9= 九 (jiǔ)

Now let’s learn how to ask some one’s telephone number.

你的电话号码是多少?

Nǐ de diànhuà hàomǎ shì duōshǎo?

你 (nǐ)= you

你的 (nǐ de)= your

电话 (diànhuà)= telephone

号码 (hàomǎ)= number

是 (shì)= be

多少 (duōshǎo)= what/how much/how many

When asking what, we normally use the word 什么 (shénme), but to ask about telephone number, we need another question word, i.e 多少 (duōshǎo).

It is normally used to ask the amount of something.

我的电话号码是。。。。。。(Wǒ de diànhuà hàomǎ shì…)

Reading telephone numbers

0857-1234-5678

líng-bā-wǔ-qī-yāo-èr-sān-sì-wǔ-liù-qī-bā

0822-7543-9212

líng-bā-èr-èr-qī-wǔ-sì-sān-jiǔ-èr-yāo-èr

公司的电话号码是0721-7070-5432

Gōngsī de diànhuà hàomǎ shì 0721-7070-5432。

The company’s telephone number is 0721-7070-5432.

他的手机号码是0822-7543-9212。

Tā de shǒujī hàomǎ shì 0822-7543-9212.

His cell phone number is 0822-7543-9212.

Read and practice the following dialogue!

X: 你的手机号码是多少?

X: Nǐ de shǒujī hàomǎ shì duōshǎo?

Y: 我的手机号码是 085782203477

Y: Wǒ de shǒujī hàomǎ shì 085782203477.

 

X: 你知道 玛丽的电话号码吗?

X: Nǐ zhīdào Mǎlì de diànhuà hàomǎ ma?

Y:知道, 玛丽的电话号码是0822-7543-9212。

Y: Zhīdào, Mǎlì de diànhuà hàomǎ shì 0822-7543-9212.

X: 你知道李军的电话号码吗?

X: Nǐ zhīdào Lǐ jūn de diànhuà hàomǎ ma?

Y:不知道,可是我知道他公司的电话号码, 就是0721-7070-5432。

Y: Bù zhīdào, kěshì wǒ zhīdào tā gōngsī de diànhuà hàomǎ, jiùshì 0721-7070-5432.

X:谢谢。

X: Xièxiè.

Y:不客气。

Y: Bù kèqì.

Remember, to make yes/no question sentence, you only need to put 吗 (ma) and a question mark at the end of a sentence. And the rest is just the same as declarative sentence.

The Particle 吧 (Ba)

吧 (Ba)is used at the end of a sentence to give a suggestion.

Examples:

1. 我们一起去电影吧. (Wǒmen yīqǐ qù diànyǐng ba). Let’s go to the cinema together.

2. 我们坐公共汽车去学校吧。Wǒmen zuò gōnggòng qìchē qù xuéxiào ba. Let’s take a public bus to go to school.

呢 (Ne)

We use 呢 (ne) at the end of a specific question to emphasize an interrogative tone.

Examples:

  1. 大卫在家呢? (Dà wèi zàijiā ne?)
  2. 去你的学校怎么走呢? (Qù nǐ de xuéxiào zěnme zǒu ne?)