Numbers (1-100)

Here are the numbers 1-10. If you're familiar with Mandarin, you'll notice that the Chinese characters are exactly the same in Teochew.

1 jēk
2 nó
3 sa:
4 sĭ
5 ngóu
6 lāk
7 chik
8 boit
9 gào
10 jāp

And here are the numbers 11-19:

11 jap ik 十一
12 jap yí 十二
13 jap sa: 十三
14 jap sĭ 十四
15 jap ngóu 十五
16 jap lāk 十六
17 jap chik 十七
18 jap boit 十八
19 jap gào 十九

You should notice a pattern here. For the most part, the numbers 11-19 can be formed by combining jāp 十 and the ones digit. However, the "1" in 11 and the "2" in 12 use a different translation than what's in the first table. Except for the actual numbers 1 and 2,

  • A "1" in the ones digit should be pronounced ik
  • A "2" in the ones digit should be pronounced yí

Note that if a number has multiple syllables, every syllable except the last undergoes tone change.

We'll continue with the multiples of ten up to 100:

20 yị jāp 二十
30 sa: jāp 三十
40 sì jāp 四十
50 ngọu jāp 五十
60 lak jāp 六十
70 chīk jāp 七十
80 bōit jāp 八十
90 gáo jāp 九十
100 jek bet 一百

This also follows a very simple formula. You just place the number in the tens digit before jāp 十. A "2" in the tens digit is always pronounced yí.

For all the other numbers below 100, you can use this formula: (tens digit) jap (ones digit). Here are some examples:

25 yị jap ngóu 二十五
42 sì jap yí 四十二
68 lak jap boit 六十八
71 chīk jap ik 七十一
99 gáo jap gào 九十九

You can view a list of all of the numbers up to 100 here.