#23 – The Power of Numbers and the fear of four (Cont’d)

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English Excerpt:

Page 7
Paragraph 5,
Page 8
Paragraph 1

The number four is considered unlucky because four in Chinese sounds like the Chinese word for death. Some hotels in China do not have a fourth floor. A few skyscrapers in Hong Kong have no floors with the number in them. So a tall building with a 100th floor penthouse might only have 81 floors because 4, 14, 24, 34, 40-49, 54, 64, 74, 84 and 94 are all missing.

Chinese Translation:
Page 7, 第 dì七qī页 yè
Paragraph 5, 第 dì 五 wǔ 段 duaǹ
Page 8, 第 dì 八bā 页 yè
Paragraph 1, 第 dì 一yī 段 duaǹ

The number (数 字SHÙ ZÌ)four ( 四sì ) is considered unlucky (不幸运 的 bù xìng yùn de )because( 因为yīn wéi)four 四 in Chinese 中文 sounds like the Chinese 中国 word ( 字zì) for death (死sǐ). Some hotels (酒 店 jiǔ diàn) in China 中国 do not have (没 有 méi yǒu)a fourth floor(第 四 楼 dì sì lóu). A few skyscrapers (摩 天 楼 mó tiān lóu) in Hong Kong 香港 have no floors with the number four 四 in them. So a tall building (高 楼 gāo lóu ) with a 100th floor penthouse might only have 81 floors because 4, 14, 24, 34, 40-49, 54, 64, 74, 84 and 94 are all missing.


Vocabulary

1. Page 7= 第七页 dì qī yè

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/1.-Page-7.mp3|titles=1. Page 7]

2. Paragraph 5= 第 五段 dì wǔ duaǹ

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2.-Paragraph-5.mp3|titles=2. Paragraph 5]

3. Page 8 = 第八页 dì bā yè

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/3.-Page-8.mp3|titles=3. Page 8]

4. Paragraph 1 = 第 dì 一yī 段 duaǹ

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/4.-Paragraph-11.mp3|titles=4. Paragraph 1]

5. Four =四 sì

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/5.-Four.mp3|titles=5. Four]

5.5 Death =死 sǐ

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/5.5-death.mp3|titles=5.5 death]

6. hotel = 酒 店 jiǔ diàn

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/6.-hotel.mp3|titles=6. hotel]

7. Do not have =没 有 méi yǒu

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/7.-do-not-have.mp3|titles=7. do not have]

8. Fourth floor =第 四 楼 dì sì lóu

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/8.-Fourth-floor.mp3|titles=8. Fourth floor]

9. Skyscraper = 摩 天 楼 mó tiān lóu

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/9.-skyscraper.mp3|titles=9. skyscraper]

10. Tall building = 高 楼 gāo lóu

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/10.-tall-building.mp3|titles=10. tall building]

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