# Counting from 1,000 to the Millions in Hokkien

Before learning how to count from 1,000 to the Millions, make sure you know how to count from 0 to the hundreds first. Can't count to the millions if you can't count from 0 to 10!

- Let's Count from 0 to 10 in Hokkien
- Counting from 11 to the Hundreds in Hokkien

## Counting Thousands → ... + Cheng

In Hokkien, "thousand" is **Cheng** / 千. Simply add it behind any numbers from 1 to 9 to form numbers in the thousands.

e.g. Nng**-cheng** / 两千 / Two thousand

e.g. Si**-cheng** / 四千 / Four thousand

e.g. Lak**-cheng** / 六千 / Six thousand

Combine what you know about counting in the hundreds, and you'll be able to express more complex numbers:

6460

= 6000 + 400 + 60**= Lak-cheng + Si-pah + Lak-cap**

## Counting Tens of Thousands → ... + Bān

The Hokkien word for "tens of thousands" is **Ban** / 万.

e.g. Chit**-ban** / 七万 / Seventy thousand

e.g. Kau**-ban** / 九万 / Ninety thousand

Saying 79,700 will be:

= 70,000 + 9,000 + 700**= Chit-ban + Kau-cheng + Chit-pah**

Alternatively, 79,700 can also be read as:

= 79 x 1000 + 700**= Chit-cap kau x Cheng + Chit-pah**

## Counting Hundreds of Thousands → ... + Cap-ban, or ... + Pah-cheng

Supposedly, there is an exact word to represent "Hundreds of Thousands" in Hokkien: Ek / 亿. However, I have never heard of it being used in Singapore, Penang, or Medan.

In most cases, to represent hundreds of thousands, people use ... **+ Cap-ban** / ... + 十万.

e.g. Pueh**-cap-ban** / 八十万 / Eight hundred thousand.

In Medan, people typically use ... **+ Pah-cheng** instead of ... + Cap-ban.

e.g. Peh**-pah-cheng**.

**Cap-ban** and **pah-cheng** are essentially the same. Numerically, **cap-ban** breaks down to 10 (Cap) x 10,000 (Ban), whereas **pah-cheng** is 100 (Pah) x 1,000 (Cheng).

## Counting Millions → ... + Pah Ban, or ... + Tiau

**Pah-ban** / 百万, is numerically formed from 100 (Pah) x 10,000 (Ban).

e.g. Pueh**-pah-ban** / 八百万 / Eight million

e.g. Go**-pah-ban** / 五百万 / Five million

Another way to count millions is by using the word **Tiau** / 兆. **Tiau** is very often used in Medan Hokkien.

e.g. Sa**-tiau** / 三兆 / Three million

e.g. Ch**-tiau** / 一兆 / One million

## Your Turn

Try reading these numbers in Hokkien. Feel free to write them out in the comment section below!

- 5,030
- 21,908
- 431,007
- 9,965,750
- 395,475,000

## Final Review

So that's it! If you have gone through all my three-part blog series on how to count in Hokkien, now you should know how to count from 0 to the Millions! Let's do a final review of everything you should remember:

0: **Leng / Khong**

1: **Cit / Ch / It**

2: **Nng / No / Ji**

3: **Sa**

4: **Si**

5: **Go**

6: **Lak**

7: **Chit**

8: **Pueh / Peh**

9: **Kau**

10: **Cap**

Hundreds: **... + Pah**

Thousands: **... + Cheng**

Tens of Thousands: **... + Ban**

Hundreds of Thousands: **... + Cap-ban**, or **... + Pah-cheng**

Millions: **... + Pah-ban**, or **... + Tiau**

## All Lessons on Counting in Hokkien

- Let's Count from 0 to 10 in Hokkien
- Counting from 11 to the Hundreds in Hokkien
- Counting from 1,000 to the Millions in Hokkien