Pre-Conversation Topic: Numbers

So you want to start learning your new language? We strongly recommend learning basic starter conversations, such as introducing yourself, and begin speaking your target language RIGHT AWAY! That’s right! We can’t stress enough the need to start practicing speaking right away. Doing so will really boost your confidence and help you remember what you’ve already learned. This is true even from the first very first word!

After learning a greeting, a phrase like ‘My name is ____’, possibly, ‘Nice to meet you’, and a ‘Goodbye’, we first recommend finding a person to speak to. Go to a mall, to the street, or to another area you might be able to find native speakers of that language, and practice it 10, 20 times! (If no one speaks that language near you, you also may able to finding speaking partners online.)

After you have done that, we recommend learning some basics like numbers! That’s very important. You will need to be able to count quickly in your new language. You will need it to talk about money, age, time, dates, and more.

This is assignment #2 learn to count 1-10. Then learn the rules to count to 100. Then to 1000. Then to 10,000. Keep in mind that in some languages counting to 100 might be good enough for the majority of situations. However, in some languages counting much higher will be required quite early. Consider for example currency in countries such as South Korea $1USD is similar to 1,000 Won in Korean money. Thus when talking about money in Korean, you will need to be able to count very high. A thousand US dollars would already bring us to a million won in Korea.

Must languages have very simple rules for counting.

You will need to learn 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Then how do you make numbers from 11-99. Some languages like English will have new words for 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90. If so, what are they? Other languages may be more simple than English. Saying numbers might be something like ‘three-ten-five’ meaning thirty-five. It all depends on the language.

Some languages may get even more complicated. There might be more than one way of counting numbers. Again taking the example of Korean, there’s a counting form coming from Chinese characters which is used to count number of objects, people, etc., Then there’s the original Korean pronunciation of the numbers for saying time, money, and dates. (Confusing, I know!*)

Whatever the system for counting in your target language is, learn it! This is a strong recommendation for the 2nd step of your language learning. Try to learn to count to at least 10,000.

Following that learn the phrase: I’m ____ years old.

Comment that phrase below in your target language. Be sure to write out the numbers as words. (‘one’, not ‘1’)

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