Only need to use 第 when counting

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第 dì

Counting in Chinese is simple. To indicate the order of something, one must use the character. 第 (dì) is used before a number, for instance: 第一 (dì yī) which means “first”. In English, you need to memorize the different forms of words for numbers, but in Chinese you simply add the same word in front of each number.

Below are the Chinese characters from 1 to 10.

èr   

sān  

sì    

wǔ      

liù    

qī   

bā  

jiǔ  

shí

By adding 第 (dì), in front of numbers, the numbers become….

一 dì yī (First)

二 dì èr (Second)   

三 dì sān (Third)

四 dì sì (Fourth)

五 dì wǔ (Fifth)

六dì liù (Sixth)

七 dì qī (Seventh)

八 dì bā (Eighth)

九 dì jiǔ (Ninth)

十 dì shí (Tenth)

These phrases are used the same as in English, acting as both nouns and adjectives. E.g.: I am first, 我是第一 (wǒ shì dì yī).

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