Qǐng wèn, … duōshao qián?

This article carriers on from the one on Shopping In Chinese and Can You Count In Chinese?

The unit of currency in China is called Kuài, as such the units of currency in China are:

Yī kuài (1), wǔ kuài (5), shí kuài (10), èrshí kuài (20), wǔshí kuài (50), and yī băi kuài (100).

China’s currency is shown below showing the first leader of the People’s Republic in China, Mao Zedong (1893-1976).


Prices: 1.00 (yī kuài), 2.00 (liǎng kuài), 3.00 (sān kuài), and 10.00 (shí kuài).

Notice that 2 comes before a measure word so it is NOT èr it is liǎng.

When to say èr or liǎng: 12.00 (shí’èr kuài), 22.00 (èrshí’èr kuài), 1.20 (yī kuài èr), 6.20 (liù kuài èr), 2.60 (liǎng kuài liù), and 2.70 (liǎng kuài qī).

Now with these prices you say 1 dollar first: 7.50 (qī kuài wǔ), 8.10 (bā kuài yī), and 3.70 (sān kuài qī).


Now recall the words for Drinks in Chinese:

Shuĭ (water)

Kĕlè (cola)

Kāfēi (coffee)

Chá (tea)

Pí jiŭ (beer)


Now, let’s ask for each of there prices:

Qǐng wèn, … duōshao qián? (Excuse me, how much is …?)



Duōshao (how much)

Qián (Money)


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