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Interpreting Figures

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Interpreting Figures

- Get familiar with the differences of figures expressions among the three languages
- Interpreting Figures with notes
- Practice interpreting figures
- Expressions with decimal points
- Practice interpreting figures with decimal points

Difference between Chinese and English expressions of Figures

中文数字：４位数 ( 1 0000 )

个 十 百 千万 十万 百万 千万 亿 十亿 百亿 千亿

万亿 十万亿 百万亿 千万亿

英文数字：３位数 ( 1 000 )

one ten hundred

thousand ten thousand hundred thousand

million ten million hundred million

billion ten billion hundred billion

trillion ten trillion hundred trillion thousand…

one

ten

one hundred

one thousand

ten thousand

one hundred thousand

one million

ten million

one hundred million

one billion

ten billion

one hundred billion

one trillion one hundred billion

一

一十

一百

一千

一万

一十万

一百万

一千万

一亿

一十亿

一百亿

一千亿

一万一千亿

- 1
- 10
- 100
- 1,000
- 10,000
- 100,000
- 1,000,000
- 10,000,000
- 100,000,000
- 1,000,000,000
- 10,000,000,000
- 100,000,000,000
- 1,100,000,000,000

Differences among the three Languages

Practice Interpreting Figures

- Sight Interpreting: look at the following examples and interpret them into both Chinese and English as fast as you can.
- 14879
- 9820354289
- 463894057
- 78930526348
- 9868940247549
- 238598312476
- 12120485046083
- 9147995923610

How many figures have you interpreted correctly?

- Note-taking is quite necessary for interpreting figures
- Example of interpreting figures:
- 一万五千八百六十四亿九千零二十四万一千七百六十三
- 1’ 5864’ 9024’ 1763
- one trillion five hundred eighty six billion four hundred ninety million two hundred forty one thousand seven hundred sixty three
- 1 586 490 241 763

- Listen to the recording
- Interpret the Chinese figures into English
- Interpret the English figures into Chinese
- Conclusion

- Practice with your partners (steps)
- Each of you write down some figures on a piece of paper at random.
- One of you read the figures in Chinese, the other listen and interpret them into English
- One of you read figures in English the other listen and interpret them into Chinese

- More often then not, decimal points are used and put before million, billion & 万、亿 to express figures for convenience, when there are zeros behind.
- 1.5 million
- 12.67 million
- 984.512 million
- 6.45 billion
- 835.5 billion
- 3.476 trillion
- 2675.2 billion

- 150万
- 1267万
- 9亿8451万2千
- 64亿5千万/ 64.5亿
- 8355亿
- 3万4760亿/3.476万亿
- 2万6752亿

- Similarly, from Chinese to English
- 1.2 万
- 32.95万
- 275.2万
- 1526.8万
- 4.7亿
- 857.6亿
- 5.675万亿

- 12 thsd.
- 329 thsd. 5 hdrd.
- 2.752 million
- 15.268 million
- 470 (hdrd.) million 0.47 b
- 85.76 billion
- 5.675 trillion

- Expression of percentage and fractions
- 1.2 %
- 32.95%
- 1/4
- 1/3
- 2/5
- 2 3/7

- 1 point 2 percent.
- thirty-two point nine five percent
- one quarter
- one third
- two fifths
- two and three sevenths

- Practice with your partners (steps)
- Each of you write down some figures with decimal points on a piece of paper at random.
- One of you read the figures in Chinese, the other listen and interpret them into English
- One of you read figures in English the other listen and interpret them into Chinese

- Both the content and figures are important in interpreting.
- Do not just write down figures and forget other parts of a text.
- The following part is exercises of interpreting in which both figures and content of text are included.

- 1997年年末全国就业人员6亿9600万人，比上年增加750万人。
- By the end of 1997, the total number of employed people in China was 696 million, an increase of 7.5 million over that of the precious year.
- 其中城镇职工1亿4760万，比上年减少85万人。
- Of this total, 147.6 million were workers / staff in urban areas, a decrease of 850,000 over that of the previous year.
- 城镇私营个体就业人员2669万人，增加340万人。
- 26.69million people were employed in private enterprises or self-employed in urban areas, an increase of 3.4 million.

- 实施再就业工程取得进展，480万下岗职工通过多种途径实现再就业。
- Progress was made in the implementation of reemployment project, and 4.8 million laid-off workers found new jobs through various measures.
- 1997年年末全国城镇登记失业率为3.1%，比上年末上升0.1个百分点。
- By the end of 1997, the registered urban unemployment rate throughout the country was 3.1 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points over that at the end of 1998.

Proper Practice

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