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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hedwigechouette

A curious observation

I note the new Chinese course has 88 topics. Given the Chinese penchant for the auspicious number 8, I can't help but wonder if this is deliberate or mere coincidence.

November 23, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiKenun

And it will gain 800 more topics after the beta (just because).

/s


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    I don't exactly get it. "Given the Chinese penchant for the auspicious number 8, " I don't exactly get what this means.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Procellis

    It means that 8 is considered a lucky number (because of its strong connection to wealth). I have lived in China, but not done much shopping, so anyone correct me if I'm wrong, but it is not uncommon in more expensive stores for prices to be adjusted so that they include the number 8. Giving 8888 yuan for an item might bring good luck.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hedwigechouette

    also phone numbers containing lots of 8's is considered lucky and I seem to recall people paying more for that. Same with house numbers etc


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hedwigechouette

    sorry mate I didn't see this till now but looks like already answered below. Yeah, I was just trying to say Chinese have a strong liking for the number 8 because it is considered lucky.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nickIopez

    I've heard something like this before at work whereby price adjustments are made specifically for Chinese customers when purchasing homes and ancillary real estate services, in the U.S., because of the significance of certain numbers. Although, I've never experienced this first hand. Very interesting observation!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jason137255

    In east Asia there is an aversion to the number 4 (四 sì) because it is similar to the word for death (死 sǐ) similar to how we have an aversion to 13. This is the case in Vietnam, Japan, and the Koreas.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hedwigechouette

    sorry, I only just saw your comment now, not having seen it when I posted the same comment a minute ago.

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