https://www.duolingo.com/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/OmegaGmaster

Whoa!

November 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

哈哈大笑

November 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LiKenun

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

/s

November 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

呵呵

November 25, 2017

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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.

    November 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/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.

    November 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.rM
    • 1506

    Correct. 8 is from the character fā 发 (or 發 in traditional form), which means 发财 (fā cái, getting rich, click to hear the pronunciation).

    發 is also one of the pieces in the card game “mah-jong” 麻将.

    November 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

    Close. I wouldn't put it exactly like that [ "8 is from the character fā 发"]. Rather, 8 in Chinese 八 is pronounced ba and that sounds similar to fa [as you correctly said fā cái, getting rich] so that's why they make the association, because of the similarity in sound [ I suspect that's what you meant to say as you went on to mention pronunciation]. For the same kind of reasoning, 4 si 四 is considered unlucky because it sounds like 死 meaning death.

    November 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.rM
    • 1506

    Exactly!

    November 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/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

    November 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/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.

    November 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Maskador

    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!

    November 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/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.

    November 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

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

    November 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zelmon

    Cool!

    November 25, 2017
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