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.
I don't exactly get it. "Given the Chinese penchant for the auspicious number 8, " I don't exactly get what this means.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
sorry, I only just saw your comment now, not having seen it when I posted the same comment a minute ago.