Video: Numbers, colours and homephones in Chinese culture

A cultural mistake is easily made when you pick the wrong number, colour or gift in China or for a Chinese person. Unlike unlucky numbers and colours in the west, which are mostly related to symbolic meanings, in China something being lucky or unlucky is mostly determined by what the name of a number, colour or object sounds like.

In this lesson ChinaTalk’s Jessica Sun explains the meaning behind numbers, colours and their homophones (‘sound-alikes’). Learn how to avoid embarrassments for yourself and others.