Welcome to the next installment of our Chinese Domaining Masterclass numerics series! Over the course of the past several months, we’ve gone into detail regarding several numbers between 0 and 9. We’re a couple of numbers short of completing the numerics series, so today we are going to cover the next numeric to help you better understand the meaning from a Chinese context, which can ultimately help you become a smarter investor.
So far, we’ve covered numbers 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 and 3, which leaves us with just a few numerics left. Today’s topic will be all about the number one (1):
1: 一; Pinyin: Y
The number one is non-divisible, and much like an apple, it cannot be broken down into two pieces without first cutting it open. This analogy denotes the fact that the number one is strong and cannot be moved without breaking it down. Throughout Chinese history, the number one continues to stand as a symbol of unity, wholeness, and concentration.
The Mandarin spelling and pronunciation for the number one is “yi,” or “yao” and the Cantonese spelling and pronunciation for the number one is “jat.” There are actually two ways of pronouncing “one,” which creates many different sound-alikes. The most common are “want,” “invite,” “to come,” and “you (in the familiar form).”
11: Two “single” figures standing next to each other, not making any contact. This refers to the demographic group that are called 光棍 (“single sticks”) in China, who are the ones that don’t have a husband or wife, or even a girlfriend or boyfriend.
1111: November 11, the day in the year that has the most “single sticks” in it. This day is annually marked as the “single sticks festival,” or “Singles Day.” Online vendors like Taobao often have discounted shopping prices on this particular day, giving single people an exciting shopping experience. One can compare this day to Black Friday shopping in the United States.
1314: This string of numbers containing two number one’s is pronounced “yi san yi si.” This sounds like the old slogan “一生一世” (yi sheng yi shi), which means “through life and death” or “forever.”
1920: This string of numbers containing two number one’s is pronounced “yi jiu er ling.” This phrase reminds people of “依旧爱您” (yi jiu ai nin), which means “I still love you.”
1925: This string of numbers containing two number one’s is pronounced “yi jiu er wu.” This is a companion phrase to the above 1920, which reminds people of the phrase “依旧爱我” (yi jiu ai wo) which means “do you still love me?”
17173: This string of numbers containing two number one’s is pronounced “yao qi yao qi san.” This maps easily to “一起一起上” (yi qi yi qi shang). The repeated “一起一起” (yi qi yi qi) means “together,” while the last character in the mapped phrase “上” commonly means “on,” “upper,” or “better,” and is a powerfully omnipotent verb that signifies “go,” “do it,” and “come on.” A direct translation to English sounds clumsy (as much directly-translated Chinese does), so a semantically accurate interpretation for “together go do it!” would be “share the fun” or “play together” which are the slogans of 17173.com.
If you’re paying close attention to linguistically correct Chinese, note that in the case of 17173, the expression “一起一起” (yi qi yi qi, or “together together”) is not normal. Chinese people don’t usually speak like that. The syntactically correct expression should be “一起上” (using a single “yi qi” or “together”), which would be “173” translated into a numeric pun.
Why did this gaming portal choose 17173? Well, we speculate that the founders probably originally wanted 173, but found that NNN.com domains, as we all know, are very expensive, so they settled on 17173 and used some left over funds to popularize the modified pun.
Some top-selling numeric sales over the past several years that include the number one:
Available Domain Names
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The above domains are just a few great examples that are readily available for purchase in the .在线 (Dot Chinese Online) and .中文网 (Dot Chinese Website) domain extensions. Remember, Chinese people account for over a quarter of all humanity, with nearly 1.4 billion in total. Many of whom use the Internet in their own language every single day. What better way to reach these people than to invest in Chinese-character domain names? It just makes sense.
Thank you for visiting us and following our numeric domaining blog series! With only a couple more numerics left to cover, stay tuned so that you can receive the best advice and tips on specific numbers and what they mean in the Chinese context.
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If you have any further questions that relate to the number one, please don’t hesitate to contact us and our team of experts, and we will do our best to help you answer any questions you may have.