**non-integer numbers.**

**Decimals**

As important as integers numbers, decimal numbers are present everywhere, in a supermarket or in your bank account. After the integer part of the number, Chinese language uses the character

**点**(diǎn) to name the point. The decimal part can be written and pronounced as a normal list of numbers.

**integer + 点 + decimal part**

1.5

**一点五**

*yī diǎn wǔ*

0.348

**零点三四八**

*líng diǎn sān sì bā*

**Fractions**

Instead of decimals we may need the use of fraction numbers. In this case we have two characters to express de division:

**分**(fēn) and

**之**(zhī). The combination of these two characters means "parts of". Pay attention to the order of the numbers, because Chinese fractions are reversed. The first number is the denominator and after the fraction indicator is written the numerator.

**denominator + 分之 + numerator**

2/5

**五分之二**

*wǔ fēn zhī èr*

1/3

**三分之一**

*sān fēn zhī y*ī

**Percentages**

The percentages use the same indicator and rule than fractions. In this case the first number is always

**百**(bǎi), the one hundred indicator. After it

**分之**and after these divisor characters the part of the one hundred.

**百 + 分之 + part of the 100**

50%

**百分之五十**

*bǎi fēn zhī wǔshí*

79%

**百分之七十九**

*bǎi fēn zhī qīshíjiǔ*