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What are some non-Hindu-Arabic numerals encountered around the world?

Although Hindu-Arabic numerals are the dominant numerals used around the world, there are some places in which other number symbols are used. For example, there are Chinese, Japanese (kanji), Greek, Thai, and Hebrew numerals. The following lists some of the ones encountered by world travelers (for more information about numbers, see “Math Basics”).


Besides our familiar Hindu-Arabic system, numbers are expressed using different characters in such languages as Greek, Hebrew, and Japanese. (For Chinese characters, see table in the chapter “Math Basics.”)


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