How to Count 1-10 in Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese is a hard language because intonations are extremely important. Here's a few pronunciation tricks to help you learn.
  1. 1.
    One (一)yī
    Say the letter "E" in the most monotonous robotic voice you can think of.
  2. 2.
    Two (二)èr
    Say the letter "R" or say a short "arrrgh" like a pirate sailing the seven seas.
  3. 3.
    Not like "sand" with out the "d". More like "s-ahhh-en". Pretend you're midway saying "sand" and then you have an realization before you trail off to think of easier things.
  4. 4.
    Imagine being asked to hiss like a snake while someone stops you short by giving you CPR. "ssS" Don't whisper it, say it.
  5. 5.
    Five (五)wǔ
    Kinda like saying "Ooo, kill it!" when you're watching a guy break dance at a wild dance party. But you do a dip in the "Ooo" with your voice like how Oopma Loompahs dance.
  6. 6.
    Six (六)lìu
    Try pronouncing the sassy version of "lol", which is "lel". LEL
  7. 7.
    Seven (七)qī
    Ba-dum-Tssss. Combine the last syllable of the drum sound with the letter "E". ("Tss" + "E") Make it sound smooth.
  8. 8.
    Eight (八)bā
    Bored sheep sound without the shakiness. "Bahhhhhh"
  9. 9.
    Imagine you're shooting bad guys with bees. It will sound like "Zzzz" plus "pew pew" without the "p" sound. ("Zzz" + "ew")
  10. 10.
    Ten (十)shí
    Like asking "Are you 'SURE'?" but without the hard "R" sound. Make sure you make it sound like a question.