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.One （一）yīSay the letter "E" in the most monotonous robotic voice you can think of.
- 2.Two （二）èrSay the letter "R" or say a short "arrrgh" like a pirate sailing the seven seas.
- 3.Three（三）sānNot 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.Four（四）sìImagine being asked to hiss like a snake while someone stops you short by giving you CPR. "ssS" Don't whisper it, say it.
- 5.Five （五）wǔKinda 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.Six （六）lìuTry pronouncing the sassy version of "lol", which is "lel". LEL
- 7.Seven （七）qīBa-dum-Tssss. Combine the last syllable of the drum sound with the letter "E". ("Tss" + "E") Make it sound smooth.
- 8.Eight （八）bāBored sheep sound without the shakiness. "Bahhhhhh"
- 9.Nine（九）jǐuImagine you're shooting bad guys with bees. It will sound like "Zzzz" plus "pew pew" without the "p" sound. ("Zzz" + "ew")
- 10.Ten （十）shíLike asking "Are you 'SURE'?" but without the hard "R" sound. Make sure you make it sound like a question.