How to Learn Chinese Numbers Quickly Using Wild Association

This article will teach you how to easily remember the pronunciation and characters of the Chinese (Mandarin) numbers from 0 to 9 using stories and other associations.


  1. 1
    Use the above picture to help you remember the pronunciations and Chinese characters for the numbers 0-9.
  2. 2
    Use the following visualizations to further entrench your memorization:
    • 1 一 is so Easy and sounds like E.

    • 2 二 sounds like R.

    • 3 三 sounds like the first part of sandwich and looks like one.

    • 4 四 four is 四. Force yourself to pronounce the ce part harder and remember that it looks like a window with curtains.

    • 5 五 sounds like "woo", 三 + 二 (with the direction changed) = 五.

    • 6 六 is a happy dancing boy named Leo and Leo is six.

    • 7 七 sounds like first part of cheese. Write 7 upside down.

    • 8 八 looks like papa's mustache and papa likes going to the bar.

    • 9 九 is Joe, a drunk person kneeling down on the ground.

    • 0 〇 sounds like first part of link, linking zeroes together.
  3. 3
    Reinforce your understanding. Practice the above wild associations to help you learn how to say and write the Chinese numbers.
  4. 4
    Use pinyin to help your pronunciation.[1] It will become better and better.


  • Write the Chinese characters as you would draw pictures.
  • Invent your own ways to remember the sounds and characters of the Chinese numbers.

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