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Lesson 1 Counting Numbers in Chinese Using Finger Gestures

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In this lesson, you will hear adorable Chinese children count from 1-10 in Chinese using finger gestures. You'll also see how to count numbers in Chinese using hand gestures
In this lesson, you will hear adorable Chinese children count from 1-10 in Chinese using finger gestures. You'll also see how to count numbers in Chinese using hand gestures

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Hi, how do you say: let´s count from 1 to 10 in chinese?
Eli 1 month 2 weeks ago
It sounds like they say "wo" for five. Where are they from?
danieltrevi 1 year 4 months ago
This was filmed around (沈阳) Shěn yáng so their pronounciation of wu sounds a bit like wo.
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 4 months ago
I noticed jiu for alcohol and nine use the same tone mark in the notes. Is this correct?
matt_stone 1 year 5 months ago
Hi Matt, I'm another student here. Yep, good eyes! It's correct. You have reached a moment in learning Chinese where you think, "uh oh." -- two completely different words can have the same pronunciation and tone (but not the same Chinese character). When it is spoken Chinese, you have to understand the context (grammar, nearby words, subject matter, etc.) to know which one is intended. Don't worry too much about it, though; I think it comes pretty naturally with time.
Corey 1 year 5 months ago
Corey that's a great explanation! You are on fire today, thanks for your thoughtful responses!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
Happy when I can be of help :)
Corey 1 year 5 months ago
Hi YangYang. Our teacher teached us that for one you use your pinky for two your pinky and your ring finger and so on till 5. 6-10 is same like we learned.
Tigerke1983 1 year 6 months ago
That's another variation to the finger gestures. Thanks for sharing. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 6 months ago
Is there a finger gesture for zero? If so, I could give my telephone number to someone just using finger gestures?
VTJS 1 year 10 months ago
Yes, the finger gesture for zero is that the fist is closed. It may sometimes be interpret as 10 depending on the situation.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
Hi The dialogue Replay link is broken. It redirects to the main page.
M Luca 2 years 1 month ago
Sorry, but there's no dialogue replay for this lesson. Did you mean another lesson?
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
In the movie "Inglourious Basterds", the Ally spy has almost perfect German and is able to trick the Germans into believing he was from a different part of Germany with a different accent. He was able to fit in as a German at the bar until he ordered 3 of something. The Nazis noticed he used the wrong hand gesture to signal three and then he was caught. Things like hand gestures seem small but are very culturally important. :)
Hodge 2 years 2 months ago
They're like boss levels. The last girl was the most difficult to mimic.
jxv 2 years 5 months ago
Haha, my thoughts exactly.
jluchinski 2 years 2 months ago
Just a short note for anyone trying to learn this finger counting. I have been in China for nearly 2 years now and have noticed several different variations for the number 7 and a couple for the number 10. It will depend on where in China you are. From my understanding the one's shown in this video are predominately used in Beijing.
Walters 2 years 5 months ago
why do KTVs grow like weeds in China ?
Beach 2 years 6 months ago
YangYang thank you so much I've been trying to learn Chinese because i just moved to Singapore and as the 2 language is mandarin Chinese i got interested in learning it i saw lots of diferent courses but yoyochinese was the only one who actually taught me something . ps: Thanks for helping me out with my password :-)
pires 2 years 6 months ago
Thank you so much for the support. Good luck with your Chinese studies.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
wo ai YangYang! :)
hgilbert 2 years 6 months ago edited
Very useful to learn for when playing the "cup and dice game" in China. Anyone who has been to a bar in China or KTV should know what I mean. haha
simonwhiteuk 2 years 7 months ago
I am confused with my fingers :) thank you so much yangyang... I am from Turkey and I'm studying Chinese by your videos.. they are amazing. By the way your english pronouncation is very clear. I understand very well..
sila 2 years 8 months ago
Thank you so much for the nice comments. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
Wow! The small child speaks the numbers very fast...I can make the sounds out ok. Very good practice listening to these native speakers. Thank you!
dreadnought 2 years 8 months ago
This video loads slowly :(
harrybotboy 2 years 8 months ago edited
Ni hao Yangyang !! could you please write down at least two sentences in present, past and future tenses each with (am/are/is, was/were and will/shall)..for example how to write this in mandarin ''I will go to office tomorrow'' and likewise at least two sentences for each of the mentioned verbs... xiexie R.K Serala
Raju Kumar1 2 years 9 months ago
For, 'I will go to office tomorrow", you may say 我明天会去办公室 wǒ míng tiān huì qù bàn gōng shì. If you are going to office today, you may say 我今天去办公室wǒ jīn tiān qù bàn gōng shì. If you went to office yesterday, you may say 我昨天去了办公室 wǒ zuó tiān qù le bàn gōng shì. Hope that answers your question.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 9 months ago
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TaiRuiRong 2 years 11 months ago
Hi 邰瑞蓉. We are planning to have a back to school in late september or early october. We'll announce it once its been determined. Thank you for the support. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
对不起. 我想学习中文。* Not Chinese nationality hahaha XD
TaiRuiRong 2 years 11 months ago
Would you be willing to maybe do a section on HSK test prep? It would be awesome to be able to have someone help go through tips and some key vocabulary with
Katrina 3 years 1 week ago
Currently, we don't have any prep course for HSK. Thank you for your suggestion. We'll pass it to Yangyang for consideration.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 week ago
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Katrina 3 years 1 day ago
So cool. My wife is German and loves the scene from Quentin Tarantino's WWII movie, when the English officer orders "drei Biere" with the British gesture for 3 instead of the German 3, and blows his cover. I guess that won't be a problem for me in China! Xiè xie!!!
mattp1540 3 years 2 weeks ago
I remember that scene. I lived in Germany, and I knew he was busted when he held up three fingers.
jojocat 1 year 9 months ago
This is helpful. I love the hand gestures that correlate with the numbers. It's convenient being able to do them all with one hand!
eurolinguiste 3 years 3 weeks ago
Glad that you found it helpful. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 3 weeks ago
Very help full! thank Yangyang :)
bryandang1@hotmail.com 3 years 2 months ago
The other gesture I've seen for shi2 is a cross shape with one's index fingers. Don't know if that is a regional variation, but it's what commonly saw in Shanghai.
Eion_Padraig 3 years 7 months ago
There may also be other alternatives, such as holding all the fingers together or crossing two index fingers.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 7 months ago
That's a pretty common finger gesture for the number ten. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 7 months ago
When would people use those gestures? We don't typically learn conventional gestures for English numbers so I'm curious why you do in Chinese?
bonisqui 3 years 7 months ago
Some of the numbers are difficult to distinguish in some dialects, such as 4 and 10. The finger counting have been developed to bridge the many varieties of Chinese dialects.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 7 months ago
Here in Southern China, it's not uncommon for Chinese people to have a hard time understanding each other. The local folks first language is usually a dialect of Cantonese, so the hand signs can avoid confusion. Notably, the Chinese folks who speak dialects where they don't retroflex (curve) their tongue sometimes don't curve their tongue when pronouncing the zh-, ch-, sh-, r- sounds in Mandarin. In that case, si4 starts to sound a lot like shi2 with the exception of the tone difference.
Eion_Padraig 3 years 7 months ago
Yes, that's a great point. You can distinguish easily when you hear northern people say them.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 7 months ago
Interesting gestures
mariana.delvalle.161 3 years 10 months ago
:)
Sunmeiyu 4 years 1 month ago
The kids are ridiculously cute!
parmarossa 4 years 3 months ago
I know right! :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 3 months ago
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