postheadericon One, two, three in Chinese is much easier than in English


Even a two-year-old can easily write and say these three Chinese characters.

Yes, I know saying yi1, er4, san1 is a bit harder, but my American-born son could say it when he was 2.
Don’t you think it is easier than pronouncing “one, two, three”?

This is part of the “Basic Mandarin” Lessons at

You may compare “1, 2, 3” in Mandarin, Japanese, Vietnamese, French. Which one is easier?