In English individual seconds can be counted by n + one-thousand:

one one-thousand
two one-thousand
three one-thousand [...]

These terms are not easily found in any dictionaries though, any ideas?

How are individual seconds counted in Chinese?

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This Tianya forum post reckons that the same formula can be used in Chinese:


In the medical field another approach is common:

001 (零零幺)
002 (零零二)
003 (零零三)

If double o seven was translated back into English he might be called seven one-thousand.

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    我认为按照中文的语速 零一 零二 零三地数大概就是一秒了 一千零一的话似乎读得太快了 Oct 21, 2018 at 16:04

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