In this video lesson we'll learn Chinese Characters xie, tai, ka, fei, dian and nao. We'll learn how to write the characters and also learn their Radicals and their constructions.
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when pronounced carefully and individually, I do okay; but in complete sentences I find it hard to tell this pair apart:
mai – mai [third tone vs. fourth tone] (buy – sell)
Is there a trick as what detail to listen for?
Don’t worry, it just takes some time of practice. Have you checked out our Pinyin Tone Course yet? It focuses on each Tone, Tone Change rule and different combination of Tone Pairs and has a lot of useful pronunciation practice.
I like to think of mài as being pronounced faster than mǎi, i.e. mai! and relate it to selling is a more urgent process than buying.
Also 卖 has a few more strokes than 买, i.e. it’s more complicated to write, as selling something is a more complicated process than buying.
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