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Tone Lesson 1- How To Pronounce The Four Mandarin Chinese Tones

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THE FOUR MANDARIN CHINESE TONES

In this Chinese Tones lesson, you will learn how to write Chinese Tone marks and the pronunciation techniques of the four Mandarin Chinese Tones. We will be doing a lot of effective Chinese Tone practice with the instructional video. Starting from here, you will find yourself  pronouncing Mandarin Chinese Tones much more comfortably.

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How to Master Mandarin Chinese Tones

Our very first step is to be able to pronounce each Tone correctly individually. And then we'll try to put them together in Tone Pairs, Tone Groups and sentences for more intensive Chinese Tone practice.

 

Individual Tone ➜ Tone Pairs ➜ Tone Groups ➜ Sentences

 

Also, as we've mentioned in our Perfect Pronunciation: Pinyin Drills Course, when you first start to learn a language, don't be afraid to sound "exaggerated" or "fake" while doing pronunciation practice. Because only when you can pronounce them the exact and 100% correct way, then can you start to speak with the Tone modified or faster, more relaxed and more "natural".

 

Exact, Standard, or "Exaggerated" Pronunciation ➜ Modified, Faster, or "Natural" Pronunciation

 

 

How to Write Chinese Tone Marks

In this Chinese Tones lesson we'll learn how to pronounce the Mandarin Chinese Tones and how to write Chinese Tone marks, using the 5-line Chinese Tone Graph to do Chinese Tone practice.
How to write Chinese Tone Marks

In the video of this Chinese Tones lesson, you will see the way to write Chinese Tone marks. The way you write them represent the same techniques that you pronounce them. The First Tone: starts high and maintain the same high pitch the whole process. The Second Tone: starts in the middle, semi high, and goes up. The Third Tone: starts in the middle, drops down, and goes back up again. The Fourth Tone: starts high, and then quickly goes down. And we put the mark on the main vowel of the Final - whichever comes first in this list: a o e i u ü. And if the Final is iu or ui, the mark falls on the last letter.

 

The 5-Line Chinese Tone GraphIn this Chinese Tones lesson we'll learn how to pronounce the Mandarin Chinese Tones and how to write Chinese Tone marks, using the 5-line Chinese Tone Graph to do Chinese Tone practice.

The 5-line Chinese Tone Graph is the proven best way for Chinese Tone practice. This is not how to write Chinese Tone marks. Instead, we use the 5 lines to
represent the pitch of our voice, 5 is the highest and 1 is the lowest. The graph can help visualize each tone so it is easier for us to make adjustments accordingly.

But please pay attention that the "5" or "1" here is not a fixed pitch, because everyone has different voice range. Some people higher and some people lower. While practicing along with the video of each Chinese Tones lesson, please pay attention to the 5-Line Chinese Tone Graph. Watch how the pitch is like for each Tone. It works amazingly for pronunciation.

In this Chinese Tones lesson we'll learn how to pronounce the Mandarin Chinese Tones and how to write Chinese Tone marks, using the 5-line Chinese Tone Graph to do Chinese Tone practice.
The 5-line Chinese Tone Graph: the proven best way for Chinese Tone Practice

 

Lengths of Mandarin Chinese Tones

With the same syllable is pronounced in different Tones, some Tones lasts longer than the others. Generally, the Third Tone lasts the longest, the Fourth Tone is the shortest. The First Tone and the Second Tone are not too long and not to short.

In this Chinese Tones lesson we'll learn how to pronounce and write Mandarin Chinese Tones, using the 5-line Chinese Tone Graph to do Chinese Tone practice.
The Four Tones in Mandarin do not sound the same length

 

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Lesson Discussions

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miguelangelgc
Graduated Student
miguelangelgc

Can u help me with the “e” and “ü” tips to pronounce…? It´s a complicate for me! Thanks !!

Wisecanadianwoman
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Wisecanadianwoman

I am in a second level beginners course in Mandarin and find your courses to be a strong and helpful supplement to the course I am taking. In fact, I find it more personal and detailed than the actual class. I especially struggle with the tones and am so glad that you have a way to practice that I can go back to time and time again. It is extremely helpful and the effort you have put into this program is very thourough. It’s like having my own tutor. Thank you so very much for taking the time to create such a program. 谢谢!

Moritz
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Moritz

This is exceptionally well-made!

mtrpop3
Graduated Student
mtrpop3

Bless you for providing such a thorough course! 🙂

Austin
Graduated Student
Austin

I just want to say that hearing Chuck’s pronunciation is incredibly helpful. Nearly all teaching resources I find are spoken by women, making it difficult for me to gauge where my tones should be for my male voice, so thank you.

Chuck
Teacher

Thanks! We know that chinese tones are something people struggle with. I studied in China for 5 years and during that time I only had 3 male teachers. The first tone is very important and most students get their point of reference from a female who’s pitch is naturally an octave higher than theirs, which usually results in students having a high pitch voice when speaking Chinese.

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