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The Beginner's Guide to Chinese Pronunciation: Learn to Master Tones

teacher avatar Audrey Zhong, Professional Chinese Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons ()
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tone

    • 3. First Tone

    • 4. Second Tone

    • 5. Third Tone

    • 6. Fourth Tone

    • 7. Half-third Tone

    • 8. Neutral Tone

    • 9. Project Assignment

    • 10. Final Thoughts

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Learn standard Chinese Mandarin pronunciation easily and effectively with Audrey Zhong !

If you are a zero beginner who start to learn Chinese Mandarin or if you have learnt Chinese for a while but still want to improve your pronunciation this is the right class to enroll in!

This class is all about tones.

At the end of this class you will be able to:

  • Pronounce 4 basic tones
  1. 1st tone
  2. 2nd tone
  3. 3rd tone
  4. 4th tone
  • master tone variations
  1. Neutral tone
  2. Half-third tone                                                                                                                                          


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Audrey Zhong

Professional Chinese Teacher


Hi everyone,

My name is Audrey Zhong. I am a Chinese Mandarin teacher. My goal is to help you learning Chinese easily and effectively!

In the last 10 years I have helped hundreds of people from fortune global 500 companies to improve their Chinese. After working with so many non-native speakers from around the world I believe pronunciation is one of the most important thing in Chinese Mandarin. Therefore this is why I've chosen to start out with pronunciation. This is my first online class which is continuously been updated. I will add new content and learning resources from time to time. I will try my best to help you and I hope you enjoy the class and get most out of it ! :-)

Cheers !

PS: I would love to hear any of your insights, comments, questions, crit... See full profile

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1. Introduction: you. 2. Tone: tongs over important in Chinese mentoring. We'll use tones to different eight meanings, combinations off same initials and finals. But different tones have different meanings. Now let's take a look at this pier off words. They have the same syllable, but different tones. Therefore, they have different meanings. They are four basic tones in Chinese mentoring. They are the first toll, the second toll, the third toll and the fourth toll. And they have different tone marks, also there to variations off tones you to a tall and half Thurtell. 3. First Tone: the first time is high in the level with no change between rising and the flooring. Now, please listen carefully. Um, ma, uh, now do it with me. Um, ma, uh, now let's do some practice. See, uh, see Gua Karsay. True through Teoh. Good. 4. Second Tone: The second toll is a rising toll. It rises from the middle to the top. Like you're asking a question. Neck. What now? Please listen. Uh ma Huh? Do it with me. Uh, Mom. Huh? Now let's practice with words. Shoe lie. It's here being home. She see the goal Gin. 5. Third Tone: The photo is a 40 rising toll. A first for in front the middle. Lowest level to the button and they're rising to the middle. Highest level. Now listen carefully. Uh uh huh. Do it with me. Ah, uh uh. Now, let's do some practice. See here. Go. Huh? Being so, uh 6. Fourth Tone: the fourth tone is the foreign toll foreign from the top to the button. Like a firm? Yes. No place. Listen. Ah Ma. Huh? Now do it with me. Ah, Ma. Huh? Now let's does practice lt'll time to Shangqiu Lee. Come then. Sure. 7. Half-third Tone: half the tone is the variation off the third tone in Chinese Mandiri. The third tone always change where it forward by another tone. Let's take a look when the settle for by another third tone it should be pronounced as a rising toll, much like a second toll. Here's some examples. Shake your shoulder. Yeah. Oh, yeah. But please remember, in writing it remains marked as the third tone when the third tone fourth by the first tone , the seven tone, the fourth toll and the new total it should be pronounced as a low foreign tone. We call it the half built toll. We know the photo is a 40 rising toll The 1st 34 ng and then rising. But the half third tone is that Roe Foreign toll. Now, please listen. Uh ma uh, now do it with me. Uh uh Uh huh. Now it's practice car toll Lau Sure, Joel by sell shoe teach all acting char. Then see a your to how can woman Neiman one show 8. Neutral Tone: the new tour. Tall is not the 50. It's the change to form off four basic tones. There's no Tolmach with it and we pronounce it lightly in the sharply. Chris, listen, uh, MMA, huh? Now do it with me. Uh, ma. Huh? Now, let's practice with woods. The neutral tall was the first tall mama. Good. Sure, sure. The new total with the second toll. Yeah. Yeah. Told the see it. The neutral tall with the third tall Nolly door been did dio the neutral tone with the fourth tall kouds. Yeah, sure. 9. Project Assignment: Ah, uh uh uh Ah! Mama Baba DVD now Gordon Boo could see. 10. Final Thoughts: Hey, thank you so much for joining me in these class. I hope you've learned a lot about tongs. We talked about how to Prince four basic tones how to pronounce to tone variations. And we practiced them with words. Congratulations for finishing this class. Thank you so much fortune by