Introduction 101: Chinese Tones
Welcome to Introduction 101 – Chinese Tones!
This course is short but VERY VERY important! It’s recommended for all levels of learners!
One big problem with learning Mandarin is that many learners don’t pay enough attention to Chinese tones.
Misconception #1 : “Well, as long as I can say the word, it’s okay.”
Misconception #2 : You know English has tones as well, but we never have to study them.”
Sounds reasonable, right?
The truth is — Chinese tones dictate the meaning of words. It’s not as simple as using tones to express your mood or situation in English. It can be totally different meaning when you use different Chinese tones.
In other words, if you don’t learn tones and practice them well enough, Chinese people won’t understand you! Then what’s the point of learning this language?
Don’t believe me? Let me give you a simple example:
“yǎn jīng” (the 1st tone) means “eye”, and “yǎn jìng” (the 4th tone) means “eye glass”. Notice the different marks above letter “i”?
Now, if you want to say “I don’t have eye glass with me”, will you use “yǎn jīng” or “yǎn jìng”? For someone who do not study tones very well, it’s easy to make a mistake and cause misunderstanding by saying “I don’t have eye (yǎn jīng).”
Seriously? I hope not!!
Remember, the best time to practice tones is when you first start learning this language.
Now you’ve understood the importance of Chinese tones, let’s jump right in!
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