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Chinese Grammar: How To Learn Proper Intonation

Mandarin Chinese is an amazing language and it is one of the most difficult to learn the pronunciation for.

Chinese is a tonal language, which means that single word can have multiple meanings depending on its intonation/tone.

How many tones are there?

There are four tones in Chinese language.

Tone 1 Tone 2 Tone 3 Tone 4
¯ ˊ ˇ ˋ

The First tone

It is known as high-level tone

ā

English Chinese Characters Pinyin
They 他们 tāmen

The Second tone

It is known as rising tone

á

English Chinese Characters Pinyin
With 隨著 Suí zhe

The third tone

It is known as falling-rising tone

ǎ

English Chinese Characters Pinyin
You

The first tone

It is known as falling tone

à

English Chinese Characters Pinyin
Rat 大鼠 Dà shǔ
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