Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Chinese tones

What is pinyin?
Pinyin is another and easier way of writing Chinese

Chinese is a tonal language. What does this mean? A language in which different tons distinguish different tones .

How many tones are there?
There are 4 tones

Describe how your voice changes for each tone
Tone 1 : ā High flat sound

Tone 2 : á Rising sound
Tone 3 : a Down and up

Tone 4 : à Down (angry)

What does bā (tone 1) mean? 8
What does bà (tone 4) mean? Dad
Finish this sentence: Chinese characters don’t show how words should sound.

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