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  • Hello everyone.

  • 你们好!

  • This is ChineseFor.Us Perfect PronunciationTone Drills!

  • I'm Lili. 你们好, 我是Chuck.

  • Thanks for joining us!

  • Starting from today we'll be practicing the 4 Chinese Tones, individually, and also

  • in pairs and groups.

  • We'll learn their pronunciation, and their modification rules.

  • There will be 16 lessons in total and by the time we finish, you'll see a huge improvement

  • in both your pronunciation and listening skills.

  • Each lesson is full of pronunciation practice, and at the end of each video, there will be

  • a quick listening practice quiz to help improve your skills.

  • And for further practice, we've also prepared a homework quiz for you to do.

  • There are 2 questions types, Multiple choice and fill-in the blanks.

  • When practicing with our videos, you can also try recording yourself because when you listen

  • to yourself recorded, you'll be able to hear it from a more objective point of view

  • and make the necessary adjustments in order to improve.

  • And also this course is designed to be practiced more than one time.

  • So you can always go back, review and practice more.

  • So in this introduction we'll start with getting a general idea of the 4 Chinese Tones.

  • Let's get started!

  • Chinese is a tonal language, while English, Russian, German, Arabic and a lot of other

  • languages around the world are non-tonal.

  • A lot of people say that Chinese Tones are extremely difficult, but realistically, just

  • pronouncing the Tones individually, is not hard at all.

  • You can probably get them perfect in less than one minute.

  • There are two reasons why Tones are difficult.

  • The first is that there are a lot of characters and you have to remember the Tone for each

  • one.

  • The 2nd is that there are so many possible tone combinations in a sentence and you have

  • to switch between them quickly.

  • BUT, nothing is too hard, as long as you TRY hard enough.

  • And this course will provide you the practice needed to become comfortable and natural when

  • pronouncing Tones.

  • Because just like writing, pronunciation requires muscle memory.

  • Understanding is simple, but to do it we need repetition and practice.

  • And one thing you need to be careful with is that whenever you learn a new word, you

  • have to keep practicing its pronunciation, especially the Tones until you can get it

  • right without even thinking about it.

  • So try getting the pronunciation right at the very beginning, and one word at a time,

  • instead of trying to go back and correct them after you've already learned so many new

  • words.

  • So Tones in Chinese is 声调 (shēng diào).

  • For non-native speakers, Tones may sound unfamiliar, but basically, different Tones are just different

  • pitches of our voice.

  • Some higher, and some lower.

  • So Tones aren't really a new thing.

  • The only difference is that, pitch, in a non-tonal language is used to express emotions or attitudes,

  • while Tones in Chinese are used express different meanings.

  • In Chinese, there are 4 Tones, the 1st Tone 一声(yī shēng), the 2nd Tone 二声(èr

  • shēng), the 3rd Tone 三声(sān shēng) and the 4th Tone 四声(sì shēng).

  • That means, the same syllable could have 4 different pronunciations.

  • 1st let's try the 4 Tones with the simplest syllable—“a”.

  • Here's how it sounds with 4 different Tones: The 1st Tone, ā, high and flat, ā.

  • The 2nd Tone, á, it goes up, like up, á.

  • The 3rd Tone, ǎ, it goes down and then up again.

  • ǎ.

  • The 4th Tone, à, it goes straight down, like down.

  • à.

  • Let's practice them again.

  • Listen carefully and repeat.

  • ā, á, ǎ, à.

  • Again.

  • ā, á, ǎ, à.

  • Don't worry, we'll discuss all of the pronunciation tips in the next few lessons.

  • Here, let's see how another syllable “yī” sounds like with 4 different Tones:

  • yī yí yǐ yì.

  • All 4 of them share the same spelling but have different meanings because of the Tones.

  • And with 2-syllable words, it's the same thing.

  • For example we have 一直and 已知. 一直 meansalways”, while 已知 meansalready

  • known”.

  • Also, 上海 and 伤害. 上海 is the city of Shanghai, while 伤害 means to hurt or

  • to damage.

  • That's why being able to pronounce the tones correctly is very important when learning

  • Chinese.

  • Because native Chinese speakers are so used to hearing Tones that if the Tone is off,

  • they find it hard to understand.

  • But luckily, there are only 4 Tones, so if you practice them individually along with

  • Tone Pairs and Tone Groups, you'll be able to tackle all the Tone pronunciations!

  • And that's what we'll do in this course.

  • Practice the 4 tones, But you've also heard of the Neutral Tone, right?

  • Yes, there is a Neutral Tone.

  • But it's not a real Tone.

  • There are 2 reasons for that and we'll discuss them in detail in Lesson 11.

  • So for right now let's try pronouncing some syllables with Neutral Tones.

  • For Neutral Tones, they don't have any Tonal Marker above the vowel and are very light,

  • vague and short.

  • Please pay attention to their pronunciation.

  • Okay, please read after me, 请跟我读, bàba, māma, gēge, jiějie, dìdi, mèimei.

  • So basically, to pronounce the Neutral Tone, we try to pronounce

  • the syllable very light, very vague and very short.

  • So now we know that in order for us to speak Chinese, we need to try our best to pronounce

  • the 4 Tones correctly so that people can understand us, and we also need to be able to tell the

  • Tones apart so that we can understand what people are saying.

  • So I hope this video gives you a general idea of Chinese Tones, and starting from our next

  • lesson we'll talk about the techniques used to pronounce them.

  • So thanks for joining us today.

  • We'll see you next time! 谢谢, 再见!

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