Nov 17

Chinese Different Tones

There are 4 tones in Mandarin Chinese and a “toneless” sound. The reason for these notes is likely that the Chinese language has very few possible syllables about 400 compares to English has about 12000. Therefore can homophonic words, words with the same sound, different meanings in Chinese than in most other languages. Obviously, the tones will be good at boosting the relatively low number of syllables. Learn Chinese in this context is very important.

In the following you can find the different four tones and how to pronounce them:

Tone
Mark
Description
1st
High and level.
2nd
Starts medium in tone, then rises to the top.
3rd
Starts low, dips to the bottom, then rises toward the top.
4th
Starts at the top, then falls sharp and strong to the bottom.
Neutral
Flat, with no emphasis.
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