Basic Skills to Learn Chinese


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Method 1   you need a substantial foundation

Step 1   Tones


Familiarize with and practice the four tones of the Chinese language. Chinese is a harmonious language, which means that the different tones make different words and meanings, although their Pinyin spellings are the same. In order to Speak Chinese well, learning these different tones is undoubtedly the basic requirement. The four Chinese tones are as follows (using “ma” as an example):

1st tone     The pitch starts high and stays high →over the course of the syllable.

2ed tone má  The pitch starts low and rises ↗over the course of the syllable.

It is like the “surprise” intonation: when you ask a question or express surprise in English, you                   are using a contour of 2ed tone: What!? ↗.

3rd tone mǎ   In English, we often use low pitch to express impatience or give a bored response to question. The 3rd tone has three different contours:

Falling-raising contour: If a syllable with 3rd tone occurs at the end of a phrase, sentence, or                       clause, the tone is pronounced as a falling-raising tone.↘↗.

Raising contour: If a syllable with 3rd tone occurs before another syllable with 3rd tone, it is                       pronounced as if it were 2nd tone ( a raising one) ↗.

Low and level: If a syllable with 3rd tone occurs before any other syllable, it is pronounced as a                   level tone with low pitch.

 4th tone   The pitch starts high and falls↘over the course of the syllable.

The “angry” intonation: in English, we use this intonation to express anger, as in the forceful use              of the word: No! ↘

the neutral Tone:  

This tone is also known as the neutral tone. Has no symbol over the vowel (ma) and is                                  pronounced flatly without any intonation. Sometimes it’s just slightly softer than first tone.

Step 2  Pinyin Practice


Pinyin is essential and a fundamental part for all serious Chinese learners. If you are learning Chinese, no matter if you are a beginner or an advanced student, you should be aware of the paramount importance of Pinyin. If you are a beginner in Chinese, you must learn Pinyin first. If you are an advanced Chinese learner, you must master Pinyin.

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Step 3 Basic Words


Mr. Xunzi (an educationist in ancient China) once said: “No journey of 1000 li (a Chinese unit of length) can be made without small steps, no river or sea can be formed without streams.” You shouldn’t ignore the basic words which are the substantial foundation of a great text. Accumulation will make you a master in Chinese! So, let’s go over some daily words.(just for example)


líng  yī    èr   sān   sì    wǔ    liù   qī    bā   jiǔ    shí

零   一    二   三    四     五    六   七    八    九     十

0     1      2     3      4       5       6     7      8     9     10


wǔ     rì        xīngqī       yuè       nián
午      日        星期         月           年

noon   day   weekday   month    year


Dōng     xī        nán       běi    Shàng   zhōng   xià         zuǒ      yòu
东          西         南          北         上        中          下         左        右

East    West   South   North     up     middle   down    left      right

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Step 4 Basic phrases


Equip yourself with polite greeting phrases, making you friendly!

  • Hello= nǐhǎo\ nǐnhǎo(shows more respect)  你好\您好
  • What’s your surname?= nín guì xìng   您贵姓
  • Yes, right= shì, méi cuò  是,没错
  • No= bú shì,   不是
  • Thank you= xiè xiè,   谢谢
  • You’re welcome= bú yòng xiè,   不用谢
  • Excuse me= duì bù qǐ,  对不起
  • Goodbye= zài jiàn,      再见

In addition, practice always makes perfect. You should take every chance you get to speak Chinese. The more you practice the more you improve and accumulate knowledge of Chinese. Talkinglearn helps you collect more useful Mandarin phrases for you to use in your daily conversations. Want to take a look?


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