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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 mā 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 mà 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
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