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Lesson 3 Practice Mandarin Chinese Tones (Tone Pairs)

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In this lesson, you’ll learn

  • the most effective way of practicing Mandarin Chinese tones
  • 20 most essential Chinese words that you absolutely need to master
  • More tricks and tips to master the four Mandarin Chinese tones

In this lesson, you’ll learn

  • the most effective way of practicing Mandarin Chinese tones
  • 20 most essential Chinese words that you absolutely need to master
  • More tricks and tips to master the four Mandarin Chinese tones

Comments (214)

how do I download the video to watch offline. Maxime
maximemd 1 month 3 weeks ago
Hi, sorry for the inconvenience but our videos are not available for download. They can only be streamed online. Our supplementary materials can be downloaded though!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 month 3 weeks ago
Hello Yang Yang. I downloaded Anki and did everything like you explained in Anki "How-to" guide but I don't have any sound. What can I do? Thank you.
katm 8 months 2 weeks ago
Just so I understand, you have downloaded Anki the desktop app and import in some decks. But when you click "Show Answer" there's no sound with the words? Which decks have you tried? Is sound playing okay for your other videos? I'm apologize for the inconvenience, this is exactly why our team is working hard to make our own flashcards!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 8 months 2 weeks ago
Yes, I click Show Answer and there is no sound. There is only sound when I play my own voice. I tried lessons 1, 2 and 3 and none of them worked.
katm 8 months 2 weeks ago
Then restart your computer? Let us know if this works for you or not!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 8 months 1 week ago
Hi Katarina, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, we had to look up some solutions to this issue. The cards seems to be working fine when we tested them, so it may be a set up issue. Can you try uninstalling and reinstalling Anki from here: http://ankisrs.net/
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 8 months 1 week ago
Yang Yang I dont have anyone to talk too, that's why I joined you !!! Colette
sukipuki 1 year 1 month ago
Thank you for joining Yoyo Chinese. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. Happy studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 1 month ago
At 12.55 of this video, yang Yang says that with 2 3rd tones, the first one becomes a 2nd tone. Why do the rules not therefore put a 2nd tone there in the first place?? it's like there's been a mistake but the rules don't want to alter it, we have to alter it by remembering having to use that 2nd tone first, seems crazy?? thank you.
Kai Loon 1 year 3 months ago
Each character in Chinese is one syllable with a set pronunciation including a tone. For example, this character 你 is pronounced "nǐ" and it means "you." And this character 好 is pronounced "hǎo" and it means "good." If you put those two characters/syllables together, they form the word 你好 "hello," "nǐ hǎo." It's awkward trying to pronounce both of the syllables in that word with a low tone, so instead you pronounce "nǐ" with a rising tone, making it sound like "ní hǎo."
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 3 months ago
Hope that makes sense. It takes a little while to get used to it, but keep practicing and it will feel natural soon!
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 3 months ago
how would you pronounce 4 3rd tones in a row?
Acarestia1221 1 year 4 months ago
You may refer to this previous post: https://www.yoyochinese.com/comment/10371#comment-10371. Hope that answers your question. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 4 months ago
I cant find the pdf for the tone pairs examples, which is covered in 'Practice Tone Pairs with Lesson 2 Audio Review'... please provide me with the link...
denvert dsilva 1 year 4 months ago
Are you referring to the lecture notes in Chinese Pinyin course lesson 2&3?
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 4 months ago
yes... finally found it.. I was following the Study Schedule..and the link there gave access to some other pdf, which was not in accordance with the audio number... Thankk you
denvert dsilva 1 year 4 months ago
Thank you for letting us know. Sorry about the mismatch. Which day are you referring to? Is it on our interactive study schedule or the pdf file?
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 4 months ago
Click on the "Lecture Notes" button on the right side of this web page.
Corey 1 year 4 months ago
This is not the link that i am looking for... I am talking about the sheet which has many examples like the one said in the audio, with 5 examples of each of the tone-pairs,... I had seen it earlier, but now I can't find it... Please provide me the accurate link... I need to for practicing the tones in 'Practice Tone Pairs with Lesson 2 Audio Review'...
denvert dsilva 1 year 4 months ago
Sorry, I wasn't clear what you were looking for. Please do not blame Yoyo Chinese for my mistake... I'm just another student here, and thought I might be able to help.
Corey 1 year 4 months ago
The Anki Vocabulary Deck is a great complement to the video and the audio review. However, it seems to me that the pronunciation of the speaker in the Anki Vocabulary Deck is slightly different from Yang Yang. For example the "r" sound in the word "ron2 yi4 = easy" is closer to the American "r" than the "j" sound made by YangYang. In this lesson, it makes things a little harder and confusing for the beginner since we are focusing here in proper pronunciation.
ngembo 1 year 4 months ago
Some native speakers do pronounce the "r" sound a little differently from others, and even within "standard" Mandarin pronunciation, there is some room for slight differences with how much "friction" there is. So in SOME cases it might sound more like the French "j" or even almost like the "s" in the English word "measure" to you, and in OTHER cases it might sound more like the American English "r" to you.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 4 months ago
General question. When I log back on, is there a way that I can go right back to where I left off? Thanks.
Yuntai 1 year 5 months ago
You may use the interactive schedule at the homepage, and bookmark where you left off, so you may go right back to where you left off.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
I want to learn how to write in Chinese also [as well as speak it]. Is this the best place to start. I mean it all makes sense to be honest and I've already learnt some words and how to write them but as a beginner is this the write place to start - to still learn the 20 words first. Did I miss out on the alphabet and radicals - as I know about the alphabet and initials (Consonents) and Finals (Vowels). And very much have practiced the tones so am understanding them better and the words sounds
FengChui 1 year 6 months ago
It's great that you've already learned some basic Chinese. You may have already learned some of our beginner lessons. It would still be a good idea to review them quickly and learn new concepts that you've missed. You may check out this lesson for the prerequisite to writing Chinese characters: https://www.yoyochinese.com/learn-Chinese/chinese-character-course/Lesso.... Feel free to let us know if there's any further question.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 6 months ago
Hello YangYang, I am trying to figure out a couple of things regarding 3-3 combinations. Mainly: -What do I do if there are three 3-3 words (wo hen hao - I am good) -Do I use it when I am putting words together in sentences and not saying a 3-3 word pair (e.g. when I say wo xi huan - I like - vs ni hao - hello? I hope my question is clear. Thank you. I have very much enjoyed this class and I find I can remember most things thanks to your teaching methods.
Evaftah 1 year 8 months ago
We are glad that you enjoyed our lessons. That is one of the most frequently asked questions. You may refer to this previous post for clarification to your question: https://www.yoyochinese.com/comment/5164#comment-5164. Hope that helps. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
Yangyang, I have been learning chinese for yi nian and I have been struggling with the tones and your lesson on tones has been so helpful. Thank you
Ben Vaughn 1 year 8 months ago
Glad that it's helpful! Good luck with your Chinese studies. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
YanYang, My spouse and I are visiting China for the first time in 21 days. We started taking Mandarin lessons a couple of months ago once a week with a private tutor. After looking on YouTube for additional help I found you and I have enjoyed every single one of your lessons thoroughly. You make learning Chinese a lot of fun. I have learned a great deal from you. Thank you!
edwindancesinsf 1 year 9 months ago
Wow, that's exciting! Have a fun and safe trip in China. Feel free to let us know if there's anything we can help. And thanks for the support! :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
thank you Teacher @ç@
assaka 1 year 9 months ago
Hi YangYang, I really enjoy your Mandarin lessons. Would you do a Cantonese learning program in the future? I hope to learn Cantonese after I finish your Mandarin program or even learning both side by side :) Anyhow, just a thought. I really think you're the best language teacher out there :D Thank you YangYang!
carol_le94 1 year 9 months ago
Thank you for your support of Yoyo Chinese, carolle941, and thank you for your suggestion. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
Is there a difference between how chinese men and women speak? (except of course men having a natural lower voiece).
LearningChinese2 1 year 9 months ago
Not really.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
Hi. Is there no flashcard with those 20 words?
LearningChinese2 1 year 9 months ago
Yes, there is. The download link is to the right under the video. You may also download them from the Download Center.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
Oh, I see it now. Was just me who had imported the wrong deck. Thanks.
LearningChinese2 1 year 9 months ago
I am trying out asking my first question this time around, since I got an email saying that I could leave questions here. How come you teach the third tone as a "low flat tone"? In other books and instructional material that I've found it is taught as a "falling-rising" tone. Can you account for this discrepancy please? I'm curious now! Thanks!
LanguageGuy 1 year 9 months ago
Hi LanguageGuy, I'm another student here, and have seen this question before elsewhere on the web site. You can find previous answers from Yoyo Chinese answering this question here: http://yoyofeed.altervista.org/faq.html#Pronunciation Click on the question "I don't quite understand the third tone. Is it a falling/rising tone or is it low and flat?"
Corey 1 year 9 months ago
Thank you Corey for referencing. You may also check out our blog for more discussion about the third tone: https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/learn-mandarin-chinese-third-tone-the-c.... Hope that answers your question.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
I'm so glad i found your site! I'm a beginner and this site is so helpful.
huey47 1 year 10 months ago
Glad that you found it helpful. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
Dear Yang Yang I just started the lesson today. It is amazing. Your facial expression also is very good. Selva
selva 1 year 11 months ago
Thank you for choosing Yoyo Chinese, Selva. Good luck with your Chinese studies.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 11 months ago
Dear Yang Yang, These lessons are amazing. I have been travelling g to China on a regular basis for over 10 years and have always struggled with the Pin Yin tones. The small steps, building blocks approach is great and its all making sense for the first time, especially the references back to English tones. I'm actually enjoying the learning process, which is key to maintaining a practice routine. Back to Chengdu after the holiday with a few more phrases in my pocket...hopefully. Steve S
sshah 1 year 11 months ago
Thank you so much for your nice comments. We are glad that you enjoy the learning process. Thank you for the support! Good luck with your Chinese studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 11 months ago
i am in china but how can someone be able to speak when is sentences you are teaching what of the chinese words
najib idris 1 year 11 months ago
Sorry, we don't exactly get what you mean here? Would you please clarify a bit.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 11 months ago
Thank you very much YangYang Cheng. I am a beginner in learning Chinese and I hope I would be able to speak Chinese in very short period of time. Once again thank you from Manipur, India.
khamba 1 year 11 months ago
Thanks a lot YangYang. Your site is great. I am a beginner learner of Chinese language. My first goal had been to learn just the basics how to read Chinese, but later after visiting your site I decided for learning how to speak as well. Your method of drilling is great and fully acceptable for me. I guess it is time saving as well.Maybe you could add some apps using your method as smartphone apps for iOS and Android. All the best from Peter from Slovakia, Central Europe.
Cingel 1 year 11 months ago
Είναι η πέμπτη(5) γλώσσα που μαθαίνω τώρα και μου αρέσουν πολύ οι τόνοι σε κάθε λέξη η πρώτη γλώσσα είναι τα Αλβανικά(36 γράμματα abc)και με βοηθάει πολλή στα κινέζικα,είναι πολλή εύκολο για εμένα.Thank you very much.
kITAS 2 years 1 day ago
i'm in china now,and know very little chinese and this website is so helpful for me.
chellychinese 2 years 4 days ago
Great! We are glad that it helps. Feel free to let us know if you have any question.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 days ago edited
for us,maghrebiens because here in marocco our languages allowd us to learn other languages, i can spell all the words correct, the class you made are the best i could fond untill now, you are a very good teacher i wish if i could upgrade to learn more, i love your class.
jeniny 2 years 5 days ago
Thank you so much for the encouraging comments, jeniny. Good luck with your Chinese studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 days ago
Pinyin tones, if you want to type to SMS or any application I have found this pinyin tool. Hope this helps my fellow students! http://toshuo.com/chinese-tools/pinyin-tone-tool/#
Trek88 2 years 1 week ago
Cool! Thanks for sharing! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 week ago
你好 Yang Yang! Your lessons are delightful, this one featuring the tone pairs has really aided in my understanding of their usage and the differences they all have; one of my biggest troubles with learning Mandarin is the tones, but your tutorials have assisted my endeavor to cultivate my Mandarin language skills. You are a wonderful instructor and your lessons are all very clear and precise. I appreciate all of your hard work, and I look forward to watching and learning more! 谢谢,谢谢!
Du_Liniang 2 years 1 week ago
Thank you so much for the nice words. We are glad that it helped! Thanks for the support. Keep up the good works! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 week ago
Hi Yang Yang just joined the course and I find it very interesting and well done so far. I find very difficult fist and second tone especially when they are in sequence. Do u have any suggestion ?? thanks Luca
Pellicioli 2 years 1 week ago
Welcome, Luca! In the beginning, when you're just starting to learn tones, it helps to remember one main distinguishing feature of each tone. For the first tone, you're listing for a high and flat sound. For the second tone, listen for a rising sound. Make sure you're listening to the tone of the entire syllable, not just the very end.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 week ago
Ask yourself, from start to finish, does it start high and stay high? If so, it's a first tone. Does it start a bit lower and end high? If so, that's a second tone. The main thing is to practice, practice, practice. Your ears will get really good at hearing these differences over time, if you just keep listening. Good luck!
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 week ago
Hi Yang Yang. I find the paired tones concept very interesting. I have leaned some Chinese previously but no one ever mentioned paired tones. It makes sense but what I struggle to understand a little it is the 3rd tone. I always thought that had a dipping sound, that is, using your pitch chart, start at level 2, drop to one then up to 4 or 5. But I think you made a comment that it only dip if it is a single word but be low and flat if part of two words. Am i understanding the lesson correctly?
Peter M 2 years 1 month ago
Hi Peter, why don't you take a look at this blog post: https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/learn-mandarin-chinese-third-tone-the-c.... That's all about third tone, and see if that helps. If you still have questions, please let us know!
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
I read the blog and found it very useful. Makes a lot more sense now. No one has previously explained the 3rd tone to me as well as the blog entry. Thanks!
Peter M 2 years 2 weeks ago
Hi! Ms Yangyang...I joined today...listened your two lessons...very much impressed and feeling motivated to learn Chinese... My compliments... you are a great teacher.. Best wishes...Dinesh
dca1953 2 years 1 month ago
Hi Yangoyang Could you tell me how to say "this is for you" in Mandarin?
sunshine1973 2 years 1 month ago
You may say, zhè shì gěi nǐ de. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
Hi Yang Yang, How do I say in Chinese: "Although i am a Chinese but because i was born in Vietnam therefore i went to Vietnamese school that was why i could not speak Mandarin" Thank you Wendy
wendylee28 2 years 1 month ago
You may say, "虽然我是中国人,但是因为我在越南出生,所以我在越南上学,那是我不会说中文的原因。suī rán wǒ shì zhōng guó rén, dàn shì yīn wèi wǒ zài yuè nán chū shēng, suǒ yǐ wǒ zài yuè nán shàng xué, nà shì wǒ bú huì shuō zhōng wén de yuán yīn."
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
You may wish to find word associations to help you remember the word. For example (dont have the accents but: zhen de = really so think Really? What is your gender ma?
mscheckner 2 years 1 month ago
Thank you for your suggestion. Finding word association is a great idea. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
Hi yangyang. Can i ask how can i memorize chinese words and their meaning easily?? Im having a really hard time doing it. Xie xie.
mheeho21 2 years 1 month ago
Download the audio file and have it on play as much as you can. The progress will be gradual but it will happen. Watch Mandarin movies. The words you remember will jump out at you. Try to also watch vlogs from native English speakers in China, speaking in English to the camera but Mandarin to people in China. I caught myself laughing at a joke told in Mandarin and shortly after realised what had just happened. You will pick it up, you'd be surprised how much data the brain takes in.
AJCampbell 2 years 1 month ago
These are great suggestions. Thank you for commenting, AJCampbell.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
That is a very challenging question. We would like to find out as well. We are developing a Chinese character course and it will be released in the first quarter of 2015. Hope that will help.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
Regarding the "23" Rule: if you have a sequence of many third tones in a row, like wo3 ye3 hen3 hao3 (3333), do they all become 2's except for the last (2223)? Or does something else happen?
trojo 2 years 1 month ago
It's okay to say with tones (2223), or you may say, wo2 ye3 hen2 hao3. Native speakers use whichever one feels more comfortable for them, depending on the sentence/phrase and their speaking pauses for emphasis and word boundaries. You may refer to a previous comment for your info: https://www.yoyochinese.com/comment/3708#comment-3708.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
According to several sources I checked, including Skritter, the "huan" in "xi3 huan" is supposed to be the 5th (neutral) tone. This lesson considers it to be a 1st tone. Is this a mistake? Or is there some tone changing rule that I am not aware of? See: http://www.nciku.com/search/zh/detail/喜欢/45274 and http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?page=worddict&wdrst=0&wdqb=喜欢
SamirShaker 2 years 1 month ago
The standard tone for 欢 huan is first tone. When it's pronounced softly and short after xi3, it has a neutral tone. But if you pronounce it regularly, it maintains first tone. Both are correct.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
Alright thank you. By the way, I never got an e-mail notification telling me that I got a reply to my question. I just randomly decided to check for an answer today. Is there an option to enable automatic e-mail notification whenever there is a reply posted to my comment?
SamirShaker 2 years 1 month ago
Hi SamirShaker, they are in the process of adding the notification feature, but until then, you might find this web site helpful to keep track of new lesson comments both from Yoyo Chinese and from students: http://www.yoyofeed.altervista.org
Corey 2 years 1 month ago
好。谢谢你!:-)
SamirShaker 2 years 1 month ago
xiexie yangyang:)
sila 2 years 2 months ago
Great videos and repetition tools to nail down the tones. Practice makes perfect! Xie-xie, Yoyo! PS: for some westerners, this analogy might be helpful. For example, if you have learned how to read German letters/combos of letters, it is almost always the same pronounciation, no matter what you read, even if it is a new word you have never seen before, you can still read and speak the new word out loud. The same thinking should apply to Mandarin if you memorize well the tone table chart!
dianaopera 2 years 2 months ago
Thank you for your nice comments. We sincerely appreciate your feedback. It's very helpful.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
Can the 50 common phrases be put into the Download Center in English/Pinyin/Hanzi please?
Rombard 2 years 2 months ago
We believe it's already in the Download Center. Or you may download it from Lesson 2's lecture note under it's video.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
11:04 when you say "ahh" "MAY" it remenbers me one word in portuguese that means " I loved" "ããã mei" that actually is "amei".. hahaha.. and it sounds funny because I really loved ur explaination.. :) ããã mei Lol
jpaulinhop 2 years 2 months ago
Really, cool! Good to know. hehe. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
why can't Chinese people pronounce the letter R?
sagewhite 2 years 3 months ago
Well, first when you refer to "Chinese people" keep in mind that there are a large number of dialects of Chinese spoken in China. Some of those dialects do not have an 'r' sound at all. For adult learners of English, people that speak those dialects that are missing 'r' have a hard time distinguishing 'r' and 'l', and so have a hard time pronouncing 'r' also. Actually, speakers of standard Mandarin Chinese should have little trouble with 'r' because it *is* a part of the dialect.
Corey 2 years 3 months ago
That's a great point! Thanks Corey!
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
I'm trying to find an English equivalent of that that fifth neutral tone. Would you say it's like the sound of 'AT', where the vowel A stops abruptly as we say T?
Rafal 2 years 4 months ago
Hey, just by watching the videos...I'm assuming it's like the second part of the word MAYbe (be) so think of the first tone (MAY) and the fifth tone (be). I'm sure Yangyang can correct me if I'm wrong but I think it's a better explanation than MAYbe Uh... Using just one word with two syllables (Zhen de for instance!)
George Paraskeva 2 years 1 month ago
Yes, you are right. It's just like MAYbe for the first and fifth tone.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
Anything that you say very quickly, without emphasis, and in the middle of your speaking voice could be compared to the neutral tone. If you make the statement, "You can call me Rafal" without any emphasis, then the word "can" will probably be a good example. To use your example, the word "at" in the statement, "I'm at work right now" would also be pretty similar.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
When you say, "in the middle of your speaking voice..." I believe you mean in the mid-range pitch of your vocal range, right?
Corey 2 years 4 months ago
Correct. Right in the middle, where you'd stay if you were speaking in a "monotone" voice.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
From these lessons I get it now! WOW!!!
devorah1954 2 years 4 months ago
Great to hear. Thanks for the nice comment.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
These lessons are awesome! Thank you!
devorah1954 2 years 4 months ago
Excellent!!!, thank you very much!!!
morawilliam 2 years 4 months ago
Thanks for the nice comment.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
I liked your explanation about how the third tone has a bouncy (hi-low-hi) when spoken alone, but is a low flat tone in shui as in "bing shui". Thanks. During the time 9:27 and 14:18 I hear "fay chang hao". What is the meaning of this phrase?
2013hal 2 years 4 months ago
Thank you for commenting. Fei chang hao is very good! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
How to pronounce words begin with letter "j". Is there any similar sound in english ?
Michaelsheremetyev 2 years 4 months ago
It sounds like "jee" in "jeez". Please check out our Chinese pinyin course lesson 12 for more info. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
Hi Yangyang :) I am wondering if you would recommend a portable unit for language learning. Richard45
Richard45 2 years 4 months ago
We are planning to develop an app in the future. At this time, we would suggest Android mobile devices compare to Apple's. It would be a bit of a hassle to import all the audio files to iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
Why do you pronounce the third tone sometimes as falling and rising (in further lessons you pronounce wo3 as stated) while you say in this lesson the third tone is a low flat tone?
tomva 2 years 5 months ago
maybe I need to clarify my question, sometimes Yangyang pronounces the third tone like this: http://www.chinese-outpost.com/language/images/pronunciation/thirdfull.gif But in this video she says it's a flat low sound. When is it like in the picture and when is it flat?
tomva 2 years 4 months ago
Hi, when a third tone syllable is exaggerated, spoken in isolation, or does not have another syllable following it, it slightly "dips" down low and then rises again, like in the graph in the link. That's called a "full third tone." When followed by another tone, which is most of the time, the third tone actually does not rise at the end. That is called a "half third tone."
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
We focus on teaching the "half third tone" here at Yoyo Chinese because that's how you actually say the third tone most of the time in the real world.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
Hello.i m new to this chinese language.its wonderful. i am learning a lot of things from these lectures.
Mohammad Irfan 2 years 5 months ago
Great to hear that! Thank you so much for choosing Yoyo Chinese. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
Hello, I have a question. For rong2 yi4, I'm having a bit of trouble discerning to beginning consonant tone for the rong2. Could you help me
erinjiao 2 years 5 months ago
I've been working on tone pronunciation and learning the rules for a few weeks now... and I have a question. I know that when a third tone precedes another third tone it is pronounced as a second tone (ie. ni3hao3 is said as ni2hao3). Does this also apply to sentences? For example, would ru2guo3 wo3 mei2you3 ni3 be pronounced ru2guo2 wo3 mei2you2 ni3? If so, it seems like quite a mouthful. Just checking. I hope you can help me!
tangxiangxi 2 years 5 months ago
Yes, that's correct. You got it! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
Yangyang, the 1st tone (a high flat tone) and the 4th tone (a sharp falling tone) are both easy. The 2nd tone (a tone that begins mid-level and rises) is a bit more difficult. Is the 3rd tone a low flat tone or a low falling tone when followed by a 1st, 2nd, or 4th tone? When followed by a 3rd tone, it is a 2nd tone. At the end of the word or followed by a neutral tone, I thought it is a falling tone followed by a rise. Is the neutral tone a short high flat tone or a short mid flat tone?
MarktheBear53 2 years 5 months ago
The 3rd tone is a falling rising tone. It's similar to saying "uh huh". You are right, when it followed be another third tone, it changes to 2nd tone. A neutral tone is not exactly a short high flat tone, it's just a short soften tone. Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
HI! Yangyang you are so amazing! I understand this way better than I did on other sites! I do have one problem though... and it's sort of embarrassing. I have horrid problems pronouncing the second tone correctly. I know it's supposed to sound kind of like a question in English, but when I say it I either end up dragging out the word so long or saying a first tone instead. :( Any tips?
tangxiangxi 2 years 6 months ago
Sorry for the double post, I accidentally double clicked.
tangxiangxi 2 years 6 months ago
i need another view to completely make the difference among the tones, but they are not so hard.
giovanni 2 years 6 months ago
I really like this lesson. I understand perfectly what´s the best way to learn tones..
samuelin 2 years 6 months ago
Good job! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
Yangyang I really enjoy your 50 common phrase exercise! I may be getting ahead of myself but does your future lessons include one with like famous locations, things commonly we do daily and etc?
RTorres 2 years 7 months ago
We are glad that you enjoy our 50 common phrase exercise. We do have an intermediate lesson on "What's your favorite city in China?", but we don't have a specific lesson that cover all the common things we do on our daily life. However, through out our courses, you will learn a lot of common things that we do everyday. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
Why do you pronounce 真的 as "Jen de" and not like "Jun de"? I always thought the latter one is how you pronounce it..
Daming17 2 years 7 months ago
It should sound more close to jen de, but it's actually "zhen de". For pronunciation of "zh", please visit our google hangout lesson 2, and pinyin lesson 13.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
Confused with 3rd Tone. You have it as low and flat "Uh." I thought it was bouncing....very confused on this one....
Mamma Goose 2 years 7 months ago
Sorry for the confusion. You are right, it should be a bouncing tone, more like "uh huh". Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
Good Lesson
John King 2 years 7 months ago
I think your teaching its great Yang Yang. I gotta say that. But, I am a little confuse in this: Week 3: Thursday Beginner Conversational Chinese  Review: Practice 20 essential Chinese tone pairs with Lesson 2 audio review (6 min) ....................I FOUND this IN LESSON 3.  Review: Practice tones with Lesson 3 audio review (12 min) ..........Question it is the same lesson or different Lesson YangYang? Because both check has the same lesson. Can you correct me? Tku.
bryandang1@hotmail.com 2 years 8 months ago
I'm very impressed by your fantastic work. You and your team provide beginners like me a wide range of tools which lead to mastering conversational Chinese (what about Chinese characters courses ?). In the 20 essential tone pair audio review, the second tone sounds like the third tone when you pronounce "mi2ng tia1n", "mi2ng nia2n", ro2ng yi4" whereas it sounds correctly when you pronounce "qi3 chua2ng". What I heard is it correct ? Can I look at intermediate courses in the meanwhile ? Zài jiàn
nguyen4243 2 years 8 months ago
Those 2nd tones should sound like 2nd tones. They would sound a bit different if they were third tones. Yes, of course you may take a look at the intermediate course, but it is quite different than beginner conversational Chinese and more comprehensive. We wouldn't suggest you to move too quickly into intermediate course until you have solid knowledge in beginner courses. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
I know this is a tone lesson, but I have a pronunciation question, please! I’m having trouble hearing the difference between zhi (in zhi1 dao4) and zhe (in zhe4 li3). I am pronouncing both as a ‘jher’ sound …. (i.e. jher doa, jher li). Since they are spelt differently I assume I should say them differently, but I can’t hear the difference in the video. Are there any tips to say them differently?
Polvere 2 years 8 months ago
This is a common problem! Think of "zhe" as sounding more like the first part of the word "jug." The tip of your tongue must go back and up in order to say "zhi" correctly. When you pronounce "zhe," your tongue will start in that same position in order to pronounce "zh" but then it must go down in order to pronounce "e" correctly.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
Thanks for the information, I'll practise that.
Polvere 2 years 8 months ago
Thank you so much Yangyang !
mathieu 2 years 8 months ago
Hi Yangyang, Expecting to learn mandarin Chinese and was browsing in google and found you. Very clear and nice explanation. I hope it would benefit me in learning. I am bit slow in learning and limited time, but certainly will follow your lessons and learn as far as i could. You you be happy! Thanks Namgyel.
Namgyel7 2 years 8 months ago
We are glad that you found us. Thanks you so much for choosing Yoyo Chinese. Feel free to let us know if you have any question. Have fun studying. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
thank you so much ! love it
aurelle26 2 years 8 months ago
Thanks for the information Yangyang. :)
bryandang1@hotmail.com 2 years 8 months ago
I have a question on the 3rd tone +3rd tone combination. I understand that 3rd+3rd=2nd+3rd but what is the rule for having three or four characters next to each other with the 3rd tone? For example “我有狗” (wo3 you3 gou3) or “我有你狗” (wo3 you3 ni3 gou3)? Thanks for your help! :)
Kiarah 2 years 8 months ago
That's a great question. When there are more than two consecutive third tones. The last one remains third tone, and every other one change to 2nd tone. For your example, wo3 you2 gou3. The latter one should be wo2 you3 ni2 gou3. It would be better to add the possession word "de" after "ni". Hope this helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
Thank you very much!
Kiarah 2 years 8 months ago
hello Ms YangYang . Im Rio And I just want to ask if Tha language of China and Taiwan the same ? Thank You im Waiting For ur answer ..
riomopohaku1 2 years 8 months ago
China and Taiwan both speak Mandarin Chinese. However, China uses simplified Chinese character but Taiwan uses traditional Chinese character.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
hello Ms YangYang . Im Rio And I just want to ask if Tha language of China and Taiwan the same ? Thank You im Waiting For ur answer ..
riomopohaku1 2 years 8 months ago
HI :) You asked for my question(s) so here it is. I would like to know how to propose in Chinese. My Love is fluent in English, she is a native Chinese speaker English is an additional language so I am sure she would be thrilled if I surprised her and proposed in Chinese. Also simple appropriate respectful conversation with her parents if possible.
rgrpaul 2 years 8 months ago
Aww, that's so sweet. You may ask “你愿意嫁给我吗?ni3 yuan4 yi4 jia4 gei3 wo3 ma?" Which means "Will you marry me?" :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
I have been practicing Mandarin Chinese tones for about 4 days. I reviewed with a friend in China. I was told that in and introduction ni (2nd) hao (3rd), wo (3rd) shin (4th) Adrian - I needed to have the comma in between to avoid having the two 3rd tones from being right after eachother. Is that right? Also, why can't there be two 5th tones right after each other? I think that these rules are made to be able to speak faster...
adrianbetween 2 years 9 months ago
Yes, you need a comma to separate ni hao and wo shi. The five tone is a natural tone. It generally applies to the 2nd word of a word pair when it has a soften tone. And the word pair can't be both natural tones. The rules are usually applied to smoothen/soften the tones, not necessary faster. Hope this answers your question.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 9 months ago
How do I get the chart?
Wes 2 years 9 months ago
You may download the chart from this link: http://www.yoyochinesehangout.com/tone-pairs-download.html.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 9 months ago
Often said that if other characters are two beats the neutral tone is one beat. Is there any example of a one beat followed by a neutral one beat? Does everyone individually have their own one beat sound? These "beats" need more explanation for me. I could be focusing on something that doesn't matter too much right now. Thanks
Wes 2 years 9 months ago
In the lecture you said that we would be able to download that chart of 20 words, but the lecture notes are only the 50 common phrases. Can that chart be made available?
cgh 2 years 9 months ago
Nevermind - i just saw the listing above mind
cgh 2 years 9 months ago
Are all the BCC lessons changing to google hangout? I liked it better when the lessons were only a few minutes long.Also I can't find the tone pair table you talk about. In the lecture notes there was only the 50 common phrases.
PresidentFish 2 years 9 months ago
Oh no, we not changing all the BCC lesson to google hangout. :) You may download the tone pair table here: http://www.yoyochinesehangout.com/tone-pairs-download-success.html
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 9 months ago
Hi Yangyang! I saw a video,and i heard that the 3rd tone sounds like when you say 'aha' and it bounces.Than which is the 3rd tone?Does it bounce?or no?
kata25.25 2 years 9 months ago
Hi Yangyang... like a previous poster, I can't find the audio review notes that go along with the audio review mp3 file. Do you know where I can find this? Xiè xie!
Fazzio 2 years 10 months ago
Nevermind! I found it at the bottom of the lecture notes... I was confused because audio lesson sounds begin halfway down the lecture notes, but the first word of the audio review and lecture notes is the same both at the top and halfway down... tricky :)
Fazzio 2 years 10 months ago
Hi Yang Yang I don't understand what the first pages of the lecture notes for lesson 3 come from. Most of the words were not in the lesson and are not in the audio review. Is there another audio file that we can listen to for pages 1,2 and 3 of the lecture notes? Thanks - Feriel
ferielt 2 years 11 months ago
Ni hao, Yangyang. I was just doing the audio review of this lesson with the lecture notes snd found a typo. For hai2 you3 shei2, it actually says shui! Everything with the lessons is great! I can't put them down.
MeiLin 3 years 1 month ago
Both shei2 and shui2 are correct. We apologize for the confusion.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 1 month ago
I don't remember, all I know is I heard wo er
Clawpaw 3 years 1 month ago
maybe "i am hungry?"
yoyoandal 3 years 4 days ago
er literally means son, however, a lot of time it's used as the "R" sound and carries no meanings by the northern Chinese people, such as "yi4 dian3(r) 一点儿" as in a little bit.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 1 month ago
in my or mine, I thought it was wo er! what is wo er mean?
Clawpaw 3 years 1 month ago
Hmm..not quite sure about "wo er". Can you please let us know how it was used in the context?
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 1 month ago
Thank you for the lesson. My third and fourth tones are my issue. Sometimes the my second tone sounds like third and my third sounds like forth. 我 知道, 练习练习.
Sandy Perry 3 years 1 month ago
Keep practicing, you'll get it! :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 1 month ago
Hello Yangyang, I see one mistake in the table of lecture note. Please check " Who else?" in the table i see " hai you shui" The Chinese character I see "还有谁"
oei.toenkhiam 3 years 2 months ago
That's actually correct. Is there any misunderstanding?
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 2 months ago
I think "谁" is "shéi" in pinyin?
oei.toenkhiam 3 years 1 month ago
The standard mandarin pinyin is "shui2", but "shei2" is also correct.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 1 month ago
Hi! I just begin to learn yoyo chinese. It seems to me that the link to lecture notes of Lesson 3 is wrong. Please check it. Thanks.
vaterlo 3 years 3 months ago
We've checked the lecture note. It is the correct one. We've put more terms in this lecture note for pinyin pronunciation practices, not that you have to memorize the characters. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 3 months ago
I tend to be a more visual learner. Does the audio lesson reviews have subtitles? Maybe you have some different suggestions for a more visual learner? I have been making flashcard and that does help, but could use some other suggestions. Thanks in advance.
WarrenB 3 years 3 months ago
Sorry, there's no subtitles for the audio lesson review. It serves as a supplement to our video lesson, which reviews the words cover in the lesson and also provides more practice. You may download it and play/stop when needed, or refer back to the video lessons.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 3 months ago
I could download it without problem... Thank you so much! =D Greetings from Venezuela!
sorayin 3 years 3 months ago
Hi teacher! I can't download audio review and lectures notes about this class. Help!
sorayin 3 years 3 months ago
We are really sorry that happened. There had been a technical problem while downloading the lecture notes, but it's fixed now. Would you please try again? Let us know if the problem still exists.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 3 months ago
Thank you so much for your teaching. However, I'm having a problem downloading the audio review. Here is what I keep getting, "Safari can't opent the page. Too many redirects occured trying to open "https://yoyochinese.com/audio-note-download/1303". This might occur if you open a page that is redirected to open another page which then is redirected to open the original page." Thanks for your help on this! Tom
tmogy50 3 years 3 months ago
Hi Tom, thank you for letting us know. It's fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 3 months ago
Hi Yangyang, what context would you use mei wen ti in?
learnchinese 3 years 4 months ago
mei2 wen4 ti means no problem. For example, I think it should be okay or no problem (我觉得应该没问题 wo3 jue2de ying1 gai1 mei2 wen4 ti).
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 4 months ago
I don't know if it is a big deal or not, but I noticed that in your Lesson Audio Review for this lesson, you write "shui" in "hai you shui", but you say, "shei", that is "hai you shei", I just thought if you weren't aware of it, you'd like to know and I do know, because you informed me, that "shui" and "shei" mean the same thing, just that "shei" is more spoken, but elsewhere, in a different PDF you did write "shei" and say "shei", I wondered why here it was different?
LanguageGuy 3 years 4 months ago
We are sorry for the confusion. Actually they both sound very similar and there's no different in using either one. The sound might have just slipped out easily. >__<
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 4 months ago
Ni hao I,m khali xie xie for the mandarin chinese lasson
khali 3 years 5 months ago
Ni hao I,m khali in I,m jiu in I learning mandarin chines please help me I can speak spanish do
khali 3 years 5 months ago
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Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 5 months ago
Either the lecture notes or the audio for lesson 3 seems to be the wrong. The lecture notes lists words with tones while the audio describes 50 commonly used phrases.
armygi80 3 years 5 months ago
The first part of the lecture notes are examples of words with different tones. The audio lesson review content are referred to the last part of the lecture note, which are the common phrases. Please look toward the end of the lecture notes.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 5 months ago
Hi guys. i am trying to find BCC lesson 3 audio lesson (12min) but cannot find it anywhere? regards Peter (Australia)
peter price 3 years 5 months ago
Thank you for letting us know, Peter. We've uploaded the audio lesson review and updated the lecture notes. Please check it out.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 5 months ago
Hi! You are an amazing teacher. I am so grateful that I found you. All of the videos that I have seen so far are detailed and descriptive. I enjoy them a lot because I get a good idea of what I am learning. Thank You (xiè xie)
ovodgxo 3 years 7 months ago
We are glad that you found us and that you enjoy our lessons, ovodgxo. Thank you for the encouraging words. Good luck with your Chinese studies. Feel free to contact us if you have any question.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 7 months ago
Hi where can I find exercises to practice?
Filippo85 3 years 7 months ago
Hi Filippo85, starting the next lesson, there's an audio review lesson along with each video lesson. You may download it and practice it to improve your conversational skills. Feel free to let us know if you have any question.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 7 months ago
Thank you,i'll try my best.
Sunmeiyu 3 years 7 months ago
hi!teacher every video and class that you present, is a so good help to me for learn that language only i have to say to you thanks for all and also you are a beautiful girl have a great day and MAY GOD BLESS YOU !!!!!
josuelee.chinchilla 3 years 9 months ago
We are glad to hear that! Thank you. Keep up the good works!
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 9 months ago
It was great. Its easy now to remember the tones.
kartheek 3 years 9 months ago
Hi Yangyang- I just re-watched your "I have good news" video. I'm interested to know what happens to Mandarin tones when you sing? We spend so much time trying to learn tones so that we can properly communicate one word meaning from another. But then it seems to all go out the window when one sings. How do you know the meaning when you are singing and the tones are gone? (I'm guessing the listener just does their best to understand given the context.) Could you comment further? Thanks Dave
drsorensen 4 years 6 months ago
If you want to know more about how lack of Chinese tones in a song can be taken advantage of to create something funny or problems, please Google “grass mud horse” and you will get some interesting stories on that. We cannot further discuss the story here due to the nature and the specific language of the story. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 6 months ago
I think this is actually good news for English speakers who have a problem remembering different tones. If your goal is not to speak perfect Chinese like a native and just want to get by without concerning your accent, two things can help you: First, make sure the context you're establishing is clear. Second, make sure you speak more words so you give Chinese people a better chance of connecting the dots.
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 6 months ago
Great question! The answer is that tones are embedded in the melody when we sing. However, for some reason, 90% of the time Chinese people can tell what the lyrics are even without knowing the tones. I think there are two reasons for this: first, usually the context is established in a song. You know what the song is about just by knowing the title. Second, the lyrics in a song usually come in sentences and it’s easier for listeners to understand sentences than individual words without tones.
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 6 months ago
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