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Lesson 2 Introduction to Mandarin Chinese Tones

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In this lesson, you’ll learn

  • What Mandarin Chinese tones are.
  • the simple tips and tricks to speak 4 Chinese tones correctly
  • the exact equivalents of four Chinese tones in English
Lesson Audio Review

In this lesson, you’ll learn

  • What Mandarin Chinese tones are.
  • the simple tips and tricks to speak 4 Chinese tones correctly
  • the exact equivalents of four Chinese tones in English

Comments (150)

Hi Yoyo, if English speakers use tones to express emotion, and Chinese speakers use tones to express meaning, how do they express emotion? Ps I am 72 and enjoying your course.
john356 1 week 5 days ago
That's great you're enjoying the course! Welcome. :) You can actually still express emotion by changing the speed and/or intonation of your voice in Chinese, but less so than in English. As you continue to learn, you'll start to hear how this is done naturally so I wouldn't stress 'learning' how to do this directly. Another way you can add emotion or tone to a Chinese word is with particles at the end of sentences. They sound like 'ah' or 'eh' and have no meaning, but add emotion.
Jason at Yoyo Chinese 1 week 4 days ago
I also wouldn't stress learning these particles just yet either, but it's good to have an 'open ear' as you'll certainly be hearing them! (For example "xiè xiè a!" rather than just "xiè xiè" for 'thank you'.) Hope that helps and let us know if you have any more questions!
Jason at Yoyo Chinese 1 week 4 days ago
Hi! I was wondering why in this lesson it shows that the third tone is a low flat tone when I've heard that you go down and then up for third tone? Just was curious, thanks!
hapagirl8711 3 months 2 weeks ago
Hi Kaile! Welcome back :) The third tone is down/up when it's pronounced in isolation, as 1 word. When the third tone is in a sentence/phrase, then it is pronounced as a half third tone. You'll learn more about tone pairs in the next lesson. For a demonstration and for more info on the third tone, check out our blog/video! http://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/learn-mandarin-chinese-third-tone-the-co...
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 3 months 2 weeks ago
My italki teacher told me that I am not hitting the fourth tone. When I do it, the fourth tone seems angry as if I am snapping at someone. I want to speak correctly but not come off as the ugly American.
Strain 5 months 7 hours ago
Fourth tone can be tricky! It definitely feels as though it has the most emotion to it, especially for an American. One thing you could try is practicing fourth tone words in 'slow motion'. I find trying to speak them more slowly helps me master the 'shape' of the tone more efficiently. (And actually, people speak the fourth tone out slowly in normal speech too, so you're learning another way to enunciate anyway!) Hope that helps :)
Jason at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 4 weeks ago
how do I download the video to watch offline. Maxime
maximemd 5 months 4 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 5 months 4 weeks ago
When I import the Anki cards from this lesson, the study intervals are very large (months instead of the regular few days) and most of the cards are not 'new' but already 'for review'. It is like I take over studying from someone else. Am I the only one who is facing this problem? I am unable to reset the deck, tried all kinds of ways but doesn't work out. Yoyo, can you maybe 'refresh' this deck? I have imported all cards up to lesson 70, and only this lesson 2 deck has the problem.... Thanks!
carolien 6 months 1 day ago
Hi, sorry about that! We uploaded a new deck, please see if it helps. Have you tried exporting the deck? You can refresh everything by clicking on the gears >> click export >> uncheck "include scheduling information" >> click export >> Save (and hopefully you got a new/reset deck). Hope that helps! If not, please email us and we'll see what we can do to troubleshoot this further for you.
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 6 months 1 day ago
It works now! Thanks a lot for the quick fix!
carolien 6 months 1 day ago
No problem, glad we were able to help! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 5 months 4 weeks ago
I set up the keyboard on my Mac in order to be able to write 中文,nevertheless I would also like to write in pinyin with the tones. Is there an easy way to put the tones on what I write? I can switch with Tab or Shift-Tab any word in order to get the different tones, but then I can only "validate" the tone with space and get it written with characters. Is there a way to write in pinyin easily?
Gauthier92 9 months 1 week ago
I send you an email since this requires a longer reply. Thanks!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 9 months 1 week ago
I'm confused. I downloaded the Anki deck, and how am I supposed to know all those 50 phrases from lesson 2 in just one night? What's the purpose of the Lesson Audio Review, it's way too complicated for a 2n lesson, no? Am I missing something?
fabwash 1 year 5 months ago
Sorry that we are not making this clear. These 50 phrases are not meant to be learn in just one night. The purpose of this audio lesson review is mainly for practicing your pronunciation at this early stage. Of course, you may always come back to this lesson to learn these 50 common phrases for your convenience. All of the audio lesson reviews reflect on what's being taught in the lessons, and may also include additional words or sentences for additional practices.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
Thanks! I was following the study schedule and I didn't understand the "review with the lesson sentences 2 deck", i thought i had to actually do it, not just look at it. I feel better now !! :)
fabwash 1 year 5 months ago
So if a word has to be pronounced with a certain tone, does that mean in Chinese you can't use your tone of voice to convey meaning? For example in English if I say "what?" I can say it in an abrupt way, or I could say it in an inquiring/quizzical way, or I could say it in a polite way or a sarcastic way. Do Chinese people rely more on body language or facial expression rather then tone of voice?
TheDecider 1 year 6 months ago
I think as you gain experience with Chinese I think you will hear the emotion conveyed, and a lot of it is still through tone. I think sometimes the tones can be exaggerated for effect, or the whole vocal range shifted up or down, etc. Sometimes the tones are changed for effect, too. I particularly remember hearing a dialogue where a teacher responded to a student's answer with a long flat "hao" (good/correct) reply.
Corey 1 year 4 months ago
Hi, I study Chinese on my IPad - which App should I download to benefit from the Anki Sentences Deck? Thank you.
Floris 1 year 6 months ago
There's an Anki app for iPad, however, it costs $24.99, which may be quite pricy. You may follow our Anki Instruction on how to use our Anki decks on iPad or other devices: http://www.yoyochinese.com/files/cbp_filealias//Anki%20instruction_.pdf.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 6 months ago
I have a suggestion! Consider creating a learning tool in which the student will hear an initial/final combination, and then must select the tone from a list of possibilities. You already have the tone sets recorded, so building such a tool would be easy. The combinations should be randomized each time the tool is used, and a score provided. I think it would really help train the ear of your students who are not used to tonal languages.
DaveG1952 1 year 9 months ago
Thank you so much for your suggestion, Dave. I've forwarded your idea to Yangyang.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
We English speaking Brits do use tones but the tones are not specific to the meaning as the meaning is specific to the word. So someone can say something in a totally different tone and everyone will still understand the meaning - not so with Chinese tones. The tones are very important and specific to the meaning. However, still great stuff though and love everything about your tutorials.
FengChui 1 year 10 months ago
Yes, you are absolutely right. Mastering the tones in Chinese is very important. Thanks for the support. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
dear yang yang, I'm your student sanduni (sandykevin) I wan to talk about special fact. Can you send me your email or any other way to reach you my email hellohansana@gmail.com
sandykevin 1 year 11 months ago
The way to navigate from your video for each lecture is not easy to do Can you show me howto switch from text to video?
Wai Son 2 years 6 days ago
We are sorry to hear that, but what do you mean switch from text to video? You may find all the video lessons located in the course's main page https://www.yoyochinese.com/learn-Chinese/conversational-chinese, and the lecture notes are downloadable under the video.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 days ago
I ve been twice in chinese language school and I learned the 3rd tone is first going down and than going up. Now you tell me it's just a low flat tone. Whats right?
cschmidt 2 years 3 weeks ago
The answer is both are right, and it depends on when and where the third tone is located as to how to pronounce. Check out this great blog post on the subject: https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/learn-mandarin-chinese-third-tone-the-c...
Corey 2 years 3 weeks ago
in the first i try i told to my self that i can br good in tones but even itry i lose the voice of the tones but i will try even it's hard ^_^ and i love you teacher yang yang Xie Xie ^_^
assaka 2 years 1 month ago
That's good. Keep practicing. It will get better and better. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
hhhhhh after 10 days , I think I must give up trying deal with Chinese language , because now I am living with more than 30 Chinese friends in the same bulding and when they talk or chat together it seems NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO tones , just normal sound with one level . could you please help me , how to notice the tones ? sorry if it is clumsy question .
Oliver Twist 2 years 2 months ago
I have been living in Taiwan for 2 months and i just started to recognize some words and i speak a little so 10 days is nothing you have to practice more.
yayo3 2 years 3 weeks ago
No, Oliver, it's not a bad question, and also NO, please don't give up! It may sound like Chinese people don't use tones in their everyday (rapid) speech now, but you are still in the early days of training your ears to detect and identify tones. After enough exposure, you will eventually hear the tones and also will also be able to speak them correctly yourself, so don't give up! You can do it!
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
First focus on being able to hear and distinguish between tones in slow speech, like in our videos. You have to gradually work your way up to rapid speech. It takes time. For now, don't let the rapid speech discourage you. Just focus on the videos and learning materials and you'll get there.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
Hi I am Oliver , I won't to upgrade my account , but I have Alipay , how can I do it please ? I am waiting .....
Oliver Twist 2 years 2 months ago
Sorry for the wait. We believed we've reply to your question in email. Please check. Let us know if there's anything else we can help you with.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
Hi , is each Chinese word has four tones ? For example I face these words and all have four tones : yi , wu , yan, ma , ba , xue , tang , yao, shu . and so on . Thank you .
Oliver Twist 2 years 2 months ago
No, in general, each word has one tones, except some may have more than one pinyin. Each pinyin has four tones and different tones correspond to different characters.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
I currently have been living in China for two months. I married a Chinese woman and her son and girl friend also live with us. They all say the third tone is down then up like a check mark. The one girl is a teacher in the school system in China and she consulted her friend who teaches Mandarin in elementary school and she also said the third tone is up and down not the low steady UH you have. Who is right, I am now confused. Thanks for your help. higgy
Chinaexpress 2 years 2 months ago
Hi Higgy, this is an area where a lot of people have had questions, and the answer is not A or B, but more like in some cases A and in some cases B. There are at least two places you can look for more information: https://www.yoyochinese.com/learn-Chinese/google-hangouts/Lesson-5-How-p...
Corey 2 years 2 months ago
The other place is on a FAQ web site that I created that contains answers from Yoyo Chinese to commonly asked questions. Go to http://yoyofeed.altervista.org/faq.html and scroll down to the Pronunciation section, and find the question: "I don't quite understand the third tone. Is it a falling/rising tone or is it low and flat?", and click on it. There you will find past answers to similar questions. You can follow the links there back to the Yoyo Chinese site for the complete discussion.
Corey 2 years 2 months ago
Is there is supposed to a written copy or anything with the lesson audio review? or is it simply just the listening recording?
aedriessen 2 years 3 months ago
You may refer to the lecture notes.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
Theoretically, I understand the 2nd tone. However, in practice, I find that when quickly speaking, it's hard for me to make the 2nd tone. Any tips to make it more fluid in natural speech?
curvedhyperbole 2 years 3 months ago
Everyone finds tones, or certain tones, to be unnatural at first. But just make sure you're saying them accurately, even if it feels unnatural. That way you won't develop any bad habits that will be difficult to break later. Think "huh?" or "what?" every time you're about to say a syllable with a second tone. It will make you speak slowly, but at least you will be accurate. Over time, you won't have to think about it anymore. And soon enough, it will even feel natural.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
Just give it time and don't compromise on accuracy in order to sound more "fluent." :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
I have noticed that sometimes e is pronounced 'u' and other times it's pronounced with the punch in the gut sound. eg. neng is pronounced nung. not nughng. How do we know when to pronounced the 'e' like this?
wyldeck 2 years 3 months ago
Hi Wyldeck, Finals need to be treated individually to some degree. That is, the final 'e' has a slightly different sound than the 'e' in the final 'eng'. Try to treat the entire final as a single sound, rather than try to pronounce each letter individually, which means that you need to learn the pronunciation of the 'e', 'ei', 'en', 'eng', and 'er' separately. The pinyin chart on the website should help you with that a lot.
Corey 2 years 3 months ago
我有问题。 Okay, so my question concerns the rule about when you have 2 (3rd) tones in a row, so you change the first word to the (2nd) tone and leave the second word to the (3rd) tone such as the example of 你好。So originally 你好 is ni(3) hao (3) but then it changes to ni(2)hao(3). I understand that part. But what happens when you have 3 (3rd) tones in a row like the example 让我想想。rang(4) wo(3) xiang(3) xiang(3)? 谢谢
王子 2 years 3 months ago
Hi, this question comes up a lot. You can find some previous answers here: http://yoyofeed.altervista.org/faq.html Scroll down to the Pronunciation section and click on the question: "What do I do when there are three or more 3rd tones in a row?"
Corey 2 years 3 months ago
this so helpful. thank you and its easy.
h2o1 2 years 4 months ago
about the study schedule ( I read the post below but still confused) the audio review should take me to where? Chinese tone pairs lesson 2/3 OR listening the 50 common phrases? in any case where is the audio for these 50 common phrases anyways? thanks
mandarin21 2 years 6 months ago
Sorry for the confusion. The audio review is located under each video. You may download in batches from our Download Center. The tone pair one is in lesson 3 and the 50 common phrases is in lesson 2. Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
Excellent! I have a smile on my face and a warm feeling inside me every time I learn from your website! The course provides me with a very positive experience. Have you read the book " The Encyclopaedia Sinica " ? This is a very interesting book written in English (1917) by Samuel couling.It covers the history of the Oriental regions from a westerners perspective. Does Canton still produce the finest peppermint oil? I can hear you now, saying WHAt...second tone!
dreadnought 2 years 6 months ago
Hehe..thank you so much for the nice comments. We are glad that you enjoy our courses. We've not read the book, but we appreciate the information, sounds interesting. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
The beginner's daily schedule reffers to this lesson (on week 3, day 4) as 'Practice 20 essential Chinese tone pairs with Lesson 2 audio review'. However the audo review of this lesson is about the 50 common phrases, not the tone pairs. Is it a mistake, right?
clako 2 years 6 months ago
You are right. Thank you for bring this to our attention. We've adjusted our lessons but forgot to update our schedule. It should be Review: Practice 50 common Chinesephrases with Lesson 2 audio review (12min) Review: Practice 20 Essential Chinese tone pairs with lesson 3 audio review (6mins) Thanks again.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
Each next video have key. What must i do for watching video and learnning continue? Thanks!
thuc 2 years 6 months ago
Your current free membership would only allow you to watch our demo lessons. In order to have full access to our website, you would have to subscribe to one of our premium plans. For details about our subscription, please visit www.yoyochinese.com/subscriptions. Feel free to let us know if you have any question.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
Dear yang yang! I am Bee :)). I am new student. I have a proplem need you help. I can watch this video. But i cant watch next videos. What must i do? Help me please. Thank you!
thuc 2 years 6 months ago
In the lesson audio review it covers the 50 common phrases and sentences. For the phrase "don't rush" it says bie2 zhao1 ji2. I thought zhao in this phrase was second tone. Am I incorrect or does that make it a different meaning?
doufuren 2 years 6 months ago
The character in Chinese is 着. It actually have four different pronunciations: zhāo, zháo, zhuó, zhe. In this case, both zhāo, zháo are okay. People often say bié zhāo jí. Same meaning.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
just found out that i need to download the lecture notes in lesson 2 Intro to Mandarin Chinese tones to view the 50 phrases.
doufuren 2 years 6 months ago
I just signed up today. In beginner level daily study schedule, the link to study lesson 2 lecture notes, and link to practice 50 common chinese phrases with lesson 2 audio review led me to this area, lesson 2 intro to Mandarin Chinese tones. I am using ipad and iphone and get same results.
doufuren 2 years 6 months ago
Yes, all the parts of lesson 2 are located on this page. You may download the lecture notes and audio review from the links under the video, or from the download center.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
Thank you so much Yangyang. I am a beginner too and this is amazing!
Jamirah 2 years 7 months ago
Thanks for the nice comments. Good luck with your Chinese studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
Thank you so much Yangyang. I am a beginner too and this is amazing!
Jamirah 2 years 7 months ago
Isn't the third tone this v
srpark 2 years 8 months ago
Would you please refer to this: https://www.yoyochinese.com/comment/5454#comment-5454? Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
Yangyang says we use tones to express emotion in English. How are these same emotions or stresses expressed in Chinese if the tones are used for meaning?
Mike01 2 years 8 months ago edited
That's a great question! Chinese people also use intonation to express emotion or to place emphasis. The difference is that the tones remain consistent. For example, if someone wants to emphasize the word "home" in the sentence "I'm at HOME" (rather than somewhere else), then he might say "wǒ zài jiā," with the "jiā" still being relatively high and flat, but even higher than if he were just making a plain statement, "I'm at home."
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
It's difficult to explain without being able to say it for you. This is a good idea for an upcoming lesson or Google hangout session!
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
Thank you so much. Looking forward to see you soon :)
Mike01 2 years 8 months ago
With reference to the sentence "让我想想“ "Rang2 Wo3 Xiang3 Xiang3" and focusing on that "3 tone" group. How is this sentence correctly pronounced? Is that "Wo2 Xiang3 Xiang3" or "Wo3 Xiang2 Xiang3"? (I am still a newbie and I can't tell tones from pronunciation yet) Thanks for the kind answer.
RedFoxJinx 2 years 8 months ago
It's more natural to pronounce wo3 xiang2 xiang3. For more information about 3 consecutive 3rd tones, please refer to our previous comment for more interesting examples:https://www.yoyochinese.com/comment/5165#comment-5165.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
Thank you very much. :-)
RedFoxJinx 2 years 8 months ago
i need translation of... i m learning chinese will u help me..
shabbirali52 2 years 8 months ago
It may be translated as: 我在学习中文,你能帮我吗?wǒ zài xué xí zhōng wén, nǐ néng bāng wǒ ma. Good luck with your Chinese studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
It may be translated as: 我在学习中文,你能帮我吗? wǒ zài xué xí zhōng wén, nǐ néng bāng wǒ ma?
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
is the Chinese and Taiwanese speak the same language?
kaire caquilala 2 years 8 months ago
There are many different dialect, but the main and standard language for both is the same: Mandarin.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
I also forgot to mention! Some places say 3rd tone is a rising falling tone and that's what I've been teaching myself.
s1663 2 years 10 months ago
falling rising tone* my apologies!
s1663 2 years 10 months ago
Yes, it's a falling rising tone, just like "uh huh".
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
I've began studying mandarin from various websites as a summer project before I went back to school and I am enjoying it very much! I've got a question about tone(s) though. Sometimes, when I say the second tone (Rising tone) I may scoop into it. Will people mistake this for the 3rd tone? Thanks!
s1663 2 years 10 months ago
Hi, Was wondering if there is anywhere that I can locate a transcript of the "50 Common Phrases" from this lesson's audio review?
Argue 2 years 10 months ago
You may download it from Download lecture note link, right above the audio review.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Thanks. Assumed those were notes for the video. I know ... never assume ... lol
Argue 2 years 10 months ago
Yes, they are the notes for the video. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Yangyang says we use tones to express emotion in English. How are these same emotions or stresses expressed in Chinese if the tones are used for meaning?
Schmittle 2 years 10 months ago
nice excersice
giovanni 2 years 10 months ago
nice excersice
giovanni 2 years 10 months ago
regarding qing ni man man shuo....how would you say "could you please speak a little slower?"
willmeek 2 years 11 months ago
You may say, "qing3 ni3 shuo1 man4 yi4 dian3(r) ke3 yi3 ma?"
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
How precise must the pitch be when pronouncing tones? For example, when pronouncing the 1st tone, does it matter what pitch it's at, as long as it's higher than the other tones? Hope you understand my question! :)
liamw 2 years 11 months ago
The actual pitch will vary from person to person, and from sentence to sentence, depending on your voice range and what you are emphasizing in the sentence. The important thing is that the first tone is high and flat, the second tone is rising, the third tone is low and flat, and the fourth tone is falling.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
Hello! I'm just starting out on this journey to learn Chinese, and I'm very excited to see if "this time" I can actually do it! I have a question on tones: in most books I have read , and in other audio lessons I have tried, they always talk of the third tone being an "down-up" tone. My wife, who is from China, is also emphatic that the third tone is an "up-down" tone. You can also see it in the pinyin spelling of many words. Can you explain why you teach a low-flat tone? Thank you.
JB69 2 years 11 months ago
When spoken in isolation, the third tone slightly "dips" down and then rises again. That is called a "full third tone." However, tones are rarely spoken in isolation! When followed by another tone, which is most of the time, the third tone does not rise at the end. That is called a "half third tone." We teach the "half third tone" because, in the real world, that's how you actually say the third tone most of the time.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
That explains why it is hard to hear the bounce when people speak fast. Good to know.
Valerie 2 years 8 months ago
Ask your wife to say a word with a third tone in isolation, such as the number "five" (wǔ) or the word for "good" (hǎo). She will probably pronounce it with a full third tone. Then ask her to say a phrase that contains those words, such as "five pieces of paper" (wǔ zhāng zhǐ) or "really yummy" (zhēn hǎo chī) and you will both notice that the third tone in "wǔ" and the "hǎo" in those cases does not rise up at all. It's just low and flat. Good luck with your Chinese studies!
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
Hi Yang Yang! Its really very good to review the lesson... but, still the 20 essential Chinese tone pairs is in Lesson 3... Maybe you could fix for the future students?... Just letting you know.
bryandang1@hotmail.com 3 years 2 days ago
Thanks for letting us know. The 20 tone pairs are located in lesson 3 since it focus more about tone pairs.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 days ago
And I guess is located in Lesson3 the 20 essential Chinese tone pairs instead in Lesson 2. I just trying to follow the daily study schedule...
bryandang1@hotmail.com 3 years 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your comment. I, too, am trying to follow the study schedule and couldn't find the paired tones in lesson 2. Now I will check in lesson 3.
Valerie 2 years 8 months ago
Thank you so much for letting us know about his. We apologize for the confusion.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 weeks ago
Hi Yangyang. WEEK 1: CHINESE PINYIN AND TONES BASICS I guess I'm having problem with the schedule chart for Wednesday? I'am trying to download and print the "Lesson 2 Tones Pair chart" So, when I hit the Lesson 2 Tones Pair chart, this goes to this lesson:"Lesson 2 Introduction to Mandarin Chinese Tones" and i did download the lecture notes and is the "50 Common Phrases Recording_0"... IT is this correct? could you help me please? Tku.
bryandang1@hotmail.com 3 years 2 weeks ago
I can't find the chart. I clicked on the schedule link but, it brought back to this lesson. I am sorry can you help me find it?
j03 3 years 3 weeks ago
Opps I found it
j03 3 years 3 weeks ago
Xie Xie ni Yangyang!
taichiforlife12345 3 years 4 weeks ago
The more i watch your video, the more i am dragged in it. I watch it over and over, and i love it. For sure I will join soon. But sorry to mention, that I have been distracted by your moving hair over your beautiful face. It would be better and prettier, I guess, if you could hold your hair back as a ponytail or so in the future lesson. So that I can concentrate more in what you explain.
Sumarwata 3 years 1 month ago
Maybe you should learn to accept what is, instead of imposing your views on how this woman should have her hair just because she's pretty. :)
cavinsays 2 years 9 months ago
Thank you YOYO team for the presentations however i cannot download the lecture notes. my username is lydon
lydon 3 years 1 month ago
Hi Lydon, we've just checked the lecture note link. It seems to be working properly. Would you please try again, or may be with a different browser? Let us know if the problem still exists.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
I tapped on your link on your daily schedule - Wednesday Practice 20 essential Chinese tone pairs with Lesson 2 and got link for 50 Common Phrases. Is there something wrong with the link?
robincheung 3 years 1 month ago
i am learning Chinese , they have taught us 4 tones 1) flat tone 2) rising tone 3)swing tone 4) falling tone ?? , in your video you have not taught swing tone .
payalpandit 3 years 1 month ago
We don't want to overwhelm our students with too much information too early on, so we just introduced the third tone as the low flat tone here(the tone that's actually used in majority of the situations). I hope that helps clarify some confusion. :) Thank you!
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
Majority of the time, the third tone should be pronounced as the low flat tone. For the longest time, even including now, the third tone has been taught as the "swing" or "bouncing" tone. It's not wrong. When the third tone is pronounced alone, it IS the bouncing tone. However, in real life, most of the time, the third tone is combined with other tones to form different words, phrases and sentences and in all these situations, the third tone is pronounced as the low flat tone.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
@payalpandit 3)swing tone or sometimes called "bouncing tone" is the third tone when it's pronounced alone. For example, when someone asks you what's the last digit of your phone number and you say "five-wu3" or when someone asks you if you want to get Chinese food for dinner and you say "good-hao3". In that case, the third tone is the swing tone or bouncing tone. Also, sometimes, when the third tone is the last syllable of the word or phrases, it's can be either a swing tone or a low flat tone.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
We believe the swing tone you mentioned is the third tone. Please check out our next lesson.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
Hi! I think the lecture notes for Beginning Conversational Chinese (BCC) Lesson 2 are really the lecture notes for Pinyin Lesson 2 (CPP). The lecture notes given here for BCC Lesson 2 do not match the video lesson! Would it be possible to get the lecture notes that do go with the BCC Lesson 2? Thanks so much!
sjneese 3 years 2 months ago
Laoshi hao!! is my sentence correct if i want to say "who is this" can i say "Zhe shi shei ma?"
salim ishaq 3 years 3 months ago edited
There's no need "ma" at the end of this question since shei is already the content question word. Please check out our grammar lessons Chinese content questions series for more info.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 3 months ago
I've just started this course. Should I try and learn all the vocab mentioned in each lesson?
Nev 3 years 3 months ago
No. It's there mainly for practicing your pronunciation for these lessons. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 3 months ago
I am unable to download the notes , when i click on the right option it says open in we chat n when i click on it nothing opens in wechat :( i need help please
Qasir khan 3 years 5 months ago
Hi Qasir, we just checked the link to download the lecture note and it's working fine. We are not sure why it's associated with we chat. It might have been the setting on your device. Could you double check or use a different browser to open it?
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 5 months ago
Thank you!!
Toeykapi 3 years 7 months ago
i meant audio review
manish 3 years 8 months ago
Please refer to Pinyin lesson 2's audio review.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 8 months ago
there is no video download review for this lesson
manish 3 years 8 months ago
Really yoyo chinese lesson is very helpful to learn laguage . Her teaching way is very effective.she is very nice in teaching chinese, i appreciate her with thanks.
idrees 3 years 10 months ago
Hi, if ma1 means mother then why when you say "mother scolds a horse" is ma1 said twice for mother? I hope this question makes sense!
Jimbob87 3 years 10 months ago
ma1 or ma1 ma both are the same, means mother. It's similar to the English, where mom, mommy, and mother are the same.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 10 months ago
Hello yang yang I am Abhishek i want that how can i remember the tones of chinese language its really difficult to remember it but tones chinese language has no value so please help me out???????????
Abhishek 3 years 11 months ago
Hi Abhishek, we are sorry that you are having difficult learning the tones. Don't panic. We have a series of Pinyin lessons in which you'll learn all you need for Chinese tones and pinyin. Please check it out and let us know if you have any question. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 11 months ago
Good teaching
Sunmeiyu 3 years 11 months ago
Uhmm, I'm just wondering why the pronunciation of 人 is written as "ren2" but the way its pronounced here is like "jen". Also, I keep getting mixed up with the 1st time and the 2nd tone, do you have any advice for me in order to tell them apart when talking? Uhmm... thank in advance ^_^
Cha 4 years 1 month ago
@ Cha, since many people have asked this question, I will prepare a video to address this. Stay tuned! :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 1 month ago
Good work.
kartheek 4 years 1 month ago
If I make the first tone at level 3 or 4 instead of 5 is that wrong?
EugeneK 4 years 5 months ago
Chinese tones are relative. The scale we're giving you is also relative. So a person with low voice can also pronounce the first tone as long as all his other tones are relative lower. I hope that makes sense. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 5 months ago
hearing a few people speaking chinese, i mostly hear ren2 with less emphasis on the 'j' sound. it was almost silent. and in some cases, there was only an 'rrr' sound. are both correct ?. i know that north and south chinese pronounce sounds a bit different. like in xiexie, whereby , i think northerners pronounce it 'see-eh see-eh' an southerners pronounce it 'she-eh she-she'. so is this the case for the 'r' consonant ? steve
Bichon 4 years 10 months ago
Hi Bichon, that's correct. Northerners and Southerners do pronounce the "r" sound a bit differently. Sometimes, Southerners will pronounce "r" very similar to the way Americans pronounce "r" as in "red". However, since we are trying to teach the standard Mandarin accent here, which is mostly Northern accent (what you hear on Chinese TV news), "r" should be pronounced as "s" as in "Asia" or "measure". I hope it helps! :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 10 months ago
I have come across a little bit of confusion in pronouncing words as well. My girl friend is from the Guan Dong region and when she first told me how to say thank you, it was like in English "C C" or "C C la". When she uses the Chinese word "shi" as in to be, she pronounces it like the number four, "si"
jconaway7 4 years 10 months ago
@ jcnaway7, your observation is accurate. Some people from the Southern part of China tend to pronounce "sh" to "s", so instead of saying "shi", they probably say "si". We are trying to teach the standard Mandarin here, but it's good that you are exposed to different Chinese accents.
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 10 months ago
I have to wonder to what extent the tonal quality enables a Chinese to more quickly learn the ancient Greek of Homer's Ilad and Odyssey and works of meter by such Roman writers as Virgil.
StephenDiGiacomo 4 years 11 months ago
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