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Tones (声调)

Feb 7th, 2010 Posted in Audio, Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

The tone marks are used to indicate the pitch as well as the change of tone in the entire syllable. Syllables comprised of the same set of initial and final sound differently in different tones.

In Chinese, there are four basic tones, which can be annotated by using different tone marks.

Let’s use the syllables ma as example, so you can feel the difference between the four tones. Read the rest of this entry »