Posts Tagged neutral tone

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 »

The R-Finals (儿化韵)

Jan 29th, 2010 Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

In Chinese, a character may have an additional “儿 (ér​)” after it. This “儿 (ér​)” needs not to be regarded as a separate syllable, but read with a “neutral tone”. This means that the “r” sound is merged into the preceding finals. This phenomenon is called the “R-finals”. When written in Pinyin, an ‘r’ is added to its preceding final at the end. Read the rest of this entry »