Everyday Chinese
1. Phonetic knowledge:
    Initials and finals
    Tones
    Tonal Change
2. Initial-Final Combinations
3. Greetings
4. Placing an Order
5. Attending Class 6. Making Inquiries
7. Shopping 8. About Time
   
Putonghua: Phonetic Knowledge
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3. Tones 声调
   
  Tones are the variation of the pitch of syllables. There are four basic tones in standard Chinese: the first, second, third and the 4th tone, and are indicated by the four tone marks -ˊˇˋ respectively.声调是音节的音高变化。汉语中有四个基本声调:第一声、第二声、第三声、第四声,并分别以-ˊˇˋ四个声调符号表示。
   
 
   
  Four-tones Patter 四順口溜
   
  Yīshēng gāo yòu píng
一声    高    又  平
The first tone: high and flat
   
  Èrshēng shàng shānpō
  二声   上     山坡
The second tone: ascending
   
  Sānshēng xià pō yòu shàng pō
  三声   下   坡  又  上   坡
The third tone: descending and then ascending
   
  Sìshēng gǔn xià pō
四声     滚  下  坡
The fourth tone: rolling down (descending)
   
  Practice 声调练习
   
 
     
     
       
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