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Lesson 4: Chinese Language Tones (中文声调)

Lesson 4: Chinese Language Tones
课程四: 中文声调

Chinese language is a tonal language whereby different tones denote different meanings. There are four tones which are denoted by the following tone marks:  (1)  ̶  (2)  ̷  (3) ˅ and (4) \.

Figure of Tones:

Figure of Chinese tones


For syllables with a simple final, the tones are marked above the final. Examples are é, , and .

For syllables with a nasal final, the tones are marked above a, o or e if present. Otherwise marked above I, u or ü. Examples are dóng, jīng and xún.

For syllables with a compound final, the tones are marked in priority of a, o, e, I, u and ü. Examples are duō, jiǎng and xué.

Finally for syllables with finals iu and ui, the tones are marked above the latter vowel. Examples are niú, shuǐ and huī.





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