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Accent +China is a fascinating land full of variety. That includes all kinds of different accents!  +
Advanced tone change rules +Although you probably know the three main tone change rules, there are a few more obscure ones that more advanced learners may want to tackle.  +

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Easy sounds +Not all sounds in Mandarin are hard! This part covers "p", "m", "f", "d", "t", "n", "l", "s", "g", "k", "h".  +
Erhua +This is the "Beijinger R sound" that gives Mandarin Chinese its pirate flavor!  +

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Four tones +There are four main tones in Mandarin Chinese. Your quest to master them starts here!  +

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Introduction to pinyin +Some background information about pinyin for absolute beginners. HINT: pinyin was not created as a pronunciation guide for foreigners!  +

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Neutral tone +Whether you think of it as "the fifth tone," or "the zeroth tone," it's a little tonal trick you'll need to know.  +

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Pinyin chart +Learn all the sounds and individual syllables that make up all the words in Mandarin Chinese.  +
Pinyin gotchas +There are certain seemingly inconsistent things about pinyin that trip everybody up at first. Here they all are, together in one convenient list.  +
Pronunciation variant +What happens when a word is defined in a dictionary as having certain tones, but is often pronounced differently by native speakers? It ends up on this list!  +

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Rare syllable +You won't find these in our chart, but if you're an intermediate learner, it's time to let you in on the little secret of these syllables' existence.  +

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The "a" vowel +The vowel "a" in Mandarin isn't too hard, so let's start with that one. Now you can make actual syllables!  +
The "c" and "z" sounds +The letters "c" and "z" in pinyin can totally throw you off at first, but the sounds they make are not too difficult for most learners.  +
The "ch" "sh" and "zh" sounds +These similar sounds shouldn't be too hard for speakers of English, but it's important to pay close attention to the vowel sounds that they combine with.  +
The "e" vowel +The letter "e" in pinyin can represent several different vowel sounds, and it's important to learn them all.  +
The "i" vowel +In pinyin, "i" makes more than just one sound. Be sure to learn in what syllables it sounds different.  +
The "j" "q" and "x" sounds +The "j", "q", and "x" sounds are all foreign to speakers of English, but absolutely essential to master for good Chinese pronunciation.  +
The "o" and "u" vowels +The "o" and "u" vowels in Chinese aren't quite as straightforward as one might hope, and the two get confused a bit, so it's useful to learn them together.  +
The "r" sound +This is probably an "r" sound unlike any you've ever made before. It doesn't exist in English, but it can be learned!  +
The "ü" vowel +Not the same as "u", the "ü" sound might be familiar if you speak French or German, but it doesn't exist in English.  +
Tone change rules +If you know all 4 tones (plus the neutral tone), then it's time to learn the three big rules about when these tones regularly change.  +
Tone pair +It's not enough to know the tones; you need to PRACTICE them in each combination, until it becomes second nature.  +