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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. +|
|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! +|
|Four tones +||There are four main tones in Mandarin Chinese. Your quest to master them starts here! +|
|Introduction to pinyin +||Some background information about pinyin for absolute beginners. HINT: pinyin was not created as a pronunciation guide for foreigners! +|
|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. +|
|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 has a certain pinyin reading in the dictionary, but is often pronounced differently by native speakers? It ends up on this list! +|
|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. +|
|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. +|