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About Online Chinese

China is steeped in history, culture and mystery. Are you interested in Chinese language? Are you curious about Chinese culture? Online Chinese is your best choice .The Chinese pronunciation system is called Pinyin. Pin means to pronounce something together and yin means sounds. So Pinyin explained all the features of Chinese pronunciation, which is that there are several sounds and one needs to pronounce them together.

The sounds are divided into two categories. One is called initials and the other one is called finals. Initials, like the name, should be put at the beginning of the whole word, if there’s an initial in the word. Finals, like the name, should be put at the end of the whole word. There are altogether 23 initials and 24 finals. Please see the form below.

When one wants to pronounce a word, one should pronounce the initial and final together. For example, one should pronounce initial “n” and final “i” together as “ni”, which means “you” in Chinese.

Sometimes, Chinese words have more than one final. There are 3 middle finals in total, which are “I” “u” “ü”. In the case of having two finals, one should pronounce the initial and the two finals together. For example, one should pronounce initial “h” and middle final “u” and final “a” together as “hua”, which means flower.

Last but not least, Chinese words have tones. Many students found tones hard. But I think it is not as difficult as it seems and there are ways to overcome it. There are five tones in Chinese, the first tone, the second tone, the third tone, the fourth tone and the neutral tone, which are marked as “ā” “á” “ǎ” “à” “a”. The way of pronouncing is quite like the image of the marks. The first tone is flat. The second tone is going up. The third tone is going down and then going up. The fourth tone is going down and the neutral tone is softer and shorter than other tones. See the diagram of four tones below.

Tips:
1.When initial j, q, x, y meets initial ü, üe, ün, and üan, ü, üe, ün, and üan should keep their original pronunciations but they should be written as u, ue, un, and uan. For example, “juan” is actually “jüan” and should be pronounced as “jüan” but should be written as “juan”. j, q, x, y cannot be pronounced with final u.

2.If students find it hard to pronounce some words together, such as two second tones “měi guó rén (American)”, students could pronounce each character separately and with a pause in the middle. When getting used to it, students can pronounce them faster and more fluently.

3.In the case of duplications, like “bà ba” (father), the second character is normally pronounced as neutral tone.

4.Initial “r” in Chinese is pronounced differently from “r” in English.

5.Not all initials and finals can be pronounced together.

6.Where there are two third tones, the first third tone is pronounced as second tone normally. For example, nǐ hǎo (hello) is pronounced as ní hǎo instead.


Exercise:
1.zhōnɡ ɡuó (China) 2. niú ròu (beef)
3.ɡē qǔ (songs) 4. juàn zi (exam paper)
5.ɡǒu (dog) 6. zuò xià (sit down)
7.xué xiào (school) 8. zuǒ shǒu (left hand)
9.kā fēi (coffee) 10. hàn yǔ (Chinese)


If you are interested in Chinese language, if you are curious about Chinese culture, if you plan to travel to China, if you plan to study in China, or you may be just interested in Chinese, or may be interested in China or Chinese or Chinese culture, then that makes you a Chinese Enthusiast.

If you are just young, young at heart or easy going and just are interested in Chinese, then Fun Chinese is for you.

So, no matter which of these you are or who you are, if you have a need to learn Chinese language and culture, you can Learn Chinese Online.

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