Now that we have been introduced to pinyin let’s learn about tones with Yoyo Chinese.
*HINT: take notes while watching this video! Your notes will help you in your quiz!*
*Yoyo Chinese is an excellent resource for you to use while learning Chinese, and highly recommended by me!*
NOTES FROM THE VIDEO (VERY IMPORTANT TO STUDY)
First tone – MAYbe Second tone – What? Third tone – Uh… Fourth tone – No!
First tone – High, flat tone Second tone – Rising tone
Third tone – Low, dipping tone Fourth tone – Short, sharp tone
Chinese is a tonal language which uses tones. Tones are inflections or pitch changes used in your voice to indicate a meaning. Tones are very important to learn and master, because they are an indicator of specific meanings in Chinese!
Below you can see that the pinyin/pronunciation is the same for all these words. The only difference is their tone.
From this we can gather that when the tone changes, the English meaning changes.
Hint hint! There is a tones test next class, so use this site to help prepare yourself for your quiz as much as YOU need.