Mandarin Madness

How to master Mandarin Chinese grammar and pronunciation

Posted 2364 days ago by Kym

While Mandarin Madness teaches people Mandarin Chinese based on audio and visual cues, the team at Native Tongue recognises that this isn’t the only method for learning a new language; each has its inherent advantages and disadvantages and each method will be more suited to an individual person’s learning style.

One of my favourite language-learning blogs ”Fluent in 3 Months” adopts a “language-hacking” approaching to language learning, with a fantastic guest post by Nina Yau, who writes at Castles in the Air, called learning Mandarin Chinese is easy; you just think its hard!

One of the things that Nina writes about is that tones are not limiting; in actual fact did you know that there are only 4 tones in Mandarin? Here’s a video I found that walks you through the tones and throws in some Mandarin Chinese grammar lessons for good measure.

From Nina’s article the 4 tones in Mandarin are:

Tone 1: Level Tone (ping) –> –
Tone 2: Rising Tone (shang) –> /
Tone 3: Departing Tone (qu) –> V
Tone 4: Entering/Stop-Final Tone (ru) –> \

According to Nina, “[I]f I write a sentence in pinyin (the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet) to say, ‘Hi, my name is Nina. You’re very pretty.’ I would write it as, ‘Ni3 hao3, wo3 jiao4 Nina. Ni3 hen3 piao4 liang4.’”

Not as hard as you think eh?

Read the rest of the article here.

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