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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Chinese Pronunciation Guide.
You've made it to the last lesson! Do you feel more confident about speaking in Chinese now?
In the previous lessons, you've learned all the core elements of Chinese pronunciation. In this lesson, we'll bring everything together and practice making complete sentences in Chinese!
"Let's practice!" Make sure to practice out loud with this lesson!
You know all the parts and pieces, but can you speak Chinese with a natural accent?
If you've been quiet up until now, be sure to speak out loud with Yinru's examples!
We're making the jump to real phrases that you might use in China. Let's go!
You probably knew this phrase before you started this series, but did you know how to pronounce it correctly?
Give it a shot!
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Nǐ hǎo!
Nǐ hǎo!
Remember the tone rule from the last lesson? When two falling and rising tones occur in a row, all but the last tone get switched to a rising tone.
Try one more time after Yinru.
Nǐ hǎo!
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Nǐ hǎo!
Now try something a bit longer.
Take a moment and try to figure out how to prounounce this phrase. Remember everything you learned about consonant and vowel sounds!
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Zhōngwén xuéxí 中文学习
Zhōngwén xuéxí 中文学习
Did you get the first consonant sound right? Remember that it's a combination of a T-sound and an overexaggerated SH-sound.
What about the first vowel sound of the second word? Did you remember to pronounce it like the E in 'red' while rounding your lips?
Try once more.
Zhōngwén xuéxí 中文学习
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Zhōngwén xuéxí 中文学习
Ready to move onto full sentences? Here's your first one:
How do you think you say this? Does it fall into any of the special tone rules you learned about?
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Wǒ búhuì xiǎng nǐ. (pronounced as: Wǒ bùhuì xiáng nǐ) 我不会想你。
Wǒ búhuì xiǎng nǐ. (pronounced as: Wǒ bùhuì xiáng nǐ) 我不会想你。
Did you remember to change the tone for the second character? Remember when "bu" comes before a falling tone, it changes to a rising tone.
There was another tone change here wasn't there? Because we had two falling and raising tones in a row, all but the final tone change to a rising tone.
If you remembered those, you're doing great! Try once more!
Wǒ búhuì xiǎng nǐ. (pronounced as: Wǒ bùhuì xiáng nǐ) 我不会想你。
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Wǒ búhuì xiǎng nǐ. (pronounced as: Wǒ bùhuì xiáng nǐ) 我不会想你。
Here's your final sentence. Think for a while and try saying it out loud.
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zài chī diǎnr ba. 再吃点儿吧。
zài chī diǎnr ba. 再吃点儿吧。
Did you pronounce "to eat" correctly? If you recall from lesson 2, this is one of the top 5 mistakes that Chinese learners make. You have to say it *without* adding an 'R' sound.
What about this character? This character is often attached at the end of a word. In this case you *do* want to pronounce the Chinese R. Do you remember what it is? It's the overexaggerating R sound where your tongue is curled behind your gumridge. Make sure you say it in a neutral tone to make it sound natural. Repeat after Yinru.
zài chī diǎnr ba. 再吃点儿吧。
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zài chī diǎnr ba. 再吃点儿吧。
How did it go? Do you feel like you have a better accent than you did at the beginning of this series?
What parts of Chinese Pronunciation are still difficult for you?
Good luck as you continue learning Chinese! Bye!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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What parts of Chinese Pronunciation are still difficult for you?

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Thursday at 02:02 AM
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你好 robert groulx!


不用谢。(Bú yòng xiè.) = No need for thanks. You're welcome. 😇


谢谢 (Xièxie) for studying with us, it's great to have you here!


Let us know if you have any questions.


Kind regards,

雷文特 (Levente)

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robert groulx
Wednesday at 11:50 PM
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thank youfor the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is 再吃点儿吧。


robert

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Tuesday at 09:11 AM
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Hi Rohit,


Thank you for posting.

Never say die!? Keep practicing and repeating.

We highly recommend using the voice recorder tool.


Let us know if you have questions.

Ofelia

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Rohit
Monday at 12:57 AM
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Everything

Rohit
Monday at 12:57 AM
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Get lost Chineseclass101. These tones are so difficult.

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Sunday at 03:55 PM
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Hi, Sam,

Thank you for your posting.

We have another tone change rule for 一(yī).

If we use 一 as numeral and add a measure word after 一, the tone of 一 will change as following.

一 + measure word (1st tone, 2nd tone, 3rd tone): yì(4th tone) .

E.g. 一张(one page, one piece):yì zhāng, the measure word 张 is 1st tone, so 一 changes into 4th tone.

一行(one line):yì háng, the measure word 行 is 2nd tone, so 一 changes into 4th tone.

another point, 行 here means "line", so the pinyin is háng. If 行 means to go/to walk, the pinyin is xíng.

一秒(one second):yì miǎo, the measure word 秒 is 3rd tone, so 一 changes into 4th tone.


一 + measure word (4th tone): yí (2nd tone).

E.g. 一次(one time) ; yí cì, the measure word 次 is 4th tone, so 一 changes into 2rd tone.


Cho

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Sam
Thursday at 06:32 PM
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Are there any exercises similar to the ones in the video to practice the tone change rules?


Just one note:


We already know to say "bu" in "buhui" with a rising tone because it's already shown in Pinyin.

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Thursday at 12:51 AM
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Hi, Jason,

When pronouncing the word 点儿(diǎnr), you'd better practice 点+儿(diǎn er).

After you can say both of them fluently, then try to say them together with very fast speed, which can be heard as "diěr". As a result, the "n" is too silent to hear.


Cho

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Jason
Friday at 04:35 PM
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In the final example, when she pronounced the word dianr, is the 'n' silent?

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Saturday at 02:25 PM
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Hello Vee,

Welcome to our site and thank you for your comment.


If you have any question, please let us know.


Cho

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