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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Chinese Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll learn a few rules which will require you to change the tone of a syllable, in a word or sentence.
Pinyin is quite useful for showing you how to pronounce something in Chinese, however it isn't a perfect system.
You'll need to learn these rules because it won't be reflected in the pinyin!
"NO FALLING AND RISING TONES NEXT TO EACH OTHER"
You cannot have two falling and rising tones next to each other.
When this happens, you need to pronounce every falling and rising tone -- except for the last one, as a rising tone.
很好
Here's an example with 3 falling and rising tones in a row.
你很好
OK. Now let's move on to the next tone change rule.
"TONE CHANGE FOR 不"
This character is a falling tone by itself.
However, if the following tone is *also* a falling tone, it will change to a rising tone.
不是
不会
不错
"TONE CHANGE FOR 一"
This character is a high tone by itself or when it's used as a number.
However for all other cases, if the following tone is a falling tone, it should be pronounced as a rising tone.
一半
一步
一次
And when the following tone is any other tone that *isn't* a falling tone, then it'll be pronounced as a falling tone.
一般
一直
一起
"QUIZ TIME" It's quiz time!
Let's see if you can apply these rules in the real world.
How should you pronounce the first character?
不太
The following character is a falling tone, so this character is pronounced with a rising tone.
What about this one?
一些
Since the following tone is a high tone, the first character is pronounced with a falling tone.
If the following tone would've been a falling tone, than this character would've been pronounced as a rising tone.
Okay, lucky last!
好懂
Remember, the first character is pronounced as a falling tone because you cannot have falling and rising tones next to each other.
In this lesson, you learnt a few tone change rules in Chinese!
In the next lesson, we'll review the material that we've covered in this series.
How did you do on the quiz? Please comment and share your thoughts!
See you in the next Ultimate Chinese Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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How did you do on the quiz? Please comment and share your thoughts!

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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 11:46 PM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite word is 好懂


robert

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Hello Tristen Larsen,


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Tristen Larsen
Friday at 12:20 PM
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This lesson should have been a prius, but instead it was a lambo.

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Wednesday at 02:39 PM
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Hello KMM,


Thank you for your comment.


The correct pronunciations for '一' is 'yī' and for '雾' is 'wù'. The reason why you sometimes hear 'i' and 'u' could be because of the difference in the way people pronounce them, or maybe some people are pronouncing the syllables in a lazy way not stressing on the consonants. I guess there are also similar situations in English. 😄


Thank you for learning with us, let us know if you have any questions.


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KMM
Monday at 02:17 PM
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For “一”,sometimes I hear it as “yi”, sometimes as “i” without “y” sound. Is there any difference or am I hearing it wrong? For example, for “意见”, I hear it as “i jian” without “y” wound. Same thing with “w” sounds, sometimes I do not hear it. For eg, “雾霾”,I hear it as “u mai” without “w”.

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Hello nancyjepsen


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nancyjepsen
Monday at 01:09 PM
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way too fast

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Hi StevieHoops!


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I'm glad you seem to have enjoyed this lesson!

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StevieHoops
Tuesday at 11:24 PM
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It's useful to have these to refer back to for a refresher, very good :smile:.