Learn Chinese is OK…
but what’s that 12345?

What’s that 12345? Simply said, 12345 stands for:

1) First tone;
2) Second tone;
3) Third tone;
4) Fourth tone;
5) Fif…, ehm, sorry, neutral tone.

This blog concentrates on this specific characteristic of Chinese language: tones.

If you still don’t know what Chinese language tones are, please read and practice the following lessons:

Lesson 1 - The Four Basic Tones
Lesson 2 – Words Starting With The First Tone
Lesson 3 - Words Starting With The Second Tone
Lesson 4 - Words Starting With The Third Tone
Lesson 5 - Words Starting With The Fourth Tone

Then come back and choose from this blog your favorite dialogue and my funny, but useful, “tones interpretation”. I wish you like this way of mastering tones!

Learn Chinese Tones:
Exercise 1

Starting with this post, I’m going to pick up some of the best free Chinese dialogues online and assist you in dealing with Chinese tones.

One of the most read free Chinese lessons online can be found at the website http://www.chinese-tools.com/

If you browse that site, you’ll find 40 very interesting free lessons, the first one at the following page (please click on the following link - a new window will open so that you can keep on reading here my instruction and help): http://www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese/01-phonetics-hello.html

Once there, go down to the paragraph “Conversation”. You’ll find two lines of Chinese conversation with both Chinese characters and pinyin.

Found it? Good! Please click on the speakers and  Continue reading