Tones are the key part of proper Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. In Chinese, many characters have the same sound, but with different meanings. Hence the tones are essential when pronouncing a word, to differentiate the meanings. Therefore, to accurately speak and understand Chinese, you need to have a good knowledge of tones.
The four tones in Mandarin Chinese:
- First tone – High and level tone.
- Second tone – Moderately rising tone.
- Third tone – Falling and rising again tone.
- Fourth tone – Falling tone(starts high but drops sharply to the bottom).
In this video, you will get to know how properly pronounce Chinese vowels with four different tones and pronunciation of the combination of a vowel and consonants as a native Mandarin speaker.