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The following video demonstrates each syllable of the pinyin structure
and the exercise of pinyin/zhuyin with basic Chinese 4-tune pronunciation

Mandarin pinyin tunes
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jiān, jián, jiǎn, jiàn

first tune

jiān

pointed; tapering

jiān

sharp-pointed
incisive; keen; acute

尖銳

jiān ruì

pointed; tapering

jiān

sharp; acute; keen

ruì

shoulder

jiān

shoulder

肩膀

jiān bǎng

shoulder

jiān

upper arm

bǎng

sturdy; solid and firm
unwavering
strong and durable

jiān

strong; staunch

堅強

jiān qiáng

sturdy; strong

jiān

strong; powerful

qiáng

unwavering; resolute

堅定

jiān dìng

unwavering

jiān

stable; calm

dìng

pan-fry
fry in a pan in shallow fat

jiān

fry eggs
fried eggs

煎蛋

jiān dàn

pan-fry

jiān

egg

dàn

supervise; oversee
imprison; jail; prison

jiān

monitor; oversee

監視

jiān shì

supervise; oversee

jiān

see; view

shì

prison; jail

監獄

jiān yù

jail

jiān

prison

among; between

jiān

centre; middle

中間

zhōng jiān

center

zhōng

among; between

jiān

difficult; laborious; toilsome

jiān

hard; difficult

艱難

jiān nán

difficult

jiān

hard

nán

Chinese characters also pronunced jiān



third tune

jiǎn

simple; brief

jiǎn

simple; uncomplicated

簡單

jiǎn dān

simple; brief

jiǎn

singly; simple

dān

subtract; decrease
lessen; reduce

jiǎn

add and subtract

加減

jiā jiǎn

add

jiā

subtract

jiǎn

reduce; decrease; lessen

減少

jiǎn shǎo

lessen; reduce

jiǎn

less

shǎo

scissors; shears; clippers
cut with scissors

jiǎn

scissors

剪刀

jiǎn dāo

cut with scissors

jiǎn

knife

dāo

pick up
collect; gather

jiǎn

frugal; thrifty

jiǎn

frugal; scrimp and save
economical (of lifestyle)

節儉

jié jiǎn

control; restrict

jié

frugal; thrifty

jiǎn

check; examine; inspect

jiǎn

inspect; check; examine

檢查

jiǎn chá

check; inspect

jiǎn

check; investigate

chá

Chinese characters also pronunced jiǎn


fourth tune

jiàn

see; meet

jiàn

meet; come face to face

見面

jiàn miàn

see; meet

jiàn

face

miàn

sword

jiàn

arrow

jiàn

establish
build; construct

jiàn

establish; build up

建立

jiàn lì

establish

jiàn

set up

healthy

jiàn

health; healthy

健康

jiàn kāng

healthy

jiàn

health

kāng

key of piano, keyboard

jiàn

keyboard

鍵盤

jiàn pán

key

jiàn

tray; plate

pán

key point; key factor
crucial importance

關鍵

guān jiàn

a pass, barrier

guān

key

jiàn

gradually; progressively

jiàn

gradual enlightenment
realize the Zen gradually

漸悟

jiàn wù

gradually

jiàn

enlighten

getting better and better
gradually entering blissful circumstances

漸入佳境

jiàn rù jiā jìng

gradually

jiàn

enter

good

jiā

state

jìng

Chinese characters also pronunced jiàn




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