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Index | A,a. B,b. C,c. Ch. D,d. E,e. F,f. G,g. H,h. I,i. J,j. K,k. L,l
M,m. N,n. O,o. P,p. Q,q. R,r. S,s. Sh. T,t. U,u. W,w. X,x. Y,y. Z,z. Zh

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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mā, má, mǎ, mà

first tune

mom

mama, mother

媽媽

mā ma

mom

mom

ma

Chinese characters also pronunced


second tune

numb

numb; insensitive

麻木

má mù

numb

wood

Chinese characters also pronunced


third tune

horse

horse riding
ride a horse

騎馬

qí mǎ

ride

horse

Chinese characters also pronunced


fourth tune

scold, rebuke

revile a person
condemn someone
give one a scolding
mutter insults against someone

罵人

mà rén

scold, rebuke

people

rén

bawl someone out

大罵

dà mà

big

scold, rebuke


light tune

ma

question tag

ma

How are you?

你好嗎

Nǐ hǎo ma

you

good, fine

hǎo

question tag

ma


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