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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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retroflex tunes in Mandarin

shā, shá, shǎ, shà

first tune

shā

sand

shā

veil; gauze; cotton yarn

shā

shark

shā

kill

shā

Chinese characters also pronunced shā


second tune

shá

what

shá


third tune

shǎ

silly; foolish

shǎ


fourth tune

shà

stop; break
evil spirit; fierce god; malignant deity

shà

brakes; to brake
(slowing or stopping a moving vehicle)

煞車

shà chē

stop; brake

shà

car

chē

fierce person
evil star; malignant star

(ancient Chinese myth)

煞星

shà xīng

fierce god

shà

star

xīng

Chinese characters also pronunced shà

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