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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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xī, xí, xǐ, xì

first tune

west; western

西

suck; inhale; attract

straw (drinking)

吸管

xī guǎn

suck

pipe

guǎn

analyze; analysis

lizard

creek; brook

knee

rhino

hope; expect

hope; wish

希望

xī wàng

hope; expect

hope

wàng

rare; scarce

know; informed

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second tune

past; former times; old days

cherish; value highly
sorry for; sympathize

It's a pity; It's too bad
unfortunately; sadly

可惜

kě xí

can

sorry; pity

rest; cease

rest; take a break

休息

xiū xí

rest

xiū

rest; cease

extinguish fire, light

daughter-in-law

learn; study

seat; position

tin (metal)

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third tune

happy; delighted; joyful

double happiness
(wedding decoration)

wash; rinse

wash hands

洗手

xǐ shǒu

wash

hand

shǒu

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fourth tune

dusk; sunset
night; evening

sunset; setting sun

夕陽

xì yáng

dusk; evening

sun

yáng

thin; fine; detailed
careful; meticulous

careful; attentive; thoughtful

細心

xì xīn

detailed; careful

heart

xīn

system; series of

system

系統

xì tǒng

system

all; together

tǒng

play; drama
make fun of

forty; number 40

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