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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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xiān, xián, xiǎn, xiàn

first tune

xiān

ahead; before; earlier

xiān

deity; fairy; immortal being

xiān

fresh

xiān

lift a lid, cover

xiān

fiber

xiān

Chinese characters also pronunced xiān


second tune

xián

salty; salted

xián

social elite
capable and virtuous
worthy person; person of virtue

xián

string of musical instrument

xián

bowstring

xián

leisure; spare time

xián

dislike; detest

xián

Chinese characters also pronunced xián



third tune

xiǎn

risk; risky
danger; dangerous

xiǎn

obvious; apparent
show; appear; manifest

xiǎn

Chinese characters also pronunced xiǎn



fourth tune

xiàn

appear; reveal
now; present; current

xiàn

right now; present moment

現在

xiàn zài

now; present

xiàn

exist

zài

limit; restrict

xiàn

line; thread

xiàn

admire; covet; envy

xiàn

dedicate to

xiàn

sink; cave in
fall into a trap

xiàn

trap; snare

陷阱

xiàn jǐng

fall into a trap

xiàn

trap; pitfall

jǐng

Chinese characters also pronunced xiàn

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