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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

zhā, zhá, zhǎ, zhà

first tune

zhā

dregs; dross

zhā

Chinese characters also pronunced zhā


second tune

zhá

strive; struggle
prick; pierce

zhá

struggle

掙扎

zhēng zhá

get free from

zhēng

strive; struggle

zhá

floodgate; water gate

zhá

Chinese characters also pronunced zhá


third tune

zhǎ

blink; wink

zhǎ


fourth tune

zhà

abruptly; suddenly

zhà

fried; deep-fry
explode; blow up

zhà

crafty; dishonest
deception; falsity; imposture

zhà

extract by pressing
squeeze (juice, oil)

zhà

Chinese characters also pronunced zhà

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