It is not really a difficult thing to learn to speak Chinese. Comparatively speaking, Chinese language pronunciations are easier than western languages.
Firstly, the number of syllables in Chinese words is smaller than that in English words. Normally each Chinese character just has one single syllable while western words normally have multiple or even four to five syllables.
Secondly, Chinese language pronunciations are relatively not as tricky as western language words. After getting familiar with several unique Chinese pronunciations that cannot be found in western language, you have overcome the most difficult part.
After that, you can approach the advanced level. Here you will learn the crux at advanced level Chinese speaking: the singing nature of the Chinese language Four Tones.
What is the nature of the Four Tones in Chinese language? They are actually singing of slurred musical pitches. It is a fact that has been overlooked for long. Here let me reveal the secret to you. Please find the details illustrated in the follow music score. Click the music score to download the pdf, but you have to sign up for free first in this page.
|Listen to Ming's reading of the four tones:|
|Listen to violin playing the four tones:|
|All Four Tones:|
It is so lovely, isn't it? To speak Chinese language is to sing! Because of this, Chinese language is a very suitable language to write poem with. The rhymes in Chinese poems are very musical.
Now here is a real example of singing the Chinese language four tones: Reading the famous Tang Dynasty poem "Deng Guan Que Lou (µÇðÙÈ¸Â¥)". See the following music score. Click the music score to download the pdf, but you have to sign up for free first in this page.
|Listen to Ming's reading of the poem:|
|Listen to violin immitating the tones of the poem:|
Post the audio recording of your pronunciation here. I and other readers will help you.
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