In chinese (mandarin), what are the different tones?


  • please explain :D
  • There are four tones (unofficially 5). Each character has a specific pronunciation but these pronunciations are not character specific. Several characters may be pronounced the same way. The tone, in conjunction with each character pronunciation, differentiates each character.

    1st tone - monotone

    2nd tone - rising

    3rd tone - slowly dropping

    4th tone - almost like a short yell

    5th tone (unofficial) - neutral

    For example...
    mei (2nd tone) = "not"
    mei (3rd tone) = "every"
    mei (4th tone) = "sister"
  • well, its kinda hard to explain.... i mean its not just in manderin... theres cantonese too that has tones... in cantonese to say yes, its "hai" and to say shoe its "hai" and to say crab its "hai"... but they all sound different.... its like,... u do something with ur mouth to make it sound diff.... its really hard to explain....

    thats y there are many chinese tongue twisters, especially manderin-

    transalate in manderin-
    4 is 4, 14 is 14, 44 snakes dead

    yeah... ask a manderin/ cantonese frend and then ull prbably get wut im saying
  • tones for each Chinese character is, for lack of a better word, assigned.

    Tones also have nothing to do with parts of speech or any other variable. Each character's "assigned" tone is simply learned when you study or "acquire" Chinese.

    Tone Description

    High and level.

    Starts medium in tone, then rises to the top.

    Starts low, dips to the bottom, then rises toward the top.

    Starts at the top, then falls sharp and strong to the bottom.

    Flat, with no emphasis.
  • Four tones. the first tone is high is pitched high without inflection ; the second tone is a high rising tone (rising inflection); the third tone is down and up (falling and rising inflection), the fourth tone is a falling tone (falling inflection).

    Okay examples:
    .say feee.....high pitched monotone without inflection;
    .say rising inflection (raising your head as you say it 'lifts' the inflection;
    . say four....this is a falling and rising inflection....move your head down and up as you say 'four' (it actually sounds like 'fo -or');
    . and finally the fourth tone is a falling inflection...say 'fum' and stamp your leg while you do so. That helps to bring the inflection down.
    if you get to a Chinese teaching website the tones will be illustrated by a graph. Makes it that much easier.
    Merry inflectioning.
  • there are four different tones in chinese each word has at least one of them
    tones are used to differ words from each other like when they are spelt the same the tone differs each group

    it is really hard to explain and will take a long time to learn but i hope u learn it
    g luck
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