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  • Hello, and welcome to a short video about Mandarin Chinese.

  • Now if I told you that I'm fluent in a language with no alphabet, you would probably think that I'm making it up, right?

  • Well, I would be making up the part about being fluent, but Chinese is a language with no alphabet.

  • Have your parents ever said 'don't use that tone with me'?

  • If so, you're on your way to becoming a Mandarin Chinese expert, as this language relies on four basic tones and a fifth neutral tone to pronounce words.

  • Let's run through them together.

  • The first tone is high-pitched and remains level, like an exclamation.

  • The second tone is characterised by raising your vocal pitch, like when you question someone.

  • The third tone starts low, falls in pitch, and then goes up again.

  • Try dropping your chin onto your neck and raising it again.

  • The fourth tone falls in pitch from a high level to a low level.

  • Try stomping your foot gently when practising.

  • Proceed with caution when using these tones, because the same syllable can mean 'mom,' 'horse' or 'scold' depending on how you say it!

  • From a grammatical perspective, a simple Mandarin sentence structure has a subject, a predicate and an object.

  • Of course, there are a few obvious differences.

  • Mandarin Chinese uses characters which, when combined, can form different words.

  • For example, let's start with Mù, which looks like this.

  • By itself means a tree or wood.

  • But, if we add another character

  • We now have lín, or a forest.

  • If you want to learn how to pronounce more Mandarin Chinese words, check out pinyinthe most widely used system of Mandarin Chinese that uses the Latin alphabet.

  • As philosopher Laozi once said, 千里之行,始于足下 (Qiān lǐ zhī xíng, shǐ yú zú xià), or 'The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.'

  • Good luck with your first step towards learning Mandarin Chinese!

Hello, and welcome to a short video about Mandarin Chinese.


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