Master Chinese pronunciation, get the tones right in full sentences and make sure you can be understood - every time
- Are you struggling with the tones in Chinese?
- Do you find it difficult to get the tones right in full sentences?
- Is it hard to 'hear' the tones when you're listening to Chinese at normal speed?
- Do Chinese people ever find it difficult to understand what you're saying?
When you start learning Chinese you learn that 'ma' can mean four different things depending on how you say it.
The four tones - if you're learning Chinese then I'm guessing you know what I'm talking about.
But how the heck do the tones actually work in real Chinese? That's what nobody tells you.
It's not that difficult to repeat the syllable 'ma' in 4 different ways, but how are you supposed to get the tones work in practice?
Have you ever been in a situation where you think you're saying something right but the other person just can't understand what you're saying at all?
You repeat yourself dozens of times, trying to concentrate on your pronunciation.
And still, a blank stare.
You're stand there, completely frustrated, red in the face.
You just want to be able to get across what you want to say, but you're putting all this effort into learning Chinese and people can't even understand you.
And then, after a lot of repeating, the other person gets it, and they say the word back to you.
And it sounds almost exactly the same.
"That's what I said! Why didn't they understand?"
I remember it well.
Once I went into a shop in China to buy something, and I was certain I was saying it right, but the other person didn't have a clue what I was trying to say.
Eventually I got the message across, but the truth I had to face was that I wasn't saying it right.
I've experienced how frustrating it can be trying to communicate in Chinese, even in very simple everyday situations.
It can be hard enough to get simple words and phrases right, but it's full sentences that people really struggle with.
When you start to put a full sentence together, everything falls apart and you lose control of the tones completely.
It's easy to pretend the tones don't exist, ignore them or even worse, speak with completely mixed up tones like so many learners do.
But this is a fatal mistake, because if you don't pay attention to the tones it's very difficult for native speakers to understand you.
You'll end up speaking Chinese with the wrong pronunciation and get stuck speaking 'foreigner' Chinese.
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Here's how to get the tones right in Chinese
Most people only practise the tones in isolation and in single syllables, which is a mistake, because you also need to know how they work in words and sentences.
Therefore, the key to mastering the tones in Chinese is to practise them not just on their own, but also in words, phrases and full sentences.
Here’s how to go about it.
Step 1 is to know what the 4 tones are and how they work in isolation.
Step 2 is to practise the tones in two syllable words in all of the 20 combinations and understand how all the tone change rules work.
Step 3 is to work up to practising the tones in 3 syllable words, because there are a few other factors at play when you add another syllable.
Step 4 is to practise the tones in short sentences with just a few characters, so you can take your practice to the next stage but still keep things under control.
And then Step 5 is to do guided practice of the tones in full sentences, breaking the sentences down into the various parts.
Then, you also need to practise recognising the tones in 2-3 syllable words, then in longer phrases and sentences.
Most courses and teachers don’t help you to practice the tones in a systematic way like this, and it can be extremely difficult to figure everything out on your own.
Luckily though, there is an easier way.
Now you might be thinking: there is so much free material about the tones online, so why should I spend money on a course on the tones?
And I get it. There are a lot of materials about the tones online. But mostly, they only scratch the surface.
They generally only teach the four tones in isolation, but to speak Chinese properly you need to practise the tones in combinations and in full sentences - you need to know how to actually use the tones and recognise them in real Chinese.
And to do that you really need lots of practice - guided practice.
That's what Mandarin Tones Mastery offers.
Or you may also be thinking: do I really need a course just concentrating on the tones, when I could be practising conversation?
But in fact, because the tones are such a fundamental part of speaking Chinese that it is worth learning to use them properly and fixing any bad habits now, before it's too late.
Whether or not you can get the tones right is essentially the difference between sounding like a foreigner and sounding like a native speaker.
It's a question of whether you want to just be able to say some words in Chinese, or actually speak it like it's supposed to be spoken. And my guess is that if you're reading this, you want the second one.
The good news is that this isn't a really long drawn-out course. You can complete it in just a few hours, and then apply the principles whenever you speak Chinese after that.
You can even work through it with a Chinese teacher if you want (and they might even thank you for finding them such a detailed resource on the tones!)
Think about it. What would it be worth to get the tones right, once and for all?
To be understood when you speak Chinese and not have to detail with the frustration of having to repeat yourself dozens of times and still not being understood.
To have the confidence that you are speaking Chinese correctly.
And what would it be worth to have somebody guide you through everything you need to know and give you the detailed practice you need?
If you think about what you're going to be able to achieve with this course, it's really not a big investment.
It will only cost you the price of a couple of private Chinese lessons, and it will take less than 4 hours of your time (you don't have to do it sitting at your computer either).
I don't know of any Chinese courses that really break down the tones in this much detail and give you this much practice, and it's an area that Chinese teachers and native speakers often don't emphasize - so you're not going to get this elsewhere.
You could try to figure out all of this for yourself, but since there's so much differing and confusing information out there, you'd have to spend days figuring out how all the tone rules actually work in practice and putting together a system for yourself, and even then you wouldn't know if you were going about things in the right way.
Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate learner, you're going to get a lot from this course, and as an experienced Chinese learner myself I'm confident that I can help you out.
But if that's not enough, just to put your mind at case, I'm also offering you a full money back guarantee.
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