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    Thank you for this one-minute, unforgettable tutorial on getting the four tones in Mandarin! Us native English speakers have a hard time wrapping our brains around tones, but we forget that we do use tones, as you’ve illustrated. These real-life examples allow us to connect the concept back to something we have experience with, thus cementing the learning in our heads.

    I’d adjust the last tone from STOP! to STOP. Rather than halting a pickpocket (when I’d probably scream hysterically), I’d imagine telling my kid to stop dropping food on the floor, using your best parent voice (or imagining your parent’s voice). STOP. Very serious, more of a falling tone.

  2. Zane Claes

    When I taught English in China I liked using this lesson in reverse to show how English _IS_ a tonal language in its own way. Without using the Chinese 2nd tone, it is almost impossible to indicate that you're asking a question in English. Without using the Chinese 4th tone, it is hard to convey a sense of sternness or authority.

  3. Keleis

    There seems to be a problem with the title here, no one will learn the tones in one minute from this, they will just learn about them. Completely different don’t you agree. 

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    I don’t quite see how they are different in this case. They will learn the tones that is find out what they are and how to say and distinguish them.

    They might not be able to distinguish them perfectly because it takes practice but that doesn’t mean they will not know them.

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    The greatest problems with the learning of these tones, is that the dfferences in actual pronunciation can be rather small.

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