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Learn Chinese: Introduction to Chinese Pronunciation and Tone

Master the correct pronunciation and tone of the Mandarin language and improve your Chinese speaking skills with language experts.

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Learn Chinese: Introduction to Chinese Pronunciation and Tone
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Become comfortable pronouncing the syllables in the Mandarin Chinese language

Understanding the correct pronunciation and tone of Mandarin Chinese is essential for beginners learning the language. On this three-week course, you’ll be introduced to Chinese phonetics, tones, and syllables to help build your confidence in speaking Chinese.

Using videos and audio content to enhance your learning, this interactive course will teach you the main rules of spelling and how to correct errors in pronunciation.

You’ll cover useful phrases such as greetings, self-introduction, expressing thanks, love, and apology to help you become more comfortable in speaking Chinese Mandarin correctly.

Understand the basics of Chinese phonetics

You’ll learn the key elements of Chinese phonology, including initials, finals, and the four main tones to help you speak the language more effectively.

As well as this, you’ll learn how to tackle the difficult Chinese pronunciations by understanding how to differentiate similar sounds.

You’ll also improve your Chinese written skills by learning the core rules of spelling.

Use Pinyin to develop your Mandarin pronunciation

Pinyin is a helpful and widely-used tool that uses the Latin alphabet to write Mandarin Chinese. You’ll learn how to use this system to help you accurately pronounce different words, and further your study of the language.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to demonstrate impressive pronunciation of all syllables in Mandarin Chinese, and feel confident in applying words and sentences to daily communication.

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What topics will you cover?

● Key elements of Chinese phonetics: initials, finals and tones

● Core rules of spelling and tone marking

● Differentiation of similar sounds

● Simple daily language skills such as greetings, self-introduction, expressing thanks, love and apology.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the Chinese phonology and understand the components and structure of Chinese phonology
  • Demonstrate accurate and impressive pronunciation of all syllables in Mandarin Chinese
  • Apply some words and sentences in daily communication
  • Record the pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese with Pinyin and continue your further study with the help of Pinyin

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for beginners who want to improve their Chinese speaking skills, and learn the correct pronunciation of the language.

Who will you learn with?

Professor and Dean of School of Chinese Studies and Exchange, Shanghai International Studies University. Have been working as a teacher of English and later Chinese since 1994.

Teacher at Shanghai International Studies University. Have been teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages for 10 years.

Who developed the course?

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), established in 1949, is one of the earliest institutions where China’s higher education in foreign languages took shape.

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Build your confidence in speaking and writing Mandarin Chinese by learning useful words and phrases, pronunciation, and grammar.

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