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Introduction to Chinese: Pronunciation and Tone

Learn how to master the correct pronunciation and tone of the Mandarin language and improve your Chinese speaking skills.

8,680 enrolled on this course

Introduction to Chinese: Pronunciation and Tone
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

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 course, you will be introduced to the key elements of Chinese phonetics, including the four main tones.

You will learn the main rules of spelling and how to correct errors in Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. You will also cover everyday language like greetings, basic questions, and numbers. This course enhances your learning with video and audio content and methods like shadowing and comparison.

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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.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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 for anyone wanting 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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