Video on Chinese Tones

Chinese tones are the crucial element for learning to speak Chinese well! That’s why, as difficult at first as they may be, it’s so worth it to take the time to master Chinese tones!

With this video on Chinese tones, you’ll have the chance to see and hear Chinese tones!

What Are Chinese Tones Like?

Thinking of Chinese tones as pitches or music will help you in grasping the concept of Mandarin tones. Although we don’t have much like it in English, you’ll find that Mandarin Chinese is a very musical language.

How Many Chinese Tones Are There?

For Mandarin Chinese, there are four basic tones. Each of these tones has some sort of direction that it follows as you sing the tone over time. In thinking of an arrow that points your way, you could look at each of the four tones like this:

  1. The first tone is a forward arrow (0°).
  2. The second tone is an upward arrow (45°).
  3. The third tone is a looping (half-circular) arrow (180°).
  4. The fourth tone is a downward arrow (-45°).

Still, there is also a neutral Chinese tone, which means that the sound is made without any music or tone whatsoever. But, as you keep these arrows in mind, you’ll be able to picture what Chinese tones are like.


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Video on How Are You in Chinese

Learning how are you in Chinese is easiest by video.  Take a moment to watch and find out just how easy it is to ask how are you in Chinese!

Other Ways to Say How Are You in Chinese

Of course, there are also other ways of saying how are you in Chinese besides 你好吗?  If you want a Chinese phrase that’s a little closer to how have you been doing, then you’ll find that 你怎么样? is really much more appropriate for saying how are you in Chinese.

How Are You in Chinese: Ni Zen Me Yang

With 你怎么样, you’re really asking what’s your state lately–Chinese is quite interesting.

  • The first Chinese character 你 (nǐ) means “you” and is said like “knee” but with the falling and rising third tone.
  • The next two characters are 怎么(zěn me) “how” with the first character also said with the falling and rising tone, but the second character is said without any tone.
  • Finally, there’s 样 (yàng) “style, type, pattern, or state” which sounds like “young” said with the falling fourth tone so that it sounds like a sigh of relief.

With both Chinese phrases, 你好吗 and 你怎么样, you’ll have no problem saying how are you in Chinese!


Please in Chinese Video

For please in Chinese, it’s easiest to learn this Chinese phrase by video, especially if you’re not yet totally familiar with Chinese characters or Chinese PinYin yet. At any rate, you’ll see how to use please in Chinese and where it belongs in the sentence.

Please in Chinese: Pleading or Begging

If you’re stressing the “please” in Chinese, then you can’t merely use 请 (qǐng) to get the idea across.  Instead, you should you the Chinese phrase 拜托了(bài tuō le) to

  • emphasize
  • plead
  • or beg

while communicating please in Chinese.

please in Chinese (begging)

Please in Chinese Characters

The Chinese character for please is 请 (qǐng) pronounced like “ching” and said with the falling and rising third tone–the one that sounds a lot like a grunt.  (See the video to hear this phrase).

please in ChineseHope that helps you in saying please in Chinese, whether you need the Chinese character for it or not!

Whilst some may possibly count on that “thick” could also be employed to express difficulty in understanding an idea, that connotation is really very best left for “late or slow.” Rather, the alternative meanings for thick are

  • crass,
  • brazen,
  • shameless, or
  • impudent.

“Hòu” is said with the falling fourth tone and pronounced like the word “ho” or “hoe.”

thick in Chinese

“Hòu” will be the Chinese character for thick, especially since it relates to the thickness of an object or piece of material. Various other meanings for “hòu” demonstrate its good attributes.

  • depth
  • kindness
  • sincerity
  • great will
  • adoration

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A single Chinese character for late in Chinese is “chí.” This character is mentioned with the rising second tone and pronounced as “ch” + “er.”

late in Chinese

If combined together with the character for early, “chí” + “zao” might be employed to mean each sooner or later and early or late (as in “Don’t come early or late to dinner.”). Other definitions may be tardy or slow (either sluggish or dim-witted), depending around the context.

When combined with other characters, you might uncover such terms as

  • dusk,
  • twilight, or
  • hesitation.

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Early morning is among the greatest times of the day! Literally, morning in Chinese is mentioned as “early” + “on.” The Chinese character for early is “zao,” said with all the falling and rising third tone and pronounced as “ds” in hands + “ou” as in ouch.

early in Chinese

Various other meanings for “zao” are

  • premature
  • precocious
  • as well as being doubled (“zao” “zao”) to mean ASAP (as soon as you possibly can) or coupled with other characters for words such as
    • breakfast,
    • morning workouts, or
    • lengthy ago.

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