Understand the historical tone categories and how modern languages fit within this scheme. This is useful for translating words from one language to another.
Real CORRECT tones in modern mandarin:
1, unvoiced flat tone, low amplitute
2, voiced flat tone, high amplitute
3, rising tone,
4, falling tone.
what you learned probably is wrong!

Comment by yaha on April 6, 2012 at 12:44pm
  • high level – first tone
  • rising – second tone               WRONG
  • falling rising – third tone            WRONG
  • falling – fourth tone
Comment by Jacob Gill on April 9, 2012 at 1:30pm

I would hardly call the tones "wrong." They simply don't use the same constructs that Mike introduced in the video, i.e. the tonal system has been developed in the contstructs of Mandarin Chinese, or Taiwanese Mandarin.  If you hear him pronounce 決 there is no denying that it is a rising tone when spoken in standard Mandarin. However, if you are looking to study how the tone changes between Chinese dialects (a more universal system) than his chart will help in the process.

I think that for most Mandarin Chinese learners the content in this video will simply confuse and muddle the already unique concept of tones in Mandarin.


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