We’ve started playing with the newly released ShowMe app, which lets you create Khan Academy-style video tutorials. So far it’s been pretty great. Below, we’ve included the first experiment from Iris Qiu, one of our head teachers of our Mandarin School:
Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language. Four tones are used to clarify the meanings of what people say. Since many characters have the same sound, tones are used to differentiate words from each other. Therefore, it is crucial to master the four tones. People who have never spoken a tonal language have a hard time understanding what a tone is.
The four tones in Mandarin are:
First tone – high level
Second tone – rising
Third tone – falling rising
Fourth tone – falling
Are you ready to kick of your Mandarin Chinese learning by mastering the four tones?