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Lessons on tones

I think there should be lessons about tones in the Chinese course. There should be "select what you hear" tasks whose words only differ in their tones.
All the tones in this lesson should be correct, of course.

The sentences should be along those lines:
普通话有四个或者五个声调。
马有第三个声调。
过去三天我吃了中国火锅和水果。
妈妈骂很麻烦的马吗?
(Feel free to correct the mistakes that I've surely made)

April 21, 2018

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/EnderPeckbooMiki

Yeah. I think that there should be lessons on the Chinese tree e.g. Tones 1, Tones 2 etc. because some tones could sound similar to others. Maybe some beginner ones at the start of the tree could be good?

April 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin

And later on third tone sandhis and so on.

April 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/momo-wuwen

你妈妈干麻骂我的马吗?

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WillowsofXihu

A few corrections:

Sentence 1 could be misleading for those unfamiliar with the tone system in Standard Putonghua. Officially, there are four tones plus the neutral tone, which doesn't count as a real tone. Phonologically speaking, of course, each tone (as well as the neutral tone) has multiple forms and values depending on what it is preceded and succeeded by, but that is rather out of our sphere of concern.
Sentence 2 would be better as: “马” 读(第)三声。
Sentence 3 grates on my ears but I can't say what specifically is incorrect and not just unnatural wording.
Sentence 4 brings to mind the frequently used tongue twister:
"妈妈骑马,马慢妈妈骂马;

妞妞轰牛,牛拗妞妞拧牛;

舅舅捉鸠,鸠飞舅舅揪鸠;

姥姥喝酪,酪落姥姥捞酪。"

July 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin

By the way: Which is more idiomatic in English? Lessons about tones or lesson on tones

April 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyBeter69

I'd say lessons on tones

April 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin

Thanks

April 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/franklinlink

Yes I totally agree on that. similar to Japanese lessons

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DurrHybrid

They do already tell you that the _|\/| thingy but that's not enough.

March 4, 2019
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