Speaking Chinese - tones and rhythm are very important to be understood. Repeat everything you hear!
Repeat everything you hear (tones and rhythm) as close as possible to the native speaker. Practice making simple Subject Verb Object sentences with your vocabulary. Practice speaking everyday. Learn Chinese grammar to really express yourself:
https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/Main_Page https://www.memrise.com/course/92344/chinese-grammar-wiki-a1/ https://www.memrise.com/course/92711/chinese-grammar-wiki-a2/ https://www.memrise.com/course/119353/chinese-grammar-wiki-b1/ https://www.memrise.com/course/129168/chinese-grammar-wiki-b2/
Google free Chinese courses:
David Yao's Free Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese in 10 Hours: https://teachlr.com/cursos-online/learn-to-speak-mandarin-chinese-in-10-hours/
MandarinX courses are really good. https://www.edx.org/course?search_query=chinese
Chinese for Beginners https://www.coursera.org/learn/learn-chinese
Great FREE Chinese Apps: HelloChinese, ChineseSkill, Lingodeer, Ninchanese, Pleco Dictionary
So helpful thanks Listen to Chinese sentences again and again, repeat them over and over again like a parrot.. :)
Thank you for these useful links. I took 3 Mandarin courses at edx. org. They are excellent!
The best of the free apps I've used so far to go along w/ this is Chinese skill, it teaches, and grades pronunciation, grammar, and usage. You have to complete the first 4 lessons and review completely to unlock the pronunciation tester.
Working on Spanish and just started Chinese. Thanks for the advice and info. I studied Thai in Thailand and am able to at least recognize tones and can function in that language. I know Chinese is much tougher but I already find it fascinating. I will keep checking in for insights Thanks again