I need help with tones....

Just how on EARTH am I supposed to figure out the four connotations of Chinese?! I can't tell them apart. Does anybody have tips, tricks, etc. that I can use to help remember the connotations? Please share them with me! Thank you, beautiful people!

October 30, 2018


Do you mean tones? For me, I remember how to say them by just looking at how the line moves from left to right. If it is going from down to up, I start my pitch a bit lower and raise, it making it sound like a question (even though its not!). If its Up to down, I start my pitch higher and go lower. If its a straight line, then I just keep my pitch stable. If it is like a downward arrow (Up down up), then I first start my pitch normally, then emphasize and lower my pitch, then come back up a bit. It might sound weird at first, but it really helped me, and I hope it helps you too!

October 31, 2018

Thank you so much

October 31, 2018

I don't have the problem to remember it, I learn it at the same time I learn the word. So I don't have tricks. But tips.

Some people use colors. So you can choose a colour by tone. And each word you learn, you think it in this colour, and write it in this colour. You can also use the standard colours for tones, (could be helpful because some dictionaries use them) : Don't forget there's also the neutral tone.

I also heard about another "standard" for colours, where the 1st and 4th tones are inverted 1- dark blue 2-orange 3-dark green 4-red 5 (neutral) - silver

You can even learn it, associating a tone with a bodysign. Because the memory is of course connected with the body movements.

If the tones are something mysterious for you, maybe this video will help you, comparing the tones to the english word "what" in different situations.

In addition, there is a site where you can convert from pinyin number to pinyin signs (and reverse)

November 1, 2018

Thanks for all the resources

November 2, 2018

That really helped a lot. I was associating it with volume than with pitch, makes much more sense now, thanks :).

March 3, 2019
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