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Mandarin Pronunciation & Listening

Pronunciation of Mandarin has two aspects: syllables and tones. Each can be practiced separately, but when it comes to speaking Mandarin you must memorize words with their proper tones. Sound clips are very helpful for practicing Mandarin pronunciation so be sure to make good used of the audio files found here.

How to Pronounce Mandarin Chinese
The Mandarin language has 21 consonants and 16 vowels. They can be combined together to create more than 400 mono-syllabic sounds. This basic guide will teach you how to pronounce Mandarin Chinese with the aid of sound clips.

Embarrassing Mandarin Mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes when learning Mandarin Chinese. It is part of the learning process. Some Mandarin mistakes are amusing, while other can be quite embarrassing.

Mandarin Mistakes - Your Experiences
Everyone makes mistakes when learning Mandarin Chinese. In fact, Mandarin students are more likely to make mistakes than students of other languages, because of the large number of homonyms in Mandarin Chinese. Share your errors with other Mandarin students.

Mispronounced Mandarin Words
There are many words that originate from Mandarin Chinese, but which may be mispronounced due to misunderstanding the Romanization system used to convert the Chinese characters to Western spellings.

Mandarin Chinese Audio Clips
Audio clips are very useful for developing your pronunciation and listening skills.

Pronunciation Challenges
Many of the sounds of Mandarin pronunciation have counterparts in the English language, but there are a few sounds which can be quite difficult for English-speakers to master.

Mandarin Tones - Changing Tones
Mandarin is a tonal language with four distinct tones. Usually these tones are constant for every syllable, but sometimes the tone will change when used in combination with other tones or syllables.

The Mandarin Tone System
Mandarin is a tonal language that uses tonal inflections to determine meanings of words. There are 4 tones in the Mandarin language, and their mastery is essential for anyone learning Mandarin.

The Four Tones of Mandarin
Mandarin is a tonal language that has four distinct tones. These are used to clarify the meanings of words, and are an essential part of proper pronunciation.

Taiwan Mandarin
The Mandarin of Taiwan is a bit different from the Mandarin of Mainland China. Taiwan Mandarin is influenced by the Taiwanese language, and can have unique vocabulary and grammar usage.

Pronouncing The Mandarin NG
There are two finals that use the Mandarin NG sound - ang and eng. The NG sound is similar to the English NG sound in singer, except that the tongue is placed near the back of the mouth, blocking air flow.

Pronouncing The Mandarin NG Sound - User Tips
Share your ideas and tips for Mandarin pronunciation of the NG sound, used in the Mandarin finals ANG and ONG.

Reader Tips - Learning to Think in Mandarin
Learning to think in Mandarin Chinese is a challenging process. Share your tips and ideas for learning to think in Mandarin.

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