Chinese Tones

Importance of Chinese Tones

Chinese tones are the most important part of the Mandarin language, yet the most often overlooked. When you begin to understand that without Chinese tones, virtually no one will understand what you’re saying, it’s only then that you decide to make them a priority!

Video on Chinese Tones

For those who want an overview of Chinese tones, take a moment to watch this video. If you’ve ever tried to speak Chinese, then you’ll be able to identify with this video on Chinese tones.

More Resources on Chinese Tones

For those who are serious about Mandarin Chinese, take time to make Chinese tones a priority and MASTER them. In order to do that, you’ll need some good resources to start with.

Hope these will be helpful to you in learning to speak the Chinese language–where Chinese tones are essential!



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Please in Chinese

Video for Please in Chinese

Speaking Chinese is easy with video, especially for Chinese phrases such as please in Chinese! See how easy it is to say please in Chinese in just a couple minutes!

How to Use Please in Chinese

To use please in Chinese, make sure the Chinese character begins the request. Begin the sentence with 请 (qǐng) and then follow it with whatever it is that you’d like to ask in Mandarin Chinese. The Chinese language makes it easy to use please in Chinese by placing it at the beginning of a sentence.

Please in Chinese Characters

To see please in Chinese characters, take a look below. You’ll also notice that the Chinese PinYin for please in Chinese is included. The PinYin will help you to say this character more easily and should sound like “ching” being said almost as a grunt since it’s said with the third tone.

please in Chinese

Other Ways to Say Please in Chinese

There are other phrases for saying please in Chinese, especially when you need to emphasize your request! But to find out about these phrases, be sure to watch the video. Hope this will be of help to you as you learn how to say please in Chinese!


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How Are You in Chinese

Why Video for How Are You in Chinese

One of the first Chinese phrases to learn is how are you in Chinese. Make it a piece of cake by watching a video on it so you can

  • hear the phrase
  • see the Chinese characters
  • read Chinese PinYin
  • and practice saying, “How are you?” in Chinese yourself!

Chinese Characters for How Are You in Chinese

After watching the video, you’ll find it easy to say how are you in Chinese with just three characters, 你好吗?  If you’re not familiar with reading Chinese characters, then continue to find out how to say each of them in Mandarin.

Saying How Are You in Chinese

你 (nǐ) means “you” and is normally said with the falling and rising third tone.  That means it’s pronounced like “knee” and usually said much like a grunt.  However, when 你 (nǐ) is said in the phrase how are you, then the rising second tone is used (ní) because of another third tone that follows it.

好 (hǎo) means “good or fine” and is said with the grunting falling and rising third tone. It’s pronounced “how” by lowering the pitch of your voice, keeping it low, and then letting it rise slightly at the end.

Finally, 吗 (ma) is a Chinese character that is used to show that a question is being asked.  It’s pronounced “ma” and is said without a tone.

All together, you’re saying “knee” “how” “ma,” but you really should watch the video to help with saying the Chinese tones! Hope that helps you in saying how are you in Chinese!


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How to Say Chinese Numbers

I love learning the numbers in Chinese!  For today, we’ll just take a look at numbers one through ten in Chinese.  As long as you know your tones and PinYin, this should be a piece of cake for you.  (If not, you can refer to the links on these topics).

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How Can I Say Early in Chinese?

Early morning is one of the very best times in the day! Basically, morning in Chinese is stated as “early” + “on.” The Chinese character for early is “zao,” said with the falling and rising third tone and pronounced as “ds” in hands + “ou” as in ouch.

early in Chinese

Some other meanings for “zao” are

  • premature
  • precocious
  • in addition to becoming doubled (“zao” “zao”) to imply ASAP (as soon as possible) or coupled with other characters for words like
    • breakfast,
    • morning workouts, or
    • long ago.

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How Do I Say Narrow in Chinese?

Astonishingly, this Chinese character (which signifies narrow), also has a few of precisely the same connotations as in English. “Zhai,” said using the falling and rising third tone, is pronounced “j” + “eye.”

narrow in Chinese

Several other meanings for “zhai” consist of

  • narrow-minded
  • petty
  • not effectively off
  • hard up

Like many of the other adjectives, it’s not required to incorporate “is” when making use of “zhai” as a predicate adjective as in

  • This road is narrow.
  • The alley is as well narrow.

As an alternative, just use the adjective after the noun

  • This road narrow.
  • Alley as well narrow.

That is, needless to say, unless you might be putting an emphasis on the fact, then you definitely can use the “shì….de” grammatical option (with “zhai” in between).

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How to Say Thin in Chinese

WARNING: This Mandarin character can not be utilized in reference to someone to mean that she or he is slim and trim! Instead, use “shòu” for this.

The Chinese character for thin (when referring to objects) is “bó” which may alternatively be pronounced also as “báo.” The initial enunciation is “b” + “wo” (which can be in between “woah” and “wow”) while the second is “b” + “ou” as in “ouch.”

thin in Chinese

You will get pleasure from the list of possibilities for using this character!

  • flimsy
  • weak
  • shabbily
  • infertile ground (as in thin topsoil)
  • slight
  • meager
  • ungenerous

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