Video Lesson: Initials (b p m f) and Finals (a o e i u) (Newbie, Module 1)

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  Instructor: Ellie Length: 08:43
  Knowledge Point: Initials and Finals: b, p, m, f, a, o, e, i and u (Newbie, Module 1)
In this online Pinyin lesson, the teacher will help you master four initials (b, p, m, f), five finals (a, o, e, i, u) and their related rules. Learn useful phrases such as elder brother and younger brother in this online Chinese Pinyin lesson!
Taibangle says
Still on the topic of Pinyin...Question about navigation through your website. How can I chose to watch all the video's related to Pinyin? It's not really clear to me  yet ! So I am here for a second video to watch. Why ?
Pinyin is the real foundation for an non chinese speaker to learn. Today I practice speaking Chinese with two friends both western .  A father and a son that are part of my project of producing a series of 52 lessons on learning chinese at a beginner level. With a Teacher from New York...we are the students in their experiment. Both Father and son had a hard time reading a sentence while being mindful of both tone and the initial or final. It is a real big step, hurdle or obstacle to learn.
Later in the afternoon all three of us practiced wtih a waitress from Guangdong whom was a Chinese teacher of children. She corrected our pronunciation and listened to our sentences and helped us to speak better. By the way we had Sichuan pepercorn chicken, sliced pig ears and Lanzhou style beef noodle soup....yes, hand made noodles. :)  Our ability to pronounce correctly these seemingly  simple initals and finals is a powerful tool for our minds. With the right tone we can discover a new world. Let me review what I liked here and could learn 
We as students I feel need to be challenged to a certrian extent. What do I mean?
This example: b (a o) or P (o i)  is good but too easy. while (m p )____ i is better because you could confuse mi or pi...but not ba or bo. I am talking about training your ears here. Listening skills.
When we where asked to find the tone...on the chart...a very good idea. You could expand that make that segment longer. I like how you reminded us about: initial before final rule   as well as rules about i  yi and u wu. Good stuff to know and remember. I liked the example of O or good choice and wood and U both helpful . What kind of test could you have?
Welll...,make the choices become increasing difficult  from easy to hard . Like en vs eng
ben4 vs beng4  or men4 vs meng4. You could also have sentence that teach us the differences . Like Ta1 gen1 wo3 chi3 you2 yu2 geng2   gen vs geng    or   Da1 feng1 ba3 shen1 lin2 fen1 bian1 cheng2 liang3   en  vs eng sound. They kind sound similar ...not for you but our ears need so much training guys..  Got it :) Another important rule same initial same final different tone...different meaning IMPORTANT  :)   I especially like how you highlight in red pu2 tao and show the chinese character with it / pu2 !  Hope this helps... Question :
you have module one through six. Is module six harder than one  or do you have six modules because your offering alot of information ? 
It's great to be here tonight. I love the chance to look at dongyu beta  ! 
I really appreciate this.............alot , hope you all know 
I can't talk on skype now  for a few reason !!!! But my id is Taibangle88 maybe in the near future we can. Not sure patient :) 
July 1, 2013 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to Taibangle
Hi Taibangle,
Thank you for your suggestions and sharing your Pinyin learning experiences with us.
You can choose to show lessons by channel: then click “Tone It Up”, and you will come to this page:
Modules are set according to levels, from Module1, the easiest, to Module 6, the hardest.
It's no problem if you can't talk on Skype right away. I have added you as a contact, and we can have a live chat on the website, too. :)  Look forward to chat with you very soon.
July 1, 2013 Reply
Taibangle says
Dàjiā hǎo
Wǎnshàng hǎo lǎoshī
Jin1tian1 tian1qi4 zen3meyang4?
Florida tian1qi4 bu4 hao3...xia4 yu3 :]
I only have visited your site for a few looking at the series title "Tone it Up" I feel it should really could be a weekly series. 
Wèishéme ?
Just like someone who is learning to play the piano must pracitce music scales before they actually start to practice a song..they warm up, review :)
So should we with Tone it Up. Learning to speak Chinese is a BIG step...we hear sounds we never never heard before. :)
This series Tone it up should be everyone's first stop.. I would even recommend that you frequently reiview the content here. 
Tone it up is a very well made and comprehensive study guide to lead one to master tones and syllables.
The individual episodes are broken down into concise easy to follow plans. Not to much and not to little information. You hear the sound (p) you see a picture
you see the inital in pinyin/chinese character both. All of these serves to reinforce the lesson and serve to make sure you really "get it". The lesson is supplement with helpful tips like: initals go before finals...There are tips for wrtiting as well like ...i   yi found in yi1fu.  
The part I feel is really the most helpful are the practice drills. Where you have to pick the correct tone. 
Because one has to know, really know the tone to recognize it and then select the correct tone on the chart. This exercise is invaluable for listening skills and any speaking skills. These kind of  drills could and should be expanded and made a stand alone weekly video. 
Last night I had a chance to speak to a business owner from Shanghai. After three sentences they said, Where did you learn to speak Chinese? She did not say, " What?" ,  "Are you studying Chinese somewhere?" or Can I help you?. But. Where did you learn? So she understood me to reply like that. How did I learn ...It all started right here ! This I feel is the real magic of your programs, the  real key...Tone it up 3Q
Mark and Ellie great series !

December 30, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Taibangle
Hi, Taibangle! 今天西安天气还好(Jīntiān Xī'ān tiānqì hái hǎo.) Yeah, indeed, tones, pinyin are the most basic stuff in learning Chinese. So would you like to share anything about learning tones or pinyin? :)  Like are there any effective ways according to your experience? :)
January 2, 2013 Reply
FantasyGirl222 says
Your voice is sooo adorable! 
October 21, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to FantasyGirl222
Thanks! ^_^
October 22, 2012 Reply
budaki56 says
If i wanted to say I like ______  is it always  "wǒ xǐ huān+ subject" ? Does it matter whether I want to say, I like "the" room or I like "to" swim or I like "swimming" or I like "a" room?
May 26, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to budaki56
budaki56, ni hao!
    In Chinese, we don't have articles like "the." We use "this" or "that."
If you want to say "I like the room." In Chinese it is "Wǒ xǐhuan zhè ge fángjiān."
If you want to say "I like doing something," like "I like swimming." You can just say "Wǒ xǐhuan yóu yǒng."
May 29, 2012 Reply
budaki56 in reply to Ellie_Chinese teacher
thank you
June 5, 2012 Reply
shueksi says
hello how are you helen zhang right now i am learning chinese language but i got a question i wanna learn all words in chinese and piyin where i can pay or download can you help me
November 17, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to shueksi
Hi shueksi,
Ni hao! I’m great! How are you? I’m so glad to receive your message.
To learn all words in Chinese and Pinyin, you can refer to the vocabulary tab just to the right of the video player window in every lesson. You can also download the lesson text PDF on that page. To become a paying member, you can start a new Membership on the account page. Hope you enjoy our video lessons and learn a lot with us!
If you have any further questions, just feel free to ask me.   ^-^
November 17, 2011 Reply
Mickey says
You said that "Mama" means mother, but the word "Mama" is used everywhere by children throughout the USA. Did the word originate in China?
October 13, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to Mickey
Dear Mickey,
妈妈 (Mā ma) means “mother” in Chinese. The word “妈妈 (mā ma)” is kind of formal. “妈 (Mā)” is used more frequently by native speakers, and is the equivalent to the English “mom”. Mama is one of the first word-like sounds made by babbling babies, and parents tend to associate the first sounds babies make with themselves. There are many sounds that are similar to “mama” in languages around the world. So this word did not originate in China.
If you got any questions, just feel free to let me know.
October 14, 2011 Reply
Mickey in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
Thanks a lot! That's very interesting. I really like my courses!
October 15, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to Mickey
You’re welcome. I’m so glad that I could help you.
Just enjoy our lessons! If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.
October 18, 2011 Reply
wheeler says
I'm trying to learn Chinese pinyin online. How do I say “my name is...” in Chinese pinyin? 
September 21, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to wheeler
Both of them are correct ways to give your name in Chinese pinyin, but people tend to use “我叫 (wǒ jiào)” more commonly. “我的名字是 (wǒde míngzi shì)” is more formal.

For example: 
    Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi? 
A: 你叫什么名字?
   What’s your name? 
    Wǒ jiào Wáng Lì. 
B: 我叫王力。
   My name is Wang Li. 

Of course, you can also respond like this: 
Wǒ de míngzi shì Wáng Lì.
My name is Wang Li. 

I hope you have fun learning pinyin online
September 21, 2011 Reply
db gurung in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
My name is D B
May 20, 2012 Reply
luque_javier says
I am learning Chinese pinyin online and want to know what the Chinese pinyin is for “wife”.
August 1, 2011 Reply
maikegao in reply to luque_javier
Qīzi 妻子. 
February 17, 2013 Reply
shining in reply to luque_javier
December 22, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to shining
Hey Shining,
You are right. “Qīzi” is the Chinese pinyin for “wife.” Your Chinese is pretty good. May I know how long you have learned Chinese?
December 23, 2011 Reply
db gurung in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
May 19, 2012 Reply
db gurung in reply to db gurung
how to learn Chinese?
May 19, 2012 Reply
db gurung in reply to db gurung
I am from NEPAL. I can speak Chinese but can't writing Chinese. How to can  writing Chinese ?
May 19, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to db gurung
Dear db gurung, you can try to learn some basic Chinese radicals and strokes first.
June 25, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to luque_javier
There are four terms for “wife”: “(qīzi),” “fūrén,” “tàitai” and “lǎopo.”
“Qīzi” is generally used along with “zhàngfu" husband.”
“Fū rén” and “tài tai” show more respect to the married women than do other terms. 
“Lǎopo” is the most widely used in spoken Chinese and is less formal.
How are you enjoying learning Chinese pinyin in our online lessons?
August 1, 2011 Reply
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