Video Lesson: Initials (d t n l g k h) and Finals (ai ei ao ou)  (Newbie, Module 1)

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  Instructor: Ellie Length: 11:48
  Knowledge Point: Initials and Finals: d, t, n, l, g, k, h, ai, ei, ao & ou (Newbie, Module 1)
Do you want to know how to properly address your closest family members in Chinese: dad and mom? In this lesson, you will learn the proper Chinese pronunciation of these words using the Pinyin system. You will also learn seven initials (d, t, n, l, g, k, h), four compound finals (ai, ei, ao, ou) and a modification rule for the third tone.
Taibangle says
shi4 wo3 :)
Shi4 shei2
Taibangle1 ? Wo3 bu4 ren4 shi4 Taibangle1 !
.....ei2, ni3 yi1 ge4 ren2 ma?
Well............another video watched :)  Wo3 bu4 shi4 ban4 tu2  er2 fei4
What to say, here.....:)
A big lesson  11 minutes both initials and finals covered. I like how you started with the ai ei ao ou finals first. Then used them to pair up the initials. So when we pronounce say...."t" we know the sound of tai, tei, tao and tou. Good idea
As you introduced each final  you used this format...the final like ao : we see an image, the pinyin: like pao3 it's  corresponding chinese character and finally the english counterpart. Strong way to introduce the finals. If I could add or change something here I would put in this:
Say your teaching the final ei ! First I would say this: b + ei ...you know sound it out ! then together bei with which ever tone you like. I love that way. It's slower, takes more time....but for me you can kind of develop.. a rhythm ! What do you think?  I would not just do ....bei, then pei followed by mei and ending with fei. I would say them all together...you know what I mean...one right after the other...sound them out , one following the other. It's fun...for me , The all important rules introduced here like . ONE :  two third tones the first thrid tone becomes a second tone....so important. Easy to forget, glad you brought that out ! Will use that........alot :) Even thought it is written as a third tone.
TWO: the issue of the neutral tone...also important  
Of course a real big help is to see the shape of the mouth right beside all those finals ! So necessary. 
One can never practice the contents of these video's enough...to polish one's speech is review and review and yes...more review
Bai4 Bai4 ......Ni3 xian1 gua4 !!!!
July 2, 2013 Reply
hikehawk says
Does anyone know the meaning of the following words?

měihǎo
wǔdǎo
kǔnǎo 
February 12, 2012 Reply
hikehawk says
Oh...one more...

Under "2. Practice the First Tone -Second Tone combination ", the "di di" was pronounced as "tou tou"...

Tui pu qi...
February 11, 2012 Reply
hikehawk says
Hi...in the "Initials/Finals" tab...in number #2 "Initials", the 'g' was pronounced as 'n'....I think it can be re-recorded as "g"...

Tui pu qi...
February 11, 2012 Reply
hikehawk says
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February 11, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to hikehawk
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February 13, 2012 Reply
Ramyrez23 says
Hi,

I think there is some misstakes on the part " Initials/finals " About listnening the " ei " sound, it plays the " o " sounds, or maybe this is a bug on my computer but ... you may watch this.
December 27, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to Ramyrez23
Hi Ramyrez23, 
Thanks so much for giving us the heads-up. We’ve uploaded the correct audio. You may check it out.
December 27, 2011 Reply
Tsa_abbasi says
What are the Chinese pronunciation for days 1-10? 
August 1, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to Tsa_abbasi
In Chinese, we use Arabic numbers plus the Chinese word “hào” to express the days in a month. 

For example:
yī hào, èrhào, …
The Chinese pronunciation of numbers from one to ten are:
yī, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù, qī, bā, jiǔ, shí.
(one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten)
August 1, 2011 Reply
LeoLeo says
How do you say "Grandpa" and "Grandma"?
December 16, 2010 Reply
Figo in reply to LeoLeo
爷爷 yéyé   and   奶奶 nǎinǎi
December 16, 2010 Reply
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