Video Lesson: Initials (j q x) and Finals (ia iao ie iou ian in iang ing iong)  (Newbie, Module 1)

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  Instructor: Ellie Length: 10:05
  Knowledge Point: Initials and Finals: j, q, x, ia, iao, ie, iou & ian (Newbie, Module 1)
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In this lesson, you will learn six finals (ia, iao, ie, ian, iang, iong), three initials (j, q, x) and related rules for Mandarin pronunciation. When you receive help from others, how do you express gratitude with proper Mandarin pronunciation? Learn to use phrases such as thanks, not at all, please and not.
bonichang says
Struggling with pronouncement. Maybe it is because I am partly tone deaf?
December 29, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to bonichang
Tone is the most difficult part of Chinese pinyin. Doing some listening practice will help you improve your pronunciation. Tone It Up will help you with pronunciation. And please upload your recordings; then we can give suggestions to your problem. 
Oh, if you have difficulties about tones, you can also take a look at this lesson:
January 3, 2013 Reply
bonichang in reply to Ellie_Chinese teacher
I think I am getting it now, the c, ch, z, zh, j and the q. They all sounded like 'ch' except where to place the tongue when saying the words and the aspiration needed for ch, zh and q. 

Eg. cai (veggie), tip of tongue back of upper teeth and then say 'chai' but no aspiration. Correct?
January 3, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to bonichang
The intial "c" in "cai"  is a aspirated sound. It sounds like the "ts" in the English word "boots." 
January 9, 2013 Reply
Ramyrez23 says
Hi :)
In vocabulary there is : 
不  adv.	bù	no/not

And in text there is :
Are " Bú " and " bù " written in the same way ( 不 ) or is this an error ? and do they have the same definition ?
January 2, 2012 Reply
Ramyrez23 in reply to Ramyrez23
Saw this from a teacher of this site : 
You can read “不” in the fourth tone as well as the second tone. There are some rules behind it. The tone of the word “不” depends on the tone of the word following it. If “不” is followed by a word with the fourth tone, it should be read as “bú,” otherwise, it should read as “bù.” 
For examples:
不去 ( bú qù): not to go
不好 (bù hǎo): not good
不一样 (bù yíyàng): not the same as
不真实 (bù zhēnshí): not real

January 7, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Ramyrez23
Hi! Ramyrez23. You are right! "不" is fourth tone. But when it is followed by the forth tone syllable, it will be changed into second tone. The rules for tonal changes with "不" is in lesson 9. You can wacth it and if you any problem please let me know!
January 9, 2012 Reply
db gurung in reply to Ellie_Chinese teacher
ni hao

May 20, 2012 Reply
db gurung in reply to db gurung
wo xian zhai ni bo er
May 20, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to db gurung
db gurung, ni hao!
Nǐ xiànzài zài Níbóěr.
zài=be in some place
May 29, 2012 Reply
Elynnie says
How do you speak the time in Mandarin pronunciation? 
-What time is it now?
-It is 11:33 pm.

-What time is it now?
-It is 7:06 am.
August 1, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to Elynnie
The Mandarin pronunciation for time is as follows:
Xiànzài jǐ diǎn le?
What time is it now?
Xiànzài xiàwǔshíyī diǎn sānshísān.
It is 11:33pm.
Xiànzài jǐ diǎn le?
What time is it now?
Xiànzài shàngwǔ qī diǎn ling liù.
It is 7:06am.

Here are some Mandarin pronunciation of other useful words of time:
秒(miǎo): second
分(fēn): minute
点(diǎn): o’clock
半(bàn): half
刻(kè): quarter of an hour
For example:
8:30 八点半/八点三十(分) (bā diǎn bàn/bā diǎn sānshí fēn) half past eight/eight thirty
8:15 八点一刻/八点十五(分) (bā diǎn yí kè/ bā diǎn shíwǔ fēn) quarter past eight/eight fifteen
August 1, 2011 Reply
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