Video Lesson: Pinyin Introduction (Newbie, Module 1)

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  Instructor: Ellie Length: 05:48
  Knowledge Point: Pinyin Introduction (Newbie, Module 1)
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Most syllables in Chinese Pinyin have three parts: the initial, the final and the Chinese tones. The beginning part of a syllable is called the initial and is followed by the final. Tones in Chinese Pinyin refer to the variation of the pitch of a syllable. There are four basic tones in the Chinese language: first tone, second tone, third tone, and fourth tone (some syllables may have neutral tones).
aodaliyaren says
March 8, 2015 Reply
Paul Tang says
To teacher Ellie, 
thank you very much for teaching the tone, even I know the basic Mandarin, but I also learn more from the tone now. Appreciate it.
July 11, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Paul Tang
Hi Paul! Glad to be helpful! We also have two lessons about introducing the tones, did you watch them? Here are the links: We will also have more lessons about tone changes, stay tuned! Also if you got any questions about tones or learning Chinese, feel free to let us know! Have a good day! 
August 2, 2013 Reply
Taibangle says
Jin1tian1 hao3 wan3 ma? / did you have fun today? Wo3 hen3 e4 ! Ni3 e4 ma?  en4....wo3 chi1 tai4 duo1 le, wo3 hen3 bao3
I am drinking coconut's so hot today ! Wo3 de xing4 fu2 lai2 zi4 yu2 shui3
Wo3 hui4 shuo1 yi1 dian3 dian3 !
Well.....Dongyu Beta ! Wow !!! I can't believe I am here ...:) I am trying to take in everything here. So I am starting with Pinyin. These pinyin video's load up very slow...beta mode I guess other video's are much quicker. No biggie. Ccntent here is good. I do like very much how you show: pinyin, chinese character and then english. do this is great ! I really liked how when you said, initial, final and tone the word highlighted in red....very clever visually speaking and helpful.
While explaining the contents I like how the pinyin and the chinese character below it was highlighted as well....good stuff. Why no test here !!!!! Wo3 xi3huan Steve Bates song "did it for the girl "  
July 1, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Taibangle
Hi, Taibangle! I had fun today! Did you have fun learning Chinese here? We'll have more lessons about pinyin and tones later, and we'll have plenty of exercises. Do you have any suggestions about the channel Tone it up? :)
July 2, 2013 Reply
wootpile says
Instructions sem good but where is there a index of what order the videos go in? Everything is mixed up on this iste. What lesson is nr.1, what lesson is nr.2, etc?
January 30, 2013 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to wootpile
Hi wootpile,
Our video lessons are made for different levels. To help you learn Chinese progressively, you can view them by levels here: Click the level tab, and the lessons of this level will be listed. For example, if you click "newbie," you will get to this page: with all the newbie lessons listed. You will see a “Module” Tab below the levels. The level goes from lower to higher from Module1. So if you want to learn Chinese according to levels, you can start at Newbie, Module1. Then you can move to Newbie, Module2. After you finish all Modules of a level, you can move to a higher level. 

After finishing the lessons, you can do video and audio exercises to consolidate the video's language points. You’re free to comment on the website or send us an email if you have any further questions. 
February 1, 2013 Reply
isaque amorim says
hello ELLIE ,l come from brasil but ,liave u.s.a tks for lessons 
pinyin good kelp for.mi....
l have time a visiti china beijing....
March 19, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to isaque amorim
Dear isaque amorim, thanks for your message. I am glad to know that our lessons are helped. If you have any question on the lessons, please feel free to let me know. BTW, welcome to China!
March 19, 2012 Reply
isaque amorim in reply to Ellie_Chinese teacher
l'am glad that yor good teacher
my interested in learning chinese
Ellie one see thanks ....
yor speak ingles very good
have nice week...
March 30, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to isaque amorim
Xièxie nǐ! Thanks! We will have three days off next week because of the Qingming Festival! Have a nice weekend! O(∩_∩)O
March 31, 2012 Reply
Titi974 says
February 26, 2012 Reply
Titi974 says
Hi, I come from France, I have just started to learn chinese. I plan to leave in China soon, and I would like to know if everybody in China can read and write Pinyin?   I like your lessons
February 23, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Titi974
Dear Titi974, I am glad that you liked our lessons. And welcome to China! In China, most of people can read and write Pinyin. But Chinese character is mored used, like  in newspapers,ads,books··· 
February 24, 2012 Reply
Scotty says
You said something very important and it really helped myself out a lot. You mentioned to: "Pay attention to the mouth and lips when I speak." This is so important to get the sounds down! But, I still have a problem with C, and X. I cant seem to make the distinction between C and X very well. Any Advice?
January 31, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Scotty
Hi Scotty, good question! When you pronounce X, the surface of your tongue touches the hard palate, and the upper teeth doesn't touch the lower teeth. You can have a try. You can also upload your recording. I can tell you if you are right! ~
February 1, 2012 Reply
angelraja says
i am raja from india. i would like to learn the chinese.the wayi can read and write chinese..i mean able to read a daily news paper and talk with any native chinese and talk other words..will able to pass hsk test . is your  clases for only beginner and survival or u have classes  for those who want to become mastery in chinese.which subscription will be suitable for that - raja,india
January 30, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to angelraja
Hi Raja,
I'm glad that you're interested in learning Chinese. We not only have classes for beginners, but we also provide video lessons that cater to different levels of Chinese learners, from newbie to advanced. You can access ALL the Chinese video courses for free for 7 days during your 7-Day Free Trial Period. If you decide to continue with the lessons, you may choose a membership plan that fits your needs. The longer the duration of the membership plan, the more you will learn from our continually updated video lessons. You will also pay a cheaper monthly fee.
Hope this helps, and we hope you will enjoy our lessons!
If you have any further questions, just feel free to let me know.
January 31, 2012 Reply
Agnieszka says
I like this lesson. Tt's clear for me. Thanks
January 11, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Agnieszka
Dear Agnieszka! I am glad that you liked the lesson. And hope your will finish the pinyin course. If you like you can also upload your voice on our website to tell me your name,where you are and what you like in Chinese! That will be great! BTW,if you have any problem on Chinese learning feel free to let me know.
January 12, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Ellie_Chinese teacher
Great! You did good job!
February 1, 2012 Reply
dlblandjr in reply to Ellie_Chinese teacher
she (wang laoshi ) always does a wonderful presentation!
xiexie wang laoshi
January 26, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to dlblandjr
早上好(Zǎoshang hǎo/ Good morning),dlblandjr! Thanks for your support! Do you like our videos? Which part is your favorite? :)
January 31, 2013 Reply
joseph6704 says
Congratulations! teacher you teach Basic sounds very clear,I think that using this method I will learn as much Chinese language as possible, xie xie, teacher
January 7, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to joseph6704
joseph6704,Nǐ hǎo! I am glad that you like the lessons! If you have any problem on your Chinese learning, please feel free to let me know!
January 9, 2012 Reply
Fanon.W says
I just started learning your Chinese lessons, and it really feels like I'm actually having a lesson with you 1:1 because of your eye contact and the time you provide us to pronounce the Pinyin.
October 27, 2011 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Fanon.W
Hello, Fanon.W! Great to hear from you! After you finished the Pinyin lessons, you can try a tongue twister. Try this one: “chī pútao bù tǔ pútaopí, bù chī pútao dào tù pútaopí." Practice makes perfect!(shú néng shēng qiǎo!) Let me know if you have any questions. O(∩_∩)O -Ellie
November 1, 2011 Reply
windy.lee says
Yeah, Chinese Pinyin is the first step to learn Chinese well.
Thank you a lot I need to learn the full language and this is a start xie xie
October 27, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to windy.lee
Hi, windy. Nice to meet you here. We are so glad that you enjoy our lessons. We will continue to provide more lessons to learners like you. If you have anything want to learn, just feel free to tell us. We are always very glad to hear from you.
October 28, 2011 Reply
WMorris says
Wow thanks so much! great teacher 
September 26, 2011 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to WMorris
Dear Morris,
Thanks for your message! It is my pleasure to help. I hope you continue learning Chinese with our lessons. Feel free to message me with any problems you’re having with your lessons, and I will be happy to work with you on your Chinese learning.
October 11, 2011 Reply
Linhhoang says
I'm trying to learn Chinese pinyin. How do you say “what are you doing” correctly? “Ni zai mang shen me ne?”
August 1, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to Linhhoang
The correct expression in Chinese pinyin should be “Nǐ zài máng shénme?” “What are you doing?” “Zài” shows that an action is in progress, so you don't also need “ne”. 

August 1, 2011 Reply
hikehawk in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
Hi Helen, by the way, how do I put in the tone marks if I write something here in the Discussion??  "Ni hou"...
February 10, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to hikehawk
Hi hikehawk,
In the Discussion, you can’t write something with tone marks. But you can copy the content with tone marks and paste it here to comment. Or you can write the comments this way, for example:
Ni3 hao3 instead of “Nǐ hǎo.” Hope this helps.
February 10, 2012 Reply
Dear Ms Helen Zhang, ni hao

your e-chineselearning is excellent

Gilberto Oliveira ( from Brazil )
May 28, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to GILBERTO
Thanks, dear Gilberto. 

Good luck with your Chinese studies!
June 3, 2011 Reply
Dear Ellie xiao jie, ni hao

i like the way you teach the chinese phonetic system

Gilberto Oliveira ( from Brazil)
May 28, 2011 Reply
hikehawk in reply to GILBERTO
..don't you think that this is one of the best online?
February 10, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to hikehawk
Hi hikehawk,
Thank you. And we are going to do better with your support. AsI am a Chinese, I would also probably say, “我们做得还不够好。你过奖了。(Wǒmen zuò de hái bú gòu hǎo. Nǐ guò jiǎng le.)”"No, we really don’t do that well. You're much too kind."
This is called Chinese-style modesty. :P
February 10, 2012 Reply
hikehawk in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
Ni Hao Helen...what was my question to your answer?
February 11, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to hikehawk
Hi hikehawk,
You haven’t asked me any questions. The comments I posted were just some things I wanted to share with you. It’s about the way Chinese people react to compliments, which is different in western countries. I hope you can learn some Chinese culture from this. :D
February 13, 2012 Reply
hikehawk in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
Oh, I see...xie xie very much, Helen!
February 14, 2012 Reply
america in reply to hikehawk
Hi! I am not able to open the videos.
I Aleready pay the course.
Please could you help me?
July 26, 2016 Reply
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