Enjoy pronunciation practice with Chinese tongue twisters
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Enjoy pronunciation practice with Chinese tongue twisters

Practicing tongue twisters helps you learn accurate and smooth pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese language.
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Last updated 12/2016
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 14 articles
  • 14 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Practicing tongue twisters will improve the accuracy and smoothness of your Chinese pronunciation
Requirements
  • Before trying this course, first learn the fundamentals of Chinese pronunciation
Description


Tongue twisters are ideal for pronunciation practice

In Chinese, tongue twisters (绕口令 ràokǒulìng) repeat similar consonants and vowels that are easy to mix up to make them difficult to say. "Raokouling" have a distinctive rhythm that make them fun to read out loud, motivating you to keep practicing until you can say them.

If you've grown bored of pronunciation practice or if you're having trouble pronouncing certain sounds, try including "raokouling" in your practice. And if you get the chance, show off the "raokouling" you've learned for your Chinese friends.


Beautiful pronunciation by a professional narrator

All voice was recorded by a professional narrator.


Includes slow and fast versions

A slow version and a fast version of the tongue twister are included in each movie, one after the other.

The subtitles change color in time with the voice, allowing you to follow along and pick up the natural places to pause that aren't obvious from the punctuation as well as practice by imitating the narrator's inflection.

Start with the slow version to pay attention to each individual sound, and practice carefully to get as close as possible to the narrator. The more correct your pronunciation, the faster you will get without even trying.


Practice different consonants and vowels

The 76 "raokouling" in the course are divided by consonant and vowel types. You can practice them in any order, so listen to them first and choose what you'd like to start with.


Review at your own pace with a PDF textbook

The course also comes with a textbook in PDF format, so you can review each “raokouling” at your own pace.


No hanzi required

Don't know Chinese characters? No problem!

Each “raokouling” is accompanied by voice and pinyin, so you can practice even if you don't know hanzi.

Who this course is for:
  • People practicing Chinese pronunciation
  • People having problems with Chinese pronunciation
  • People working on pronouncing certain sounds
  • People who want to impress Chinese friends with tongue twisters
Course content
Expand all 90 lectures 51:32
+ Practice for Consonants (1): b p m f
6 lectures 02:55

Please download the PDF textbook before beginning your studies. In addition to the Chinese text, this PDF text lists the English translation and footnotes as well. Please use it as a way of review.

PDF text
00:08
+ Practice for Consonants (3): g k h
4 lectures 02:02

Please download the PDF textbook before beginning your studies. In addition to the Chinese text, this PDF text lists the English translation and footnotes as well. Please use it as a way of review.

PDF text
00:08
R011-哥哥捉鸽 (Big Brother Captures a Dove)
00:37
R012-哥挎瓜筐过寛沟 (Big Brother Carries Melon Basket Across a Wide Ditch)
00:41
R013-风吹灰飞 (Wind blows, Dust flies)
00:36
+ Practice for Consonants (4): j q x
4 lectures 02:16

Please download the PDF textbook before beginning your studies. In addition to the Chinese text, this PDF text lists the English translation and footnotes as well. Please use it as a way of review.

PDF text
00:08
R014-七加一 (Seven Plus One)
00:35
R015-真稀奇 (Really Bizarre)
00:39
R016-漆匠和锡匠 (The Lacquerer and the Tinsmith)
00:54
+ Practice for Consonants (5): zh ch sh r
4 lectures 02:03

Please download the PDF textbook before beginning your studies. In addition to the Chinese text, this PDF text lists the English translation and footnotes as well. Please use it as a way of review.

PDF text
00:08
R017-学时事 (Studying Current Events)
00:49
R018-晒人肉 (Tanned Skin)
00:33
R019-焼香要焼萧山香 (When Burning Incense, Burn Xiaoshan Incense)
00:33
+ Practice for Consonants (6): z c s
10 lectures 05:49

Please download the PDF textbook before beginning your studies. In addition to the Chinese text, this PDF text lists the English translation and footnotes as well. Please use it as a way of review.

PDF text
00:08
R020-做早操 (Do Morning Exercises)
00:31
R022-司机买雌鸡 (A Driver Buys Chickens)
00:35
R023-桑山 (Mulberry Tree Mountain)
00:26
R024-丝缠蚕 (A Silkworm Swathed in Silk)
00:28
R025-蚕和蝉 (Silkworm and Cicada)
00:30
R026-登山 (Mountain Climbing)
00:51
R027-三山撑四水 (Three Mountains Fill Four Rivers)
00:35
R028-紫丝线织紫狮子 (Weave Purple Silk Strands Into a Purple Lion)
00:57
+ Practice for Vowels (1): a o e i u ü
13 lectures 07:59

Please download the PDF textbook before beginning your studies. In addition to the Chinese text, this PDF text lists the English translation and footnotes as well. Please use it as a way of review.

PDF text
00:08
R029-白石塔 (White Stone Tower)
00:33
R030-瓦打马 (Tile Hits Horse)
00:36
R031-墨与馍 (Ink and Steamed Bun)
00:42
R032-买饽饽 (Buying Pastries)
00:48
R033-阁上一窝鸽 (In the Attic There’s a Nest of Doves)
00:36
R034-鹅过河 (Goose Crosses the River)
00:42
R035-吃荸荠 (Eat Water Chestnuts)
00:41
R036-鼓上画只虎 (The Tiger Drawn on Top of the Drum)
00:30
R037-苏州有个苏胡子 (In Suzhou There's a Su Huzi)
00:34
R038-醋布兔 (Vinegar, Cloth, Rabbit)
00:43
R039-芜湖徐如玉 (Xu Ruyu of Wuhu)
00:32
R040-女小吕和女老李 (The Woman Young Lu and the Woman Old Li)
00:54
+ Practice for Vowels (2): ai ei ao ou
5 lectures 02:50

Please download the PDF textbook before beginning your studies. In addition to the Chinese text, this PDF text lists the English translation and footnotes as well. Please use it as a way of review.

PDF text
00:08
R041-白菜和海帯 (Cabbage and Kelp)
00:37
R042-贝贝和菲菲 (Beibei and Feifei)
00:39
R043-毛毛和涛涛 (Maomao and Taotao)
00:51
R044-兜装豆 (Beans Held in a Bag)
00:35
+ Practice for Vowels (3): iao iou uai uei
7 lectures 04:09

Please download the PDF textbook before beginning your studies. In addition to the Chinese text, this PDF text lists the English translation and footnotes as well. Please use it as a way of review.

PDF text
00:08
R045-鸟看表 (Bird Sees Watch)
00:37
R046-猫闹鸟 (Cat Pesters Bird)
00:38
R047-酒换油 (Trade Wine for Oil)
00:37
R048-铜勺和鉄勺 (Copper Spoon and Iron Spoon)
00:42
R049-槐树槐 (Locust Tree)
00:45
R050-嘴和腿 (Lips and Legs)
00:42