Speak Mandarin Chinese like a native
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Speak Mandarin Chinese like a native

Mandarin tones and pronunciation course for speakers of all levels.
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Created by ChinesePod Ltd
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 29 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Say it Right is a ChinesePod original video course with game-changing instruction on how to master Chinese pronunciation. Gain the confidence and skill to speak like a native.
  • ChinesePod provides the most extensive Chinese pronunciation instruction available. You won't find any course like the Say It Right series... on or offline.
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Requirements
  • No knowledge required, just a passion to learn the Mandarin Chinese language.
  • We start at the beginning and will guide you through the concepts and pronunciation rules for Mandarin Chinese.
  • This series of videos will guide you through Mandarin Chinese tones, pinyin, tone change rules, tone combinations, as well as useful information on how to pronounce Chinese like a native.
  • Each lecture is composed of a main lecture, a video drill, and PDF practice notes.
  • Users should have a device to play video files as well as Adobe Acrobat reader in order to study this course.
Description

Say it Right is a ChinesePod original video course with game-changing instruction on how to master Chinese pronunciation. Gain the confidence and skill to speak like a native.

Every lesson works as a three-step process. First watch the video, then practice speaking with the review drills, and finally test your knowledge with our lesson worksheets.

Twenty-two videos & three hours of content. ChinesePod provides the most extensive Chinese pronunciation instruction available. You won't find any course like the Say It Right series... on or offline.

We cover the most difficult parts of learning pronunciation. Xu Laoshi, our pronunciation expert, gives you insight into mastering pinyin, tones, and difficult sounds in the Say It Right series.

Speak Chinese like a native. By the end of the course you will have acquired the necessary tools to sound like a native. Our course will give you the confidence that you can say anything in Mandarin the right way.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you're a complete beginner, it's an excellent resource to make sure you start speaking correctly right from the start.
  • If you're an intermediate learner or above, there are lots of useful tips and tricks to help correct any problem areas you might have.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
03:35:53
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Welcome and Introduction
3 Lectures 08:02

The Say It Right Series is a video course from ChinesePod. This series of videos will guide you through Mandarin Chinese tones, pinyin, tone change rules, tone combinations, as well as useful information on how to pronounce Chinese like a native.

* If you're a complete beginner, it's an excellent resource to make sure you start speaking correctly right from the start.

* If you're an intermediate learner or above, there are lots of useful tips and tricks to help correct any problem areas you might have.

Each lecture is composed of a main lecturea video drill, and PDF practice notes. Mark a lesson as complete when you have studied all three components and pick up achievement badges as you progress through the series. 

What are you waiting for? Lets get started "Saying it Right".

Preview 02:42

The Say It Right Series (S.I.R for short)is a self-study course which we have designed to be studied at your own pace. Since it is a video, you can come back to it at any time, pause, re-watch, and learn at your own pace. It can also be a great resource to study along with a teacher or language exchange partner.

All Main lessons consist of a video lecture, a corresponding drill video (1-2mins long) and some printable PDF notes to work on once you have completed the lesson and drills.

Once you have studied all three components, mark the lesson as STUDIED and watch your progress bar increase. As you reach certain landmarks, you will unlock the Say It Right achievement badges

Preview 01:02

In this lesson you will learn about Pinyin: what it is, where it came from, and how it is used by both native speakers and learners of Chinese. You will also learn about initials and finals, the building blocks of all Mandarin syllables.

Preview 04:18
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Tones
6 Lectures 01:27:38

Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language which means that by changing the tone or pitch of your voice, you alter the meaning of the word. Mandarin has 4 tones (and a neutral tone). In this lesson, Fiona will give you a brief overview of the tones before we get started learning about in more depth.

Preview 01:38

The 4 tones of Chinese are very important and perhaps the trickiest part of learning Mandarin. If you mess up the tones you may end up saying a completely different word or be misunderstood altogether. 

In this lecture we are going to give you some of the best advice possible so that you get off on the right foot and have all the tools necessary to pronounce tones just like a native speaker.

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Tones Overview in Mandarin Chinese
25:57

Mandarin tones don't just exist in isolation; they flow together in combination to form sentences. This means that Chinese can often sound quite musical

In this video you will learn some tips on how to say a 1st tone and a 3rd tone in combination with each other. By mastering these tones as a chunk, you will immediately begin sounding like a Native speaker.

1st and 3rd Tone Combinations
13:54

Mandarin tones don't just exist in isolation; they flow together in combination to form sentences. This means that Chinese can often sound quite musical

In this lesson:

* learn how 2nd and 3rd tones sound in combination

* how two 3rd tones sound when chunked together

Be sure to watch the Drill video after and practice speaking them aloud

2nd and 3rd Tone Combinations
19:57

Mandarin tones don't just exist in isolation; they flow together in combination to form sentences. This means that Chinese can often sound quite musical

In this lesson, learn how 2nd and 4th tones sound in combination.

2nd and 4th Tone Combinations
14:33

The Neutral Tone (sometimes called the 5th tone) in Chinese is quite simple, but there are a few pronunciation techniques that will help you sounding more like a Native speaker. 

The Neutral Tone is used in two different respects: 

* the emphasis pattern
"In the flow" which is how it sounds when spoken in a sentence

Learn when and how to use each pattern in this lesson.

The Neutral Tone in Mandarin Chinese
11:39
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Tone Changes
3 Lectures 33:36

Chinese characters have set tones, but certain characters are more flexible, and change their tone depending on what characters precede them.

Tone change rules are spoken rules which means that the written tone marker above the pinyin does not change, but the tone, when spoken, does change.

These three rules will help you attain the natural flow of the language because they are designed to make conversation easier.

We also suggest checking out this useful resource from Trinity University:

Tone Change Rules in Mandarin Chinese

Preview 01:54

While the tone change rules seem quite simple, it's quite easy to get confused when you actually put them to use.

In this short lesson you will learn a super-easy and useful hack for remembering them just by saying the four tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy.

An Easy Hack to Remember the Tone Change Rules
09:21

This lecture continues with a more in-depth look at tone change rules, with useful explanations from our pronunciation expert, Xu Laoshi. 

Feel free to take your time and watch it in chunks if you find this easier.

Mandarin Tone Change Rules Overview
22:21
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Pronunciation
9 Lectures 01:25:22

All Mandarin syllables consist of 3 components:

1. an initial
2. a final
3. a tone

When an initial sound (usually a consonant) combines with a final (usually a vowel sound), you have the basis for a word. For example w (initial) + en (final) = wen. Add a tone and you've got the complete package! 

In the following lectures, we will be looking at initial and final sounds that learners struggle with.

Check out this article from YellowBridge for further reading on Initials, Finals, and Tones :

Pinyin Rules: Initials, Finals, and Tones

Preview 01:02

Labial sounds are sounds that are made by using one or both of your lips as the main articulator. 

For example, bo, po , mo and fo are sounds in Mandarin that all require your lips to touch. This lesson will provide you with useful techniques for mastering these important initials that learners often mess up.

Check out this guide by Patrick Zein for further explanation on how to grasp Mandarin Chinese phonetics: 

Mandarin Chinese Phonetics

Labial Initial Sounds
13:32

In this lesson, we go over three groups of initials that learners frequently struggle with. The groups we will cover include: 

J, Q, X
Zh, Ch, Sh
Z, C, S

Be sure to follow up with the practice drills to hammer down what you have learned from this lecture!

Three Groups of Tricky Initials
13:20

This lesson teaches you the I, U, and Ü sounds. These sounds are considered the most difficult finals in the Mandarin language and we provide in-depth hacks to help you make these sound just like a native speaker.

Be sure to follow up on this video with the practice drills to hammer down what you have just learned.

The Difficult I-U-Ü Vowel Sounds
24:44

This lesson goes over the tricky ui, iu, un, and ün finals that have letters pronounced aloud that you would not find in the Pinyin. For example, the iu sound has a hidden Y that is voiced when spoken aloud.

Watch this video and pay close attention to the missing letters for each final; this is an important thing to master in order to sound like a Native speaker.

Compound Finals with 'Missing' Letters
08:33

Karl and Constance provide you with useful tips and practice for nailing the ai, ei, ao, and ou finals.

Basic Compound Finals
06:34

Karl and Constance provide you with useful tips and practice for nailing the e and er finals, two special cases that learners often find quite difficult.

E & Er- The Special Cases
03:17

Karl and Constance provide you with useful tips and practice for nailing nasal endings that sound quite similar, sounds that learners often have trouble pronouncing.

Nasal Endings with Similar Sounds
05:51

Karl and Constance provide you with useful tips and practice for nailing sounds that contain a Y sound that you won't find apart of Pinyin.

The Fake Initial 'Y'
08:29
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Wrap up
1 Lecture 01:15

Congratulations on completing the ChinesePod Say it Right series. We would love to hear your feedback about this course so we can continue to improve it.

You Can Now Say It Right!
01:15
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