realmayo Posted October 8, 2022 at 12:20 PM Report Share Posted October 8, 2022 at 12:20 PM I came across some youtube videos setting out very clearly the ways in which Chinese tones, when spoken naturally, are different from what the textbooks tell us. I think most people would pick these rules up naturally over time, but maybe discard them when they are trying to pay particular attention to pronunciation! What do people think? They are from an online teacher called Ben, aka Learn Chinese With Ben. Youtube playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty4eoBtsIFY&list=PLW4RM43CAPvyhxq-whqmKI1LFpvqS5_XR&index=1 Basic rules guidelines Last sound in a chunk is stressed (unless it's a neutral tone, in which case it's the previous sound that's stressed) That extra stress is created by: higher pitch and longer duration All the sounds apart from the stressed sound generally have lower pitch, shorter duration, and less tonal expression (i.e. less 'height' or 'range' in e.g. second tone) Three layers: Most sounds come in what you might call three "layers": 1st layer is 4 to 5, 2nd layer is 3 to 4, 3rd layer is 2 to 3. Basically: unstressed is 3rd layer, stressed is in 2nd layer. But: one 'chunk' in a sentence will itself be emphasised (below: 吃中国菜): that emphasis comes by moving all the sounds in that chunk up one layer, which is where the 1st layer comes into play (the 吃 and 菜 below): The two screenshots are from the youtube videos, the rest is my attempt to summarise, which may well be wrong! I recommend having a look. 1 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and select your username and password later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.