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The Four Chinese Tones and How They Affect Meaning

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Just when you think you’ve mastered the Chinese alphabet, they throw something else at you. You guessed it: Chinese tones! Mandarin Chinese has four distinct tones that can completely change the meaning of a word. To be able to read the “pinyin” (拼音), which is the system of phonetic transcription of Chinese characters, it is(…)