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The Four Tones of the Chinese Language

Mandarin Chinese is a very tonal language. A single word with the same syllable can take on a different meaning when read in different tones. These tones gives Mandarin Chinese its unique quality, but also contributes to miscommunication if not given attention. FIRST TONE The first tone in the Mandarin Chinese language is a high […]

Bopomofo Sound

The Bopomofo, or Zhuyin, is used to transcribe all the possible sounds in the Chinese language. It was first introduced in the 1910s. While the English alphabet derives from the first two letters (alpha and beta), the “Bopomofo” is named after the first four syllables in Mandarin Chinese. Bopomofo is the most commonly used system […]