Janet Zhiqun Xing

in Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9789622097629
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207479 | DOI:

Series: Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language


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This chapter discusses the pronunciation of Chinese language. Unlike other languages, Chinese language is characterized by tone wherein every Chinese character has a distinctive tone and every tone has a lexicon meaning. This chapter provides an overview of the characteristics of tones and sounds of the Chinese language. Included in this chapter as well are suggestions for teaching and learning methods for acquiring Chinese pronunciation as well as the issues on the difficulty of acquiring the Mandarin sound system.

Keywords: pronunciation; Chinese language; tone; sounds; Chinese pronunciation; Mandarin sound system

Chapter.  6011 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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