Simply learning words in Mandarin Chinese is not enough for being able to speak the language fluently. The Mandarin Chinese language, like many Asian languages, is tonal. This means that a word can have various meanings depending on the tone used to pronounce it. There are four tones in Mandarin Chinese which are represented by the four tone marks over the vowels in pinyin. This video covers these tones and will hopefully help you better understand their uses.
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