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arrow  Step 2: Learn the 5 different tones

Chinese has 5 different tones.
Different tones give sounds different meanings.

Here's an example of the sound   ma


 mother  :
High tone
 ma1


 hemp: Rising tone

ma2 


 horse: Falling-rising tone
ma3 



 scold : Falling tone
ma4


 question particle : Neutral tone
ma5 

arrow Step 3: Practice different sounds with different tones



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