Chinese courses online, lesson 2: politeness
Phonetics and vocabulary
to be old or old.means
However master is not pronounced as it is in English: the is pronounced like in English after the so-called hissing consonants: (dz) and ( is similar to 'z' in the English azure:
old master, old has the meaning of honorable)
: similar. The is what is called an aspirated consonant. We pronounce it by exhaling the air with a small explosion, more than in english. In , do not pronounce the which remain in the throat.
thank you . is pronounced like the French :
: student, classmate.
(the plural) is in neutral tone:
works primarily with personal pronouns (we, you, they), and when addressing to human: for example, a teacher who speaks to his students will say:
: Also, too. After the or , is pronounced as in French :
: invite, please. The is pronounced as with an air exlosion (that is one of the six aspirated consonant of Mandarin Chinese) and with the back of the tongue (like ):
: sit down:
one). Finally, the is an aspirated consonant, so you have to pronounce it with a little explosion of air. As we have seen above with , is pronounced like an with an air blast:
sorry. The is pronounced as 't' in French.
It's nothing, it doesn't matter:
Note on the phonetic
To speak well the Chinese, try to imitate the best you can the pronunciation of recordings. It is important not to try to 'read ' pinyin.
For tones, do not worry too much at the beginning. Just repeat recordings and try to imitate the intonation.
Summary of the oral vocabulary of the lesson 2
: student, classmate
: the plural
: also , too
: invite, please
: sit down
: thank you
: you're welcome
it's nothing, it does not matter
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