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Summary


Chinese is a difficult language to learn, partially because it is hard to know where to begin! You can use this page as a reference to start your journey. Good luck!

Here's a quick index

  1. Pronouns
  2. Basic Verbs
  3. Tones
  4. Pronounciation
  5. Basic Nouns
  6. Basic Adjectives
  7. Prepositions

Pronouns


I/Me
You
He/Him
She/Her
我们
wǒmen
Us/We
你们
nǐmen
You All
他们
tāmen
Them

Basic Verbs


Go
shì
Is/Are/Be
xiǎng
Want/Think
帮助
bāngzhù
Help
觉得
juéde
Think

Tones


In chinese there are 4 tones, with a 5th neutral tone

  1. A high flat tone
  2. A rising tone
  3. A low, sometimes falling and rising tone
  4. A sharp falling tone, sometimes just high and short
  5. A neutral tone, spoken without inflection

Pronounciation


There are quite a few possible sounds in chinese, the pin1yin1 system, while useful, is highly inaccurate for english speakers. Here's a comprehensive list of how to pronounce chinese sounds