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The following video demonstrates each syllable of the pinyin structure
and the exercise of pinyin/zhuyin with basic Chinese 4-tune pronunciation

Mandarin pinyin tunes
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retroflex tunes in Mandarin

chāi, chái, chǎi, chài

first tune

chāi

tear down; dismantle

chāi

disassemble; take apart

拆開

chāi kāi

dismantle

chāi

open

kāi

Chinese characters also pronunced chāi


second tune

chái

firewood

chái

chop firewood

砍柴

kǎn chái

chop

kǎn

firewood

chái

Chinese characters also pronunced chái

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