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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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kē, ké, kě, kè

first tune

harsh; exacting; severe

severe; harsh

嚴苛

yán kē

strict

yán

harsh

science
section; department

science; scientific knowledge

科學

kē xué

section; department

learning; knowledge

xué

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second tune

cough

cough

咳嗽

ké sòu

cough

cough

sòu

shell; hard surface

shell; seashell
cowrie; conch

貝殼

bèi ké

shellfish

bèi

shell

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third tune

may; can; able
approve; permit

can; may

可以

kě yǐ

may; can

use as

cute; adorable
lovely; sweet and pretty

可愛

kě ài

can; able

love

ài

thirst; thirsty

thirsty

口渴

kǒu kě

mouth

kǒu

thirsty

long for; crave for
yearn for; aspire after

渴望

kě wàng

thirst

expect

wàng

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fourth tune

overcome; conquer; subdue

overcome; surmount

克服

kè fú

overcome

obey

restrain; refrain
forbear; control oneself

克制

kè zhì

subdue

control

zhì

guest; visitor
customer; client

guest

客人

kè rén

guest

people

rén

beat; strike
prevail; predominate

nemesis; deadly enemy
unbeatable rival; invincible opponent

剋星

kè xīng

prevail

star

xīng

carve; engrave
moment; quarter of an hour

sculpture
engrave; carve

雕刻

diāo kè

carve

diāo

carve; engrave

time; hour; moment

時刻

shí kè

time; hour

shí

moment

class; course; lesson

attend class; go to class

上課

shàng kè

up; go

shàng

class

finish class; dismiss the class

下課

xià kè

down; leave

xià

class

Chinese characters also pronunced

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