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Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign
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Janet Zhiqun Xing

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9789622097629

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622097629.001.0001

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(p.87) 4 Pronunciation
Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language

Janet Zhiqun Xing

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the pronunciation of Chinese language. Unlike other languages, Chinese language is characterized by tone wherein every Chinese character has a distinctive tone and every tone has a lexicon meaning. This chapter provides an overview of the characteristics of tones and sounds of the Chinese language. Included in this chapter as well are suggestions for teaching and learning methods for acquiring Chinese pronunciation as well as the issues on the difficulty of acquiring the Mandarin sound system.

Keywords:   pronunciation, Chinese language, tone, sounds, Chinese pronunciation, Mandarin sound system

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