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The Singapore Hokkien Language Meetup Group Message Board › Learning the 7 tones of Hokkien

Learning the 7 tones of Hokkien

Michael J.
Group Organizer
Singapore, SG
Post #: 6
Minnan (hokkien) is a tonal language. The following 7 tones follow that of Amoy/Taiwanese:

Listen to the Audio to learn the 7 tones of Hokkien.

1. Listen to 7 Tones 1
1st tone: a
2nd tone: á
3rd tone: à
4th tone: ah
5th tone: â
7th tone: ā
8th tone: a̍h

(note that 6th tone is omitted as it's similar to 2nd tone)

2. Listen to 7 tones 2

1st tone: sai 獅 (lion)
2nd tone: hóo 虎 (tiger)
3rd tone: pà 豹 (leopard)
4th tone: pih 鄨
5th tone: hîm 熊 (bear)
7th tone: tshiūnn 象 (elephant)
8th tone: lo̍k 鹿 (deer)

3. Listen to 7 tones 3

1st tone: sann 三 (three)
2nd tone: té 短 (short)
3rd tone: khòo 褲 (shorts)
4th tone: khuann 看 (look)
5th tone: lâng 人 (people)
7th tone: phīnn 鼻 (nose)
8th tone: ti̍t 直 (straight)

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