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How to Conquer the Four Tones

  • Oct 10, 2015 · 2:00 PM
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Ah, the four tones, like four malicious spirits that plague you in waking and haunt you in your dreams! ...Well, maybe they're not that bad, but the tones have been widely cited as one of the major obstacles from day one of learning Mandarin, a problem which for many continues for years, possibly never to be completely overcome.

But wait! By attending this single lecture you can gain powerful insight into forever ridding yourself of this curse! How much would you be willing to pay for such an opportunity? Four million dollars? Six hundred thousand dollars? One thousand one hundred sixty-two dollars and forty-three cents? How about the price of a coffee! And you get to drink the coffee too! And keep the cup!

See you there.


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  • Jay Z.

    It seems a massive rain really troubled the traffic of many, but have to say it's good to meet so many hard learners, 幸會 and 加油

    1 · October 10, 2015

  • Christy C.

    Names on waiting list get to go or need to be confirmed?

    October 10, 2015

  • Jay Z.

    I'm wondering who wrote 天天上炕... Was that you Nick?

    1 · October 6, 2015

  • Nick A.

    So how does everyone suggest we go about this? We could give all participants some time (maybe 5 min) to discuss their views, then the same amount of time for group discussion, with a free discussion at the end.

    September 3, 2015

    • LD

      Great to see some interest again in this event. September unfortunately is quite busy for me as I'm teaching this term and classes are just beginning. How about October 10th? That would also give people some lead time to RSVP. Since it has been so long since this event was posted (almost three years ago now!), and people who signed up long ago may no longer be interested, I would highly suggest reposting this as a new event once we've decided on a time and location. Ideally we would also want to have a host to organize the venue and keep track of RSVPs. Would you be interested in doing that?

      September 4, 2015

    • Nick A.

      Yeah I can do that. Please send me your email address so I can send you the event details to confirm.

      September 4, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    coffee and discussion, sounds great, hope it's on a Saturday, :)

    June 12, 2015

  • David R.

    I'd be interested as well, but I've become quite convinced that the four "tones" are really just a sham to prevent "foreigners" from learning Chinese...

    October 20, 2013

    • John T.

      David, you're partly correct, but you're wrong about them being a 'sham'. They are a real and effective way of preventing "foreigners" from learning Chinese.

      But don't blame the Chinese! EVERY language has components to 'prevent' foreigners from learning it, well, make it difficult anyway. They're the price of entry! We just have to learn 'em! We are very fortunate to have LD offering to help us with them!!

      When I get discouraged, I remind myself that every day, over a billion people use Mandarin, it CAN be learned 8^)

      1 · October 21, 2013

    • David R.

      Yes, LD, I have to agree with both of your statements. And yours too, John. I'm looking forward to this...

      October 21, 2013

  • John T.

    I too would like help with the 4+1 tones - I HOPE to be able to join you for any & all help on the tones. I sometimes have transportation issues making it into Vancouver (from Pitt Meadows). If you come up with a time & place, LD, I'll do my best to make it.

    I've been working on 中文 for 3 years now and I still have not had a Chinese person understand a single sentence I have spoken! So I blame the tones! or my lack/misuse of them!

    October 21, 2013

  • Catherine

    Nice to meet u

    April 9, 2013

  • Rei

    This will be my first time to join in!

    March 24, 2013

  • Amy c.

    Would love to nail down the tones. Attendance will depend on time and place.

    March 19, 2013

  • LD

    Not sure if you were looking for a repeat of the presentation or just an informal chance to chat about tones, but either way I'd be happy to attend :)

    February 28, 2013

  • George W.

    That presentation included a chart of the tones:

    tone 1 + 1 tone 1 + 2 tone 1 + 3 tone 1 + 4 (tone 1 + 5)
    Now fill in with two syllable words that you know well

    tone 2 + 1 tone 2 + 2 tone 2 + 3 tone 2 + 4 (tone 2 + 5)
    Practice each pair separately till it comes naturally

    tone 3 + 1
    Keep at it

    tone 4 + 1
    until the concept

    (tone 5 + 1)
    is ingrained

    January 13, 2013

    • LD

      Wow, that is the best summary I have seen yet -- perhaps this should be printed on the back of the chart next time!

      If I'd known it could have been expressed so elegantly in so few words, the last presentation would certainly have been much shorter. :)

      February 28, 2013

  • Kaz

    I'd love to join depending on the time & date.

    February 23, 2013

  • John T.

    As there is no date yet, my attendance does depend on the time & date. Pronunciation! Yup!!

    January 13, 2013

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    January 5, 2013

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