Listen Vocabulary Activity Notes Hints & Tips Comments (64) Previous Lesson Next Lesson 64 Responses to “CT_001: The Four Tones” Aaron Gluzman October 22, 2006 Very well done…!!! Thank you October 22, 2006 at 7:12 pm Log in to Reply Jorge Mendez November 2, 2006 Very Nice this will be my new favorite podcast to listen to during my train ride to work. I just have one comment. Kiran sounds like she is a little to far away from the mic, which made it a little hard to figure out the pronunciation of some of the words. I really like when Adam pronounces the word because he sounds like he is a little closer to the mic. Nice job November 2, 2006 at 12:30 pm Log in to Reply admin November 2, 2006 Thanks for the feedback! Kirin’s microphone problem has (hopefully) been fixed for later lessons. Let us know what you think! November 2, 2006 at 1:12 pm Log in to Reply Michelle Hernandez November 3, 2006 I agree with Jorge Mendez. I am a female with a deep voice and therefore, Adam’s voice is CLEARER to me for pronunciation. I would recommend that Kiran says the verse/word. And then Adam, then silence for us to practice. I would love to hear Adam’s voice pronunciate the words and versus. It gives me an idea of what a deeper voice sounds like when the words are spoken. PS. I love it, also, when Adam says stuff like, “Isn’t that interesting?” It gives the podcasts personality. Keep up the good work. I think I’m going to sign up for Premium content Monday. I’ve been listening thru lessons one thru 4 every day this week. I love it. Another suggestion, if I may……in your notes, or premium notes…. adding the phonetic English sounds to the words. For example, zia = zeeah OR xie xie = shyeah shyeah. I was doing this with lessons one and two. It helped me ALOT!! November 3, 2006 at 6:27 pm Log in to Reply Deborah Corrente November 8, 2006 Do you know how do down load on a CD or DVD? I don’t have an IPOD November 8, 2006 at 4:30 pm Log in to Reply admin November 8, 2006 Deborah, there is a ‘download’ link at the bottom of the player above. Right click on this link and choose ‘Save as.’ This will save it on your computer. From there, you are free to burn it on to CD or DVD if you wish. Use the Contact Us link on the right sidebar if you have any problems. November 8, 2006 at 4:46 pm Log in to Reply kdihwa September 21, 2017 Cannot find the download link September 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm Log in to Reply Adam (Admin) September 22, 2017 If you are a Premium subscriber, you can find download links in the feeds page. September 22, 2017 at 12:00 am Log in to Reply Pete January 12, 2007 I just found your site and checked out lesson 52; I would like to know more about advanced lessons. I have been learing Mandarin for about two years and I primarily need more listening tools and longer conversations. Your approach seems to be good. Any suggestions? January 12, 2007 at 7:17 pm Log in to Reply admin January 12, 2007 Hi Pete. Every 30 lessons, I will be increasing the difficulty slightly by adding more Chinese within the lesson. Expect the next jump in lesson 61. The goal is to eventually be able to conduct most of the lesson in Chinese. I will also be adding more resources to the website in the form of music and videos to give you other forms of input. If you have any suggestions for anything specific you think would be of benefit, please send them this way. January 12, 2007 at 7:30 pm Log in to Reply Pete January 15, 2007 Thanks for your reply; I’ve found that listening is definitely the hardest part for me, even after two years of serious study and many visits to China. So many accents and different ways of saying things plus context is extremely important. By the way, how do you pay for this site? Premium subscribers? I don’t see many adds. January 15, 2007 at 6:19 pm Log in to Reply admin January 16, 2007 Currently all the revenue used to support this website comes from Premium subscribers. However I’m looking to change the model over the next little while to allow me to have more content available on the “free” side, without having to resort to traditional ads so stay tuned! January 16, 2007 at 2:05 am Log in to Reply victor January 18, 2007 Es increíble esto del chino. Gracias! January 18, 2007 at 5:01 pm Log in to Reply Maurice Fleury February 12, 2007 That was great! February 12, 2007 at 7:46 am Log in to Reply Vanessa February 12, 2007 This podcast is awesome. I’ve only been learning Mandarin for a week, so my pronunciation is still completely off, but using this podcast I’m improving ^_^ Thanks so much for this!! February 12, 2007 at 8:29 am Log in to Reply Chris Hartzer March 9, 2007 I like everything about this. March 9, 2007 at 9:58 pm Log in to Reply Nips May 30, 2007 Very Interesting Podcast, keep doing what you are doing, It’s fabulous. Kop Khun Krap (Thank You in Thai) May 30, 2007 at 10:06 am Log in to Reply gustavo riveros July 26, 2007 Excellent I hope to learn basic chinese trought this method July 26, 2007 at 1:56 pm Log in to Reply Eric August 22, 2007 The first word sounds like you are saying choo but the spelling zhu would make me think that it is supposed to sound like zoo…Why is this? Am I hearing that correctly? Is it supposed to sound like choo or zoo? August 22, 2007 at 8:18 pm Log in to Reply Adam August 22, 2007 Hi Eric, I would say that the version you are hearing is probably closer to a “joo” sound. Different speakers from different regions will have slightly different ways of pronouncing it. In later lessons you will hear speakers from other regions as well, which will hopefully give you a better understanding of the different possibilities. August 22, 2007 at 8:26 pm Log in to Reply Eric August 23, 2007 Thank you for your help. I would like to make a suggestion, though. Can you put a Pinyin consonant and vowel pronunciation chart online that makes a more simplified and more actual conversion of the actual sound? I do not mean to be nit picking on an already established writing system, but it does not seem to me that the actual pronunciation matches the latin letters that are being used. August 23, 2007 at 8:35 am Log in to Reply Adam August 24, 2007 Thanks Eric. Others have also expressed interest in something similar so I’ll add it to my “to do” list. August 24, 2007 at 12:09 am Log in to Reply Zsolt Gyorgy September 8, 2007 Thank you for your help. Very interesting Podcast. September 8, 2007 at 1:17 pm Log in to Reply Anesia September 24, 2007 Hi. Thank you for this. It is helpful so far. Could you help me translate something into pinyin please. I’m supposed to be going to Taiwan at the end of this month for a community tourism workshop. The english statement I wish to translate to mandarin is: “A democratic Taiwan that shows sacred regard for the inalienable Rights and Freedoms of man is to be preferred above any socialist system that interferes with these Rights and Freedoms” September 24, 2007 at 7:24 am Log in to Reply Adam September 24, 2007 Anesia, It would be something along the lines of: Mínzhǔde Táiwān bǐ shèhuì zhǔyì zhìdù de guójiā gēng néng kànzhòng rénmínde quánlì yú zìyóu. September 24, 2007 at 10:29 am Log in to Reply Anesia September 24, 2007 Thank you. This is what I got from someone who works in the embassy in my country here. zi you min zhu Taiwan chong shang chi ban ren quan, quan sheng guo na xie gan she ren men quan li han zi you de gong chan guo jia. I have not put in the tones as u can see. Does the above translation give the same meaning? whats the difference between that and the one you gave me? Thank you for your help. It is precious to me right now. September 24, 2007 at 2:19 pm Log in to Reply Adam September 25, 2007 My version says: Democratic Taiwan thinks more of people’s rights and freedoms than socialist countries. Your version says: Free and democratic Taiwan upholds human rights while communist countries interfere with people’s rights and freedoms. (A little advanced for lesson 1 of my course, but hopefully it helped) September 25, 2007 at 3:07 am Log in to Reply Ishrat March 23, 2008 Helo! I find it strange after downloading Mp3 podcast from your site I copied to my I-pod but it does not play. I have trired with other Mp3 but those are Ok. What is wrong please tell me. Thanks. Ishrat March 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm Log in to Reply Kevin Smith April 3, 2008 How much of whatever lesson that I’m listening to should I remember before moving on to the next lesson. Should I know 100% of what is taught before moving on? April 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm Log in to Reply Jonatan April 4, 2008 I’d say Kevin, if you can understand the next lesson, you were right to move on 😉 If you feel that you’ve reached a level that’s too high for you, just go back a few lessons and repeat them all. Hey, I made it to the end this way, so I think it’s an OK method. 🙂 Most important thing is not to give up! April 4, 2008 at 6:20 am Log in to Reply Kevin April 5, 2008 Thank you Jonatan. 🙂 April 5, 2008 at 12:56 pm Log in to Reply Adam April 5, 2008 Hi Kevin, I agree with Jonatan. As far as vocabulary goes, if a word is important enough it will show up again in later lessons. If you find yourself not understanding later lessons, then that’s usually a hint that it might be worthwhile to review some of the earlier lessons. April 5, 2008 at 9:14 pm Log in to Reply Gareth Denyer April 9, 2008 yes, one of the real strengths of this course is that every effort is made to use words in several different lessons. Getting the words in different contexts really helps me to remember so much more than if I try and remember them by rote. Indeed, it’s quite a buzz when I recognise a word that was used in a previous lesson! 🙂 April 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm Log in to Reply Mukesh Kumar April 27, 2008 It was really a nice beginning! I have started learning – I plan to learn Basic Chinese in next 2-3 months. Please let me know how to learn faster. Mukesh April 27, 2008 at 4:14 am Log in to Reply Adam April 29, 2008 Hi Mukesh, Each person’s learning rate is different. One nice thing about this course is that you can go at your own pace and stop and review anytime you feel yourself falling behind. We had one user go through 200 lessons in about 2 months! The transcripts and review exercises on the premium side are designed to help keep you on track too. April 29, 2008 at 12:35 am Log in to Reply Justine June 25, 2008 I really want to learn how to speak Mandarin. Thanks for this! This will really help alot! Thank you very much. —Justine (Philippines) June 25, 2008 at 4:55 am Log in to Reply Trisha December 6, 2008 I am working in China and think that your podcasts are great but I can’t work out how to get the early lessons onto my ipod. Could you provide some really simple instructions on how to do this as I’m not really a high-tech person. Thank you. December 6, 2008 at 11:22 pm Log in to Reply Adam December 7, 2008 Hi Trisha, The best way is to get them from our bulk downloads page here: http://www.chineselearnonline.com/downloads Instructions to get them onto your iPod are provided at the top of this page. If you need more help, please let us know. December 7, 2008 at 8:04 pm Log in to Reply Trisha December 10, 2008 Thanks for your prompt reply Adam. To be honest I think the problem lies with my computer which has been provided by the school I work for and has a mixture of English and Chinese software. I followed your instructions and after 2+ hours of downloading lessons 11-20 I opened the folder and found a bunch of pages bearing pictures of miniscule flags – no lessons. I guess that’s just part of Being in China – but thanks anyway. I will continue to follow your excellent lessons on my computer – just wish I could get them on to my ipod. December 10, 2008 at 8:55 pm Log in to Reply Trisha December 11, 2008 Success! I still can’t do a block download but I am managing to download the old lessons one by one- so thanks for your help. I have a long bus trip ahead of me tomorrow and am looking forward to filling up my time with your lessons. Trisha December 11, 2008 at 8:33 am Log in to Reply Louis July 5, 2009 Dear Adam, At present I am using some of the free lessons from your site they are really great, the way you have designed the lessons deserve special commend. in addition, your teaching method is very productive and easy. Best Wishes Louis July 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm Log in to Reply pin pin July 21, 2009 Dear Teacher, I want to use your free lessons from your site. Could you please mail me those lessons to my email ? Thanks July 21, 2009 at 3:26 am Log in to Reply Adam July 21, 2009 Hi Pin pin, free lessons have to be listened to or downloaded individually from our site. Older lessons can be purchased in bulk however. Let me know if you need more information. July 21, 2009 at 3:39 am Log in to Reply Jarok August 3, 2009 Really good! I almost knew all the tones she was saying, just the High Falling and High sound a little bit the same! Cool and easy to understand! August 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm Log in to Reply Nhii August 7, 2009 Dear Sir Adam, This Site is very well 😀 hopefully I will learn Chinese faster that way than lokking on wikipedia..It’s a little bit hard to find the difference between rising and falling rising tone, but maybe I just need practise. Thank you! greetings from Vietnam August 7, 2009 at 7:45 am Log in to Reply manar September 4, 2009 你好adam 老师 im still abigner at chinies language although i learned it for one year but actually i didnt study hard but i becom like study chinese aftar i had see your great lessons and i hope to becom better at chinese language with your help and supporting to me……. September 4, 2009 at 9:04 pm Log in to Reply Adam September 4, 2009 你好manar学生, welcome to CLO, and good luck with your studies here! Let me know how I can help… September 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm Log in to Reply Ho0oMi January 8, 2010 thanks a lot … it’s really nice … but it seems a little difficult right ??… January 8, 2010 at 6:46 am Log in to Reply justine February 2, 2010 i find it hard downloading your audios into my computer. :'( February 2, 2010 at 10:02 am Log in to Reply Will February 25, 2010 Dear, Adam How do i download the older lessons for free onto my ipod? February 25, 2010 at 5:08 am Log in to Reply Adam March 5, 2010 Hi Will, Justine – you can use the download link found on the right of the play button at the top of this page. Then click the link on the right of the page to advance to lesson two, where you can do the same. You can do this for free for all 420 lessons in our course! If you prefer to download all the lessons at once, rather than individually this way, you can purchase a lesson download package for each of the 7 levels. The lessons there also feature integrated transcripts that you can view on your iPod screen while listening. Hope that helps! March 5, 2010 at 8:47 am Log in to Reply Dylan March 10, 2010 My friend wanted to learn chinese, so I thought I would learn it with her. We are both beginners and we would like to know how to write chinese characters properly. We just copy them down and there must be some proper way to do so. We really like your site. It is very helpful. Thanks. March 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm Log in to Reply Dylan March 10, 2010 Nevermind. I just found the section that teaches you the strokes, but are there some rules to follow when you come across new characters? March 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm Log in to Reply Luise (admin) March 11, 2010 Hi Dylan, Yes, in general strokes are made from left to right and top to bottom. If you keep following the stroke orders on our site, you will find yourself automatically following these rules for new characters. Keep it up! March 11, 2010 at 10:33 am Log in to Reply habab May 16, 2010 hello, I’ve just listend to my first lesson and I found it easy and so clear, but I am having a problem with how to write because it’s not possible to write in English letters. am I supposed to start writing the words in lesson 1 because I don’t know how to do in chinese symbols. thanks May 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm Log in to Reply Adam May 24, 2010 Hi habab, It is possible to type in Chinese using pinyin. Both Microsoft Windows and Mac come with options to let you type in Chinese. Here is an article that explains how to do so: http://www.providencechinese.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12 May 24, 2010 at 2:20 am Log in to Reply Alikie Creary October 24, 2010 I’m loving your podcasts. I have just downloaded the first 60 lessons. The first four free lessons were excellent. I hope that soon, I will be able to identify the tones with ease. I found some of the hints and tips offered on the site, quite amusing. I’m Jamaican, and some of the pronunciation sounds like our local dialect. Excellent pod. Keep up the good work. October 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm Log in to Reply Levi March 16, 2013 Very good March 16, 2013 at 2:48 am Log in to Reply Geoff August 19, 2013 By purchasing the Combo Package does that give unlimited Online Access or only 6 weeks? I have attempted to purchase some lessons however the web site does not work for me i.e. I am unable to purchase. Can you please assist? I am currently in China and have tried to use the vocabulary Rec and Play however this is not working. Is that because it is associated with Facebook which is blocked in China? August 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm Log in to Reply Adam August 21, 2013 Hi Geoff, you can send an email to email@example.com to sort out any issues with your account. August 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm Log in to Reply trevorjohnsullivan March 16, 2016 Hey, Not sure if it’s been pointed out yet but in the transcript, in the section “Now our course is a little bit different from other courses in tat it is progressive” There is a typo with tat, clearly mean to type “that” Great lessons so far. March 16, 2016 at 2:43 am Log in to Reply Adam (Admin) March 16, 2016 Thanks Trevor – fixed now. March 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm Log in to Reply saldrichla27 February 12, 2020 Your lessons are so great, and the music is adorable. I’ve been listening while driving, and got up to lesson 20, then back again to two-through-six a couple of times. Each time, I’m anticipating the answers and my pronunciation is getting better. FINALLY I’m looking on the website today. LOTS TO LEARN! haha. My biggest rush is hearing things I’ve learned spoken by characters in The Untamed. Since I could probably watch that show over and over until death, I consider it part of my lesson plan. Thanks for all your hard work and beautiful organizational skills. February 12, 2020 at 7:36 am Log in to Reply Adam (Admin) February 13, 2020 Thank you for your subscription and kind words! Send me an update after you’ve gone through more lessons. February 13, 2020 at 7:37 am Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. You must be logged in to post a comment.