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Many people around the world want to lean Speaking Chinese because Mandarin Chinese is one of the most spoken language in the world.

We know that language is a communication tool, and speaking is an essential part of studying any language. To help you speak Chinese, this article discusses how to learn Chinese pinyin, Chinese characters, and Chinese conversation are import, especially to Chinese beginners.

A Quick Overview of the Chinese Language

China has the most population in the world. Mandarin Chinese is the official language. The Chinese language was originally spoken by the Han Chinese and is one of the two Sino-Tibetan languages with much internal diversity. There are about six major regional dialects of Chinese, including Mandarin, Cantonese, and Min. The standard Chinese language is Mandarin, the official language of both China and Taiwan, one of four official languages of Singapore, and one of six official languages of the United Nations.

Regional dialects in China differ from each other. The northern parts of Chinaare more linguistically related, while in some areas of Southern China, neighboring cities may speak different dialects.

The standard Mandarin is based on Beijing dialect. Mandarin Chinese has been set as the standard form of communication across all of China including all government agencies, schools, and the media. Because of the many dialects, it is normal for most Chinese to speak several different varieties of Chinese. However, almost everyone speaks Mandarin. In Hong Kong, Mandarin is becoming as common as English and Cantonese.

How to Learn Speaking Chinese

In order to speak Chinese, lean Chinese pronunciation is essential. Hanyu Pinyin or Chinese Pinyin is also called Pinyin or Pin Yin. It literally means “spelled sound”, phonetics. Pin means “spelling” and Yin means “sound”. Pinyin is a system of phonemic notation and transcription to Roman script for Mandarin Chinese language. Therefore, to speak Chinese you must learn pinyin.

1. Lean Pinyin Fist

Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language. English uses tonal quality for emphasis or to express an emotion, while Chinese besides that, uses tonal quality as a basic ingredient in the meaning of words.

Mandarin has four tones and a neutral tone. Every Chinese word uses one of these tones. To master the tones is critical for speaking Chinese, since each syllable in Chinese has a totally different meaning depending on the pitch or "musical" inflection used by the speaker. You will not be understood if you speak Chinese in a monotone voice.

There are numerous examples of this characteristic, here is one of them.

1) 妈, mā :  mother
2) 麻, má: sesame or hemp
3) 马, mǎ : horse
4) 骂, mà: curse or scold

Another example:

1) 汤, tāng : soup
2) 糖, táng : sugar
3) 躺, tǎng : lie(lay, laid)
4) 烫, tàng : scorching/hot/burn

Please note, sometimes, different tones in the same pronunciation can mean the opposite meaning.

For example,  

1) 买, mǎi: buy
2) 卖, mài: sell

As you can see, the same pronunciation with different tones may have very different meanings.

2. Lean Daily Conversational Chinese

To learn to speak Chinese, start with the free Chinese Lessons on Daily Conversational Chinese, since you can use the daily Chinese everyday in you daily life. This is the most efficient and effective way to lean speaking Chinese.

Level 1: Learn Conversational Chinese by the following Chinese Lessons on A Day of A kindergartner

Total: 63 Chinese lessons at Level 1 for newbies

Level 2: Learn Conversational Chinese by the following Chinese Lessons on A Week of A First Grader

Total: 47 Chinese lessons at Level 2 for beginners

Level 3: Learn Conversational Chinese by the following Chinese Lessons on A Month of A Second Grader

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