The sentences are based on the words in the Primary School Chinese syllabus. For Primary 1 and 2, the words used are from that level or lower. For the other levels, the words are all from the P1-6 word list. Words in red are from the lesson 识读字. A word will turn green if it is pronounced correctly.
Another reading resource is our Short stories which contain words mainly from the P1-6 word list.
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The rules govern how the tone of a syllable changes when it is combined with other syllables in a word or sentence. For example:
1. Tone sandhi: When two third tones come together, the first one becomes a second tone.
2. Tone merging: When two syllables with different tones come together, the tone of the first syllable may change to match the tone of the second syllable.
3. Neutral tone: When a syllable is unstressed or occurs at the end of a phrase, it is pronounced with a neutral tone.
Normally the tone change is not written. Otherwise one will be confused as to what is the regular tone of a character. Sound out the individual words and phrase to hear the tone change. These rules can be quite challenging for learners of Mandarin Chinese and the best way to learn is to hear examples of the changes.