At the most basic level, Chinese sentence structure is surprisingly similar to English. As in English, many basic Chinese sentences use a subject-verb or subject-verb-object structure. For example: [全文 Read More…]
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汉语中的变调规则 Tone Sandhi Rules in Chinese
(Learn Mandarin Tone Changes)
1. 汉字“一”的变调 1. The tone sandhi of the Chinese character “一”
规则#1：当单念或在词组末尾时，“一”字念原调(第1声)。 Rule #1: When pronounced alone or at the end of a phrase, “一” is pronounced in the original tone (first tone).
例词：一；第一；专一。 yī, èr, sān; dì yī; zhuān yī. Examples: one; first; concentrated.
规则#2：在第4声的汉字前，“一”字变为第2声。 Rule #2: Before the Chinese character in the 4th tone, the character “一” becomes the 2nd tone.
例词：一定；一次。 yí dìng; yí cì. Examples: certainly; once.[全文 Read More…]