I can always hear about the difficulties to pronunce Chinese characters from mandarin learners. Here I'd like share tips for your pronunciation. Hopefully it's useful for your Chinese learning:
- first of all, to learn PINYIN correctly, and ensure you can speak out exactly while you see them. that's fundamental prerequisite.
- to record your pronunciation and compare with native speaker's. You will find out your improvment day by day.
- to collect Chinese listening materials which fit your level for daily practice and understanding.
- to watch Chinese TV or shows as possible as you can. That can let your ears be familar with Chinese pronunciation, and let your mind be familar with Chinese context as well.
here is a sample for your reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVaN-pgNSrg
Hopefully the above tips can help your Chinese learning.
Thank you for your attention and your learning goes well!
@Elias, since Chinese pronunciation has 4 tones, different tones correspond to totally different characters, e.g. ma1 妈 mother, ma2 麻 hemp, ma3 马 horse, ma4 骂 scold. You should train your brain to get corresponding Chinese characters and your mouth to speak out immediately and correctly like native speaker while you see that PINYIN.
Hello, your post is interesting and useful thaks, but what do you mean by " ensure you can speak out exactly while you see them " ?
"2 Ancient Poems" for your practice of Chinese listening and understanding of Chinese culture:
The explanation and translation were posted in "About" under the video. Hopefully it's helpful for your learning.