7 days Mandarin pronunciation with Xaoqian – lesson 1

Your 2 friends to learning Chinese pronunciation – Pinyin and Tones

Many people think that learning Chinese is difficult.   it can be a lot easier — if you approach it correctly. Learn some basic characteristics of the Chinese language from Xiaoqian here.

Is learning Chinese difficult?

I would say yes — even when it can be discouraging to you.

The Chinese language is difficult for several reasons. At the top of it is of course the use of Chinese characters. The characters are pictograms, and they have to be memorized one by one. There is also the pronunciation, which is quite different from the English language. Not only are there sounds difficult to pronounce, adding to the difficulty is the use of tones.

In this series of lessons, Xiaoqian is teaching you the basics Chinese pronunciation.  In this lesson, she’s introducing to you two friends that are helping you with your learning of Mendarin – pinyin and tones.

Watch the video!

Learn Chinese  in 5 minutes!

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55 Responses to “7 days Mandarin pronunciation with Xaoqian – lesson 1”

  1. Yunke Ye April 1, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    More alike north American accent…

  2. Yunke Ye April 1, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    Dude,where R ya from…

  3. Lanka Adikari April 1, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    You are an Awesome teacher :)

  4. danoch50 April 1, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Thank. U teach slow and clear that easy to understand for basis learner like me… Thank you so much, :)

  5. angel24 April 1, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Xie Xie Ni! 

  6. tun leng April 1, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Thank you very much that you are interest to be teacher for many people who like to learn Chinese Language. Your lessons is good and easy to study.

  7. TavrovPetr April 1, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Xie Xie! =) Спасибо!

  8. sjsawyer April 1, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    So.. for 22 years I’ve been calling my mother a horse?

  9. gabyganihonjindayo April 1, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    the difference between 2# tone and 3# tone is so difficult :(

  10. sureitan April 1, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    what country are you from?

  11. Ahmad Syukran April 1, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    0:10 atblackboard… PRONOUNCIATION.. not PRONUNCIATION.. herheh

  12. MrDonrub April 1, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Xie Xie for lessons

  13. solidflow86 April 1, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    i want to kiss you too :)

  14. Mariam Esther April 1, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Xie xie ni. Nin shi yi ge hao lao shi…

  15. ChineseMandarinTutor April 1, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Check out my Chinese tongue twister video if you want to jump straight to speaking fast, fluent Chinese- albeit it’s a short paragraph. ^_^

  16. Delfino Ramirez April 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    You are awesome !!

  17. John Nowicki April 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    @J Marcus try to learn polish, even polish people arent good at it :)

  18. Harry Balsaqs April 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I tried learning mandarin and I just couldn’t grasp it. I must be an idiot or something lol. The tones are what killed me. My brain just doesn’t operate that way. I think I may go back to learning Russian. I have a much easier time with the slavic languages.

  19. heng jinhao April 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    sorry ur saying is very bad u said pinyin in peeing

  20. 麗雲 廖 April 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    good teacher!!!

  21. Sxxcide April 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    you are aware that throughout history, china has never invade any countries.

    if you are trying to be funny, then let me assure you, it is in bad taste.

  22. Tonga Roy April 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    At the moment CHINA is the 2 largest economy in the world by 2030 they will ==conquer the world . so u better start learning mandarin . No worries U have plenty of time lol

  23. china shandong April 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    the teacher has already told you in video.diffrent tone has diffrent meaning.just remember it

  24. china shandong April 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    man+woman+baby=family,so its good for a man if he has wife(woman) and baby.you can remember it in this way.不谢

  25. ashleyhoward14 April 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    please could you tell me why the symbol for horse appears in the word mother?

  26. ashleyhoward14 April 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Hi there I’m really interested how woman + baby = good. Do you have any further information on words that do this?

  27. Saki Chatzi April 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    serious fashion dissorder, why doe chinese people have no sense of fashion?

  28. ymes2 April 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm #


    JESUS CHRIST is the Light of the world. Whoever follows Him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Open your heart to Jesus Christ !

  29. Alexei Huper April 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    …they already did!

  30. DumblyDork April 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    This is actually really good.

  31. Christian Comeau April 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    “are you freaked out already?” hahaha! Thx for the video :)

  32. Mreleezy April 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm #


  33. soh sam April 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    mandarin = chinese?

  34. Susana Isabel DLU April 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Thank you teacher its very kind of you to teach us

  35. Lee Chu April 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Learn Cantonese language, official language of Hongkong, mother language of 70 million people in Guangdong, Macau, Hongkong, Canada, USA and Southeast Asia

  36. Murphyalex April 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    What an excellently laid-out first introduction, and interesting history of 好

  37. SpiritofWolf01 April 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    I’m glad you explain things clearly, I have wanted to take up a new language for a while and mandarin seems logical to me considering china has been growing steady and becoming a majority in where I live.

  38. bintuae1 April 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    i wish u were my chinese teacher cuz my teacher speaks english with hard accent and she would repeat simple things over hundred times, go over very very slowly even if i mentioned it! :(

  39. DarkAngel2512 April 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    You are a really good teacher. Very good breakdown of pinyin and I liked the story with your teacher. Very funny :)

  40. aznprodigy17 April 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    …It was a joke mate. Go easy.

  41. tzacanel April 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    translated these symbols mean: “You are already too late”
    It’s funny that you included the “wink symbol” 😉 because now I’m unsure whether you are supporting or opposing the mistreatment of the Philippines by their Chinese neighbours…that aren’t even close enough to claim the land and are doing so based on maps that are thousands of years old…and also on the fact that they have the bigger army and better weapons.

  42. tzacanel April 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Al Capone once said: “You will get a lot farther with a kind word and a gun rather than just with a kind word.” It’s not your fault China has ‘the bigger gun’ in this scenario. Time could be better spent on personal development for the purpose of organizing a defence rather than complaining. Time could also be better spent on acquiring wealth so that you can escape your current situation and if you are indeed afraid for your safety. If, in the end, you are cornered then fight back until death.

  43. elly2910 April 2, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    actually, ur right ^^! support ur thinking LOL

  44. qweasdewq88 April 2, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    Partly, you are correct and you have a fair point in that statement. My point is, I believe that China is the next world superpower and they will overtake the US at some point. If you are aware on what’s going on, China is claiming a portion of our country as their own land. They resent peaceful negotiations about the matter, in fact they already built establishments on that said land without the consent of our government. By law, we are the right owners of the land. I’m from the Philippines

  45. aznprodigy17 April 2, 2013 at 1:56 am #


  46. tzacanel April 2, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    i think what you meant to say was:

    remaining competitive in our global economy is important to me and i am worried since i don’t speak mandarin., as a result; i have taken initiative to learn mandarin so i can capitalize on China’s last few decades of respectable economic growth rather than fear and resent it, especially since it’s out of my control.

  47. Derek Jupiter April 2, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Pinyin is only gonna make troubles. If you’ll associate each word with a character, pinyin and the tone it has, you’re gonna learn really slow. The scientific approach to this language has caused many problems. The intonation is important, but you should not concentrate on it too much or you’ll never speak it. Just try to repeat after audios and it’ll come. Then learn the hanzi characters. If you’ll learn how to pronounce 我, you won’t need to know this “wǒ”. Good luck.

  48. Xiaolei Liu April 2, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    is that u?

  49. Aina Chenot April 2, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    yeahhh sounds the same to me too.. i couldnt differentiate them..

  50. bylvinkle April 2, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    she is so beauty!!!!!!!!!!

  51. freezedXice April 2, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    i didnt get that at 6:12 :( the difference between the two wen s. did you speak the first wen like one (1)? and how did speak the second wen? sounds like one, too. :( please help me….

  52. nora nurdin April 2, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    tommrow i have a class mandarin..

  53. Wavey Atta April 2, 2013 at 5:37 am #


  54. theChineseSun April 2, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    I think the best way to learn Chinese is to learn speaking and listening first like the way kids learn a language.Then learn reading and writing.



  55. Kaus Kum April 2, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    Yes Yes please give me kiss

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