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Chinese Tone Practice
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What is it?

In phonology, minimal pairs are pairs of words or phrases in a particular language that differ in only one phonological element. In practice that makes them ideal for teaching students to distinguish problem sounds, a technique used to great effect in the English textbook "Ship or Sheep?" (Ann Baker, Cambridge University Press 1977):

This pill's got vitamin C in it.
This peel's got vitamin C in it.

This website takes a similar approach to learning Chinese tones.

100% beginner friendly!
100% free!
Over 45,000 unique recordings!
Test yourself at classroom then at conversational speeds.
Complete real time progress statistics with detailed breakdown.
Three kinds of listening test plus a speech production mode you can use with your teacher.

Learn more: why this is the most direct way to learn Chinese tones properly

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