Introduction of Chinese Pinyin Tones
Tones are an important part of Chinese,
which are the variation of pitch within a syllable and
are used to distinguish words with same Pinyin. There
are basiclly four tones and one neutral tone in Mandarin
Chinese. The following chart illustates the four basic
Basic Four Tone Marks
||阴平 high level
||dā 耷(drop down)
||阳平 high rising
||上声 low dipping
||去声 high falling
The neutral tone, occurs on stressless syllables
and has a pitch entirely determined by the tones of adjacent
syllables. However, a neutral will never act as the starting
tone. Neutral tones are usually unmarked. For example,
the red parts of the following table are neutral tones.
Tone Mark Placement
The tone mark is placed over the vowel if
there is only one vowel letter.
If there are two vowels, the tone mark is
placed on the first, unless the this first vowel is i
If there are three vowels in a syllable,
the tone mark is placed on the middle one.
When the tone mark is place on i, the small
dot is removed.