In the very beginning of learning tones, you can hear that there is a slight difference between the tones juxtaposed one after another when you hearthem.Butfiguring out the exact difference and then reproducing the same tones seem like an impossible task.You will be suffering this for a period which we name it :stupefication factor.It will take some time for the”stupefication factor” to goaway inthe circumstance that you’re actually willing to try to pronounce the different tones.
Memory of 3 Seconds
You can hear the differences between the tones and can even reproduce them somehow after prolonged exposure.This certain memory of tones lasts only about 3 seconds, after which if you don't hear them again,recalling them seems hopeless however.
Success of individual tone
You will be able to produce a certain given tone in an isolated context when making a deliberate effort after a lot of hardwork and even much more exposure. Congratulations to you! This is a hard task in fact.At this stage, however, you need to be prepared mentally that you will still make tons of mistakes when actually trying to use words in conversation.Except for the most common used words and phrases like "Ni hao"or "Xie xie", you can only pronounce isolated syllables correctly when concentrating. When you hear a new tone in a now word,you still can't correctly identify the tones that you hear.
Success of familiar double tone
Way after your initial double tone success with words like”xie xie”, you’ll start to get the hang of tone combinations infamiliar words. Pronouncing these correctly in conversation is still quite a big challenge. Your English sentence intonation still may affect your Chinese tone pronunciation.Most of you will find the order of difficulty of tone combinations to be similar or exactly the same to the following (easiest to hardest, top to bottom, with combinations of roughly equal difficulty in the same horizontal row):
2-2, 4-2, 1-4
2-3, 3-3, 1-3, 2-1
3-4, 3-1, 1-2
Success of complete double tone
You will be able to apply them readily to less familiar words very soon after you learn to pronounce all the unique tone combinations for the words you know. This process will get easier and easier as time goes.
Success of multiple tone
Believe it or not,even when you’ve got the “doubles” down quite well, 3 characters in a row can sometimes throw you off easily because it takes conscious hard effort. If you can do the “doubles,”you can do any combination then with some morework, simply by breaking it down into a series of doubles.
Congratulations, you are able to pronounce Mandarin’s tones accurately consistently now, and it feels more natural. You now have achieved such a big progress in Mandarin study than others. There will still be plenty to work on.Insist on Chinese learning and you will achieve more.