Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Mastering Tone - 4th to 2nd Combinations
The problem doesn't seem to be with the 4th tone syllable, which is swift, emphatic, and drops enough in pitch, but rather with his inability to start his ascent from the precise point where his 4th tone ends.
If this sounds like your problem too, try visualizing this scenerio:
Imagine that you are diving into a pool. A perfect dive (like the picture on the right) where your voice falls in pitch as quickly and effortlessly as your body would cut through the water.
You must touch the bottom of the pool. Only after you have touch the bottom do you turn, crouch, and then push yourself up.
Now,let your second tone rise, as effortlessly as your body would seamlessly be propelled to the surface of the water.
Some 4th - 2nd tone combinations to practice are:
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