What are Tones Anyways?
“Slam your hand on the table! C’mon, sound angry! Slam, slam, slam!” The class followed their teacher, hammering their hands on their desks. They were trying their best to learn Chinese. In tonal languages, such as Chinese, a word’s inflection isn’t used just to convey an emotion; the tone (声调 shēngdiào) you use determines the […]