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Mini-test Answers: A Red Apple and Eight Books (Beginner)

Apr. 11, 2011

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The correct answer to this test is C.

Analysis:

A. liǎng gè hóng píngguǒ hé liù běn shū
      两     个   红     苹果     和 六 本 书 
    Two red apples and six books

B.  gè lǜ píngguǒ hé bā běn shū
    一 个绿 苹果      和 八 本 书
    A green apple and eight books

C. yí gè hóng píngguǒ hé bā běn shū
    一  个 红      苹果     和 八 本   书 
    A red apple and eight books

D. sān gè hóng píngguǒ hé qī běn shū
     三   个   红      苹果     和 七  本 书
    Three red apples and seven books

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Comments

“一” is not a polyphonic character. “yí” and “yì” are two variations of one syllable in tone. The pronunciation of “一” is “yī” when it is read alone. But when it is read together with other syllables, its pronunciation needs to be changed according to the syllables after it. It needs to be read into “yí” when the syllable after it is a fourth tone. It should be read into “yì” when the syllable after it is a first tone , a second tone or a third tone.
For examples:
一共(yígòng): in total
一些(yì xiē): some
一年(yìnián): one year
一起(yìqǐ): together

In Chinese, there are many polyphonic characters. For examples: 乐
音乐(yīnyuè): n. music
快乐(kuàilè): adj. happy

i can help u catherine…”qi” is pronounce as chi and xi is as “ksi”.
Rock there are 4 tones and one neutral tone and so yi can b pronounced in 4 different ways and each will have a different meaning Hope this helps.

Do lots of characters have different pronunciations in the Chinese language? For instance, “一” can be pronounced like “yí,” and “yì?”

So, can anybody help me with how to pronounce “qī” and “xī?”

Just make the sounds while keeping your upper teeth and lower teeth close together, pronounce “sh,” then straighten your tongue and let the air flow out, this is the “xī” sound; however, for the “qī” sound, do the same and then move your upper teeth a little forward and pronounce “sh” while letting the air flow out.

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