Mind your tone

We don’t teach tones. (By “we”, I mean myself and the people who’ve trained with me. There are still TPRS people who insist on teaching or drilling tones, not realizing that it’s no different from drilling spelling. It’s still...

Tips for Tones

On a language teachers’ mailing list, someone asked for hints on how to teach Chinese tones. Here’s how I do it. Some tools for getting students to acquire tones in Mandarin: –Directional gestures (gestures specifically for each new word that...