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The website https://www.archchinese.com/mandarin_chinese_tone_drill.html was useful for me for learning to recognize the tones. You can practice your listening skills doing the following exercise. You have to press Play and you will hear a word (you can repeat as many times you want) and you have to choose which tone you heard. Then, it will show in the ...


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In fact, as @dROOOze mentioned, two of them have phonetic indicators. But they won't help you at all. 施's phonetic indicator is 也(ye3). You may wonder why?! I'd say that 也 contributes to 施's uncommon sounds yi2/yi4. 旋's phonetic indicator is 疋(pi3/ya3/shu1). Again, you can't relate them. In fact, from the Kangxi dictionary, you can find that 疋 has been ...


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The article is exaggerating the sound change for humorous effect. 驾驶 would easily get elided into something like jiàr in fast speech, but it would never become nasalized to jiàng. 证 would indeed become zhèngr (which is pronounced like a nasalized zhèr) due to 儿化音, but it would never undergo the tone and vowel change to become zhīr.


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