how to pronounce tones


audio example by a male speaker

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the above transcription of tones is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

tones is pronounced in one syllable

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example pitch curve for pronunciation of tones


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video examples of tones pronunciation

An example use of tones in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… that phrase with the wrong tones Wi-Fi …”

meanings of tones


  1. Plural of tone.


  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of tone.

tones frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word tones occurs in english on average 11 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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