audio example by a male speaker
audio example by a female speaker
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.
press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of tones
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An example use of tones in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… that phrase with the wrong tones Wi-Fi …”
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.