As a newbie when I first started listening to the lessons and following the transcripts I initially thought that some of the transcripts had errors in them because what I was reading was sometimes different to what I was hearing regarding certain tones. Then I came across Tone rules! The third tone rule, the Bu tone rule, and now the first tone rule.
The very first newbie lesson (Basic greetings) begins with the following two lines which both employ using the third tone rule.
Nǐ hǎo ma?
Wǒ hěn hǎo , xiè xie.
As a suggestion, the Newbie transcripts could include something like:-
(3TR) Nǐ hǎo ma?
The (3TR) indicating the use of the third tone rule.
Similarily you could indicate (buTR) for a change of bu.
An explaination of (3TR) and (buTR) could be included in the Key Vocabulary of the transcript with maybe a link to the tone rule lesson appliccable.
Just an idea!
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