speak chinese like a native

Help for the tone deaf

Posted by mark August 1, 2007 in the Group General Discussion .

Ok, I have to reveal one of my deep, dark secrets.  I still have a lot of trouble distinguishing tones.  They just don't register on me as significant, and when I'm corrected I have trouble distinguishing what I said from the correction.  (It probably doesn't help that I am not very musical; no singing, no playing of musical instruments.)  I can distinguish the ma1, ma2, ma3, ma4 type excercises, but outside of that its like trying to distinguish shades of white from a paint sampler after the sampler is no longer in view.

<> I'm wondering if there  are  any  excercises that  would help to raise my sensitivity to tones.  

<> Thanks in advance for any advice.

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