Rethinking How we Learn Mandarin Tones

I’ve written a blog on what I consider to be some problematic attitudes to Mandarin tones among teachers, influencers and learners. Would be interested to hear your experieces and thoughts…


A great post! I totally agree with your criticism of the “bad habit” theory, and not only applied to Chinese learning.

Thanks, glad you liked it. Yes, it’s something that a lot of people are fond of repeating but I haven’t seen any evidence for it. Many of the most sucessful language learners talk openly about plenty of mistakes at the start and gradually getting better as opposed to nailing everything from the beginning.