1.4: Self-Assess Your Understanding of Pinyin
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In the sections above, you learned the different sounds of Chinese and practiced speaking them while listening, using the Pitch Perfect Pinyin (PPP) website. Now, I'd like you to self-assess your mastery of the sounds of Chinese. There are five different interactive exercises to complete during this brief self-assessment:
- Interactive Exercise #1: Match Pinyin to Sound
- Interactive Exercise #2: Match Sound to Pinyin
- Interactive Exercise #3: Identifying Tones
- Interactive Exercise #4: Pinyin Spelling
- Interactive Exercise #5: Tone Differences
Although these self-assessment exercises are not graded, you should at least complete one full attempt for all five of them by the end of the first week of class. The more time you spend on these, the easier it will be to learn vocabulary and example sentences later on in the semester.
You can also revisit and review these interactive exercises later in the semester, especially when preparing for the oral midterm and final exams.
Depending on your level of prior experience with Mandarin, you might find the PPP exercise pages either too difficult or too easy. My suggestion is that you should spend just enough time with PPP to have a general idea of how things work for pinyin, not necessarily to be scoring 100% (or even say 75%) on each of the various assessments above. Remember that these PPP self-assessments are not graded.