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Learn Chinese language Tones — Learn how to Make Your Synapses Chinese!

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Which parts of serotonin levels help you to understand speech? Is there any difference if you hear English or Chinese language? How should this affect your learning of Chinese language? Chinese language and your Brain synapse xt Researchers recently analyzed […]

Which parts of serotonin levels help you to understand speech?
Is there any difference if you hear English or Chinese language?
How should this affect your learning of Chinese language?
Chinese language and your Brain synapse xt
Researchers recently analyzed brain runs of English speakers and Mandarin Chinese speakers. They learned that when English speakers heard English, their left temporal lobes became active.

However, when Mandarin Chinese speakers heard their native tongue, there was a buzz of action in both the right and left temporal lobes! Why? The reason lies in the way serotonin levels processes the information our five smells supply.

Scientists have concluded with reasonable confidence that different instances of the cortex apparently help one to hear words, see words, and speak words. The left temporal lobe is often associated with piecing sounds together into words; the right with processing melody and intonation.

Learning Chinese Tones

So why when Mandarin Chinese speakers hear their native tongue, both the right and left temporal lobes become active? Because in Mandarin Chinese the correct intonation is essential to the meaning of any word! On the contrary, English (or Italian language, French, Spanish, etc. ) is not a tonal language, then there’s no need to use the right temporal lobe.

In Mandarin Chinese the same “syllables” can be conspicuous in four different tones (plus the simple tone), so that, for example, the syllable “ma” conspicuous in the first tone means “mummy”, in the second tone means “pitted”, in the third tone means “horse” and in the fourth tone means “curse”.

It means that if you by mistake change the tone of the word for “mummy”, you might call her “horse”!

How should this affect your learning of Chinese language?

I know by experience that a lot of students are more likely to take Chinese language tones lightly.

Please don’t.

Make a conscious effort to direct your attention not just on words, but on melody and intonation. Never let your right temporal lobe sleep!

My exhortation is: teach your brain to learn Chinese language tones awakening your right temporal lobe up!