Mandarin tone is visible by using Praat for acoustic analysis. Mandarin teachers and learners can visualize Mandarin tones to evaluate one's pronunciation and improve pronunciation with help of such objective reference.
Here, we provide a step-by-step demonstration of acoustic analysis of Mandarin tone produced by native speakers and learners, analyzing your own reading, and therefore practicing your Mandarin tone pronunciation. You can download audio recordings of native speakers and learners’ reading retrieved from our corpus. These recordings are already cut for your ease of use.
Please feel free to access more authentic speech data from our Mandarin spoken corpus to perform acoustic analysis of tones. [corpus link]
Demonstration of tone analysis by Praat
Native speakers' reading for download