Tone pair 1-1

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If you're already familiar with tone pairs, then you might be ready for some specific examples. This page will cover some examples of the 1-1 tone pair, which Sinosplice rates as a "1" on a difficulty rating of 1-7 (easiest to hardest).

This one's pretty easy! You just stay high and level, almost robot-like. Practice this tone pair using the words below. Once you can say them reliable in isolation (as just a tone pair), try putting them in longer sentences while keeping the tones accurate.

1-1 Tone Pair Combos

Source: Sinosplice's Mandarin Chinese Tone Pair Drills (used with permission)

  • 真新 (zhēn xīn) really new
  • 真黑 (zhēn hēi) really black, really dark
  • 真干 (zhēn gān) really dry
  • 真轻 (zhēn qīng) really light
  • 真酸 (zhēn suān) really sour

1-1 Tone Pair Words

Sources: Sinosplice's Mandarin Chinese Tone Pair Drills, AllSet Learning's "Tone Pair" Pronunciation Pack (used with permission)

  • 伤心 (shāngxīn) sad
  • 糟糕 (zāogāo) terrible, a mess
  • 今天 (jīntiān) today
  • 应该 (yīnggāi) ought to, should
  • 出生 (chūshēng) to be born
  • 星期 (xīngqī) week
  • 咖啡 (kāfēi) coffee

Sources and further reading