Tone pair 1-3

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This page will cover some examples of the 1-3 tone pair, which Sinosplice rates as a "4" on a difficulty rating of 1-7 (easiest to hardest).

This one's a little difficult. First character is flat and high, when going into the second character start low then go lower before rising to a high tone. 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.

1-3 Tone Pair Combos

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

  • 真早 (zhēn zǎo) really early
  • 真美 (zhēnměi) really beautiful
  • 真冷 (zhēn lěng) really cold
  • 真晚 (zhēn wǎn) really late
  • 真短 (zhēn duǎn)really short

1-3 Tone Pair Words

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

  • 身体 (shēntǐ)body
  • 多少 (duōshǎo) how much
  • 喝酒 (hējiǔ) drink alcohol
  • 机场 (jīchǎng) airport
  • 观点 (guāndiǎn) view
  • 当选 (dāngxuǎn) elected

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