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Tone pair 1-4

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

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.

1-4 Tone Pair Combos

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

  • 真快 (zhēn kuài) really fast
  • 真大 (zhēn dà) really big
  • 真贵 (zhēn guì) really expensive
  • 真热 (zhēn rè) really hot
  • 真饿 (zhēn è) really hungry

1-4 Tone Pair Words

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

  • 方便 (fāngbiàn) convenient
  • 因为 (yīnwèi) because
  • 猪肉 (zhūròu) pork
  • 说话 (shuōhuà) speak
  • 工作 (gōngzuò) work
  • 功课 (gōngkè) homework
  • 加快 (jiākuài) accelerate

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