Tone pair 2-3

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This page will cover some examples of the 2-3 tone pair, which Sinosplice rates as a "4" 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.

2-3 Tone Pair Combos

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

  • 蛮好 (mán hǎo) quite good
  • 蛮小 (mán xiǎo) quite small
  • 蛮早 (mán zǎo) quite early
  • 蛮冷 (mán lěng) quite cold

2-3 Tone Pair Words

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

  • 红酒 (hóngjiǔ) red wine
  • 茶馆 (cháguǎn) teahouse
  • 如果 (rúguǒ) if
  • 朋友 (péngyǒu) friend
  • 苹果 (píngguǒ) apple
  • 难懂 (nán dǒng) hard to understand
  • 明显 (míngxiǎn) obvious

Sources and further reading