Tone pair 3-0

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This page will cover some examples of the 3-0 tone pair.

When practicing, begin with a high tone and end with a sharp fall, almost like you are angry. 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.

3-0 Tone Pair Combos

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

  • 走吧 (zǒuba) let's go
  • 跑啊 (pǎo a)run
  • 买了 (mǎile) bought

3-0 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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