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Tone pair 3-1

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This page will cover some examples of the 3-1 tone pair, which Sinosplice rates as a "5" 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.

3-1 Tone Pair Combos

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

  • 很高 (hěn gāo) very tall
  • 很轻 (hěn qīng) very light
  • 很酸 (hěn suān) very sour
  • 很黑 (hěn hēi) very dark

3-1 Tone Pair Words

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

  • 已经 (yǐjīng) already
  • 喜欢 (xǐhuan) to like
  • 买单 (mǎidān) to pay the restaurant bill
  • 手机 (shǒujī) cell phone, mobile phone
  • 老师 (lǎoshī) teacher
  • 紧张 (jǐnzhāng) nervous

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