Tone pair 3-2

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This page will cover some examples of the 3-2 tone pair, which Sinosplice rates as a "7" 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.

3-2 Tone Pair Combos

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

  • 很忙 (hěn máng) very busy
  • 很强 (hěn qiáng) very strong
  • 很长 (hěn zhǎng) very long
  • 很红 (hěn hóng) very red
  • 很油 (hěn yóu) very oily

3-2 Tone Pair Words

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

  • 以前 (yǐqián) before, previous; ago
  • 语言 (yǔyán) language
  • 旅行 (lǚxíng) to travel, trip
  • 小时 (xiǎoshí) hour
  • 好玩 (hǎowán) fun
  • 有名 (yǒumíng) famous
  • 狡猾 (jiǎohuá) cunning

Sources and further reading