Tone pair 3-4

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This page will cover some examples of the 3-4 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.

3-4 Tone Pair Combos

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

  • 很贵 (hěn guì) very expensive
  • 很快 (hěn kuài) very fast
  • 很慢 (hěn màn) very slow
  • 很热 (hěn rè) very hot
  • 很饿 (hěn è) very hungry

3-4 Tone Pair Words

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

  • 以后 (yǐhòu) after, later on, in the future
  • 早饭 (zǎofàn) breakfast
  • 走路 (zǒulù) to walk; to go on foot
  • 可乐 (kělè) cola
  • 好看 (hǎokàn) good-looking
  • 可愛 (kě'ài) cute
  • 滿意 (mǎnyì) satisfied

Sources and further reading