Tone pair 4-3
This page will cover some examples of the 1-4 tone pair, which Sinosplice rates as a "3" 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.
4-3 Tone Pair Combos
Source: Sinosplice's Mandarin Chinese Tone Pair Drills (used with permission)
- 太老 (tài lǎo) too old
- 太早 (tài zǎo) too early
- 太小 (tài xiǎo) too small
- 太美 (tàiměi) too beautiful
- 太短 (tài duǎn) too short
4-3 Tone Pair Words
- 一起 (yīqǐ) together
- 下雨 (xiàyǔ) to rain
- 电脑 (diànnǎo) computer
- 上午 (shàngwǔ) morning, a.m.
- 地铁 (dìtiě) subway, metro
Sources and further reading
- Sinosplice: The Process Of Learning Tones
- Sinosplice: Mandarin Chinese Tone Pair Drills, New Feature: Mandarin Chinese Tone Pair Drills
- Hacking Chinese: Focusing on tone pairs to improve your Mandarin pronunciation
- About.com: How tone pairs can improve your Mandarin pronunciation