Tone pair 4-4

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This page will cover some examples of the 4-4 tone pair, which Sinosplice rates as a "2" 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.

4-4 Tone Pair Combos

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

  • 太大 (tài dà) too big
  • 太贵 (tài guì) too expensive
  • 太快 (tài kuài) too fast
  • 太热 (tài rè) too hot
  • 太饿 (tài è) too hungry

4-4 Tone Pair Words

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

  • 看见 (kànjiàn) to see
  • 现在 (xiànzài) now, nowadays
  • 最后 (zuìhòu) last; finally
  • 会议 (huìyì) meeting
  • 电话 (diànhuà) telephone; phone number
  • 重要 (zhòngyào) important
  • 快乐 (kuàilè) happy

Sources and further reading