Tone pair 2-0

This page will cover some examples of the 2-0 tone pair.

When practicing, be sure to drop the pitch of the neutral tone a bit after pronouncing the second tone. The neutral tone is not super low here, but it does not to come down a bit into the middle of the range.

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.

2-0 Tone Pair Diagram

It helps many learners to see the two tones side by side. The neutral tone varies a bit depending on which tone is follows. Notice that when it follows a second tone, the pitch of the neutral tone is a bit lower.

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2-0 Tone Pair Words

  • 便宜 (piányi) cheap
  • 麻烦 (máfan) trouble

Source: Sinosplice's Mandarin Chinese Tone Pair Drills

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