Tone pair 2-2

This page will cover some examples of the 2-2 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.

2-2 Tone Pair Combos

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

  • 蛮忙 (mán máng) quite busy
  • 蛮长 (mán zhǎng) quite long
  • 蛮强 (mán qiáng) quite strong

2-2 Tone Pair Words

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

  • 足球 (zúqiú) football
  • 还 钱 (huán qián) to return (borrowed) money
  • 别 来 (bié lái) don't come
  • 没 来 (méi lái) didn't come
  • 平时 (píngshí) usually
  • 流行 (liúxíng) popular
  • 无聊 (wúliáo) bored

Sources and further reading