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

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

  • 一起 (yīqǐ) together
  • 下雨 (xiàyǔ) to rain
  • 电脑 (diànnǎo) computer
  • 上午 (shàngwǔ) morning, a.m.
  • 地铁 (dìtiě) subway, metro

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