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Tone Lesson 9 – Chinese Tone Change Rule: Half 3rd Tone (2)

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CHINESE THIRD TONE: PRONUNCIATION 3 - HALF THIRD TONE

There are three ways to pronounce the Chinese Pinyin Third Tone:

Today we will practice more about the Half Third Tone, so we can speak more comfortably and naturally with this Mandarin Tones change rule.

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Original Full Third Tone VS. Half Third Tone

We already know that for 2-syllable words, when the Third Tone is the last syllable, we pronounce it as the Full Third Tone. And when it's the first syllable, there are two situations: (1) if syllable 2 is the Third Tone, the first Third Tone changes into the Second Tone; (2) if syllable 2 is the First, the Second or the Fourth Tone, the first Third Tones is pronounced as a Half Third Tone.

So when we have a 3-syllable word. With the Tones like below, the syllable marked in red and underlined is pronounced as Half Third Tone.

TONE COMBINATION 3rd + 1st +3rd 3rd + 2nd +3rd 3rd + 4th +3rd
EXAMPLE gēn nǎ zǒu méi zǒu hǎo bù hǎo
TONE CHANGE Half 3rd + 1st + Full 3rd Half 3rd + 2nd + Full 3rd Half 3rd + 4th + Full 3rd

Mandarin Pinyin Third Tone Pronunciation Drills

The Half Third Tone syllable will be marked in red and underlined as shown in the "TONE CHANGE" column. All other Tones do not change and are pronounced in the original way.

HALF THIRD TONE + FIRST TONE + FULL THIRD TONE

TONE GROUPS
PĪNYĪN 汉字 TONE CHANGE (ǎ)
lǎo shī zǎo 老师早 lǎo shī zǎo
shǒu jī lǐ  手机里 shǒu jī lǐ
zǔ zhī hǎo 组织好   zhī hǎo

HALF THIRD TONE + SECOND TONE + FULL THIRD TONE

TONE GROUPS
PĪNYĪN 汉字 TONE CHANGE (ǎ)
kě néng yǒu 可能有  néng yǒu
nǐ bié xiě  你别写  bié xiě
jiǎn chá zǔ 检查组  jiǎn chá zǔ

HALF> THIRD TONE + FOURTH TONE + FULL THIRD TONE

TONE GROUPS
PINYIN 汉字 TONE CHANGE (ǎ)
pǎo bù liǎo 跑不了 pǎo bù liǎo
tǐ yù guǎn 体育馆  yù guǎn
zuǒ yòu shǒu 左右手 zuǒ yòu shǒu
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