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Tone Lesson 6 – The Third Tone – Two Third Tones Together

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THE THIRD TONE: PRONUNCIATION 2 - CHINESE TWO THIRD TONES TOGETHER

There are three ways to pronounce the Chinese Third Tone:

In today's lesson we will focus on No.2 - Mandarin two Third Tones together. In this situation, the first Third Tone changes into the Second Tone. This is one of the Chinese Tone changes we have in this course and we will practice it with Pinyin Tone Pairs.

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How to Pronounce "Two Third Tones Together"

In this video lesson, we will try to practice Chinese Two Third Tones Together with Pinyin Tone pairs and some sentences. When there are two Third Tones together, the first one changes into the Second Tone. This is probably one of the most important Chinese Tone changes, and also the first one we will learn. But one thing to be careful is that, Chinese Tone changes only happens while speaking. When we write the Pinyin for Mandarin two Third Tones, we will still write both of them in the Third Tone.

Chinese two Third Tones together is one of the most important Chinese Tone changes. In this video lesson we'll practice it with some fun Pinyin Tone Pairs.
Mandarin Chinese Two Third Tones Together

 

 

Why Do We Have Chinese Tone Changes

When people talk in real-life, they tend to talk fast and relaxed. It is difficult and not realistic to pronounce each Tone in the 100% standard way. This is why we have Chinese Tone changes. The Third Tone takes the longest time to pronounce out of all four Tones. To pronounce it, we need to dip down and then go up again. So when there are two Third Tones together, people tend to avoid the difficulty and change the first one into the Second Tone. This is also why it's better to practice with Pinyin Tone pairs, groups and sentences, instead of individual syllables. Because when Tones are together, they compromise and compensate for each other.

 

How to Master Mandarin Two Third Tones Pronunciation?

Basically, Mandarin two Third Tones sounds nothing different than "Second Tone + Third Tone". To pronounce the sound is easy. But we need to know when and where to apply this Tone change. Here are some tips to master two Third Tones pronunciation.

  1. Remember the Tones of each new word that you learn
  2. Be aware of the words that have two Third Tones together
  3. Do extra pronunciation practice for these words

Practice Chinese Two Third Tones with Pinyin Tone Pairs

THIRD TONE + THIRD TONE

PINYIN TONE PAIRS
PINYIN CHINESE ENGLISH
shǒu biǎo 手表 wristwatch
lǎo shǔ 老鼠 mouse
xǐ shǒu 洗手 to wash hands
yǒng gǎn 勇敢 brave
yǐng xiǎng 影响 influence

THIRD TONE + SECOND TONE VS. THIRD TONE + THIRD TONE

THIRD TONE + SECOND TONE THIRD TONE + THIRD TONE
PINYIN CHINESE PINYIN CHINESE
biǎo jué 表决 biǎo jiě 表姐
lǐ yóu 理由 lǐ xiǎng 理想
yǔ xié 雨鞋 yǔ sǎn 雨伞
bǎo quán 保全 bǎo shǒu 保守
jiǔ xí 酒席 jiǔ guǎn 酒馆

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Lesson Discussions

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Laoke
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Laoke

How do you distinguish between: 2nd tone + 3rd tone VS. 3rd tone + 3rd tone?
How can you know if it’s a 2nd tone and not a double 3rd tone?

wohengaoxing
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wohengaoxing

THIRD TONE + SECOND TONE VS. THIRD TONE + THIRD TONE
Would be nice to see the English as well on the text above the Quizz

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