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.
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.
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.
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.
|PINYIN TONE PAIRS|
|xǐ shǒu||洗手||to wash hands|
|THIRD TONE + SECOND TONE||THIRD TONE + THIRD TONE|
|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|