CHINESE PINYIN THIRD TONE: PRONUNCIATION 3 - HALF THIRD TONE
There are three ways to pronounce the Chinese Pinyin Third Tone:
- Original Full Third Tone Lesson 5
- Third Tone becomes Second Tone Lesson 6 Lesson 7
- Half Third Tone Lesson 8 Lesson 9
Today we will learn the Half Third Tone. It is also called the Mandarin low Tone. This is another example of Mandarin Chinese Tone rules. And we will practice it along the video.
Mandarin Chinese Third Tone: Three Pronunciations
So far we've learned the Original Full Third Tone, the Third Tone changed into the Second Tone, and today's lesson is about Half Third Tone. The way to pronounce them is shown in the picture below:
No.1 - The Original Full Third Tone: starts semi-high, dips down and then goes up again.
No.2 - Third Tone becomes Second Tone: it becomes the Second Tone.
No.3 - Half Third Tone: the second half of the Full Third Tone is not pronounced. It's short and low, but you can still hear a little dipping down.
Why Do We Have the Half Third Tone
Just like all other Mandarin Chinese Tone rules, we have the Half Third Tone to avoid difficult pronunciation. And just like two Third Tones are difficult to pronounce, when the Third Tone goes before other Tones, it is just as challenging. So when the Third Tone goes before the First, the Second or the Fourth Tone, we don't pronounce the second half of the Third Tone. Instead, we start semi-high, and just dip down. When you hear it, the Half Third Tone is very low and short, but not as light or vague as the Neutral Tone. That is why the Half Third Tone is also called the Mandarin Low Tone.
Mandarin Chinese Tone Rules: Half Third Tone Drills
HALF THIRD TONE + FIRST TONE
|xǐ huān||喜欢||to like|
|jiǎn dān||简单||simple; easy|
|hǎo chī||好吃||(of food) delicious|
|xǐ huān shǒu jī jiǎn dān|
|(I) like (my) cellphone simple.|
HALF THIRD TONE + SECOND TONE
|lǚ yóu||旅游||to travel|
|xuǎn zé||选择||to choose|
|nǚ 'ér kě néng xuǎn zé wǎng qiú|
|The daughter might decide to play tennis.|
HALF THIRD TONE + FOURTH TONE
|kǎo shì||考试||exam; test|
|pǎo bù||跑步||to run|
|zhǔn bèi||准备||to prepare|
|mǎ shàng||马上||right away|
|nǔ lì||努力||to work hard|
|mǎ shàng nǔ lì zhǔn bèi kǎo shì|
|(I’ll) be working hard to prepare for the exam right away.|