Chinese Fourth Tone is called 四声(sì shēng) in Chinese, literally meaning “the fourth sound”. In this lesson, we will be practicing the Mandarin Pinyin Fourth Tone with Tone Pairs and sentences.
The Mandarin Pinyin Fourth Tone starts high, and then immediately goes down. To pronounce it, we need to allow our pitch to drop quickly. That is why the Chinese Fourth Tone is also known as "the High Falling Tone". Don't be afraid that it might sound "angry" this way, it is just how it is supposed to be.
|chàng gē||唱歌||to sing|
|shàng bān||上班||to go to work|
|dà jiā zuò qì chē shàng bān|
|Everyone takes the car to go to work.|
|qù nián||去年||last year|
|wèn tí||问题||question; problem|
|tè bié||特别||special; especially|
|liàn xí||练习||to practice|
|liàn xí shù xué wèn tí|
|Practice math questions.|
|hàn yǔ||汉语||the Chinese language|
|xià yǔ||下雨||to rain|
|yòng diàn nǎo kàn diàn yǐng|
|To watch a movie on the computer.|
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Some of the sentences feel like tongue twisters, but it is really fun.