The Chinese Third Tone is called 三声(sān shēng) in Chinese, literally meaning "the third sound". The Mandarin Pinyin Third Tone might need some extra practice than the other Tones, because it sometimes gets modified or changed in real life speaking. There are 3 ways in total to pronounce it:
In today's lesson we will be focusing on No.1 - the Original Full Third Tone.
As shown in the picture below, you start semi-high pitch, dips down, and then go up again. When speaking, if you finish the whole process of going down and then up again, you are pronouncing an Original Full Third Tone.
|kāi shǐ||开始||to start; to begin|
|jī chǎng zài dōng běi sān gōng lǐ|
|The airport is 3 kilometers to the northeast.|
|hái yǒu||还有||still have|
|chéng yǔ||成语||Chinese idiom|
|rú guǒ hái yǒu chéng yǔ cí diǎn|
|If (I) still have a Chinese idiom dictionary.|
|shàng wǎng||上网||to go on the Internet|
|hàn yǔ||汉语||the Chinese language|
|wǒ shàng wǎng kàn hàn yǔ bào zhǐ|
|I read Chinese newspaper on the internet.|
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a lot of words are hard to comprehend as they are spoken so slowly compared to when the word is spoken in daily Chinese.
I listen to yours and then I go to online dictionary to listen to normal speed version.
It is good to have it slow to begin, but also a version at normal spoken speed could be useful ? just a suggestion.
thanks for great and inspiring lessons 🙂
Thanks for the suggestion. Normal speed is not provided because this course is for the purpose of pronunciation training where the only goal is for students to get acquainted with or improve pronunciation techniques like tongue and lips positions.
Each word is treated as syllables, as pronunciation units rather than vocabulary in conversation.
But we do provide normal speed in our structured courses where conversational skill is expected to be developed.