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.|