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Tone Lesson 5 – The Third Tone – Original Full Third Tone

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CHINESE THIRD TONE: PRONUNCIATION 1 - ORIGINAL FULL THIRD TONE

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.

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How to Pronounce Chinese Third Tone - 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.

+Video Chinese Third Tone is also known as "the low dipping tone". In this lesson we'll practice Mandarin Pinyin Third Tone with tone pairs and sentences.
Chinese Third Tone: Pronunciation 1 - The Original Full Third Tone

Mandarin Pinyin Third Tone Pronunciation Drills

FIRST TONE + THIRD TONE

TONE PAIRS
PINYIN CHINESE ENGLISH
jī chǎng 机场 airport
kāi shǐ 开始 to start; to begin 
dōng běi  东北 northeast
gōng lǐ  公里 kilometer 
xīn kǔ  辛苦  hardworking 
SENTENCE
jī chǎng zài dōng běi sān gōng lǐ
机场在东北三公里。
The airport is 3 kilometers to the northeast.

SECOND TONE + THIRD TONE

TONE PAIRS
PINYIN CHINESE ENGLISH
rú guǒ  如果 if
hái yǒu  还有 still have 
cí diǎn  词典  dictionary 
pí jiǔ  啤酒  beer 
chéng yǔ  成语  Chinese idiom 
SENTENCE
rú guǒ hái yǒu chéng yǔ cí diǎn
如果还有成语词典。
If (I) still have a Chinese idiom dictionary.

FOURTH TONE + THIRD TONE

TONE PAIRS
PINYIN CHINESE ENGLISH
bào zhǐ 报纸 newspaper
dì tiě  地铁 subway 
lì shǐ  历史  history
shàng wǎng  上网 to go on the Internet
hàn yǔ  汉语  the Chinese language
SENTENCE
 wǒ shàng wǎng kàn hàn yǔ bào zhǐ
我上网看汉语报纸。
I read Chinese newspaper on the internet.
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