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Tone Lesson 3 – The Second Tone with Tone Pair Drills

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CHINESE SECOND TONE

The Chinese Second Tone is also known as “The Rising Tone”. In Chinese, it is called 二声(èr shēng), literally meaning “the second sound”. In this lesson, we will be practicing the Mandarin Pinyin Second Tone with Tone Pairs and sentences.

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How to Pronounce Mandarin Pinyin Second Tone

 It starts semi-high and goes up. And because of this, it is also called "The Middle Rising Tone".

+Video Mandarin Second Tone is also known as "The Rising Tone". In this lesson, we will be practicing the Pinyin Second Tone with Tone Pairs and sentences.
Mandarin Pinyin Second Tone: The Rising Tone

Practice Mandarin Pinyin Second Tone

SECOND TONE + FIRST TONE

TONE PAIRS
PĪNYĪN 汉字 ENGLISH
zuó tiān 昨天 yesterday
fáng jiān 房间 room
shí jiān 时间 time
lí kāi 离开 to leave
xióng māo 熊猫 panda
SENTENCE
zuó tiān lí kāi fáng jiān
昨天离开房间。
(Someone) left the room yesterday.

SECOND TONE + THIRD TONE

TONE PAIRS
PĪNYĪN 汉字 ENGLISH
píng guǒ 苹果 apple
méi yǒu 没有 not; not have; without
niú nǎi 牛奶 milk
yóu yǒng 游泳 to swim
yá chǐ 牙齿 tooth
SENTENCE
méi yǒu ná píng guǒ hé niú nǎi
没有拿苹果和牛奶。
(Someone) hasn’t take the apple or the milk.

SECOND TONE + FOURTH TONE

TONE PAIRS
PĪNYĪN 汉字 ENGLISH
qián miàn 前面 front
yán sè 颜色 color
yí yàng 一样 the same
wén huà 文化 culture
xí guàn 习惯 customes
SENTENCE
wén huà hé xí guàn yí yàng
文化和习惯一样。
(Their) cultures and customes are the same.
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