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Learning Article : Why You Are Learning The 3rd Tone Wrong In Chinese And How To Get It Right

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Why You Are Learning The 3rd Tone Wrong In Chinese And How To Get It Right

The third tone in Chinese is a tough one to grasp. Foreigners are taught to "visualise going down and then up", but there's a better way...

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM
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Third tone is the lowest pitch. By lowest, you have to put it with other tones to feel it. You can't tell is it the lowest by itself, it's like you can't clap with one hand.

 

Third tone is usually half pronounced. If you fully pronounce the third tone, you are either emphasising on something or you are making a joke of yourself.

 

For communicating purpose, either right tones OR correct sentence orders is necessary. You don't need both of them unless for tests.

February 25, 2015

I personally find certain combinations of tones extremely difficult. For example, 4th and then the 3rd or the 2nd and then the 1st. When you have to change the level quickly, especially from the lowest point to a higher one. Pronouncing tones separately isn't that difficult and is certainly possible to master after some practice.

March 7, 2015

wo3 shi4 mei3 guo2 ren3 ?

ren3?


May 10, 2018

听不懂 (ting1 bu4 dong3 or if you're in Beijing ting1 bu4 dong’r3)

 

北京虽然儿化音比较比,但“不懂”不会有儿化音。你确定听到的是土生土长的北京人说的吗?

 

我喜欢吃水果。(wo3 xi3 huan chi1 shui3 guo)

这句话的发音也是错误的。这里的“欢”和“果”是不是能发轻声的。比如有人问,你喜欢水果吗?你回答“我喜欢(huan)"这时才用轻声,后面没东西。而“水果”是个实词,“果”是这个词的“核心”,是不可能读轻声的,轻读和轻声是两个概念,轻声类似于一个短促的四声。读成轻声的字往往是含义不重要的字,比如前面说的“喜欢”中的“欢”,“喜”就足矣表达了,比如“喜闻乐见”中的喜闻,就是“喜欢听”的意思,所以,欢就可以读成轻声,而水果,两个少任何一个都不成立,因此不可能有轻声。

January 12, 2016

even some chinese can't do it :(

September 8, 2015
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