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Game of Tones: Pronounce RICE Correctly

Jan.07, 2021

Game of Tones: Pronounce RICE Correctly


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Pronouncing successive tones is much more difficult than simply pronouncing individual tones. We invited some of our students to check out the secret technique of tone pairs together in the video series of Game of Tones!


Today, let's practice the 3rd + 4th Tone Pair. Take mǐfàn (rice) as an example:



The 3rd tone requires more efforts than any other tones. When you pronouce the 3rd tone proceding the 4th tone, to save efforts, you can just pronouce the first half- a slightly dropping tone, mǐ. Then find the highest pitch, so you can have enough space to drop for the 4th tone, fàn.


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In a word, to pronounce the tone of 米饭 mǐfàn correctly, you should always remember the falling tones. Small drop for 米️ + big drop for 饭️. Yes, remember this pattern!


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米饭/mǐfàn


这个米饭太好吃了!


Zhè ge mǐfàn tài hǎochī le!


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Read the words and sentences one by one slowly following the tone pair trick you just got


考试

kǎoshìexam
跑步
pǎobùto run
准备
zhǔnbèito prepare
有意思
yǒu yìsi
interesting
打电话
dǎ diànhuà
to make phone call
比较
bǐjiàoto compare
比赛
bǐsàicompetition
打算
dǎsuànto plan
感冒
gǎnmàoto catch a cold
可爱
kě'àicute; lovely
礼物
lǐwùpresent
马上
mǎshàngimmediately
满意
mǎnyìto be satisfied
努力
nǔlìhardworking
请假
qǐngjiàto ask for leave
饮料
yǐnliàodrink
总是
zǒngshìalways


你为什么总是请假?

Nǐ wèishénme zǒngshì qǐngjià?

Why do you keep asking for leave?


马上要考试了。

Mǎshàng yǎo kǎoshì le。

The exam is coming up.


这个礼物太可爱了!

Xhè ge lǐwù tài kěài le!

This present is so cute!


You got it?

Practice makes perfect!
加油!Jiāyóu!
See you next time!


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