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Lesson 4 The 3rd and 4th Tones

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You're halfway there with the tones now and it's time to tackle the third and fourth tones. In this lesson, let Yangyang break down these essential sounds for you and how to produce them yourself using a few essential tips.
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You're halfway there with the tones now and it's time to tackle the third and fourth tones. In this lesson, let Yangyang break down these essential sounds for you and how to produce them yourself using a few essential tips.

Comments (34)

I actually believe I can learn this!! Thank you!
kyle.reeves007 3 months 2 weeks ago
This is my first day learning Mandarin Chinese. I actually get the four tones in this excellent lesson. Very impressive system you have, Yangyang! :)
jamesrhodes 1 year 3 months ago
Welcome! And way to go! :)
Micah at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 3 months ago
This is the first time I see the third tone like this. It's much easier for me to inderstand it. I always learned it as a bouncing tone, so the chart is a great help. I also feel like native speaker understand me a bit better when I use a low tone. Also, this way I dont bounce my head when I speak :)
rondeau.richard 1 year 7 months ago
I was going to ask the exact thing, but you just gave me an answer thanks!!. Greetings from Mexico.
dlopeza15 1 year 6 months ago
That's great to hear. Glad that you found it helpful. Happy studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 7 months ago
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phillipguy 2 years 7 months ago
To confirm, there is no bounce in the third tone, not even a little bit, in these tone pairs? To pronounce the third tone without any bounce and as a flat, low tone only is the correct pronunciation and not a simplified pronunciation for English speaking learners?
andrewyates 2 years 8 months ago
Correct! No oversimplifications here.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
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kristin 2 years 8 months ago
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Corey 2 years 8 months ago
I love you! After studying chinese for a while, I couldn't manage third tone, Thank you so much :)
Carlos Velasquez 2 years 10 months ago
We hope it clarified your confusion after this lesson. Good luck with your Chinese studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 9 months ago
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pjmac61 2 years 10 months ago
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Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Thank you! You're the best (:
marioz 3 years 2 weeks ago
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infinitelightandlife 3 years 1 month ago
Just for confirmation purposes, when pronouncing the third tone (not isolated) you do it in your lowest voice in 1st tone with absolutely no inflection in the voice (like mimicking the third tone a little)? I hope I'm making sense.
HelloTj12 3 years 3 months ago
I hope I understand you correctly. When pronouncing the third tone, you should go to the lowest part of your normal speaking voice and stay there for like a second. That's the third tone. When speaking the first tone, go to the highest part of your normal speaking voice and stay there for like a second, that's the first tone. Please note here that it should be your NORMAL speaking range, not your singing voice. I hope that helps. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 3 months ago
About 4th tone: Sometime i think we pronounce 4th tone like high rising tone, am i right?
onelovehph 3 years 7 months ago
It should sound like a dropping tone, with a high pitch.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 7 months ago
This is awesome!
gking 3 years 9 months ago
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LanguageGuy 3 years 10 months ago
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WanderSpeil 3 years 10 months ago
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Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 10 months ago
Hi, Lecture notes 3 says: nine is jiu3 and alcohol also jiu3; why? thank you
mariana.delvalle.161 3 years 11 months ago
There are only slightly more than 400 pinyin sounds in Chinese but much more Chinese characters. So there are many characters have same pronunciation but different meaning. You will notice more later on.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 10 months ago
I've just completed the audio review part for this day, but I would really like to study more. I have two choices, but I would like to know about your experience: Is it better for a student of this program to keep repeating the same lessons, or is it fine to study ahead ?
Tommeltot 3 years 11 months ago
Great work! You may start studying beginner conversational Chinese and review pinyin if you have trouble following the pronunciation.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 11 months ago
when you mention "to love" in Chinese is "ai" ,and I want to know that why the 4th tone mark is on "a" rather than on "i" ?
Wanng 4 years 1 month ago
That's a very good question. Here's a few guideline to the tone marks: A and e trump all other vowels and always take the tone mark. There are no Mandarin syllables in Hanyu Pinyin that contain both a and e. In the combination ou, o takes the mark. In all other cases, the final vowel takes the mark. We hope this helps. Feel free to let us know if there's any question.
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 1 month ago
When you say 'combination ou' does that include 'uo' as well? Is the mark always on 'o' for the combination 'uo'? Thank you!
marybee1004 3 years 2 months ago
Yes, that's correct.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 months ago
Got it ! THX a lot!
Wanng 4 years 1 month ago
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