Tone Pairs Practice

Tone pairs are the key to speaking properly in full sentences.  On its own, the 3rd tone is a full falling and rising tone.  In everyday speech, however, it is said much differently.  Only by practicing the 3rd tone in combination with other tones will you advance.  

This page is divided into three parts, here are jump links:

Special thanks to HackingChinese.com whose word lists this material is based.

Tone Pairs Practice Audio Grids

This practice is divided into four sections.  Each section contains five grids, one for each possible tone combination.  Every grid contains 50 words taken from all 6 levels of the HSK. 

Every word has its own audio button.  Click on a button and hear a native speaker pronounce the word.  You can repeat the same word over and over to your heart’s desire. Study online or on the go with downloadable PDFs.

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Tone Pairs Practice Video Series

This series is divided into four parts.  Each part contains five videos, one for each possible tone combination. Every video contains 50 words taken from all 6 levels of the HSK. A native speaker pronounces each word, and time is given for you to repeat the words aloud. 

Want to listen to just the audio?  You can.  Downloadable PDFs are also available for study on the go.

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