Pinyin Practice Sheet 2


Harvard Chinese Langauge Program
Dept. of East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Harvard University


Tones In Combination


1+1 | 1+2 | 1+3 | 1+4 | 2+1 | 2+2 | 2+3 | 2+4 | 3+1 | 3+2 | 3+3 | 3+4| 4+1| 4+2| 4+3| 4+4| Neutral Tone

1+1 Same Pitch

huamao fashao chufa feiji guanxin siji
xiyan zijin shanpo jiaotong dongfeng jiaxiang

1+2 The Second Tone starts in the End and then Rise


jiating gangqin zhichi jinyu hualan anquan
huanying faming fayan jingying kexue Zhongguo

1+3 Don't Let the Third Tone Drag Down the First


sanli gewu fenshou kaishui huacao sixiang
fangfa fabiao heiban jichu fazhan shengchan

1+4 Keep the First Tone High and Steady


gaoxing xiwang shengdiao shujia heiye fadong
gonggong yinyue bangzhu gongzuo kaihui xuyao

2+1 Raise the Second Tone High to the End of the First


guojia chabei yuanyin shijian xuesheng qita
chenggong wenzhang nongcun tigang lianhua honghua

2+2 Keep the Two Exactly Alike


renmin lianhe yuanlai yuanze liuxing wenming
pinfan ertong shitang lunliu heping nongmin

2+3 The Second Tone Mid to High, then Down to the 3rd and Stay Low


maobi tingzhi zacao nannu shipin cidian
changjiu quanti niunai pingdeng jieguo fannao

2+4 Up and then Down


xuexiao bieshu wenhua qunzhong zazhi huiyi
niandai tongban laodong paidui maodun fuwu

3+1 Half Third to High Level


haifeng shouxian yuyi wuzhuang jiandan fangzhi
shizhong beifang laoshi yanchu jieshuo putong

3+2 Half Third + Rising


gaige shuitian yuwen luxing juxing jiancha
zhuchi qichuang yanyuan huochai daqiu guoran

3+3 ->2+3


xiaozu gudian lengshui yufa yecao wudao
guangchang zhanlan yindao jianduan ganxiang nihao
bici liaojie jushou xuanju qiyou cili yongyuan youhao

3+4 Half Third +4


dianfan guangda rennai qiaomiao yanxi meili
wushu kepa gudai tudi malu fangwen

4+1 The 4th Tone Begins High then Slows down,
High to Start the 1st Tone


diandeng dajia xibao sihu weixing guxiang
keting lieche sheji shugen xinxin changge

4+2


shulin shanliang dongyao shuimian yufang mantan
lunwen zhengquan jiaocai neirong gaobie jiaoxue

4+3


baozhi funu tiaowu xiqu lishi chibang
hanyu goumai houguo didian chedi keben

4+4


xiju dianshi biye didao huiyi fendou
jingsai hexin dagai zhuyi shangke jihua


Neutral Tone

Short, No Countour; Always at the End; Sounds Like the 4th Tone


1+ 0 (low 2) tingle diule sange feide 2 + 0 (low 3) mianhua toufa laile yeye
zhuozi mama gege tianshang panzi toushang fangzi wawa
3 + 0 (low 4) nimen jiejie laolao yizi 4 + 0 (low 1) difang yueliang baba meimei
benzi zoule wanshang zaoshang juzi dishang yangzi

Neutral Tone in Phrases



1. No fixed pitch, influenced by the height of the previous tone
2. The value of the vowel changes: short and unstreseed. Tends to reduce to shra.
3. Not only phonetic, but lexical and grammatical as well.

boli beizi sige xuesheng dakai benzi fangzai dixia
ganjing yifu rongyi mingbai xiezai zhishang guoqu wenwen



Authored and Maintained by Dr. Wenze Hu
Last modified by Wenze Hu at 3:25 PM on 8/30/97