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Lesson 66: Socks and Shoes

In Chinese Lesson 6, we have learned some expressions on socks and shoes. In this lesson, we are going to learn more Chinese words and phrases on socks and shoes. We are going to learn more names of socks and shoes. In addition, we are going to use some Chinese words on colors we learned in Lesson 35 and lesson 36. I would like to recommend you review Lesson 6, lesson 35 and lesson 36 before starting this lesson.

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2 Responses to “Lesson 66: Socks and Shoes”

  1. David Rappo

    I have a question about Pin Yin. If two syllables are both third tone, then the first syllable becomes first tone when spoken e. g. 你好。你 should be pronounced with rising tone, right. What about a sentence like:


    In the previous sentence every syllable except 书 is third tone. How would I pronounce the previous sentence correctly?



    • aihua


      Good question!
      The rule for tone change that applies to sequences of 3rd-tone syllables:
      1. In speech, 3rd + 3rd => 2nd + 3rd. e. g. 你好(nǐ hǎo),很好 (hěn hǎo)。
      The tone mark remains the same in writing.
      2. A String of 3rd Tones
      The rule for tone change depends on “groups of meaning”, and tones change accordingly.
      e. g. 我想买几本书。333331 =》23 3 23 1

      Things may seem a bit complex, but don’t worry about this as long as you know the actual tone of a character when it is by itself. Native speakers don’t all have exactly the same pronunciation anyway. Speakers tend to adapt change in pitches to minimize vocal effort while still maintaining sufficient contrasts to be understood. For at least some speakers, changing a tone-3 syllable to a so-called tone-2 syllable is not a substitution, but merely a vocal adaption that deletes the initial downward glide, perhaps subconsciously attributing it to the drop in pitch during or after the preceding syllable.


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