already introduced Tones 1-4 (see Single Vowel Sounds).
Tone 5 - the neutral tone - is short and unstressed. .
In writing, it's either unmarked or marked 5:
|ge1 ge5 (older brother), ming2 zi5 (name), xie4 xie5 (thanks)|
|Here are some examples of two-syllable (= two-tone) words:|
|pian1 pian1 (unexpected)|
|ying1 guo2 (England)|
|ying1 yu3 (English)|
|jing1 ju4 (Beijing opera)|
|ge1 ge5 (older brother)|
|ming2 tian1 (tomorrow)|
|ru2 he2 (how?)|
|bai2 lian3 (painted white face in opera)|
|yi2 yang4 (same)|
|Bei3 jing1 (Beijing)|
|yan3 ran2 (solemn)|
|nai3 er3 (like this)|
|zhao3 dao4 (find)|
|hou4 tian1 (day after tomorrow)|
|wei4 lai2 (the future)|
|zui4 hao3 (advisable)|
|bu4 lun4 (no matter)|
+ 3 is spoken as 2 + 3.
4 + 4 is spoken as 2 + 4 if the first syllable is "bu" ("no" or "not").
|Examples of tones in whole sentences:|
|Thanks - Don't mention it.|
|Sorry! - That's OK.|
|How do you do? - Pleased to meet you.|
your name? - My name's Song Chunxia.
Our warmest thanks go to ...
|Speaker||Geographical origin||Date of recording||Approx age|
April 13th, 2002
Xie4 xie5 - Bu2 ke4 qi5. Dui4 bu4 qi3 - Mei2 guan1 xi5. Ni3 hao3