Mandarin Pinyin - Tone Changes


5.1 Tone Changes of Chinese Pinyin

Learning Highlight

There are certain situations, normal tone of a Chinese character will change to another tone according to what comes before or after it.


Three main tone change rules you need to know as follows:

  1. Rule 1: Tone changes for third tones.

  2. Rule 2: Tone changes for yi (means one).

  3. Rule 3: Tone changes for bù (means “no”).


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