Tones Interpretation

"33" stands for the tones combination third-third.


Third Tone Changes Into Second Tone

When two 3rd tones are in succession, the first 3rd tone changes into 2nd tone:

3rd + 3rd changes into 2nd + 3rd

For example, nǐ hǎo (meaning: How do you do) is actually pronounced as ní hǎo.

"33" examples:

For the basics about tones and tones combinations, please read the following tutorial:

Lesson 1 - The Four Basic Tones
Lesson 2 - Words Starting With The First Tone
Lesson 3 - Words Starting With The Second Tone
Lesson 4 - Words Starting With The Third Tone
Lesson 5 - Words Starting With The Fourth Tone