Chinese Tone Change Rules

There are a few cases in Chinese where you have to change the pronunciation of a certain character.

There are three main tone change rules in Chinese YOU MUST KNOW!! These are…


不 usually pronouns as “bù.” But it can change to “bú” when it follows by a 4th tone word.

一 pronouns as “yī.” But it can change to “yí” or “yì.”

And if you see two third tone in a row, the pronunciation of the first word will change to the second tone.

See infographic for more detail!


Chinese Simplified Version



Chinese Traditional Version

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