The four tones of Chinese

1. First tone (high)

shāfā 沙发 sofa

(this word has two first-tone syllables)

2. Second tone (rising)

lái 来 come

3. Third tone (falling and rising)

zǒu 走 go

4. Fourth tone (falling)

zàijiàn 再见 good-bye

(this word has two fourth-tone syllables)

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