Tone Change in Mandarin Chinese – Improve Your Chinese Pronunciation Quickly and Easily

Tone sandhi (also known as tone change) is a special occurrence that happens in a tonal language, such as Mandarin Chinese, where the tone of a character changes depending on the adjacent word. In this video, we are going to learn the 4 most common tone changes.


0:15 Case 1: What happens when a 3rd tone is followed by another 3rd tone
0:48 Case 2: What happens when 不 (bù) is followed by a 4th tone
1:34 Case 3: What happens when 一 (yī) is followed by a 4th tone
2:24 Case 4: What happens when 一 (yī) is followed by a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd tone

If you have asked any of the following questions, then you are in the right place:

Why is 不 (bù) pronounced differently in different words?
Why does 一 (yī) have different tones?
When does 一 (yī) change its tone?
What are the rules for tone changes?
What are the Chinese tone rules?
What is tone sandhi?

Chinese Tone Change Video