Tone 2 pronounced as Tone 1 in monosyllabic words

  • It is common that learners pronounced Tone 2 of “卓” as Tone 1.
  • The native speaker's tone contour presents clear rising trend, from 210Hz to 300Hz.
  • The learners' tone contours are flatter and higher than the native speaker's, little difference can be found between minimum and maximum pitch values.

Tone 2 pronounced as Tone 1 in multisyllabic words

  • It is common that learners pronounced “结” in the word “结茧” as Tone 1.
  • The native speaker's tone contour presents clear rising trend, from 190Hz to 230Hz.
  • The learners' tone contours are flatter and higher than the native speaker's, little difference can be found between minimum and maximum pitch values.

Suggestions for teachers:

  • remind students to lower the pitch at the beginning of Tone 2
  • remind students to gradually raise the pitch throughout the pronunciation of Tone 2

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