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The Third Tone Change Rules in Spoken Chinese

In spoken Chinese, when two or more than two 3rd tone syllables get together, only the last third tone keeps the original tone, others should be pronounced as the 2nd tone. Note that this rule is only applied in spoken mandarin Chinese while the written form keeps the original tones.

For example:

Chinese Pinyin in Written form Pinyin in Spoken Form
你好 nǐ hǎo ní hǎo
我很好 wǒ hěn hǎo wó hén hǎo
法语 fǎ yǔ fá yǔ
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