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retroflex tunes in Mandarin

chuān, chuán, chuǎn, chuàn

first tune

chuān

river
Sichuan

chuān

rivers

河川

hé chuān

river

river

chuān

Sichuan style of cuisine

川菜

chuān cài

Sichuan

chuān

dish; cuisine

cài

wear; dressed in

穿

chuān

wear clothes

穿衣服

chuān yī fú

wear; dressed in

穿

chuān

clothes

衣服

yī fú


second tune

chuán

boat; ship

chuán

row a boat; paddle a boat

划船

huá chuán

to row; to paddle

huá

boat; ship

chuán

pass; spread

chuán

pass the ball

傳球

chuán qiú

pread

chuán

ball

qiú

legend; traditional story

傳說

chuán shuō

spread

chuán

talk

shuō

Chinese characters also pronunced chuán


third tune

chuǎn

pant; gasp for air

chuǎn

gasp; pant

喘氣

chuǎn qì

pant; gasp for air

chuǎn

air; breath

asthma

氣喘

qì chuǎn

air; breath

pant; gasp for air

chuǎn

Chinese characters also pronunced chuǎn


fourth tune

chuàn

connect; string together

chuàn

join together; seek an alliance with

串連

chuàn lián

connect; string together

chuàn

join; connect

lián

succession of; series of events

一連串

yì lián chuàn

one

connect; involve

lián

connect; string together

chuàn


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