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Mandarin pinyin tunes
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cāi, cái, cǎi, cài

first tune

cāi

guess

cāi

guessing game; enigma breaking

猜謎

cāi mí

guess

cāi

riddle; enigma


second tune

cái

talent; gifted person

cái

genius

天才

tiān cái

heaven

tiān

talent

cái

material

cái

material

材料

cái liào

material

cái

material

liào

wealth; money

cái

become rich; make a fortune

發財

fā cái

develop

wealth

cái

Chinese characters also pronunced cái


third tune

cǎi

spirit; complexion

cǎi

pick; pluck (flower, fruit)

cǎi

trample; step on

cǎi

colors; colorful

cǎi

colorful; chromatic

彩色

cǎi sè

colorful

cǎi

color

Chinese characters also pronunced cǎi


fourth tune

cài

greens; vegetables
dish; course

cài

vegetables; greens

蔬菜

shū cài

vegetables

shū

greens; vegetables

cài

menu; restaurant menu

菜單

cài dān

dish; course

cài

slip of paper

dān

Chinese characters also pronunced cài

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