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Mandarin pinyin tunes
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diāo, diáo, diǎo, diào

first tune

diāo

picky

diāo

picky with someone to do something

刁難

diāo nán

picky

diāo

hard; difficult

nán

ferret

diāo

carve; engrave

diāo

sculpture; carve

雕刻

diāo kē

carve; engrave

diāo

carve

Chinese characters also pronunced diāo


third tune

diǎo

cool; inspiring awe
(modern Chinese slang)

diǎo


fourth tune

diào

hang; suspend

diào

hammock

吊床

diào chuáng

hang; suspend

diào

bed

chuáng

suspension bridge

吊橋

diào qiáo

hang; suspend

diào

bridge

qiáo

drop; fall

diào

throw away; lose

丟掉

diū diào

throw; toss

diū

drop; fall

diào

fall down

掉下去

diào xià qù

drop; fall

diào

down

下去

xià qù

transfer
tone

調

diào

investigate

調查

diào chá

transfer

調

diào

check; examine

chá

accent; intonation

腔調

qiāng diào

accent

qiāng

tone

調

diào

fishing; to fish

diào

fishing; go fishing

釣魚

diào yú

fishing; to fish

diào

fish

Chinese characters also pronunced diào

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