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Mandarin pinyin tunes
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lāo, láo, lǎo, lào

first tune

lāo

gain improperly
fish up; scoop up

lāo

dredge for money
get on the gravy train

撈錢

lāo qián

gain improperly

lāo

money

qián

fish for a needle in the ocean
look for a needle in a haystack

(Chinese idiom)

大海撈針

dà hǎi lāo zhēn

ocean

大海

dà hǎi

fish up

lāo

needle

zhēn


second tune

láo

labor; worker
toil; fatigued
bother; trouble

láo

worker; labor

勞工

láo gōng

labor; worker

láo

worker

gōng

tired; tiredness
weary; fatigue

疲勞

pí láo

tired

toil; fatigued

láo

offer one's service
render one's service

效勞

xiào láo

serve

xiào

toil; trouble

láo

firm; durable
sturdy; secure
jail; prison

láo

firm and solid
strong and secure

牢固

láo gù

firm; durable

láo

firm; solid

imprisoned; behind bars

坐牢

zuò láo

sit

zuò

jail; prison

láo

Chinese characters also pronunced láo


third tune

lǎo

old; aged
experienced; tough

lǎo

old people
senior citizen

老人

lǎo rén

old

lǎo

people

rén

old hand
past master
experienced doer

老手

lǎo shǒu

old; experienced

lǎo

hand

shǒu

Chinese characters also pronunced lǎo


fourth tune

lào

bake
iron; brand; sear

lào

naan bread; baked pancake

烙餅

lào bǐng

bake

lào

biscuits

bǐng

brand
mark with a branding iron

烙印

lào yìn

iron; brand

lào

print

yìn

Chinese characters also pronunced lào

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