你好! I'm new to Rocket Chinese and have just finished up the first group of lessons. I have some questions about pronouncing multiple 3rd tones in a row. From what I understand, if there are two 3rd tones together, the first syllable changes to 2nd tone. If there are 3 in a row, the pronunciation of the tones would go 323. I've also heard that it could be pronounced 223. Is that acceptable? And if there's four in a row, could it go 2223, or would the tones normally be 2323?
I'm having difficulty with this when there are several 3rd tones in a row. For instance, the phrase "wǒ kěyǐ diǎn yǐnliào ma?", with five 3rd tones in a row, I find myself either going 23232 and winding up with a 2nd tone on the last 3rd tone syllable, which I don't think would be right, or I try to say two 3rd tones in a row, which sounds awkward.
I end up stumbling through this as I try to organize how the 3rd tones will line up as I'm speaking. It seems like I need to know the number of 3rd tones I have in a row ahead of time and memorize it to know if I should start with 2nd tone or 3rd tone, but in a free flowing conversation, I would think that it's difficult to anticipate which 3rd tone should switch to 2nd. I suppose it all comes down to practice and I may just be over thinking it, but I was wondering if anyone else has difficulty with this or has advice on how to get it straight.