vijayjohn wrote:I didn't know the vocab word in that last example myself.
Are you still confused about the difference between the second and third tones, btw? Second is rising; third is "falling-rising" in theory, but in practice, usually just low flat. Third tone changes to second tone before another third tone (except across certain boundaries, particularly word boundaries, at least for some speakers).
I'm not really confused as to the theory, I just can't reliably recognise them in actual speech. I'm getting better and better though, Forvo and Netflix + Anki have helped a lot. In fact in my experience labels like "rising", "falling", "high" and "low" aren't really intuitively understandable at all and to actually pick it up I just have to short listening drills where I already know what the tones "should" be.