Archive for October, 2007

Chinese Pronunciation 101: Part 3

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

3. Vowel Combinations in Chinese pronunciation

Basic vowels form vowel combinations with each other or with a nasal consonant, a.k.a final.

Learn Chinese pronunciation of Vowel Combinations

- ai like eye
- an sounds like “ah” with an emphatic “n” at the end (NOT like “an” in man)
- ang sounds like “ah” with a soft “ng” (NOT like “ang” in gang)
- ao is like “ao” in Tao
- ei is like “ay” in pay
- en is like “un” in sun
- eng is like “ung” in sung
- er like “ur” in purse

- ia is like ya
- iang is like young
- ie is like yeah
- iu is like the “ou” in you
- ian like yen
- iao is like “eow” in meow
- in as in “in” in sin
- ing as in “ing” in sing
- iong is like pinyin “yong”


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