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Thank you for following us here. We’ve already finished the first of three weeks of our Pronunciation and Tone course.

Now you know how and where we use Chinese Pinyin, the components of Pinyin (21 initials, 38 finals and 4 tones) and how to pronounce some Pinyin.

We’ve learned 14 initials and 15 finals of Pinyin. In initials, “j q x” may be a little bit difficult because there are no such sounds in English. In simple finals, “ü” maybe difficult. You can pronounce “i” first to find the correct position for your tongue and then tighten your lips into a circle to pronounce “ü”. Also pay attention to “e”, it’s pronunciation in Chinese is quite different with it’s pronunciation in English. For compound finals, please pay attention to pronounce the vowels fully and make sure there should be a change of the shape of your mouth or the position of your tongue.

We will learn the rest of the initials and finals next week. Please stay along with us! You are welcome to write to us if you have any questions.

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