Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHi. In the last video, we learned pinyin is the foundation of Chinese characters. What's in store for this lesson, Ms. Zhu? In this video, I'll bring you to meet some members of the Pinyin family. OK, let's go. Our Pinyin are like phonetic symbols in English. With the help of pinyin, we can spell a lot of Chinese characters. Now, let's just start with four of the initials b, p, m, f.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsFirst, initials. Initials are at the front of syllables. They're pronounced slightly and quickly through differing levels of airflow in the mouth. Let's first learn b, p, m, f, which are pronounced by the coordination of the upper and lower lips.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 secondsThe first one is b, b. You should close your mouth first, suddenly open it to let the air rush out. "b", "b", "b".

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsp. The airflow here is stronger than "b". "p", "p", "p".

Skip to 1 minute and 39 secondsm. "m" is a nasal sound, we mainly pronounce it with our nose.

Skip to 1 minute and 48 seconds"m", "m", "m".

Skip to 1 minute and 54 secondsf. Make your teeth gently touch the inside of your lower lip. "f", "f", "f". Now, can you read these four initials? No problem. b, p, m, f. Pretty good. b, p, m, f.

Initials b p m f

Chinese Pinyin is like the phonetic symbols in English. With the help of Pinyin, you can sound out a lot of Chinese characters. Now let’s just start with four of the initials b p m f.

Initials are at the front of syllables. They are pronounced lightly and quickly through different levels of airflow in the mouth. b p m f are pronounced by the coordination of the upper and lower lips.

  • b, you should close your mouth first, and suddenly open it to let the air rush out.
  • p, the airflow is stronger than b.
  • m is a nasal sound. We mainly pronounce it with our nose.
  • f, make your teeth gently touch the inside of your lower lip.

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