Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsLǎoshī, nǐhǎo! I am Jiànwú from Japan, Lìběn. Nǐhǎo! Jiànwǔ. You are from rìběn. Oh, this "r" is so difficult for Japanese. Remember, the tip of the tongue cannot touch the upper gum, and it should not move. "r." "r." "r." The shape of your mouth is the same as "sh," but raise your tongue, and the vocal cords vibrate. Some examples. rén, people. rén, people. rè, hot. rè, hot. ròu, meat. ròu, meat. shēngrì, birthday. shēngrì, birthday. rènshí, know. rènshí, know. When you meet someone for the first time you can say Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ. It's nice to meet you. Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ. Wǒ shuō de duì ma?

Skip to 1 minute and 30 secondsWell, except "dui". Oh, I always forget the ui, dui. Correct. Please read the following finals. iu ui un.

Skip to 1 minute and 47 secondsIn these three sounds, the mean vowel "ou," "ei," and "en" should be pronounced completely. iu ui un. iu ui un

Skip to 2 minutes and 6 secondsCorrect. Now let's try some other words. liù, shuí.

Skip to 2 minutes and 14 secondsshuí. shuí, páiduì. páiduì. páiduì, píjiǔ.

Skip to 2 minutes and 24 secondspíjiǔ. píjiǔ, chūnjié. chūnjié. chūnjié.

Skip to 2 minutes and 34 secondsCorrect. Six is a lucky number in China, meaning something is going on smoothly. Wow, interesting. Lǎoshī, can you teach me some more numbers? Sure. Reading numbers is also a good way to practice pronunciation. Now let's learn how to count in Chinese with gestures.

Skip to 2 minutes and 59 secondsOne through five are relatively simple. You just hold up a different number of fingers. Please hold up your hands and try.

Skip to 3 minutes and 12 secondsyī èr sān sì wǔ.

Skip to 3 minutes and 20 secondsVery good. 6 to 10 have other signs.

Skip to 3 minutes and 26 secondsliù is a the horns. qī is a clip. bā is like a gun. jiǔ is a hook. And shí is a fist.

Skip to 3 minutes and 44 secondsliù qī bā jiǔ shí.

Skip to 3 minutes and 54 secondsI think these gestures will be really helpful for me. Definitely. And try to pronounce the numbers accurately. Well, that's all for Chinese pronunciation and the tones, but keep practicing. Oh, I'm so sad, but I learned a lot. I think I can speak some Chinese now. Xièxiè nǐ. Búkèqì. We have learned finals, initials, tones, and some other knowledge of Chinese phonetics as well as some useful expressions. This is the end of our course. Thank you for being with us. Xièxiè, zàijiàn.

The r sound and compound finals iu ui un

Méinèi Jiànwǔ, a student from Japan felt “r” is quite difficult for Japanese. Do you have the same difficulty?

When you pronounce r, the shape of your mouth is the same as sh. But raise your tongue and the vocal cords vibrate. The tip of your tongue cannot touch the upper gum, and also it shouldn’t move.

Words for practicing: Click to listen

rén — people; rè — hot; ròu — meat; shēngrì — birthday; rènshi — to know

When you meet someone for the first time ,you can say: Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ. (It’s nice to meet you.) Pronunciations of compound finals iu,ui,un also should be considered. In these three sounds, the main vowel ou, ei, and en should be pronounced completely.

Words for practicing: Click to listen

liù —six; shuí — who; páiduì — line up; píjiǔ — beer; chūnjié — Spring festival

Six is a lucky number in China meaning something is going on smoothly. Reading numbers is also a good way to practice pronunciation. Now let’s learn how to count in Chinese with gestures. Click to listen

1 yī, 2 èr, 3 sān, 4 sì, 5 wǔ, 6 liù, 7 qī, 8 bā, 9 jiǔ, 10 shí

We have now learned finals, initials, tones, some knowledge of Chinese phonetics and as well as some useful expressions. You have now reached the end of our course. Thank you for being with us and we hope you have enjoyed learning Chinese!

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