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Finals Ⅱ

After learning six simple finals in Pinyin, in this video, we will learn some compound finals composed of them, which start with: ɑ,o,e.

After learning six simple finals in Pinyin, we will learn some compound finals composed of them, which start with: ɑ,o,e. When you pronounce a compound final, don’t simply pronounce one final after another. Take “ai” for example, there should be a gradual transition from the first final ɑ into the second final ‘i .

ɑo, the same way, open your mouth widely, and then gradually transition into o. ɑn, here n is just a nasal sound, your tongue should touch the upper gum until you finish the pronunciation. ɑnɡ, the sounds is made in the back of your mouth. Open your mouth to form a bigger space at the back, and retract your tongue.

Syllables contain these finals:

  • mǎi — to buy
  • māo — cat
  • nán — male
  • pànɡ — fat
Using the method we’ve been talking before, you may try to read compound finals **ou、onɡ、ei、en、enɡ **.
We can also find that when we pronounce ɑi ei ɑo ou, the first vowel sounds louder and longer. We refer to this as the ‘main vowel’. When a syllable has two or more vowels, the tone should be marked on the main vowel. For example, ai, the tone should be marked on ɑ. In modern Chinese, words usually are consisted of two syllables, for example,
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