Aspirated and Unaspirated Sounds
- d, different from d in the English word “dog”, your vocal cords should not vibrate.
- t, different from t in the English word “test”, the airflow through the middle of your teeth should not be too strong. Make your tongue touch the back of the upper teeth and avoid friction between the tip of the tongue and the teeth.
- z, aligned your teeth, you can feel friction here.
- c , the position of pronunciation is basically unchanged . The difference is that the airflow is stronger. If you put your hand in front of your mouth, you can clearly feel the airflow.
- zhīchí — support
- zànchéng — agree
- quánjiā — whole family
- jiàqián — price (When you ask for price, you can say “Duōshǎo qián?”)
Learn Chinese: Introduction to Chinese Pronunciation and Tone
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