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Ava Zang

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pinyin learning Initials

Please watch the video and practice Chinese Pinyin Alphabet Pronunciation: Initials Recording yourself reading all the initials in Chinese Pinyin : b/ p / m / f / d / t / n / l / g / k / h / j / q / x / z / c / s / r / zh / ch / sh / y / w Hints: m, f, n, l, h and sh are pronounced as in English. d like “d” in “bed” (unaspirated) j like “g” in “genius” (unaspirated) z like “ds” in “beds” zh like “j” in “job” b like “p” in “spin” (unaspirated) g a soft unaspirated “k” sound x like “sh” in “sheep” but with the corners of the lips drawn back r somewhat like “r” in “rain” Particular attention should be paid to the pronunciation of the so-called “aspirated” consonants. It is necessary to breath heavily after the consonant is pronounced. p like “p” in “pope” t like “t” in “tap” k like “k” in “kangaroo” q harder than “ch” in “cheap” c like “ts” in “cats” ch (tongue curled back, aspirated)

3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 4th Grade, World Languages
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