Oddities in Hanyu Pinyin

 

Here is a link to Confused Laowai and an article he wrote regarding the oddities in Chinese Hanyu Pinyin. Beginners six or seven months into Chinese could benefit a lot by his discussion.  Sometimes when we are learning things we don’t pick up 100%.  It is nice to review.  You might be surprised what you might learn or remember.  Here it is: Oddities in Chinese: Hanyu Pinyin Syllables.

How to Pronounce Ü in Chinese

 

#Jim #Steed worked hard to make the sound ‘ Ü ‘  in #Mandarin #Chinese #Pronunciation. You can learn how to say and practice all #Chinese #sounds at Mandarin Click by Click Pronunciation. To make ‘ Ü ‘, for example, you can say the “oo” in too, but round your lips like you are whistling or like you are trying to blow “oo” through a straw with the rounded moist tissues behind your lips.

You can also say “tree” backwards.  As your lips begin to protrude outwards and as you approach the ‘r’ from behind, you will hear a close approximation of the sound.  Have you ever been to Shr..eveport, Louisiana?

Sometimes it is written out: ǖ, ǘ, ǚ, and ǜ.  It is written with ” u ” in pinyin after y, j, q, and x.

There are lots of sounds and tones to learn and practice. Don’t go for perfection at first; go for understanding.  There are 500 tiny muscles in your tongue.  Ballerinas don’t master the dance overnight, and you won’t master Chinese pronunciation overnight, either. As the Chinese say, “mànmànlái 慢慢来 ” (slow slow come-take your time).

You may find this video for ǖ interesting.

For James Steed at Mandarin Click by Click.