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How to Pronounce Chinese Like a Native Speaker

May 12, 2020
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class101.com in this series you will master chinese pronunciation proper pronunciation is essential in chinese and in this series you will learn it quickly, thoroughly and easily In the first lesson in the series, you'll learn about the basic components of the Chinese pronunciation system that will help you in future lessons, since you probably know that Chinese doesn't use an alphabetic writing system like English, but instead uses characters that are made up of parts that represent physical objects or abstract ideas Chinese literacy requires the memorization of thousands of components and characters, as you can see this can be quite daunting for new learners of Chinese, for example if you are asked to

pronounce

this character where Could you even start?
how to pronounce chinese like a native speaker
Over time you will learn the writing system, but since we are only focused on pronunciation, we should skip that for now. start to deal with the sounds of chinese without the baggage of chinese characters and that's where pinion comes in pinyon is the transliteration of chinese characters using roman letters this makes learning chinese so much easier especially for english

speaker

s as you start to learn more characters and getting better at chinese over time you will be less and less dependent on pinyin but for now its a good place to start now let's take a look at all the sounds in chinese there are 26 consonant sounds and 14 vowel sounds in chinese , you can make every word in Chinese using these sounds still seems complicated, well how about this one of the 26 Chinese consonant sounds?
how to pronounce chinese like a native speaker

More Interesting Facts About,

how to pronounce chinese like a native speaker...

You already know 15 of them, that's right, if you're a

native

English

speaker

, then you already make these sounds every day. You can also ignore seven of the vowels. sounds for the same reason, the only thing standing between you and perfect Chinese pronunciation are 11 new consonant sounds and seven vowel sounds that you can now handle, let me introduce you to rue, who will help you master these new sounds throughout In this series, Yunru will give you

native

pronunciation examples for you to imitate, but for this first lesson, just sit back and listen to the unique Chinese sounds of Beijing Jongwen Uh in the In the next lesson, we'll look at the top five pronunciation mistakes people make.
how to pronounce chinese like a native speaker
Chinese students. You'll need to make sure you don't fall for these common traps. Then, we will start to review the vowels and consonants of Chinese. This is your chance to learn how to do it. To correctly say all the words you just heard, we'll end the series by covering some special topics that will really make your Chinese sound natural. To close out this lesson, here's a question for you: why is it important to spend time learning the correct pronunciation? ? Even if you are already an advanced speaker, the answer will be understood and this will help you build more confidence as you communicate in Chinese for beginners, you are building a solid foundation. n Moving on and for more advanced students, this is your chance to improve your accent and lose any bad habits you may have picked up.
how to pronounce chinese like a native speaker
In this lesson, you will learn the top 5 Chinese pronunciation mistakes to prevent these from being common mistakes Chinese learners make. They tend to, so pay close attention and make sure you don't make the same mistakes, are you ready then let's get started? The Number One Tones Chinese is a tonal language Tones are a great challenge for Chinese learners of all levels, but they can't be avoided. Using the wrong tone can give a word a completely different meaning and lead to a mistake. of communication in particular students have difficulty with a third tone listen to an example using this tone it is the most unique tone of all the tones because the tone goes down and then up imagine a ball bouncing on the ground as you do this tone down and up above we will discuss tones in detail in lessons eight and nine number two mispronouncing the sound u English speaker s tend to read the pinyin you like the uh in well this is wrong it should be more like the double o sound in the word boot every time you

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chinese you picture a girl pouting and saying no in chinese you want to round your lips as much as possible it's better to exaggerate than to make the sun wrong nest number three mispronouncing people many people tend to mispronounce the e sound in the word people they commonly substitute english e as in red this is incorrect chinese e sounds more like an ugh sound it is identical to the e sound al end of the word problem in fact chinese e is a very special sound because it is the most neutral of all sounds it requires the least amount of effort to pronounce because you don't have to move your lips, tongue or mouth, all that All you need to do is relax and have everything in a resting position and let your vocal cords do the rest.
We'll take an in-depth look at vowel sounds in the next lesson. number ber four pronouncing chinese queue as a ch sound this is one of the biggest mistakes for learners of chinese there are many similar sounds in chinese all of which are different the challenge for english speakers is to first notice the difference and then recreate it the sound Chinese q should be pronounced with the tip of the tongue touching the lower teeth while the bottom of the tongue lies flat behind the front teeth. the end of eat chinese students tend to add an r sound in the middle or at the end of a word this usually occurs when the speaker is not used to pronouncing chinese ch chinese ch requires you to place your tongue in a position with the If you're unfamiliar if you speak English, your brain naturally assumes you're trying to pronounce an English r due to muscle memory, be careful about this when practicing Chinese ch w We'll cover ch-like sounds in lesson seven.
Now that you know the top five Chinese pronunciation mistakes to avoid. Try to be careful not to make these same mistakes. He still feels a bit worried about the rest of this series that we will cover. all these topics in depth in this lesson you will learn all the chinese vowels and their vowel sound variants with these sounds you can pronounce any vowel that may appear in chinese some vowels can be hard to distinguish especially for english speakers so make sure you listen carefully remember the goal is to memorize and reproduce the sound don't get too frustrated if you forget when to use the variant sounds that will come naturally later are you ready then let's start the first vowel is this almost identical to the sound of the parent word except the tongue is in a more neutral position when you say the word father you feel a little pressure in the back of your mouth the idea is to relieve that pressure by keeping ng all in the same position just move your tongue forward a bit you can get a feel for this if he exaggerates the ah in the father too much by opening his mouth as wide as possible when he moves his tongue he has going forward will relieve that pressure and should sound a bit more whiny as a result, study how yinru pronounces this ah ah sound when combined with the following changes to it becomes identical to the sound a in the parent word when combined with the following changes to se becomes identical to the e sound in the red word e the following vowel is identical to the e sound at the end of the uh word problem when combined with the following, the e changes and becomes similar to the a sound in the word game, however , try not to continue the and it sounds too much try to relax your jaw and say it as if you are letting the vowel spill out of your mouth listen to how yinru pronounces this vowel when combined with the following the e changes when combined so it becomes The red e sound from earlier, yes it's identical to the sound above, but with rounded lips, try saying the red e while rounding your lips. sound in the word dull but with unrounded lips you will find that when you start to uncurl your lips it will start to change to a more u sound try it now listen to how it is pronounced yin ru the next vowel is identical to double the e sound in the word c e e e e when is combined with the following, the i changes.
This is similar to the previous sound. It's like the double e sound in the c word, except the tongue is a little further back in the mouth in a more central position. a trick to pronounce this vowel is to say the word ye as in o ye of little Faith the sound and you should lift your tongue to the correct position in your mouth try it now listen to how yin roo pronounces this vowel e e e when combined with the following t he i changes is identical to the short sound i in the word bit the following vowel is identical to the sound o u in the word ot o when combined with the following the o changes is identical to the double sound o in the word hook o when combined with the following , the o changes, the o becomes a bit like the o sound in the word o, however try not to transfer too much of the w sound and the last vowel is similar to the double o sound in the word boot, however you want to wrap your lips a bit more and exaggerate the rounding listen to how yinru pronounces this vowel when combined with the following u changes this is like the double e sound in c but with rounded lips try saying the double e in c while rounding your lips now listen to how yin rou pronounces this vowel well done you have just learned all the vowels and their sound variants in chinese with these sounds you can correctly pronounce any vowel that may appear in the chinese language its not that good i want t or get cheat sheets , audiobooks, lessons, apps and much more every month for free, just click the link in the description to get your free language gifts of the month in this lesson you will learn the basics of Chinese pronunciation we will give you a brief introduction to the chinese romanization system demonstrate some difficult sounds and then talk about tones in chinese pronunciation pinyin is a system that represents mandarin chinese using the roman alphabet is now the most common way to romanize mandarin chinese is the basis for learning Chinese pronunciation pinion will benefit you in many ways, it shows you the correct way to pronounce a word, it also allows you to pronounce a word you have never seen and if you want to write Chinese on your phone or computer, pinion input is the easiest and most popular way a full syllable in painting is usually made up of initials which are consonant and final which are vowels and lastly a tone mark sometimes although a vowel by itself can make a syllable there are also 20 consonant letters in Mandarin or say almost all the same consonant letters as in English except by the letter v m and there are consonant combinations that are also initial sounds but don't worry there are only three of these and then we have vowels there are six single vowels in Mandarin Chinese by combining these single vowels with each other or by combining them with n ng or r we can make many compound vowels like er and it may seem like a lot to remember the trick is to memorize the ones that sound different from English or your native language, this will be emphasized in the next part of the lesson. tion, so stick with some Chinese sounds, don't sound like Roman letters, we'll show you what they look like. re pronounced in chinese first let's look at some simple vowel sounds uh sounds like u in english but just remember not to curl your tongue when there isn't an r around it the only exception is when it comes after the y then it's sou It looks more like a e as in red, yes, yes, the e sound is like the double e in English c e c when it comes after or sounds, it's more like a short e sound like in lip, the u sound is like French, your lips should be round in a poutine and u are different sounds but one comes after e and makes the same sound as umi now let's look at some compound vowel sounds for all compound sounds you just need to make the first simple vowel sound and then move on to the next a single vowel, for example the uh sound, try making it sound u, then slide to e to make the sound combine with an en sounds like the word yen, Japanese currency consonants are pretty easy in Chinese, just pay pay attention to the next two sounds g is like the j in jeep but press your flat tongue hard against the back of your upper teeth chi is like the edge of the sea on cheap but again with a flatter tongue and a breath of air louder she is like scent in sheep again you put your tongue flatter and spread the t two sides of your mouth wider now you know all the sounds in opinion a total of more than 400 sounds what an achievement congratulations now let's move on to another important part but also challenging in Chinese pronunciation tones each syllable in Chinese pronunciation is stressed with one of four different tones the first tone is constant with a high tone the second tone starts with a mid tone then rises rapidly to h the third tone falls from a low tone then rises to mid-tone range fourth tone drops sharply and quickly from a high tone ah in addition to the four accent tones there is a neutral tone this one is very light weak and short pay attention to the second syllables of the following examples let's recap what we have learnedbreaking down a word into pinyon the pronunciation of the famous city shanghai is shanghai the first syllable here is made up of an initial and a final and a falling fourth tone the second syllable is made up of an initial and a final i and a falling third tone and then rising hello shanghai well done let's end this lesson by recapping what we have learned in this lesson we introduce you to the pinyon romanization method to help you get started learning chinese we also cover some of the unique and difficult sounds of chinese and introduce you to the four tones in chinese the question for this lesson is how do you pronounce it? there are six simple vowels called finals there are also numerous compound finals which are made by combining two or three of the simple vowels or by adding an o er to the end of the vowels here are some examples they are the relatively difficult ones for non-Chinese native speakers to pronounce first let's see how to say the final uh sounds accurately uh like the e in the make sure your tongue is flat and low many chinese students change pitch when they say uh which is not necessary let's look at some examples i like the vowel it has two little dots on it the upper part to make this sound try to round your lips as much as you can, for example, there is a special rule regarding the omission of the colon when it follows the initials ed t and c, it is written as u but still pronounced as u, for example, this rule also applies to any countdown ending that starts with, for example, jun or yanchen sounds like the combination of as in like other vowels that start with you, you don't need the colon at the top when they come after e z in this case we are clear, only 14, the question for this lesson is what is the pronunciation rule and at studying Chinese, you probably have seen these two characters often boo and e, they are very, very common, but you may notice that their tones change when they come before certain words, for example, it is the second ascending tone in but it is the next fourth tone in buhao e as in the number one is pronounced like ee but en becomes the second tone in e t is the fourth tone seems very confusing don't worry there are some rules we can follow to use the correct tones when buu is used alone every time is the fourth tone when buu is followed by a character with a fourth tone it changes to the second tone buu for example when buu is followed by a num fourth tone which are the first, second and third tones is pronounced like the fourth to not as in when e is used as a number it is the foreground term as in er e when e is followed by a fourth tone it changes to the second tone when e is followed by a number the fourth tone becomes the fourth tone now you know the rules how to pronounce this sentence lets work backwards the second e is followed by a young fourth tone so e here should be the second rising tone now the torus here is followed by a second e tone so bu here should be the fourth tone now the first e is followed by a fourton boo so the first e itself should be the second tone so problem solved this sentence is pronounced like the most difficult words to pronounce in chinese ok let's start go go go also has the meaning is last for example last year tunian to go hiking watch me chew you like you want to kiss someone drink water drink water the hard part is but in the life of carols we just talk like it's nothing. totally fine no one s peaks just imagine the word thin this one didn't have the vibe here but for the four of you that have some vibe you can tap here and make sure this here is a correct vibe and for you just imagine the word change , change that you add a little vibration here, yes, that's right, and then I want to show you a tongue twister, are you ready, ginger ginger, okay guys I want to share a Chinese slime.
The meaning of the words means that the older ginger is spicier than the younger ginger, but the actual meaning is that the older person or the older person can handle the more complicated situation than the younger person. your favorite holiday um my favorite holiday is a national day because we have a holiday week chinese language han chinese language can you just say it's ok for carol form i'm studying chinese looking at them i know the hard part is ju just imagine the word manage did not vibrate just add vibration ok and for a sentence ok come here come here do you know its name is food food and it can be used for feet too?
My foot hurt. I can't walk well luan well and it's also our word luantai means tired. it's just imagine bbq that means i don't want to work here anymore i want to give up a result means lighter and you too the very official way of saying is su chong you

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