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  Pinyin 2 - Vowels & Vowel Combinations



Vowels and
    Vowel Combinations

 

When two or more vowels occur in combination, each vowel should be voiced. Listening to someone rapidly speak Chinese, it may be difficult if not impossible to hear each different vowel, but one should know what the mechanics behind the spoken speech are, to enable oneself to learn more rapidly.


a




ai

ao

e


ei

i



ia

iao

ie

iu

o

ou

u





ua

uo

uai

ui

ü



üe
Like the a in father. When the a occurs after a y and preceding an n (but not preceding an ng), as in man, pronounce it like the a in wan: when it follows a u and precedes an n as in quan or yuan, say it like the e in wet.

Like the ai in aisle.

Like the ow in bow.

Like the u in fun. When it follows a y or yu, and is the last letter of the syllable, sounds like the e in let.

Like the a in lake.

When it is the final letter of the syllable, say it like the e in me; when it is followed by more letters, it should be pronounced like the ia in bit.

ya as in yarn

yow as in yowl

ye as in yet

u as in unite (tones 1,2); yo as in yoyo (tones 3,4)

Like the o in morning.

like the ou in soul.

When it is not preceded by an x or y and it is the final letter of the syllable, pronounce it like the o0 of loom; when it is followed by a consonant, say it like the o0 in book. When it is preceded by an x or y, it is a sound halfway between the oo in loom and the e in see.

Like the wa in wand.

Like the wa in water.

Like the wi in wise.

like way

Like the French u, or in German, u with an umlaut. With rounded lips, say oo as in loon, while trying to say ee as in see.

Say ee as in see, with rounded lips, + e as in let.