PinYin

PinYin

(See the PinYin Video & PinYin Charts Below)

If you want to know how to learn Chinese quickly, then take it from me that spending a few minutes daily will soon be worth its weight in gold! Focus on the essentials–Chinese tones and Chinese PinYin! Soon, you will find that you know how to learn Chinese in five minutes a day without breaking a sweat!

“Sing” yourself to the mastery and freedom of the language by practicing each of the four tones for every PinYin sound! It may sound strange to you—it may even seem ridiculous, but let me tell you that focusing on the few simple basics will help you to achieve the result you are looking for! Take it from someone who has walked this journey before—this is the pathway to success!

Watch the Video on Chinese PinYin Sounds

 

For brief, but crazy video on PinYin Sounds . . .

Use the following PinYin charts to help you in singing the song!

 

Notes on Initials and Finals

  • INITIAL + FINAL = one sound in Chinese (or one character)
  • But, I’ll teach you the FINALS first because they are most like our VOWELS!
  • INITIALS never truly come by themselves! They are always accompanied by a FINAL, so you will see that the FINAL is written for your convenience in parentheses.
  • Usually, it takes two or more characters to form a WORD or a COMPLETE THOUGHT, but only one character is needed for an IDEA or an abbreviation of a word.

 

Finals

a

“ah” as in a-hah!

o

“aw” as in awful

(mouth forms half long o sound)

e

“ehhhh” OR “uhhhhh” (the sound you make when something is really gross!)

i

“ee” as glee

u

“oo” as in spoon

ü ***

(see below)

ai

“ai” as in aisle

ei

“ei” as in eight

ui

“wei” as in weight

ao

“ow” as in owl

ou

“oa” as in boat

iu

“you” as in you

ie

“ye” as in yet

ue

“you+e” as in you + “e” as in egg

er

“ar” as in art

un

“won” as in wonderful

ün

“you+in” as in you + “in” as in inside

an

“on” as in on

en

“un” as in under

in

“een” as in seen

ang*

“ong” as in song

*(nasal)

eng*

“ung” as in sung

*(nasal)

ing*

“eing” as in seing

*(nasal)

ong*

“own” as in owner

*(nasal)

***The HARDEST sound! Say “ee” as in seek, but make your lips form an “oa” sound as in boat. The combination of the two give you a sound close to “ye” in English, but very nasal and for a sustained period of time.

 

Initials

b (o)

 

p (o)

m (o)

f (o)

d (e)

t (e)

n (e)

l (e)

g (e)

k (e)

h (e)

j (i)

“jee” as in jeep

q (i)

“chir” as in cheap

x (i)

“shee” as in sheep

zh (i)

“jer” as in jerk

ch (i)

“chir” as in chirp

sh (i)

“shir” as in shirt

r (i)

“r+ir” as in “r” as in red + “ir” as in dirt

z (i)

“ds” as in hands

c (i)

“ts” as in hurts

s (i)

“s” as in serve

y (i)

“ee” as in seek

w (u)

“w” as in womb

 

As mentioned above, INITIALS never truly come by themselves! They are always accompanied by a FINAL, so you will see that the FINAL is written for your convenience in parentheses. You will find that the two first rows are VERY similar to the English consonants.

For a guide you can always have with you on learning Chinese, download the pdf that will help you with Chinese tones and Chinese PinYin!

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