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Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 11 – Sounds ending in -iu

Hi everybody this is Chris, for part 11 of Break Through Chinese Pronunciation, the video series that helps you to tune up and perfect your Mandarin Chinese pronunciation.

This time we’re looking at sounds that end in -iu.

When you say this sound, it’s a little bit like there’s an -o at the end. The letter ‘u’ here is not really like the letter u in English.

Try repeating the words along with the video, paying attention to the tones.

Diu – 丢 diū – to lose
Niu – 牛肉 niúròu – beef
Liu – 六 liù – six
Jiu – 啤酒 píjiǔ – beer
Qiu – 要求 yāoqiú – request
Xiu – 休息 xiūxi – to rest